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Wednesday, 2017-03-29

Andreas Spitz

  • Phone: +49 (0) 6221 / 54 - 14353
  • Fax: +49 (0) 6221 / 54 - 14351
  • Office: INF 205, room 1/312 (first floor)
  • Email: spitz(at)informatik.uni-heidelberg(dot)de
  • Office hours during semester: Wednesday, 1-2 pm, or by appointment



2017-02-19: Our demonstration paper EVELIN: Exploration of Event and Entity Links in Implicit Networks was accepted for presentation at the 26th World Wide Web Conference (WWW'17), April 3-7, Perth, Australia. The online interface of EVELIN for browsing the Wikipedia LOAD network is now public.

2016-11-29: We updated the online news citation network. It now includes many more news articles from more outlets (297,192 edges and 209,207 nodes), ranging from June 2014 to November 2016.

2016-11-22: We updated the LOAD entity network resource page with more data sets, including a smaller US Civil War graph extracted from a subset of Wikipedia articles. The LOAD graphs are now also available in edge list format.

2016-09-26: Our paper Refining Imprecise Spatio-temporal Events: A Network-based Approach was accepted for presentation at the 10th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval (GIR'16) at SIGSPATIAL'16, October 31, San Francisco, USA.The data is available for download.



I studied Applied Computer Science with a minor in Computational Linguistics at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and received my Master of Science in December 2014. Currently, I am working as a researcher and PhD student at the Institute of Computer Science in the Database Systems Research group of Prof. Dr. Michael Gertz.


Research Interests

  • Information Retrieval / Information Extraction
  • Event Detection and Analysis
  • Data Mining / Text Mining
  • Network Analysis & Graph Algorithms
  • Machine Learning
  • Formal Languages


Short CV


  • 01/2015 - present Researcher and PhD student at the Institute of Computer Science at Heidelberg University
  • 10/2012 - 12/2014 Applied computer science (M.Sc., graduated with distinction) at Heidelberg University, minor in computational linguistics. Title of thesis: Analysis and exploration of centrality and referencing patterns in networks of news articles, Advisor: M. Gertz.
  • 10/2009 - 09/2012 Applied computer science (B.Sc.) at Heidelberg University, minor in computational linguistics. Title of thesis: An evaluation of similarity measures for the projection of bipartite networks, Advisors: G. Reinelt, K. Zweig.

Summer Schools and Seminars

Stipends & Scholarships

  • 04/2016 - 09/2016 Microsoft Azure for Research Award; project title: heiLIGHTS: A Heidelberg approach to Learning Influential GrapH Topology Structures.
  • 10/2013 - 09/2014 Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium), Heidelberg University
  • 10/2012 - 09/2013 Karl-Steinbuch scholarship for supporting innovative IT- and media-related projects, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Germany; project title: AFFINE: A network analytic approach to identifying characteristics of cinematic milestones

Professional Experience

  • 04/2015 - present Visiting Lecturer, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim
  • 01/2015 - present Research Assistant, Heidelberg University
  • 10/2010 - 03/2012 Student Assistant, Heidelberg University


  • Winter Term 2016/2017 Complex Network Analysis (Assistant)
  • Summer Term 2016 Operating Systems (Lecturer)
  • Summer Term 2016 Seminar: Similarity Search (Assistant)
  • Summer Term 2016 Introduction to Databases (Assistant)
  • Winter Term 2015/2016 Knowledge Discovery in Databases (Assistant)
  • Summer Term 2015 Operating Systems (Lecturer)
  • Summer Term 2015 Seminar: Event Detection (Assistant)
  • Summer Term 2015 Introduction to Databases (Assistant)
  • Winter Term 2011/2012 Introduction to Software Engineering (Teaching assistant)
  • Summer Term 2011 Algorithms and Data Structures (Teaching assistant)
  • Winter Term 2010/2011 Introduction to Applied Computer Science (Teaching assistant)







  • A. Spitz, E.-A. Horvát
    Measuring long-term impact based on network centrality: unraveling cinematic citations
    PLOS ONE 9(10): e108857, 2014
    [pdf] [plos] [bibtex]

  • A. Spitz, E.-A. Horvát
    A cookbook of cinematic delicacies that do not expire
    Leonardo Journal, MIT press, 47(3):271, 2014
    [pdf] [mit press] [bibtex]


  • A. Spitz, K. A. Zweig, E.-A. Horvát
    SICOP: identifying significant co-interaction patterns
    Bioinformatics, 29(19) 2503-2504, 2013
    [pdf] [oxford] [bibtex] [code]



  • A. Spitz, V. Dixit, L. Richter, M. Gertz and J. Geiß
    State of the Union: A Data Consumer's Perspective on Wikidata and Its Properties for the Classification and Resolution of Entities.
    2nd Wiki Workshop at ICWSM'16, Cologne, Germany, 2016. [pdf]
  • A. Spitz
    Identifying Events from Co-Occurrences and Context across Large Document Collections.
    3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Heidelberg, Germany, 2015. [pdf]
  • A. Spitz and E.-A. Horvát
    Cinematic Delicacies that do not Expire: Long-term Impact of Films Based on Network Centrality.
    6th European Summer University in Digital Humanities Culture & Technology, Leipzig, Germany, 2015. [pdf]



Refining Imprecise Spatio-temporal Events: A Network-based Approach
10th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval (GIR'16) at SIGSPATIAL'16, San Francisco, USA. October 31, 2016. [slides]

Extraction and Applications of Implicit Networks from Unstructured Text
Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany. September 14, 2016. [slides]
(invited talk, Dr. Jannik Strötgen)

Terms over LOAD: Leveraging Named Entities for Cross-Document Extraction and Summarization of Events
39th International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR '16), Pisa, Italy. July 20, 2016. [slides]

So Far Away and Yet so Close: Augmenting Toponym Disambiguation and Similarity with Text-Based Networks
3rd International ACM SIGMOD Workshop on Managing and Mining Enriched Geo-Spatial Data (GeoRich '16), San Francisco, USA. June 26, 2016. [slides]

The Wikipedia Location Network - Overcoming Borders and Oceans
9th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval (GIR '15), Paris, France. November 26, 2015. [slides]

Networks in Information Extraction
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Heidelberg, Germany. September 9, 2015.
(invited talk, Prof. Michael Strube)

A Book in a Minute: Identifying Times, Events, and Context Across Large Document Collections
6th European Summer University in Digital Humanities Culture & Technology, Leipzig, Germany. August 6, 2015.

Breaking the News: Extracting the Sparse Citation Network Backbone of Online News Articles
Statistical Natural Language Processing Colloquium, Heidelberg, Germany. June 26, 2015. [slides]

Terms in Time and Times in Context: A Graph-based Term-Time Ranking Model
5th Temporal Web Analytics Workshop (TempWeb '15), Florence, Italy. May 18, 2015. [slides]

From Text to Context: Extracting Date-Term-Networks from Wikipedia
DHBW Mannheim, IMBIT. Mannheim, Germany. March 11, 2015.
(invited talk, Prof. Peter Mayr)

AFFINE: Analyzing the Features of the Film Reference Network
MFG Foundation, Karl-Steinbuch Stipend Certificate Ceremony. Stuttgart, Germany. November 19, 2013.
(invited talk, Dr. Christian Förster)


Letzte Änderung: 03.03.2017