Database Systems Research Group


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Course Offerings in Winter Semester 2021/22 - Contact with Research Group

It is planned that courses in the winter semester 2021/22 will be on campus again. But please follow the current situation, to get updated information from the university about regulations etc. Here is some important information about the lecture and practicals offered by our group this upcoming winter semester 2021/22:

  • Lecture "Complex Network Analysis (ICNA)":  Please register via Müsli for this course. As of today (October 13), the status is that the class will be taught online and the exercise session on location. Further information will follow through the channel in Müsli.
  • Practicals "Data and Text Mining (beginners and advanced)": Information about the practicals our group offers in the winter semester 2021/22 will be  presented online on October 20 at 2:15pm via Cisco WebEx.  Please subscribe to this session via Müsli. Through the forum in Müsli we will let you know about the link to the online session. In this session we then present the topics for practicals and how to apply for a practical. Please note that we typically get many more applications than practicals we offer. 

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 and NLP

  • 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, and Text Analytics. 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 2021/2022. Emails asking for an internship for that time period are very likely to remain unanswered.