Prof. Dr. Bela Gipp2024-06-14T01:46:33+02:00

Prof. Dr. Bela Gipp

Professor for Scientific Information Analytics &
Deputy Director of the State and University Library Göttingen

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Prof. Bela Gipp (Dr.-Ing.) holds the chair for Scientific Information Analytics at the University of Göttingen, Germany and is the Deputy Director of the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB). His research interests lie at the intersection of Information Science and Data Science. His group’s research focuses on developing and applying Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques and methods for retrieving, analyzing, and visualizing information in large datasets. The implications of blockchain technology – for the benefit of both industry and society – is another research domain that Bela is passionate about.

Previously, Bela was full professor at the University of Wuppertal, where he held the chair for Data & Knowledge Engineering from 2018 to 2022. Before that, Bela served as junior professor at the University of Konstanz, where he led the Information Science Group from 2015 to 2018. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science (summa cum laude) at the University of Magdeburg in 2013. He conducted the majority of his doctoral research abroad, while on a 4-year research scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley, he also made use of the proximity to the Silicon Valley to found the tech start-up SciPlore and co-found Docear. After his Ph.D., he received postdoctoral research fellowships at U.C. Berkeley and at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo.

In his youth, Bela participated in Jugend Forscht, Germany’s premier youth science competition. After winning 1st place at the state-level competition three times, he was honored by the German Chancellor and Germany’s Federal President. Scholarships allowed him to study semesters abroad in Sydney, Beijing, Staffordshire and at UC Berkeley. Today, he is involved as a jury member and mentor for Jugend Forscht and Tech-Startups.

Bela has published over 150 peer-reviewed conference papers and journal articles, in addition to three books and several patents. He has a h-index of 45. Currently, he is the head of these DFG-funded projects and is a member of the DFG Graduate School 2196 Dokument – Text – Edition. He has secured over 5 million EUR in third-party funding and venture capital investments for his research thus far. Additionally, he maintains active research collaborations with industry. For example, he founded and is the acting CIO of the OriginStamp AG based in Switzerland.

Bela serves as a DFG-nominated member of the Digitality in Science Initiative of the Alliance of Science Organizations in Germany, a board member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Machine Learning and Data Analytics. He is a member of the scientific advisory board for the DAAD Program offering International Research Stays for Computer Scientists and the internationalization officer of the institute for computer science. In his spare time, Bela enjoys photography, designing, building and flying innovative drones and loves to paraglide in the Alps.


Prof. Dr. Bela Gipp

Papendiek 14
37073 Göttingen

Office: SUB Historic Building 0.212

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Since April 2022

Full Professor (W3) for Scientific Information Analytics
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

and since June 2024:

Deputy Director of the State and University Library Göttingen
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

2018 – 2022

Full Professor (W3) for Data & Knowledge Engineering
Bergische University of Wuppertal, Germany

2015 – 2018

Junior Professor (W1)
Head of the Information Science Group

University of Konstanz, Germany

2014 – 2015

National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan

2013 – 2014

University of California (UC) Berkeley, USA

2009 – 2013

Research Fellowship
UC Berkeley, School of Information & Department of Statistics, USA

Ph.D. defense in 2013 at the University of Magdeburg, Germany


New SUB leadership: Bela Gipp appointed Deputy Director of Research

The State and University Library Göttingen (SUB) will receive new leadership. Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaufmann and Prof. Dr. Bela Gipp will take over as the Director and Deputy Director of Research. The current Library Director, Kathrin Brannemann, and a soon-to-be-appointed [...]

Stern magazine reports on Bela Gipp’s inventions with ”Jugend Forscht”

The German magazine, Stern, just published an article about Bela’s research projects and his inventions while participating in the ‘Jugend Forscht’ competitions as a student. The article also describes one of Bela’s earliest inventions, the “GSM Schutzengel”, with which Bela [...]

Our research group moves to the University of Göttingen

Bela Gipp has recently accepted a new full professorship at the Georg-August-University Göttingen (Website, Wikipedia page). The new position will be at the intersection of the Department of Computer Science and the research department of the State and University Library (Website, Wikipedia [...]

Research & Knowledge Transfer Office reports on our group’s research and its impact on society

Scientific research does not occur in a vacuum. Instead, scientists and society both benefit from continuous and close collaboration. In this manner, new insights and solutions from academia can be directly applied to real-world problems, allowing innovation to be incrementally [...]

Newspaper FAZ reports on our research to detect and deter academic plagiarism

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) describes how our research on novel plagiarism detection methods and blockchain-backed decentralized trusted timestamping facilitates combating plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct. Read the article on the FAZ website or here (click on the article to enlarge):

Funding approved for 3-year research project by the DFG (German Research Foundation)

We are happy to announce that the DFG (German Research Foundation), has awarded our group a research grant for our project: “Analyzing Mathematics to Detect Disguised Academic Plagiarism”. The total funding sum of 633,000 Euro will be made available over a 3-year period [...]

Wikipedia rolls out our research on providing semantic information for mathematical formulae

As of January 9, Wikipedia allows semantically enhancing mathematical formulae with the definitions of the terms they contain. For example, the formula of the famous mass-energy equivalence E=mc² now contains information on the variables E, m, and c. Clicking on the formula opens an information [...]

DAAD presents new stipend program and interviews Bela Gipp

The DAAD, or the German Academic Exchange Service, has recently announced a new Stipend Program called ''IFI'' (Internationale Forschungsaufenthalte für Informatikerinnen und Informatiker). The IFI Program is available to Master’s students, Ph.D. candidates, and Postdoctoral researchers enrolled at German Universities and studying or [...]

BUW introduces Bela Gipp as new professor for Data & Knowledge Engineering

Dr. Bela Gipp, previously Junior-Professor of Information Science at the University of Konstanz, has been appointed Professor for Data & Knowledge Engineering at the University of Wuppertal.   You can find the German press release here.   At the School of [...]

German supreme court cites our research in its ruling on dashcam recordings

If you have ever browsed viral videos, chances are, you have come across accident footage recorded by dashcams. Dashboard cameras, or Dashcams, have become increasingly wide-spread among motorists. Especially in countries where drivers are more likely to ignore the rules [...]

Talk on blockchain technologies at the ‘Bodensee Mittelstand 4.0’ talk series

Bela Gipp will give a talk on blockchain technologies and visions at the event 'Blockchain – eine Kette an Möglichkeiten für Unternehmen' organized by the Wirtschaftsförderung Bodenseekreis and the competence centre cyberLAGO.  

Talk on the immutable research data trail at conference on Blockchain for Science

Bela Gipp gave a talk about the immutable research data trail at the 1st international Conference on Blockchain for Science, Research and Knowledge Creation held on 5-6 November in Berlin. More information about the conference is available here.

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