Database Systems Research Group


Classes in Summer Semester 2020 / Contact with Research Group

Due to the current situation, it is not clear yet how classes will start, but it is sure that they will start in the week of April 20, 2020. Here is some important information about the lecture, seminar, and practicals offered by our group this summer semester:

  • Vorlesung "Datenbanken":  Bitte registrieren Sie sich über Müsli für die Vorlesung und tragen Sie sich in eine der drei Übungsgruppen ein. Der Einschreibeschlüssel für die Moodle-Seite für die Vorlesung wird in der ersten Vorlesung sowie über die Mailing-Liste in Müsli am 20.04.2020 mitgeteilt. Bitte beachten Sie, dass wir das neue Moodle System verwenden. Es ist geplant, dass die erste Vorlesung am 20.4. ab 14:15 Uhr synchron via Cisco WebEx stattfindet (bitte unbedingt schon den WebEx Client installieren! über HeiConf wird es mit mehr als 130 Studierende nicht möglich sein, die Vorlesung synchron zu streamen). Informationen zum Einwählen in WebEx werden noch zeitnah über die Mailing-Liste zur Vorlesung in Müsli mitgeteilt.

  • (Pro)Seminar "Topics and Trends in Text Analytics": Please sign up for the seminar on Müsli. The first session will be held via Cisco WebEx on April 23 at 2:15pm (i.e., as planned). In the first session, we will give details about how to apply for the seminar (we only have 14 slots). A Moodle website for the seminar is also available. The enrollment key for Moodle for the seminar will be given in the first session. Information about the online session will be posted via the seminar's mailing list in Müsli Wednesday, April 22.

  • Practicals: Information about the practical our group offers in the summer semester will be presented as planned on April 22 at 2:15pm via Cisco WebEx.  Also for this, please sign up for practicals "Data and Text Mining für Anfänger" in Müsli. Information about how to join the video conference will be posted via the mailing list in Müsli for this module starting Tuesday, April 21. The slides we will presenting during that session can be found later that day here

People from the database research group will mostly 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 spatial, temporal, and spatio-temporal data to large-scale evolving network data. Research topics include

  • Information extraction

  • Event detection and analysis

  • Spatial and spatio-temporal data mining

  • Text mining

  • Complex network analysis

Details about current and past research projects can be found here. Many of the research projects are interdisciplinary, covering application areas such as medicine, 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, Spatial Databases, 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 2019/2020. Emails asking for an internship for that time period are very likely to remain unanswered.