Societal Challenges for Information Retrieval
Benno Stein is chair of the Web-Technology and Information Systems Group at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. His research focuses on modeling and solving data- and knowledge-intensive information processing tasks. Common ground of his research are the principles and methods of symbolic Artificial Intelligence. Benno Stein has developed theories, algorithms, and tools for information retrieval, data mining, computational linguistics, knowledge processing, as well as for engineering design and simulation (patents granted). For several achievements of his research he has been awarded with scientific and commercial prizes.
Professional background: Study at the University of Karlsruhe (1984 - 1989). Dissertation (1995) and Habilitation (2002) in computer science at the University of Paderborn. Appointment as a full professor for Web Technology and Information Systems at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (2005). Research stays at IBM, Germany, and the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley. Benno Stein serves on scientific boards, on program committees, as reviewer in various relevant conferences and journals, and he is the initiator and a co-chair of PAN, an excellence network and evaluation lab on digital text forensics with focus on authorship analysis, profiling, and reuse detection. He is cofounder and spokesperson of the Digital Bauhaus Lab Weimar, a visionary and interdisciplinary research center for Computer Science, Arts, and Engineering. Not least, he is a cofounder (1996) and scientific director of the Art Systems Software Ltd, a world leading company for simulation technology in fluidic engineering.