Christa Womser-Hacker and Thomas Mandl
Christa Womser-Hacker is full professor of Information Science at the University of Hildesheim, Germany and director of the Department of Information Science and Natural Language Processing. Prior to her current position, she was an assistant professor at the University of Regensburg, were she got her Ph.D. and Venia Legendi from. Her Ph.D. thesis addressed evaluation aspects of patent information retrieval. The post-doctoral thesis (German “Habilitation”) was concerned with a model for meta information retrieval. Christa Womser-Hacker has published many articles, two books and conference proceedings related to the field of Information Science. She has been a reviewer for several scientific journals and a member of program boards of workshops and conferences. Currently, she is a member of several scientific advisory boards: of GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, and of the German Institute of Sports Sciences. Furthermore she participates in the management board of the German Association for Information Science, the Information Retrieval Specialist Group in the German Computer Society, and the German HCI group. Her main research focus is in cross-lingual information retrieval, user-friendly, intercultural human-computer interaction for information and learning systems and information seeking behaviour. Since the beginning she has been involved in the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF), the European IR evaluation initiative. Thomas Mandl is professor for Information Science at the University of Hildesheim in Germany where he is teaching within the programme International Information Management. He studied information and computer science at the University of Regensburg in Germany, the University of Koblenz and at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, USA. Thomas Mandl first worked as a research assistant at the Social Science Information Centre in Bonn, Germany. He received both a doctorate degree in 2000 and a post doctorate degree (Habilitation) in 2006 from the University of Hildesheim. His research interests include information retrieval, human-computer interaction and internationalization of information technology and he has published some 200 papers on these topics. He has been the speaker of the special interest group in information retrieval (FGIR) and is currently member of the management board of the special interest group on human-computer interaction of the German Computer Science Society (GI).
Information Retrieval between Disciplines: Computer Science and Information Science – The IR group at the University of Hildesheim
By Christa Womser-Hacker and Thomas Mandl on January 30, 2013
Information Retrieval Research in Germany is mainly done within the Computer Science Community represented by the Special Interest Group. But there is also a considerable amount of work done within the smaller Information Science Community in the German speaking countries. The University of Hildesheim forms a link between these otherwise largely distinct communities. Information Science [...]