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: Event, change and anomaly detection, Time series analysis, Network analysis
  • Data: Earth observation data, Human mobility and communication data, Social networks
  • Applications: Disaster response, Natural hazards, Big data for development

Anomaly detection in massive sensor collections. The monitoring of urban, societal and environmental variables like air pollution level, mobile phone activity, or tropical vegetation cover through various sensors allows to detect interesting, unusual events in near real-time. In this project, novel approaches to capture and analyze complex dynamics within massive collections of time-series of such sensor readings are explored to reveal anomalous events. A special focus is put on changes in the correlation structure of the time-series as well as the different spatial scales of events—ranging from small events with localized impacts to massive events that lead to global anomalies. The project combines methods from anomaly detection, correlation tracking and combinatorial optimization. Image: Ratti et al. 2006.

Evolution of dynamic 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]


Open master theses

Teaching assistant

  • Big Data Analytics, Lab (SS 2016, SS 2017)
  • Big Data Analytics, Lecture (WS 2015, WS 2016)
  • Smart Representations for Big Data Analytics, Seminar (SS 2017)


External reviewer at KDD (2017), ExploreDB Workshop (2017), CIKM (2016).

[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


  • 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. (pdf)
  • 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.