Our Team at the University .

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Handschuh

Chair holder


Prof. Dr. Siegfried Handschuh is professor at Universität Passau, Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik, Lehrstuhl für Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems. Prior to the acquisition of the Chair in Passau, he was  professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and head of the Knowledge Discovery Unit at the Insight Center for Data Analytics in Galway.

He studied computer science in Ulm and information science in Konstanz and was assistant at the Institute for Applied Computer Science and Formal Description Methods at the University of Karlsruhe, subsequently. In 2001, he continued with a research stay at Stanford Database Group at Stanford University in the United States. He received his doctorate with magna cum laude in Karlsruhe in 2005.

Prof. Handschuh coordinated numerous research and development projects on international level. He was involved in attracting extensive project funding: of the EU, the Science Foundation IrelandEnterprise Ireland and from national sources, amongst others. In addition, he has worked with multinational companies such as HP, SAP, IBM, Motorola, Cisco, Avaya, British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Thales and Elsevier Publishing.

Furthermore, he conducted research at Digital Aristoteles Project that aimed at the semantic content analysis and knowledge modeling of schoolbooks, and was funded by the Microsoft founder and philanthropist, Paul Allen. His current research deals mainly with the areas of semantic technologies, information linguistics, information extraction and web information retrieval.

Dr. Adamantios Koumpis

Temporal scientific collaborator

Bio: Adamantios Koumpis is scientific collaborator of Professor Siegfried Handschuh at the Universität Passau, Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik, Lehrstuhl für Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems. Till June 2014 Adamantios was Research Fellow at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute of the National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland with responsibilities for fundraising, research strategy design and development of synergies with European industry for new projects design. Before this, Adamantios headed the Research Programmes Division of ALTEC Software S.A., which he founded in 1996 (an independent division of Unisoft S.A.) where he was responsible for the design, planning and implementation of research and development projects for funding by the European Commission. His first position was at the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Heraklio, Crete, where he worked in the Rehabilitation Tele-Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction Group upon several of European Commission’s RTD projects. He lectured extensively for over 20 semesters in the subject areas of Management Information Systems, System Design, e-Commerce, Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management, Intangible Assets and Knowledge Accounting.

Maria Christoforaki

Research associate

Maria Christoforaki studied Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete, Greece and holds an MSc degree in Information Systems and Software Engineering from the same organisation. Her Master’s thesis was CLIO, an Object-oriented Model of Cultural Data.

She worked at the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (ICS-FORTH) where she was member of the Information Systems Research Group with a specialization in cultural documentation with use of semantic knowledge representation.  She was also member of the cross-disciplinary research team for the Ancient Theater Electronic Documentation Project at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (IMS-FORTH) and a PhD student at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland, Galway (2012 – 2014).

Since 2014 she works as a research assistant at the University of Passau, initially for the Chair for Digital Humanities (till June 2015) and then for the Chair for Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems (2015 – present). Main areas of experience and expertise: Cultural documentation, conceptual modelling.

SimonDonigSimon Donig

Research associate

Simon Donig is a research assistant at the chair for  Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems at the University of Passau. He has studied History and Political Science at the Universities of Hamburg and Konstanz.

His interest in computerization and the rise of the information society has initially led him to research on technology transfer and software history and continues to contribute to his work in the field of the
Digital Humanities.

Currently he has an ongoing Ph.D. project on a group of noble industrialists and the rise of modernity in the Prussian Province of Silesia, exploring an elite history in breadth from the genesis of exclusive property rights for this group to symbolic and communicative modes of representation of noble identity.

He is also a parent to the Neoclassica research project, conceived to craft new instruments for scholars in the History of Art for tracing the co-occurrence of aesthetic forms in multimodal artefacts from the era of Classicism. This will finally lead not only to better scholarly understanding to processes of stylistic transformation but offer also a more profound understanding of material culture and transferts culturels to historians.

In combining strong qualitative research skills and narration with a keen interest in formalized modelling and data-driven computer assisted knowledge discovery he is particularly adapt for bridging the gap
between the different disciplinary cultures. In doing so he for instance represents the chair within the working group „Research Database“ of the German Lost Art Foundation.

Bernhard Bermeitinger

Research associate

Bernhard Bermeitinger is a graduate research assistant at the Semantic Computing and Natural Language Processing Group. After his bachelor’s degree in IT security, he received a master’s degree (2016) in Computer Science at the University of Passau by developing Deep Learning techniques for image classification and applying them to a Digital Humanities research project. His research interests lie in question answering, distributional semantics, and the application of machine learning for these topics. Additionally, deep neural networks for images and text are another research pillar for him.

Jelena MitrovićJelena Mitrović

Research associate

Jelena Mitrović is a research associate at the University of Passau and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She holds an MSc in Information Science and an MA in Modern Greek Language and Literature with minors in Ancient Greek and English, both from the University of Belgrade. Jelena is a founding member of the Group for Language Resources and Technologies at the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade, where she started her work on NLP tools and resources related to Computational Rhetoric, Computational Semantics, Digital Humanities and Computational Lexicography. Before embarking on the wonderful journey of Natural Language Processing Jelena worked as a book translator and interpreter, and as an Information Specialist at the University Library of Belgrade, Serbia.

StephaniePauliStephanie Pauli


Bio: Stephanie Pauli is a foreign language correspondent and since November 2014 secretary at Prof. Handschuh´s Lehrstuhl für Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems, as well as part of the team for administration, sustainability and dissemination of the EU-projects MARIO and SSIX. Although, originally from Passau, she lived and worked several years in Chile –  in public administration, tourism and intercultural management – before finding her way back to Passau.

Christina ClausChristina Niklaus

Research assistant

Bio: Christina Niklaus is a research assistant at the Chair of Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems at the University of Passau. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Computer Science at the University of Bamberg. Afterward, she continued her studies at the University of Passau and INP Toulouse-ENSEEIHT. During that time, she worked on the problem of privacy in recommender systems as part of the German-French MDPS (Multimedia Distributed Pervasive Secure Systems) doctoral college of the University of Passau and INSA Lyon. Since 2016 she holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Passau. Her recent research focuses on automatic text simplification, information extraction and in particular argumentation mining.

Leonardo Souza

Research assistant

Bio: Leonardo Souza has a BSc in Computer Science by the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He has more than 15 years of experience in Software Engineering and also is a Co-founder of Amtera Semantic Technologies.
Currently, he is working as a Research Assistant at the Semantic Computing and Natural Language Processing Group in the University of Passau collaborating to leverage and give industry level strenghts on software development focusing on the Open Source model. His main interests are on Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval,  Semantic Web Technologies, Distributional Semantics and Knowledge Representation.

Visiting Scientists

Siamak Barzegar
Keith Cortis

Alumni and Sholarship Holders

Macedo Maia
Vivian Silva
Matthias Cetto
Sahar M’barek
Juliano Sales
Juliano Sales

Student Assistants

Student Assistant Simon Wagner
Simon Wagner
Thomas Huber
Viktoria Schmid
Thomas Haefeker