Graduate Seminar

General Information

Lecturer Jun.-Prof. Dr. Martin Potthast
Workload 2 SWS Lecture
Place Paulinum P801
Time Wednesday, 11.15 - 12.45


In the graduate seminar, current trends from the fields of information retrieval and natural language processing are presented, discussed, and taught. Aside from PhDs and master students from the Webis group also referents from other universities and the industry are invited.


  • The schedule of lectures will be displayed and updated on this website. Please check back regularly.
  • Please enroll in the associated Moodle course. If necessary, I will contact you this way in the future.


[September 9th, 2022, 11:00]
Maximilian Kähler, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Leipzig, Germany: Automatische Erschließung an der DNB als Extreme Multi Label Classification (XMLC) Problem.

[July 6th, 2022, 11:00]
Niklas Deckers, Center for Scalable Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (ScaDS.AI), Germany: Introduction to Prompt Engineering: Strategies and Examples.

[March 11th, 2022, 15:00]
Webis Students and Staff, Online: Webis Flash Talks 2022. [slides]

[March 12th, 2021, 15:00]
Webis Students and Staff, Online: Webis Flash Talks 2021. [slides]


  • 19.10.2022
    Scheduling appointments and organizational information
    General information
  • 07.12.2022
    • Thomas Abel: Exploiting Pairwise Neural Networks to improve early Precision in High-Recall Literature Searches
  • 14.12.2022
    • Jonas Veit: tba
    • Dominik Schwabe: Unsupervised Frame Identification in Argumentative Discussions
  • 11.01.2023
    • Karl Haase: The Impact of Near-Duplicates on Bootstrapping in Information Retrieval
    • Deniz Simsek: Verbalizing Entity-based Answers in Conversational QA-Systems
  • 18.01.2023
    • Pia Sülzle: Detecting Hidden Meaning in Stock Images
    • Simon Reich: Integrating retrieval benchmarks in a unified manner into TIRA by developing an ir-datasets-loader
  • 25.01.2023
    • Ahmad Dawar Hakimi: Contextualised Summarisation of Scholarly Documents
    • Gregor Pfänder: Generating a Large Scale Corpus of Medical Entities
  • 01.02.2023
    • Nils Schröder: Short Text Classification
    • Christopher Akiki: Query Expansion in the Age of Large Language Models

Supervision Dates

Date & Time Supervisor Student
07.10.2022 11:30
(recurring weekly)
Shahbaz Syed &
Khalid Al-Khatib
Ahmad Dawar Hakimi
13.10.2022 14:30
(recurring weekly)
Shahbaz Syed &
Khalid Al-Khatib
Dominik Schwabe
03.11.2022 14:00
(recurring weekly)
Niklas Deckers Thilo Brummerloh
03.11.2022 15:45
(recurring weekly)
Niklas Deckers Pia Sülzle