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; here's the paper. (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. Project details can be found here.

Acquisition of a $50,000 research grant rewarded by the Google Digital News Initiative in order to analyze and fight the clickbait phenomenon. The project is led by Dr. Martin Potthast. Project details can be found here.

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. The results are published here; a paper describing our approach can be found here. (Matthias Hagen, Martin Potthast, Michel Büchner, and Benno Stein)


Best Presentation Award for a paper on argumentation analysis at the 15th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing 14). The slides can be found here. (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. The paper can be found here. (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). Details of the winning AIsearch Firefox add-on can be found here. (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. The paper can be found here. (Martin Potthast, Benno Stein, Robert Gerling)

Winner of the Spock Data Mining Challenge. 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)