Bio 2017-06-18T17:07:45+00:00


Prof. Bela Gipp (Dr.-Ing.) leads the Chair in Information Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany. His research focuses on the retrieval, recommendation, and visualization of information and the development of applied solutions for digital libraries, and academic knowledge management. The implications of blockchain technology – for the benefit of both industry and the social sciences – is another research domain Bela is passionate about. Currently, he serves as the University partner and juror for the world’s largest Blockchain Competition.

He performed his doctoral research at the University of California Berkeley while an external doctoral candidate of the University Magdeburg, Germany. After receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science with distinction, he was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California Berkeley and at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo. He also obtained an M.Sc. in Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). While at the University Magdeburg, he worked for the VLBA-lab, a joint venture of the University and SAP AG. As a founder of SciPlore, he develops the open-source software Docear.

He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, three books and filed four patents. He secured multiple research grants from the public and private sectors, including from venture capital investors. At age 16, he won several prizes at Jugend Forscht, Germany’s largest youth science competition. The German Chancellor honored him after he won 1st place in the state-level round three times in a row. Today, he acts as a jury member for Jugend Forscht.

He has taught at UC Berkeley, the University of Magdeburg, and at the University of Applied Sciences HTW in Berlin. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, paragliding, and photography.


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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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