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Education and Professional Experience

Image showing a Portrait of Ansgar Scherp Ansgar Scherp is Professor for Knowledge Discovery with the Institute of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering at
Kiel University, Germany and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (short: ZBW) in Kiel since January 2014. Ansgar Scherp was Juniorprofessor for Media Informatics and was member of the Research Group on Data and Web Science of the University of Mannheim, Germany from August 2012 to December 2013. Since April 2013, he was also associated professor with the Institute for Enterprise Systems (InES) in Mannheim. Prior to that he worked as Juniorprofessor for Semantic Web with the University of Koblenz-Landau in the Institute for Information Systems Research since April 2011 and lead the focus group on Interactive and Multimedia Web at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the same university since May 2008. He has studied computer science at the University of Oldenburg, Germany and has received the Advancement Award for Outstanding Results in Studies from the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE), Germany in 1998. He finished his PhD with the thesis title "A Component Framework for Personalized Multimedia Applications" at the University of Oldenburg, Germany with distinction in 2006. Mr. Scherp has been EU Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow with Prof. Ramesh Jain at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, USA in Los Angeles between November 2006 to October 2007. Subsequently, he has lead the University of Koblenz-Landau's activities in the EU Integrated Project WeKnowIt from 2008 to 2011. Here, he has been leading the work packages on knowledge management and mass intelligence and has been member of the project management board and steering board committee. Mr. Scherp has been scientific leader of the EU project SocialSensor, where the University of Koblenz-Landau lead the work package on user modeling and presentation. Currently, he is scientific leader of the EU H2020 project MOVING on training data-savvy information professionals. In December 2011, he has received his Venia Legendi (Habilitation) with the thesis title "Semantic Media Management: Process Innovation along the Value Chain of Media Companies" (in German) from the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications including more than 20 journal articles, 50 conference papers, and 10 book chapters.

Research Interests

My work is at the intersection of processing and managing large-scale datasets and human-centered (multimedia) applications. A central problem that hinders the adoption of semantic technologies and semantic applications is the lack in a proper usability of such applications, in particular when dealing with very large and distributed semantic data that is of different origin and quality.
We develop novel methods and tools for an efficient processing and management of large-scale datasets and develop interactive, knowledge-based applications to ease use of that large-scale data. We consider datasets of documents like scientific literature and news articles as well as open, linked graph data on the web, so-called Linked Open Data (LOD). Regarding the analysis of documents, we have developed novel methods and techniques for recommending scientific papers and multi-label classification of documents. For LOD, we have developed with SchemEX an approach for the efficient computation of a schema-level index for very-large LOD graphs [J12]. SchemEX allows to query for data sources on the web just like Google does for searching documents. The search engine LODatio allows users to interactively search and explore for relevant data sources based on SchemEX [C27]. Thus, LODatio can be considered the “yellow pages” for LOD.
We evaluate the knowledge-based applications by conducting formative and summative user studies and applying statistical methods. Examples of this benefitial combination of large-scale semantic data management and human-centered applications are the comparison of a semantic desktop vs. a standard desktop for personal information management (
KCAP '09), the interactive exploration of large-scale semantic social media data with SemaPlorer (JWS '09), deriving semantics from photo books to improve the authoring and retrieval task (ACM MM '07), interactive exploration of distributed, social media sources (MTAP '13), and the interactive user guidance when searching for relevant sources of Linked Open Data at web-scale (JWS '12, KCAP '13). We have also conducted a study with 121 economists to investigate twelve different strategies for recommending scientific economics papers (JCDL '16)

In summary, my research interests are:

Honors and Awards

Community Service

Mr. Scherp is editor of the Journal of Web Semantics (JWS) since 2010. He is program committee member for conferences including World Wide Web (WWW), ACM Multimedia (MM), Multimedia Modeling (MMM), Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), and International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC). He also reviews for journals including Proceedings of Very Large Data Base Endowment (PVLDB), IEEE Multimedia, Springer's Multimedia Systems and Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP), ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing Communications and Applications (TOMCCAP), Journal of Web Semantics (JWS), and International Journal on Human Computer Studies (IJHCS). Mr. Scherp is co-organizer of several scientific events such as the ACM Workshop series on Events in Multimedia conjunct with ACM Multimedia Beijing, China, 2009 and Firence, Italy, 2010, and Scottsdale, AZ, USA, in 2011. The workshop aims at bringing together different disciplines interested in detecting, processing, representing, and using events in multimedia and social media. Due to the workshop's success, the topic became its own area at the ACM Multimedia conference in 2012. Furthermore, Mr. Scherp led the doctoral programme of INFORMATIK, the annual German computer science society meeting, between 2013 and 2015.


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Invited Talks


Most Important Publications

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Supervised Phd Theses

Supervised Master Theses

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Last update: 3/5/2017.