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.
  • The first seminar is expected to take place on 19th October 2022. Here, the presentation slots will be distributed across the following weeks.
  • We will try to live stream the seminar as well. The link for this is: BBB


[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
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  • 14.12.2022
    • Dominik Schwabe: Unsupervised Frame Identification in Argumentative Discussions
    • Thomas Abel: Exploiting Pairwise Neural Networks to improve early Precision in High-Recall Literature Searches
  • 11.01.2023
    • Deniz Simsek: Verbalizing Entity-based Answers in Conversational QA-Systems
  • 18.01.2023
    • Simon Reich: Integrating retrieval benchmarks in a unified manner into TIRA by developing an ir-datasets-loader
    • Thilo Brummerloh: Extracting Large-Scale Multimodal Datasets From Web Archives
    • Karl Haase: The Impact of Near-Duplicates on Bootstrapping in Information Retrieval
  • 25.01.2023
    • Ahmad Dawar Hakimi: Contextualised Summarisation of Scholarly Documents
    • Gregor Pfänder: Generating a Large Scale Corpus of Medical Entities
    • Jonas Veit: Measuring Perplexity for Sequences of word classes of Idiomatic and Literal Expressions
  • 01.02.2023
    • Nils Schröder: Short Text Classification
    • Max Staats: Estimating Corpus Statistics with 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
08.12.2022 13:00
(recurring weekly)
Niklas Deckers Julia Peters