Prof. Dr. Felix Naumann


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Runner up to Best Demo Award at CIKM 2018

Our submission “Beacon in the Dark: A System for Interactive Exploration of Large Email Corpora” by Tim Repke, Ralf Krestel, Jakob Edding, Moritz Hartmann, Jonas Hering, Dennis Kipping, Hendrik Schmidt, Nico Scordialo, and Alexander Zenner was chosen as the runner up for the best demo award at the 27th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2018). The conference took place October 22.-26., 2018 in Turin, Italy. We are very thankful for this and the recognition it represents.

More information on our project can be found here.


Emails play a major role in today's business communication, documenting not only work but also decision making processes. The large amount of heterogeneous data in these email corpora renders manual investigations by experts infeasible. Auditors or jornalists, e.g., who are looking for irregular or inappropriate content or suspicous patterns, are in desperate need for computer-aided exploration tools to support their investigations. We present our Beacon system for the exploration of such corpora at different levels of detail. A distributed processing pipeline combines text mining methods and social network analysis to augment the already semi-structured nature of emails. The user interface ties into the resulting cleaned and enriched dataset. For the interface design we identify three objectives expert users have: gain an initial overview of the data to identify leads to investigate, understand the context of the information at hand, and have meaningful filters to iteratively focus onto a subset of emails. To this end we make use of interactive visualisations for rearranging and aggregating the extracted information to reveal salient patterns.