Chair of Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems


Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems Chair Team

You can find most of the Chairs' team and offices on the 2nd floor of the ITZ building. Be sure to check office hours before hand or make an appointment through the secretary. 


Stephanie Pauli

­Raum ITZ/IH 110

Bio: Stephanie Pauli


Stephanie Pauli is a foreign language correspondent and since November 2014 secretary at Prof. Handschuh´s Lehrstuhl für Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems, as well as part of the team for administration, sustainability and dissemination of the EU-projects MARIO and SSIX. Although, originally from Passau, she lived and worked several years in Chile -  in public administration, tourism and intercultural management - before finding her way back to Passau.

Temporal scientific collaborator

Dr. Adamantios Koumpis - scientific collaborator

Dr. Adamantios Koumpis

­Room ITZ/IH 108

Bio: Dr. Adamantios Koumpis

Adamantios Koumpis is scientific collaborator of Professor Siegfried Handschuh at the Universität Passau, Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik, Lehrstuhl für Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems

Till June 2014 Adamantios was Research Fellow at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute of the National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland with responsibilities for fundraising, research strategy design and development of synergies with European industry for new projects design. Before this, Adamantios headed the Research Programmes Division of ALTEC Software S.A., which he founded in 1996 (an independent division of Unisoft S.A.) where he was responsible for the design, planning and implementation of research and development projects for funding by the European Commission. 

His first position was at the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Heraklio, Crete, where he worked in the Rehabilitation Tele-Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction Group upon several of European Commission’s RTD projects. He lectured extensively for over 20 semesters in the subject areas of Management Information Systems, System Design, e-Commerce, Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management, Intangible Assets and Knowledge Accounting.

Research Associate Maria Christoforaki

Maria Christoforaki

­Room ITZ/IH 112



Bio: Maria Christoforaki

 Maria Christoforaki studied Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete, Greece and holds an MSc degree in Information Systems and Software Engineering from the same organisation. Her Master’s thesis was CLIO, an Object-oriented Model of Cultural Data.

She worked at the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (ICS-FORTH) where she was member of the Information Systems Research Group with a specialization in cultural documentation with use of semantic knowledge representation.  She was also member of the cross-disciplinary research team for the Ancient Theater Electronic Documentation Project at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (IMS-FORTH) and a PhD student at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland, Galway (2012 – 2014).

Since 2014 she works as a research assistant at the University of Passau, initially for the Chair for Digital Humanities (till June 2015) and then for the Chair for Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems (2015 – present). Main areas of experience and expertise: Cultural documentation, conceptual modelling.



Research associate Jelena Mitrovi?

Jelena Mitrović

Room ITZ R108

Bio: Jelena Mitrović

Jelena Mitrović is a research associate at the University of Passau and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She holds an MSc in Information Science and an MA in Modern Greek Language and Literature with minors in Ancient Greek and English, both from the University of Belgrade. Jelena is a founding member of the Group for Language Resources and Technologies at the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade, where she started her work on NLP tools and resources related to Computational Rhetoric, Computational Semantics, Digital Humanities and Computational Lexicography. Before embarking on the wonderful journey of Natural Language Processing Jelena worked as a book translator and interpreter, and as an Information Specialist at the University Library of Belgrade, Serbia.

Simon Donig

Simon Donig

Room ITZ/IH 112



Bio: Simon Donig

Simon Donig is a research assistant at the chair for  Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems at the University of Passau. He has studied History and Political Science at the Universities of Hamburg and Konstanz. 

His interest in computerization and the rise of the information society has initially led him to research on technology transfer and software history and continues to contribute to his work in the field of the
Digital Humanities.

Currently he has an ongoing Ph.D. project on a group of noble industrialists and the rise of modernity in the Prussian Province of Silesia, exploring an elite history in breadth from the genesis of exclusive property rights for this group to symbolic and communicative modes of representation of noble identity.

He is also a parent to the Neoclassica research project, conceived to craft new instruments for scholars in the History of Art for tracing the co-occurrence of aesthetic forms in multimodal artefacts from the era of Classicism. This will finally lead not only to better scholarly understanding to processes of stylistic transformation but offer also a more profound understanding of material culture and transferts culturels to historians.

In combining strong qualitative research skills and narration with a keen interest in formalized modelling and data-driven computer assisted knowledge discovery he is particularly adapt for bridging the gap
between the different disciplinary cultures. In doing so he for instance represents the chair within the working group „Research Database“ of the German Lost Art Foundation.

Research associate Bernhard Bermeitinger Christina Niklaus

Christina Niklaus


Bio: Christina Niklaus

Christina Niklaus is a research assistant at the Chair of Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems at the University of Passau. She received her bachelor's degree in Applied Computer Science at the University of Bamberg. Afterward, she continued her studies at the University of Passau and INP Toulouse-ENSEEIHT. During that time, she worked on the problem of privacy in recommender systems as part of the German-French MDPS (Multimedia Distributed Pervasive Secure Systems) doctoral college of the University of Passau and INSA Lyon. Since 2016 she holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Passau. Her recent research focuses on automatic text simplification, information extraction and in particular argumentation mining.

Scientific Collaborator Juliano Sales

Juliano Sales


Bio: Juliano Sales

Juliano Efson Sales is a PhD Researcher at the Natural Language Processing and Semantic Computing Group at the University of Passau in Germany at the Chair of Prof. Siegfried Handschuh. Before joining the University of Passau, Juliano was part of the Insight Centre, former Digital Enterprise Research Institute, at the National University of Ireland Galway, where he did his master's in information retrieval and approximative semantics. Previously, he also had a significant industry experience working as a Business Analyst and Software Engineer for more than eight years at a top-10 Brazilian bank (Banco do Nordeste). His main research interests are natural language processing, distributional semantics, interactive systems, information extraction and approximate reasoning.

New Staff Members

Matthias Cetto
Matthias Cetto

Visiting Scientists

Visiting Scientist Ketih Cortis
Ketih Cortis

Scholarship Holders

Macedo Maia
Macedo Maia
Vivian Silva
Vivian Silva
Juliano Sales
Juliano Sales

Student Assistants

Student Assistant Viktoria Schmid
Viktoria Schmid
Student Assistant Simon Wagner
Simon Wagner
Student Assistant Thomas Haefeker
Thomas Haefeker
Student Assistant Isabella Graßl
Isabella Graßl

Tatiana Ashikhmina