Web Science and Social Computing

The web has become the biggest and most dynamic information repository in the world, presenting an opportunity to develop and improve search and mining techniques for web information, including text, semistructured data, images, sound, hyperlinks, and user behavior information. Our group seeks to advance the state of the art in web science, the interdisciplinary study of the web as a natural object, as well as more traditional areas of computing such as information retrieval and data mining.

The social web, the part of the web that is built around social software serving as an intermediary or as a focus for social relationships, has evolved well beyond being just a platform for trivial personal updates and wedding pictures. Social media, e-commerce, professional, political, educational, and dating sites, to mention just a few, shape our possibilities as individuals, consumers, employees, voters, students, and lovers. Our group also seeks to advance the state of the art in social computing, with a particular focus on embedding values in technology, including areas such as education, public health, and disaster response, and topics such as algorithmic fairness and crowdsourcing.

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Our Ph.D. student Maria Rauschenberger has been awarded with the fem:talent Scholarship from Hochschule Emden/Leer

Our Ph.D. student Maria Rauschenberger has been awarded with the fem:talent Scholarship from Hochschule Emden/Leer



17.11.2017, Emden.

The University of Applied Science Emden/Leer has awarded for the second time promising students and Ph.D. fellows with the fem:talent Scholarship. The students have to already succeed in their field of expertise or are expected to succeed in the future. The fem:talent Scholarship provides a financial support for a year and a pool to exchange ideas and support.    

Maria Rauschenberger  has received the fem:talent Scholarship twice for her research on "playful and early approach to screen children with dyslexia while playing a game". She will be continuing her work in the next year. "I am very happy to be supported from Emden for the next phase of my Ph.D. topic. This will be hopefully very helpful for children with dyslexia in the future.

Image1: v.l.n.r. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kreutz (Präsident University of Applied Science Emden/Leer ), Maria Rauschenberger, Jutta Dehoff-Zuch (Central equality officer)

Do you wanna support the research on Dyslexia?

The research project is looking for children between 8 and 12 years old with dyslexia and without dyslexia. Only a computer or a tablet, headphones, and Internet are needed. Participants can be native speakers of English, Spanish or German. To receive your research invitation please write your details to: teilnehmerforschung(at)gmail(dot)com

Maria's advisors are Ricardo Baeza-Yates Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra & CTO of NTENT and Luz Rello Special Faculty en Cargenie Mellon University & Fundadora de Change Dyslexia. Also, special thanks to Prof. Dr. Jörg Thomaschewski from the University of Applied Science for his mentoring. 

Press release from the University of Applied Science Emden/Leer http://www.hs-emden-leer.de/