Data, Knowledge, and the Web

The advent of large-scale data on the Web and elsewhere poses new challenges and opportunities. Concepts, models, and algorithms from several fields, including database systems, information retrieval, natural language processing, statistical learning, and data mining can help us to analyze and learn from this data.

Groups and Researchers in this Field

Responsible Computing

Asia Biega is a tenure-track faculty member at the MPI for Security and Privacy. Through interdisciplinary collaborations, she designs ethically, socially, and legally responsible information and social computing systems and studies how they interact with and influence their users. Before joining Microsoft Research, she completed her PhD summa cum laude at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University. Her doctoral work focused on the issues of privacy and fairness in search systems. She has published her work in leading information retrieval, Web, and data mining venues. Beyond academia, her perspectives and methodological approaches are informed by an industrial experience, including work on privacy infrastructure at Google and consulting for Microsoft product teams on issues related to FATE (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics) and privacy. Read more

Asia Biega

MPI-SP, Faculty
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Data Systems

Laurent Bindschaedler is a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, where he leads the Data Systems Group (DSG). Focused on applications, his group explores a wide range of topics at the intersection of systems, data management, and machine learning, such as systems for big data and machine learning, machine learning for systems, real-time analytics systems, and decentralized systems like blockchains. Laurent is known for building the Chaos graph processing system, which holds a record for the largest graph processed on a small cluster of commodity servers. The Data Systems Group is dedicated to advancing the field of data systems by developing innovative methods, tools, and technologies to manage and analyze large-scale data sets, thereby empowering organizations and researchers to unlock the full potential of their data for innovation, improved decision-making, and complex problem-solving. Read more

Laurent Bindschaedler

MPI-SWS, Research Group Leader
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Human-Centric Machine Learning

Manuel Gomez Rodriguez is interested in developing machine learning and large-scale data mining methods for analysis and modeling of large real-world networks and processes that take place over them. His research comprises several dimensions: developing models of these networks and processes, assessing their theoretical properties and limitations; developing machine learning algorithms to fit the models and computational methods to influence processes over networks; and validating models and methods on gigabite- and terabyte-scale real-world datasets. Ultimately, he aims to provide computational tools with applications in a variety of domains, e.g. social and information sciences, economics, decision theory, causality, and epidemiology. Read more

Manuel Gomez Rodriguez

MPI-SWS, Faculty
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Social Computing

Krishna Gummadi heads the Social Computing research group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. He is broadly interested in understanding and building networked and distributed computer systems. Currently, the group's research focuses on social computing systems: an emerging class of societal-scale human-computer systems that facilitate interactions and knowledge exchange between individuals, organizations, and governments in our society. A few examples include social networking sites like Facebook, blogging and microblogging sites like LiveJournal and Twitter, and content sharing sites like YouTube, among many others. Through user studies, examining data, and building systems, the group aims to understand, predict, and control the behavior of their constituent human users and computer systems. Read more

Krishna Gummadi

MPI-SWS, Faculty
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Bridging AI and Neuroscience

Mariya Toneva’s research is at the intersection of Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Neuroscience. Her group bridges language in machines with language in the brain, with a focus on building computational models of language processing in the brain that can also improve natural language processing systems. Prior to joining MPI-SWS, she is conducting research as a C.V. Starr Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. She received her Ph.D. in a joint program between Machine Learning and Neural Computation from Carnegie Mellon University. Read more

Mariya Toneva

MPI-SWS, Faculty
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Digital and Computational Demography

Emilio Zagheni is a scientific director at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), where he heads the Department of Digital and Computational Demography. Zagheni is best known for his work on combining digital trace data and traditional sources to track and understand migrations and to advance population science. The main goal of the Department of Digital and Computational Demography is to advance fundamental population science, through the lens of digital and computational perspectives, for the benefit of everyone. Thematically, a first primary focal area, addressed by the Laboratory of Migration and Mobility, is on measuring, understanding, and predicting the causes and consequences of migration. A second primary focal area, addressed by the Laboratory of Population Dynamics and Sustainable Well-Being, is on monitoring, understanding, and predicting the factors that shape people’s well-being across space, time, and demographic characteristics, and as they relate to mortality and health, fertility, social and economic processes, and sustainable development. Read more

Emilio Zagheni

MPI for Demographic Research, Scientific Director
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