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Most research conducted at the institute is funded through national and international scientific projects. On average, the institute receives about 1 Million Euro per year for work performed in projects such as EU projects, DFG projects, and BMBF projects.

Work performed by the institute in these projects mainly consists of research in all fields related the Web science and Web technologies, such as Web 2.0, Semantic Web, Network Analysis, Information Retrieval, Databases, and Big Data. Furthermore, the institute is also acting as coordinating entities in several projects and, as such, is engaged in shaping the future of modern Internet technologies.

International projects are undertaken with many partners from all over Europe and the world. Notable research and industry partners in these projects are IBM Research, Microsoft Research, SAP, CERTH, University of Southampton, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DERI, and Yahoo! Research.

By these third-party projects the institute bridges the gap between foundational research and applications and brings cutting-edge technologies into the everyday life.

Current Research Projects

  • Classification is the problem of categorizing new observations by using a classifier learnt from already categorized examples. In general, the area of machine learning has brought forth a series of different approaches to deal with this problem, from decision trees to support vector machines and others.

  • Democracy is constituted by democratic processes that follow rules. For a working democracy it is crucial that citizens have trust in the effectiveness and efficiency of these processes. Here, effectiveness means that democracy reaches its goal by representing the peoples' will, while efficiency means that this is achieved promptly and with little cost. Both effectiveness and efficiency can be increased by digitising democratic processes.

  • In product development reuse of product models and product development processes leads to considerable savings of costs and time. Due to existing IT systems supporting product development, such models and processes can be retrieved as digital artefacts.

  • The shortage of citation data for the international and especially the German social sciences is well known to researchers in the field and has itself often been subject to academic studies.

  • Framework for gaze-controlled Web browsing. Information access and communication over the World Wide Web is an essential tool for people with disabilities to stay in touch with the world. We develop a Web browser that takes eye-movements as input source and supports the user to interact with webpages.


    MAMEM will integrate eye-tracking and brain-computer interfaces to help people with tetraplegia stay connected with society using their computers and common applications like e-mail or social networks.


  • Koldfish is a system that supports application developers in implementing many use cases of the Web of Data. We are aiming at providing a suite of APIs for accessing, querying and processing linked data , while managing problems with, e.g., sparseness of schema information, data quality, provenance or availability for the application developer.

  • Installing and operating  a computing and storage cloud for the processing of information from the social and the semantic Web.

Closed Projects