Hasso-Plattner-Institut
Prof. Dr. Felix Naumann
  
 

26.07.2017

Business Communication Analysis

Contact: Tim Repke

About the project
Today's business communication is almost unimaginable without emails. They document discussions and decisions or summarise face-to-face meetings in the form of unstructured text or attachments and thus hold a significant amount of information about a business. In very exceptional cases, for example when investigating a known case of fraud, specialists examine inboxes and attached files of involved personnel to determine the extent of the situation. However, the sheer quantity of emails is unmanageable without some guidance by an exploration tool. In this project, we develop and evaluate methods to combine in such an exploration tool. This work touches the fields of text mining, text summarisation, document classification, topic modelling, named entity extraction, entity linking, relationship extraction, as well as social network-, and graph analysis. We work together with our industry partner from the financial sector to put our prototypes in the hands of auditors for real world feedback.

Tasks in this project
Email corpora come in various shapes and formats, which have to be parsed, normalised, and organised in a database for efficient access by downstream applications. We try to develop a flexible and modular pipeline oriented framework, which can be easily extended by new components derived from promising experiments. Besides the data processing and management, a prototype for a web based exploration tool is developed in a future bachelor project. We are looking to creatively integrate innovative interactive visualisation techniques that greatly improve the forensic workflow. As our student assistant, you'll support us building tools for our experiments and evaluation as well as conceptual prototypes.

We can discuss weekly working hours, but hope to fill a 40h/month position.

Why should you join us?

  • apply and expand your coding skills
  • learn a lot about our research
  • be part of our research
  • maybe even a thesis(?)
  • ... because we are an awesome research group

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