We offer a paid internship for Bachelor students from Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain

We are glad to announce that we, again, will offer a paid internship in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange service (DAAD). If you are an undergraduate student, interested in software engineering or statistics, and coming from the Greece, Italy, Portugal, or Spain, get yourself started and do an 8-12 weeks internship in summer or autumn 2013, fully paid. And if you are not applicable to apply for the internship – please tell your friends to apply! 🙂

Your project

Your research question to answer will be “How to provide (better) research paper recommendations to our users?”. As such, it will be your task to support the Docear team in researching how the interests of Docear’s users can be identified from the users’ mind maps and how these interests can be matched with interesting items to recommend. You will do literature research, create new ideas, analyze user data, and implement new recommendation approaches in JAVA. Of course, you don’t have to do all of this alone – you will be closely cooperating with the Docear team. Your work will be integrated into Docear and used by thousands of researchers around the world. If your work is outstanding, we will write a research paper with you.


You should have a profound knowledge of the programming language JAVA. Knowledge in statistics, machine learning, other programming languages (especially C/++ or Python) and/or MySQL, neo4j, Hibernate, Jersey, REST Web Services, Tomcat, and Apache is a plus, but not a requirement. Of course, we would appreciate if you spoke German but it would be no problem if you only spoke English. We would prefer, if you apply for a long internship (12 weeks) but you can also apply for a shorter internship. If you are interested in combining your internship with writing a Bachelor thesis, please let us know in advance (this would be highly welcome). You can start at any date you want in summer or autumn 2013.

Important: If you don’t want to program but have profound knowledge in statistics you are also very welcome to apply. In this case you will support us evaluating how good our current recommender system is, and you will help us generating ideas for improvements. Please indicate in your application clearly that you are not interested in software development but in statistics.


On the future of Docear: Funding for the next 18 months and 2nd prize at ego.Business (business plan contest)

As you might know, Docear originates from ‘SciPlore MindMapping’ which some friends and I developed as part of my PhD studies. Our work was  partly financed by my university (Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg) and supported by many others such as the University of California, Berkeley. One year ago my friends Stefan and Marcel and I decided to make SciPlore MindMapping a full-time project, since then being called Docear. Luckily, we received a 100,000€ EXIST scholarship for one year  from the European Union and German Federal Ministryof Economics and Technology. Well, that year has passed quite quickly and during the last months we had to think about the future. And the future looks bright 🙂

Docear Team at the ego.-BUSINESS award ceremony

Stefan Langer, Joeran Beel, and Marcel Genzmehr from Docear at the award ceremony from ego.-BUSINESS

A couple of days ago we received a scholarship that allows Stefan, Marcel and me to work for another 18 month full-time on Docear. The scholarship is granted by the European Union and Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. This is just awesome because when I look at the achievements from the past 12 month… I am really excited to think about what we will be able to do in the next 18 months. The scholarship is called ego.-START and we are really glad about all the support we received from the Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt who helped us applying for this scholarship. And as with the previous grant, there are no strings attached. I think this is really amazing and I don’t know of any other country in the world that is that supportive to young researchers and entrepreneurs. ‘Entrepreneurs?’ you might wonder? Yes, we are considering to start a business with Docear.