Database Systems Research Group


Course Offerings in Winter Semester 2020/21 - Contact with Research Group

Due to the current situation, it is not clear yet how classes in the winter semester 2020/21 will start and conducted, but it is sure that they will start in the week of November 2, 2020. Here is some important information about the lecture and practicals offered by our group this winter semester:

  • Lecture "Text Analytics":  This is a new master level class, taught for the first time in the winter semester 2020/21. Some more details about this class can be found here.
    Please register for this class in Müsli. The registration key for the class web site in Moodle will be posted through the respective mailing list in Müsli prior to the first lecture on November 2nd. Please note that we are using the new Moodle System. The current plan is that the first lecture will start on November 2nd at 2:15pm via Cisco WebEx  (it is strongly recommended that you install the WebEx Client prior to the lecture)! Information about accessing the lectures Web Ex sessions will also be provided via the mailing list in Müsli prior to the first lecture.

  • Practicals: Information about the practicals our group offers in the winter semester will be presented  on November 4 at 2:15pm via Cisco WebEx.  Also for this course offering, please sign up for practicals "Data and Text Mining" in Müsli. Information about how to join the video conference will be posted via the mailing list in Müsli for this module starting Monday, April 21. The slides we will presenting during that session can be found later that day (here, to be detailed). 

People from the database research group will often be in home office but can be contacted via email. In most cases, we also do video chats to talk about thesis issues, practicals etc., so don't send us lengthy emails. The secretary can be reached via phone Tu-Th 8:30am until 3:30pm.



Welcome to the Database Systems Research Group at Heidelberg University. Our research is centered around the management, processing, and analysis of complex data, ranging from scientific data and large-scale text data to  evolving network data. Research topics include

  • Text analytics

  • Information extraction

  • Machine learning for text data
  • Data Science
  • Complex network analysis

  • Legal Tech

Details about current and past research projects can be found here. Many of the research projects are interdisciplinary, covering application areas such as health sciences, law, politics, economy, physics, and biology.


The group offers several classes, seminars, and practicals at the introductory and advanced level. Besides an introductory course to database systems at the bachelor level, at the graduate level we offer courses on Knowledge Discovery in Databases, Complex Network Analysis, Text Analytics, and Data Warehouses. A complete list of current and past courses and seminars can be found here.


Students interested in joining the group for a bachelor or master thesis or some interesting research project (introductory or advanced practical) can find some more information here.


Important note for international students interested in an internship: The group does not take any more international students for an internship for the academic years 2020/2021. Emails asking for an internship for that time period are very likely to remain unanswered.