Webis Awards



Winner of the FAIRest Dataset Award of the Thüringer Kompetenznetzwerks Forschungsdatenmanagement (TKFDM) awarded with € 2,000 for the Webis Web Archive 2017. (Johannes Kiesel, Martin Potthast, Matthias Hagen, Florian Kneist, Benno Stein)
SIGIR Student Travel Grant of the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) for the fifth ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2020) for Investigating Expectations for Voice-based and Conversational Argument Search on the Web. (Johannes Kiesel)


Finalist nominee GSCL Award 2019 (KONVENS 2019) for "Best Thesis (Master): Authorship Obfuscation Using Heuristic Search" (Janek Bevendorff)
Best Paper Award at the 42nd German Conference on Artifical Intelligence (KI 2019) for Data Acquisition for Argument Search: The args.me corpus.
(Yamen Ajjour, Henning Wachsmuth, Johannes Kiesel, Martin Potthast, Matthias Hagen, and Benno Stein)
Best Poster Award at the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2019) for A Dataset for Content Error Detection in Web Archives. (Johannes Kiesel, Fabienne Hubricht, Benno Stein, and Martin Potthast)
SIGIR Student Travel Grant of the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) for the 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2019) for Argument Search: Assessing Argument Relevance. (Lukas Gienapp)


Winner of the university-internal science slam of the faculties civil engineering and media. (Johannes Kiesel)
Winner of the International Office Award 2017 for outstanding international undergraduate students. (Jiani Qu)
IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award for research in the area of cognitive computing. (Khalid Al-Khatib). The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study.


Best Paper Award at the 25th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 16) for the first approach to vandalism detection in Wikidata, the knowledge base of the Wikimedia Foundation. (Stefan Heindorf, Martin Potthast, Benno Stein, Gregor Engels)
Honorable mention award at the 18th EG / VGTC Conference on Visualization (EuroVis 16) for an outstanding visualization of Wikipedia's article similarity graph. The award came with $100 dollar prize money which was donated to a charity. (Patrick Riehmann, Martin Potthast, Henning Gründl, Johannes Kiesel, Dean Jürges, Giuliano Castiglia, Bagrat Ter-Akopyan, and Bernd Fröhlich)
Acquisition of a research grant rewarded by Adobe Systems for collaborative research on deep text analytics.
Best Short Paper Award at the 38th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 16) for a new approach to clickbait detection. (Martin Potthast, Benno Stein, Matthias Hagen)


Winner of the SemEval-2015 Task 10 Subtask B among 40 participating international teams. Analysis task: given a tweet, classify whether the tweet is of positive, negative, or neutral sentiment. (Matthias Hagen, Martin Potthast, Michel Büchner, and Benno Stein)
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Best reviewer award at the 37th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 15). (Matthias Hagen)


Best Presentation Award for a paper on argumentation analysis at the 15th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing 14). (Henning Wachsmuth)
Invitation to the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, where Abel, Fields and Turing laureates meet the next generation. Part of the invitation was also to contribute to the event by organizing one of the ten postdoc workshops. (Martin Potthast)


Winner of the STIFT Price 2013 for an excellent dissertation, sponsored by the STIFT Foundation for Technology, Innovation, and Science, Thuringia. (Martin Potthast)
Invitation to the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum, where Abel, Fields and Turing Laureates Meet the Next Generation. Part of the invitation was also to contribute to the event by organizing one of the 14 postdoc workshops. (Matthias Hagen)
Nomination for the Best Paper Award at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 13) for a paper on crowdsourcing interaction logs to understand text reuse from the web. (Martin Potthast, Matthias Hagen, Michael Völske, and Benno Stein)


Best Paper Award at the 4th IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis 11) for a new way of visualizing keywords in context for our Netspeak web service. (Patrick Riehmann, Henning Gründl, Bernd Fröhlich, Martin Potthast, Martin Trenkmann, and Benno Stein)


Winner of the AI Mashup Challenge 2009 at the 32nd Annual Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI 09) with our AIsearch Firefox add-on. (Martin Potthast, Alexander Kümmel, Christian Fricke, Christof Bräutigam)


Winner of the second prize of a thesis competition in Middle Germany, sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Open Source Systems, GAOS e.V. The thesis deals with the automatic detection of edit wars on Wikipedia. (Dennis Hoppe)
Best Poster Award at the 30th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 08) for a novel approach on vandalism detection in Wikipedia. (Martin Potthast, Benno Stein, Robert Gerling)
Winner of the Spock Data Mining Challenge awarded with USD 50,000. Analysis task was a person resolution within 100,000 Web pages, approximately 10 GByte of text. Learn about our approach, and see a picture of the team. (Sven Meyer zu Eissen, Benno Stein, Steffen Becker, Christof Bräutigam, Tino Rüb, Hagen-Christian Tönnies)


Award of Appreciation for the best paper on the text mining track at the International Conference of the German Classification Society (GfKl 05). (Sven Meyer zu Eissen, Benno Stein, Marion Kulig)


Special prize at the European Academic Software Award Competition, EASA, for AIsearch. The jury awarded the development, the operationalization, and the integration of new information retrieval research. (Sven Meyer zu Eissen, Benno Stein)


Winner of the German Educational Software Prize DIGITA with the FluidSIM  simulation program. The jury awarded the integration of technological expertise within the user interface, as well as the convincing implementation of new problem solving paradigms. (Benno Stein, Daniel Curatolo, Marcus Hoffmann)
World Bronze Award at the World Didac for the FluidSIM simulation program. The jury awarded the excellent level of the implemented technical and didactic competence. (Benno Stein, Daniel Curatolo, Marcus Hoffmann)


Best Dissertation Award of the University of Paderborn. (Benno Stein)
Winner of the innovation competition at the International Conference on Expert Systems (XPS 95) with ArtDeco. The program automates the model formation of power plants along with a highly efficient behavior analysis by processing a circuit diagram. (Benno Stein, Daniel Curatolo, Marcus Hoffmann, Ralf Lemmen, Hans Kleine Büning, Michael Suermann)


Special prize of the Electrical Engineering Industry at the competition "Jugend forscht" for new research results in the field of applied pulse width modulation. (Martin Schneider, Benno Stein)


Science ain't all. Various prizes at the music competition "Jugend musiziert" as clarinetist. I am deeply grateful to my parents who gave me the world of music. (Benno Stein)