Prof. Dr. Michael Gertz

Research Interests

  • Data Science
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Text Analytics
  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning 
  • Complex Network Models and Analysis
  • Scientific Data Management
  • Legal Tech, and other applications domains where our technology has great impact

Short CV

Michael Gertz is a full professor at Heidelberg University where he heads the Data Science Group at the faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. He received his diploma in Computer Science from the TU Dortmund University, and his Dr. rer. nat. from the Leibniz University of Hannover in 1996. From 1997 until 2008 he was a faculty at Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis. His interdisciplinary research interests include NLP, AI, complex networks, and scientific data management, with applications in the medical sciences, law, physics, political sciences, and economics. 
(more elaborate CV to come).


Local list of publications; DBLP; Google Scholar

Recent Presentations

  • October 2020, "AI in Law", guest lecture at the 2020 HEIBRiDS online retreat.
  • November 2019, "Legal Text Analysis", presentation at Legal Revolution 2019, Frankfurt.
  • November 2019, "KI im Recht", Keynote at the ScienceSpreader Symposium "Quo Vadis KI? Wie sieht die digitale Zukunft aus?", Heidelberg University.
  • September 2019, "Mehr als Dokumentenverwaltung - Legal Tech und Textanalyse", Presentation at the eJustice-Tag 2019 in Stuttgart, together with SA Björn Beck ("Smarte Justiz – Legal Tech und neue Technologien – was macht Sinn für die Justiz").
  • June 2019, "Complex Information Networks" (Keynote), 4th Data Science Symposium, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.
  • February 2019, "Information Networks: Versatile Analysis and Exploration of Complex Phenomena", Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam, Web Science Group.
  • February 2019, "Was kann künstliche Intelligenz? Eine technische Perspektive am Beispiel des Text Minings", German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, 8. Speyerer Forum zur digitalen Lebenswelt Künstliche Intelligenz und die Zukunft des Datenschutzrechts.
  • November 2018, "Die Topologie des Sachverhalts: Informationsnetzwerke zur Analyse und Exploration von Dokumenten", Heidelberg University, Mini-Symposion "Digitalisierung richterlicher Rechtsanwendung".
  • October 2018, "Information Networks: Towards Versatile Text Analysis and Exploration", Leibniz University Hannover, 5th Int. Alexandria Workshop on Foundations for Temporal Retrieval, Exploration and Analytics in Web Archives.

Academic Positions and Roles

Editiorial Boards

Current and Recent Professional Activities

2019: PC member: 16th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases 2019 (SSTD 2019) // 18. Fachtagung für "Datenbanksysteme für Business, Technologie und Web" (BTW 2019) // 22nd International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT 2019), Demonstration Track // 13th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval (GIR 2019)

2018: PC member: 30th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management (SSDBM 2018) // IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2018)

2017: PC Co-Chair: International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD 2017), PC member: GeoRich 2017 // 10th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications (SISAP)  // 17. Fachtagung „Datenbanksysteme für Business, Technologie und Web“ (BTW) // 11th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval // 25th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017), Local Organization Co-Chair: 11th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval

2016: PC member: 24th International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2016 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016)  // 20th International Conference of Extending Database Technology (EDB 2017) / GeoRich 2016 // 11th International Workshop on Quality in Databases (QDB 2016)

2015: PC Co-Chair: 23nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2015), PC member: MDM 2015 // BTW 2015 // Big Data Workshop (with BTW) / GeoRich

Reviewing Activities -- Funding Agencies

  • Helmholtz Gesellschaft, 2017
  • AiF/DFG, NSF Career, Academy of Finland Panel, 2011
  • Review Panel German Research Foundation (DFG), 2006
  • NSF CNS Panel, NSF CI Panel, 2006
  • NST ITR Site Review, 2005
  • NSF CISE Panel, 2004
  • South Carolina Research Initiative, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, 1999

Professional Memberships