Tomáš Foltýnek is a senior researcher at the Data & Knowledge Engineering Group at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. He also works part-time as a lecturer and academic integrity coordinator at the Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic. He has been dealing with plagiarism detection and prevention since 2008. He was involved in the development of the plagiarism detection system for Mendel University in Brno. Now, he deals with semantic analysis using WikiData and with potential of blockchain technology for plagiarism detection and prevention, as well as for prevention of other forms of academic misconduct.
Besides technical aspects of plagiarism detection, his research focuses also on plagiarism and academic integrity policies. He was involved in projects “Impact of policies for plagiarism in higher education across Europe” and “South-East European Project on Policies for Academic Integrity”. Now, he is main coordinator of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships project “European Network for Academic Integrity” and “Project on Academic Integrity in Caucasus, Kazakhstan and Turkey”. Since 2013, he has been organizing and co-organizing international conference Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond, as well as local workshops about plagiarism and contract cheating.
He is representing the Czech Republic in the Pan-European Platform for Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education established by the Council of Europe and he is also a member of its Steering group. Since 2017, he is the President of the Board of the European Network for Academic Integrity.