The database whisperer Georg Gottlob

14:00 - 17:00

TU Wien
Electronics Institute, TU Wien Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 TU Wien, 1040 - 1040, wien

Foundational Challenges in Data and Knowledge Management

A special event in honor of Georg Gottlob’s influential and long-lasting research contributions in the fields of database systems and artificial intelligence as an intellectual foreplay for EDBT/ICDT joint conference taking place between March 26-29 at TU Wien.


Even though Georg Gottlob describes himself as “a passionate theoretician who is spending nights proving theorem, or as least trying to”, he has been together with his colleagues in Vienna and Oxford deploying his research-based knowledge on practically relevant problems.

Georg Gottlob´s pioneering contributions to the theory, language design, algorithms, and systems in Web data extraction resulted not only in new methods which are reunifying the artificial intelligence (AI) and database techniques, but they also contributed to successful spin-offs (Lixto, Wrapidity) of research projects funded by European Research Council (ERC), thus creating technological transfer, jobs, and permanently impacting not only the local livelihoods but also the international data intelligence industry.

Affiliations and Awards

Georg Gottlob is a Professor of Computing Science at Oxford University, UK and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria (TU Wien) within the DBAI group of VCLA. Gottlob has received the Wittgenstein Award from the Austrian National Science Fund (FWF), is an ACM Fellow, an ECCAI Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW), the German National Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Europaea. He chaired the Program Committees of IJCAI 2003 and ACM PODS 2000.

Last but not least, Georg Gottlob is the member of the international advisory board of Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms, and current speaker of LogiCS doctoral college: Logical Methods in Computer Science, where PhD positions are funded by Austrian National Science Fund (FWF).


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