Hasso-Plattner-Institut
  
Hasso-Plattner-Institut
Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Müller
  
 

Erik Scharwächter

Erik Scharwächter

PhD student
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining group (HPI)

Research associate
Geoinformatics group (GFZ Potsdam)

 

Contact Information

Email: erik.scharwaechter(at)hpi.de
Tel: +49 331 5509 1383
Office: E 1-02.3

Research Interests

  • Methods: Change and anomaly detection, Stream mining, Graph mining
  • Data: Human mobility and communication data, Remote sensing data, Social networks
  • Applications: Disaster response, Natural hazards, Big data for development

Event detection in sensor collections. The monitoring of urban, societal and environmental variables like air pollution, mobile phone usage, or tropical vegetation cover through various sensors allows to detect interesting, unusual events in near real-time. In this project, a novel approach for event detection in sensor collections is explored that explicitly considers the different spatial scales of events—ranging from small events with localized impacts to massive events that lead to global anomalies. The approach combines methods from anomaly detection and combinatorial optimization. Image: Ratti et al. 2006.

Evolution of networks. Complex networks like social networks are ever-changing. New links are formed, existing ties are broken, individuals change their attitudes. In this project, we aim at microscopic descriptions of the processes that govern network evolution by mining frequently occurring graph evolution rules. These rules formally characterize the evolution of a dynamic network, help domain experts analyze the underlying processes, and allow to build data-driven models for friendship and opinion dynamics. In collaboration with COPAN@Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. [ICDM 2016, in press]

Teaching

Open master theses

Teaching assistant

  • Big Data Analytics Lab (SS 2016)
  • Big Data Analytics Lecture (WS 2015, WS 2016)

Education and Working Experience

[2015-2016] Guest at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
[2014] Exchange student at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
[2013] Research assistant at Qatar Computing Research Institute, Doha
[2008-2016] BSc/MSc in Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University

Publications

  • Erik Scharwächter, Emmanuel Müller, Jonathan Donges, Marwan Hassani, Thomas Seidl. Detecting Change Processes in Dynamic Networks by Frequent Graph Evolution Rule Mining. In: Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), 2016. (in press)
  • Erik Scharwächter, Stephan Vogel. Solving substitution ciphers for OCR with a semi-
    supervised Hidden Markov Model.
    In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on
    Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR)
    , 2015. (pdf)
  • Matthias Huck, Erik Scharwächter, Hermann Ney. Source-Side Discontinuous Phrases for
    Machine Translation: A Comparative Study on Phrase Extraction and Search.
    In: The Prague
    Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics
    , No. 99, 2013, pp. 17–38. (pdf)

Click here for a list of my publications on DBLP.