Prof. Beel is appointed as the Chair of the Examination Board for Mechatronics

I am honoured to be appointed Chair of the Examination Board (German: “Prüfungsausschussvorsitzender”) for the Mechatronics study program at the University of Siegen. Initiated in the fall of 2001, this Master’s Program is an interdisciplinary initiative presented by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in collaboration with the Read more…

We welcome Avleen Malhi as a visiting postdoc for 1 month

Our lab is glad to welcome Dr. Avleen Malhi as a visiting postdoc researcher for September 2019 at Trinity College Dublin Ireland. During Avleen’s stay at Trinity College Dublin, her research will be focused on automated machine learning (AutoML) and exploring Siamese neural networks (SNN) for algorithm selection in our recommender-system as-a-service for digital libraries Mr. DLib.

Homepage of the Working Group of Prof Dr Joeran Beel (Machine Learning and Recommender Systems

Our new website is live!

Today, we launched our new website It provides lots of information about our research, publications, projects, and teaching relating to recommender systems, machine learning and more. The new website also combines the blog posts of our project websites Mr. DLib and Docear.  

The second Freeplane/Docear Developer Conference: User Friendliness, Collaboration and Scripting

Last year in July we met the core developers of the mind mapping software Freeplane in Munich (Docear’s mind mapping component is based on Freeplane). At that meeting we decided that Freeplane and Docear would closely cooperate. Now, more than a year later it was time to meet again and discuss the next big steps in the development of Freeplane and Docear. So we met this weekend in Magdeburg, Docear’s “headquarter”. And while last year six people attended the meeting, this year we were nine participants (three from Docear, three from Freeplane and three students from HTW Berlin) plus one Freeplane developer attending via video. In the following I would like to provide a brief overview of the discussed topics and results.

The Freeplane and Docear team in Docear's office

The Freeplane and Docear team in Docear’s office in Magdeburg (Germany)


Docear moves to a new office and welcomes an intern from Cambridge

It’ already a few weeks ago that we moved to a new office. The computer science department of our university (OvGU) sponsors it and it’s really great, and huge.  It has space for six or even seven work spaces and there is a second room for another two or three people (again a big ‘thank you’ to  our university and our mentor Prof. Andreas Nürnberger). As you maybe know, the core team of Docear are three people  (Stefan, Marcel and me) and then there are a few students, volunteers and of course Bela, who co-founded SciPlore MindMapping, but who is in Berkeley now. That means, we have still some workspace to fill and we already began to fill it with a new intern :-). Two days ago, Cheng arrived from the university of Cambridge where he studies physics. He will stay for two month with us and will support the software development of Docear. This is particular good news for MacOS users because Cheng has a Mac and hence we can test Docear on a real Mac for the first time.

(Part of) the Docear team (Marcel, Stefan, Joeran, Cheng) in the new office

Btw. if you are interested in an internship, or writing your thesis about Docear, please read here and contact us. We have lots of great projects to work on, there are many research fields you can do research in, and, as you know, there is enough space in our office :-).