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We are a subdivision of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck.


Our passion lies in developing innovative methods for efficient data storage and analyses aiming to assist users and businesses to meet their information needs.




ASI-PropertyServer is now Open Source

As a result of years of cooperation between the Austrian Standards International Working Group 011.09 "Technical Drawing and Documentation in Building Construction" and the research project freeBIM, which has been supported for years by the Economic Development Department of the state of Tyrol and the FFG, the ASI-PropertyServer is now Open Source and hence freely available to all interested parties, developers and companies. The already free and unlimited use of the ASI-PropertyServer for the Austrian BIM standard A 6241-2 has thus been expanded to include the option to install it locally, to supplement own special libraries and to cooperate in further development. It can be found at https://github.com/asi-propertyserver and is coordinated by the University of Innsbruck, Department of Databases and Information Systems (DBIS) under Univ. Prof. Dr. Günther Specht. 

The Economic Development Department of the state of Tyrol has recently confirmed that it will continue to support the further development of the project "freeBIM.connect" at the University of Innsbruck together with Tyrolean IT and industrial companies for the next two years.

ÖAW scholarship!

We are proud to announce that Benjamin's proposal for a DOC scholarship by the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften has been accepted! This ensures that he can finish his PhD while remaining to do research in and for the department. Starting from July, the scholarship will provide financial support for two years.

StyleExplorer at ECIR 2019

This week, Michael is presenting our StyleExplorer tool at the 41st European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2019) in Cologne, Germany. StyleExplorer was developed by Thibault Gerrier as part of his Bachelor thesis and provides an online toolkit to analyze, visualize and compare arbitrary text documents. During the course of the ECIR conference, many participants expressed their interests and are looking forward to using it for their own research problems.

Kick-Off for GoStudent Project

In cooperation with the GoStudent platform and funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), we just kicked off a new project. GoStudent provides an interactive learning platform that raises e-learning to a new level. Thousands of students are supported by a large community of validated tutors available over chat or via video sessions to answer student questions. Since the launch of GoStudent, answers were given to more than 500.000 questions. 

The goal of this project is to reuse this knowledge in self-learning Question Answering Systems (QAS) to instantly satisfy students' curiosity. The main problems we aim to tackle are the automatic recognition of similar questions and the extraction of possible answers given in a conversation. Via methodologies such as Deep- and Machine-Learning, the boundaries of a standard bot will be excelled to raise user satisfaction. 

BTW Conference 2019

The DBIS group has been busy at the BTW conference (Database systems for Business, Technology and Web) in Rostock in March 2019. Johannes Kessler and Günther Specht presented and demoed our RelaX tool. Furthermore, Günther Specht participated in the Workshop for "Digitale Lehre im Fach Datenbanken", where he also showcased the RelaX tool. RelaX provides an open-source calculator for relational algebra, particularly aiming at support students and teachers for databases courses. You can find out more about RelaX in the demo paper and the GitHub repo of RelaX.



DBIS wins best master thesis award

We proudly announce that Stefan Wurzinger won this year's best master thesis award at the Inday Students.

In his thesis, he analyzed the characteristics of Spotify Playlists based on lyrical and content-based features. Previously, his thorough research already resulted in a publication of his work at the ECIR 2018.

Congratulations Stefan!

ISMIR 2018

This week, Eva is presenting her and Martin's paper "Content-based User Models: Modeling the Many Faces of Musical Preferences" at the 19th International Society of Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR) in Paris. This year, Eva is also co-chair for the Women in Music Information Retrieval activities at ISMIR (together with Audrey Laplante from the University of Montreal, Canada).

DBIS@CLEF in Avignon, France

As a co-organizer of the annual PAN workshop Michael attended the Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum (CLEF) last week in Avignon, France. The style change detection task, organized by DBIS, had six successful submissions with very promising results, which were presented at the conference. Also in 2018, PAN could again top the number of registrations (227) and the number of active participants(41), making it one of the mostly active tasks at CLEF in general. Looking forward to next year!

CONFERENCE ON Content-based Multimedia Indexing

This week, Eva will be presenting Martin and her work on multi-context music recommendation at the International Conference on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing in La Rochelle, France. We are particularly proud to say that our paper has received the Best Student Paper Award :)

New Project: Digitization and Visualization of Archives and Collections

Together with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Theo Hug (Department of Media, Society and Communication), Eva will be leading the project "Digitization and Visualization of Archives and Collections" that aims for developint and applying concepts, methods and visual tools for the interactive presentation and analyses of archivals. The project is generously funded by the Region of Tyrol (Leuchtturmprojekt). 

The project builds on new possibilities of the development of generic interfaces and the visual exploration of archives and collections and combines them with regard to a modular set of open source software for visual presentation and examination of archival documents. The development and application of the concepts, methods and tools takes place prototypically on the example of the radical constructivism and the Ernst von Glasersfeld Archive, on the other hand, the modular tool set can generally be used in memory institutions in the cultural field (GLAM).


It's a busy week for DBIS. Eva is presenting her work on Culture-aware Music Recommender Systems at the User Modeling and Personalization Conference (UMAP) in Singapore. She is also the co-organizer of the IUADaptMe workshop at UMAP, which was successfully held on Sunday. At the same time, Martin is presenting Carl: A Sports Award Recommender at the eCom workshop at the 41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR)  in Ann Arbour, US.

Welcome Mike!

We welcome our newest team member Mike, who started working for DBIS this week. He will effectively be succeeding Martin, who finished his Ph.D. last month.

Mike has written his Master thesis at DBIS, in which he explored the possibilities to use autoencoders for next-track music recommendations.

Manuscript accepted at IEEE Journal of Affective Computing

Together with cooperation partners from Taiwan, Eva has looked into how information about the user's current mood can be used to improve the ranking of musical tracks in a recommendation scenario. The resulting paper has just been accepted at the IEEE Journal of Affective Computing and is already published in an online first version. You can find a local copy of the work here.

Publication details: 

Eva Zangerle, Chih-Ming Chen, Ming-Feng Tsai and Yi-Hsuan Yang: Leveraging Affective Hashtags for Ranking Music Recommendations. In IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. 2018 (online first).


Today, Robert Binna will present our paper "HOT: A Height Optimized Trie Index for Main-Memory Database Systems" at this year's SIGMOD/PODS Conference. The developed main-memory index structure (called HOT) was joint work of Robert Binna, Eva Zangerle, Martin Pichl and Günther Specht together with Viktor Leis from the Technical University of Munich. The SIGMOD conference is one of the two major database conference (core ranking A*) and we are very proud to be part of this year's conference :)

You can find the paper here or in the official ACM SIGMOD proceedings.