We are delighted to announce that Dr. Norman Meuschke was awarded this year’s Airbus Research Award ‘Claude Dornier’ for his outstanding research achievements during his Ph.D. research. The award ceremony took place on July 14th, 2022, at the University of Konstanz.

Norman defended his Ph.D. thesis titled “Analyzing Non-Textual Content Elements to Detect Academic Plagiarism” summa cum laude on March 5th, 2021.

The objective of his Ph.D. research was to research and develop new approaches capable of detecting instances of plagiarism in academic literature, even in cases where the plagiarism has been carefully disguised, e.g., through paraphrasing, or through ‘only’ stealing ideas, mathematical formulae, or images, instead of verbatim text. Norman achieved this by developing and combining novel document similarity assessment methods, which compute not only the similarity between text but also the similarity among academic citations, mathematical formulae, as well as images, figures, and charts.
In his current research, Norman continues to build on the approaches and solutions he presented in his thesis. Together with other researchers, he has plans to release a production-ready system that can be freely used by academics and researchers to detect instances of strongly disguised academic plagiarism.

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