Prof. Dr. Frank Hopfgartner

Head of Institute

Universitätsstraße 1 56072 Koblenz
Office B 108



I am a Professor for Data Science at Universität Koblenz and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. In Koblenz, I lead the Institute for Web Science & Technologies and coordinate the MSc in Web and Data Science and BSc in Computational Social Science programmes.

My main research interest is in the intersection of human-centred artificial intelligencedata science, and computational social science. In particular, I am interested in understanding and modelling how data-driven systems (e.g., information retrieval and recommender systems) shape and influence people and society. Often, I collaborate with partners from industry or other disciplines interested in developing personalisation services or in gaining new insights into their data or society.
My work is underpinned by data mining, natural language processing, machine learning, and human-computer interaction techniques.

I am an active member of the research community. I have hold roles such as steering committee member of the ECIR and ACM SIGIR ICTIR conferences, general chair of ACM CIKM'23 and ACM CHIIR'24, or was co-organiser of evaluation campaigns at CLEF, NTCIR, and MediaEval. I am on the editorial board of the IP&M journal and was guest editor for various special issues of other journals.

I have completed my PhD in Computing Science at University of Glasgow under the supervision of Prof. Joemon M. Jose and Prof. Keith van Rijsbergen. After this, I have worked at research-led science & engineering centres in the US and Ireland, as well as at universities in Germany, China, and the UK. Since 2022, I am a Senior Fellow of the (UK) Higher Education Academy.