Dr.-Ing. Bela Gipp serves as Juniorprofessor in Information Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Prior this, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California Berkeley and at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo. From 2009 to 2013 he received an invitation from the University of California Berkeley, to conduct his doctoral research at the School of Information and the Department of Statistics, while being an external doctoral student at the University Magdeburg, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science with summa cum laude.

His research interests are information retrieval and visualization, knowledge management systems and web technologies. His recent work focuses on developing semantic methods that analyze links, citations and other language independent characteristics to improve recommender systems and plagiarism detection software. He also researches the use of mind maps for different knowledge management tasks. He has published over 50 papers, three books and filed four patents. As a founder of SciPlore he develops the open-source software Sciplore Mindmapping / Docear.

Starting at the age of 16, he won several prizes at Jugend Forscht, Germany’s premier youth science competition. The German Chancellor honored him after winning the 1st place in the state-level round three times in a row. Today, he acts as a jury member for Jugend Forscht. Scholarships allowed him to study abroad in Sydney, Beijing, and at UC Berkeley. After obtaining his Master of Science in Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), he worked for the VLBA-lab, a joint venture of the SAP AG and the University Magdeburg.

He has taught at the universities in Berkeley, Magdeburg and at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin. He volunteered in rural China and India, teaching math and computer science, as well as at Syria’s Wadi International University.

–> Group Information Science at the University of Konstanz

Short CV

Since Feb. 2015
Juniorprofessor at the University of Konstanz, Germany
Head of the group „Information Science“

Postdoc, National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo

Postdoc, University of California (UC) Berkeley, USA

Invited Researcher (Scholarship) at UC Berkeley
School of Information & Department of Statistics

Jugend forscht

One of my Jugend Forscht projects was the development of an automated mobile emergency-call system, the GSM Guardian Angel, an idea, which will soon be adopted in Europe as a mandatory car safety standard “eCall” and is already in use in the US as “OnStar”. To read a recent press article discussing the system click here or visit our project website.

Award ceremony with the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder

Award ceremony with the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder for “outstanding scientific achievements” in Germany’s premier youth science competition “Jugend Forscht” in 2002.


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