Recent Activities

HORST goes Top5 re:publica2013

Dr. Stephan Baumann, head of the Competence Center Computational Culture (C4), and his team developed the hybrid music recommendation system "HORST" (HOlistic Recommender & Storytelling Technology). HORST combines established approaches with components for semantic explanations, and has the potential to revolutionize the digital music business.  During a panel discussion of the re:publica2013 on may 7th, Dr. Baumann explained how HORST can infer recommendation on the basis of its huge data pool, specifically in contrast to other systems. listed Horst as one of the Top-5 innovations of re:publica 13.

Muhammad Imran Malik awarded with Best Paper Award on IGS 2013

Our Ph.D scholar Muhammad Imran Malik was awarded with the Best Paper Award on the 16th International Graphonomics Society Conference (IGS 2013) in June 2013 for his article with the title "Man vs. Machine: A Comparative Analysis for Signature Verification".

The conference which was held in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, had the theme “Learn from the Past” and provided a forum for discussion on recent advances in the fields of science, humanities, arts and technology of Graphonomics.

Malik presented recent results of his PhD research. His topic is Automated Forensic Handwriting Analysis on which he has been focusing from both the perspectives of Forensic Handwriting Examiners (FHEs) and Pattern Recognition (PR) researchers. A typical application of his work is real-time Signature Verification, which is of highest economic relevance due to its potential in fraud detection and prevention.

Presentation of digipen to Minister Doris Ahnen

During the visit of Minister Doris Ahnen to Kaiserslautern as center for technological innovation on July 24th 2013, Prof. Andreas Dengel and PD Dr. Eichenberger-Liwicki had the honour to present her the new digipen product which is in use at 250 workspaces of the Kreissparkasse Kaiserslautern since October 2012.

This software solution is capable to recognize handwritten content as it is entered on form documents and to transfer it into structured data. Furthermore, signatures made with the digital pen can be analyzed and verified against known master signatures, thus allowing signature verification for legally binding documents.

Following DFKI's fast technology transfer strategy, the new spin-off digipen technologies GmbH has been founded.

Best Paper Award for Martin Memmel

As one of several authors Martin Memmel was awarded with the best paper award of the REAL CORP 2013 conference which was held in may in Rome. This yearly event explores the relationship between time and space, and how the planning practise and theory relates itself to this complex synergy.

Time and space work on different scales, dimensions and topics – and confront us with questions such as:

  • How to plan taking into account time, both past history and future development?
  • How to integrate monitoring within the planning decision processes, such as in the case of natural disasters?
  • How to handle time that cannot be planned, such as long decision processes or real time decisions?

The paper entitled "Human Sensory Assessment Methods in Urban Planning - a Case Study in Alexandria" describes the appoach of utilizing humans as intelligent sensors.

Prof. Dengel honored with Outstanding Service Award

During the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 13), 25.-28. August 2013, in Washington D.C., USA, Prof. Andreas Dengel was honored with the Outstanding Service Award. The award was granted for almost 25 years of contribution to the Document Analysis and Recognition community as one of the pioneers and leading researchers in the field. 

Dr. Faisal Shafait received Assistant Professor position at The University of Western Australia

Dr. Faisal Shafait, senior researcher in the competence center MADM (Multimedia Analysis and Data Mining) has received a call as Research Assistant Professor at The University of Western Australia in Perth. Shafait will start working in his new position which is characterized by an explicit focus on high level research from mid January 2013. We wish him all the best "Down Under" and hope to stay in close contact.


Presentation of Talking Places at CeBIT 2013

The Knowledge Management Department has presented selected results of its application oriented research on the CeBIT 2013 from March 5th to 9th in Hannover.

  • Our visionary prototype of "Talking Places" can be seen on the DFKI booth, located in H9, F50.
  • Major results of the "iGreen" project are presented on the booth of the land Rhineland Palatine, located in H7, B26
  • Our most recent productive technology, the "Digipen" Software for Customer Consultants of Savings Banks can be tested on the T-Systems booth in H4, 26 (presented by our partner bend-IT)

For selected feedback from day one please visit


ZPID opens joint Lab with DFKI in Kaiserslautern

The ZPID (Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation) is strengthening its collaboration with the Knowledge Management Department at DFKI. The ZPID is running the number one search engine for decentrally hosted publications in the domain Psychology.

Having highest standards wrt. quality of search results, the ZPID is eager to improve their quality oriented service by integrating semantic technologies. Since 2011, the ZPID is opting to transfer DFKI-KnowHow in the area of "Semantic Technologies" into their own plattform. With the joint Lab, this transfer has reached a new dimension.


Campus Party 2012 with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Karl-Heinz Brandenburg and Stephan Baumann

On the Campus Party in Berlin (August 2012), Dr. Stephan Baumann met with Prof. Karl-Heinz Brandenburg, inventor of the MP3 standard. In a joint panel titled "The Future of Music is Social" both debated with renowned music bloggers and representatives of Musicmetric on current and future developments in the field of Music Recommendation Systems.

Prof. Dengel appointed to Scientific Advisory Board of ITA Institut

Prof. Andreas Dengel was appointed to the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Technology and Work (Institut für Technologie und Arbeit e. V., ITA) since November 2012. Headed by Prof. Klaus Zink, the ITA was founded in 1995 as a non-profit institute of the University of Kaiserslautern. The ITA combines basic research with interdisciplinary, application-oriented concepts for the analysis and design of work and organization.

As part of its research activities the ITA is concerned with the interrelationship between man and organization. The aim is to enable businesses and organizations to adapt to the changes triggeredby e.g. globalization and demographic change.