For bachelor students we offer German lectures on database systems in addition with paper- or project-oriented seminars. Within a one-year bachelor project students finalize their studies in cooperation with external partners. For master students we offer courses on information integration, data profiling, search engines and information retrieval enhanced by specialized seminars, master projects and advised master theses.
The Web Science group focuses on various topics related to the Web, such as Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Social Network Analysis, Entity Linking, and Recommender Systems. The group is particularly interested in Text Mining to deal with the vast amount of unstructured and semi-structured information available on the Web.
Most of our research is conducted in the context of larger research projects, in collaboration across students, across groups, and across universities. We strive to make available most of our data sets and source code.
I provide supervision for Master's theses in the area of News Comment Analysis, e.g., Toxic Comment Classification, User Engagement Prediction, Comment Recommendation, and Discussion Summarization/Visualization. Feel free to schedule an informal meeting with me to discuss details of these topics and/or your own ideas.
How Do Search Engines Work? A Massive Open Online Course with 4000 Participants
Krestel, Ralf; Risch, Julian
Proceedings of the Conference Lernen, Wissen, Daten, Analysen
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have introduced a new form of education. With thousands of participants per course, lectur- ers are confronted with new challenges in the teaching process. In this pa- per, we describe how we conducted an introductory information retrieval course for participants from all ages and educational backgrounds. We analyze different course phases and compare our experiences with regular on-site information retrieval courses at university.