Chair of Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems


“Wir rechnen Kultur” – “We calculate with culture”

5th August 2016 | Passauer Neue Presse Newspaper

We are happy to report that the Passau Centre for eHumanities (PACE) has been founded – a Project linking Humanities and Computer Science.

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Companion for the Future

MARIO project - photo from CampusPassau

Feb. 2015 | Campus Passau

Abstract: About 11 Million People in Europe suffer from the neurodegenerative disease dementia and their numbers are on the rise. It is one of the most important social and medical challenges of the 21st century which the research of Service Robots for dementia patients by Prof. Dr. Siegfried Handschuh is tackling.

Who will take care of them? How will they live and what can science do to ensure their quality of life. A pool of European experts from scientific, social and industrial background relating to dementia approaches that problem with the project for “Managing active and healthy aging with use of caring service robots”, short MARIO.


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Uni-Project: Serivce robots for dementia patient

Original article by the Passauer Neue Presse Newspaper
Original article by the Passauer Neue Presse Newspaper

2015 | Passauer Neue Presse

University participates in EU Project researching active and healhy aging with the use of service robots.

2015 | press release

The project MARIO (“Managing active and healthy aging with use of caring service robots”) started 2015 at the University of Passau and is funded by the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, HORIZON 2020. Together with a variety of Partners from scientific and industrial background it researches ways for service robots to contribute to dignified and healthy aging.

The University of Passau’s research team is led by Professor Siegfried Handschuh (Chair of Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems).

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Please address your enquiries concerning this press release to Professor Siegfried Handschuh ( or the Media office (Tel. 0851 509-1439).

University of Passau named as an 'NVIDIA Research Center'

2014 | press release

Graphics processor manufacturer NVIDIA has named the University of Passau and the Chair of Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems (Professor Siegfried Handschuh) as an 'NVIDIA CUDA Research Center 2014'. This is in recognition of the University's advanced research in Large-Scale Text Mining and Semantic Computing of Big Text Data using graphics processing units (GPUs).

NVIDIA is one of the world's leading manufacturers of graphics processors and chipsets. CUDA is both a parallel computing platform and a programming model. CUDA Research Centers are institutions that embrace and utilise GPU computing across multiple research fields, and are at the forefront of some of the world’s most innovative and important scientific research. The CUDA parallel programming model is an important element of the NVIDIA accelerated computing platform, the leading platform for accelerating data analytics and scientific computing. CUDA enables programmers to achieve dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of NVIDIA GPU accelerators.

The University of Passau can now use the title 'NVIDIA CUDA Research Center 2014'. 'The University of Passau was selected as a CUDA research center on the basis of the vision, quality and influence of Professor Handschuh's research work using CUDA technology,' according to a statement by NVIDIA. 'We are pleased to be a partner to his outstanding work at the University of Passau and look forward to our continued cooperation in the coming year.'

Research in Large-Scale Text Mining and Semantic Computing of Big Text Data is concerned with the process of conveying meaning from a computer science angle. This uses the advantages of Big Data, such as informational redundancy and the computing power of GPU clusters, to develop and apply mathematical models on the significance of linguistic entities, such as words, expressions and sentences. These models can then be put to work on existing problems in language recognition programs.

The Principal Investigator, Professor Siegfried Handschuh, who holds the Chair of Computer Science with a focus on Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems, said: 'The output of this research can benefit several disciplines, such as digital humanities, computational linguistic and cognitive science. Further, it will enable novel applications, such as intelligent Digital Libraries, allowing users to efficiently search, retrieve and browse the knowledge scattered across vast amounts of documents.'

Please address your enquiries concerning this press release to Professor Siegfried Handschuh,

The MOBIZZ Challenge: Business Models and an agile service development environment for the mobile business cloud

by Dr Dimitrios Tektonidis, ALTEC Software S.A., Greece

While mobile devices are becoming more powerful and able to support applications of significant size, and link to useful services on the fly using mobile internet connections, we now more than ever are experiencing the lack of a simple technology framework that can allow businesses to rapidly develop and offer new services to their customers.

The challenge is not only related to mobile networks, which connect the end user to cloud services, but also to the development of a business model that facilitates rapid service conceptualisation and development to allow businesses to expose their key functionalities to customers and integrate with existing business applications.

No such infrastructure currently exists, yet its availability would propel the adoption of new cost-cutting and resource-optimising technologies in commercial transactions and business activities all over the EU. MO-BIZZ envisages the validation of a platform to support the delivery of high quality business applications, with a strong focus on two key target groups: (1) developers and IT providers, and (2) large industries and vertical markets. MO-BIZZ envisages stimulating the adoption of mobile cloud solutions in enterprises, and supports the emergence of a strong and enthusiastic community of app developers in Europe.

In this presentation, Dr Tektonidis presents the work of the MOBIZZ project that combines both a cloud platform capable to provide network and computing resources along with the supporting platform to run both business applications and a business process integration framework for managing business processes and services offered through the cloud to mobile app users.

Dr. Tektonidis heads the Research Programmes Division of ALTEC Software S.A. Greece, a major ERP vendor with an installed base of 50,000 companies. ALTEC is a partner in the MOBIZZ project, partly funded by the European Commission as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).


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