Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Fuhr


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Fuhr

+49 (0) 203 / 379 - 2524
LF 135
Consulting hours:
by arrangement

Curriculum Vitae

I hold a PhD (Dr.) in Computer Science from the Technical University of Darmstadt, which I received in 1986. I became Associate Professor in the computer science department of the University of Dortmund in 1991 and was appointed Full Professor for computer science at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2002. My current research interests are retrieval models, user-oriented retrieval methods and social media retrieval.

In 2012, I received the Gerald Salton Award of ACM-SIGIR for my research contributions to the field of information retrieval.

I have served as regular PC member of major international conferences related to information retrieval and digital libraries, such as ACM-SIGIR, CIKM, ECIR, SPIRE, ICDL, ECDL, ICADL, FQAS. I was PC chair of ECIR 2002, IR track chair of CIKM 2005 and Co-Chair of SIGIR 2007, ECDL 2007 and TPDL 2016, and General Co-Chair of ECIR 2015 and 2019. For the German IR-group GI-FGIR, I served as Chair from 1992-2008.

I am a member of the editorial board of the journal International Journal of Digital Libraries.

Contact person in projects

  • UCSM
    User-Centred Social Media
  • WebSAIL
    Web search literacy: Awareness, interface complexity and long-term effects (WebSAIL)

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    A Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries (FP6)
  • ALFA
    Latin-America Academic Training
  • AMUR
    User Guidance and System Tuning for Search Sessions
  • CAIR
    Semantic Cluster Analysis in Information Retrieval
    Classification and Intelligent Search on Information in XML
    An Open Collaborative Virtual Archives Environment
    Distributed Agents for User-Friendly Access of Digital Libraries
    A Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries
    ELIAS - Evaluating Information Access Systems (ESF Research Networking Program)
    Focussed retrieval of structured documents
  • HIIR
    Highly Interactive Information Retrieval
  • INEX
    Initiative for the Evaluation of XML retrieval
  • Information Foraging
    Information Foraging - EU Intensive Program
  • JaySpirit
    Java API for HySpirit
  • Khresmoi
    Medical Information Analysis & Retrieval
    LAyout, COntent and STructure in Interactive Retrieval
  • MIND
    Resource Selection and Data Fusion for Multimedia International Digital Libraries
    MUMIA - Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (COST ICT Action)
  • Pepper
    Peer-to-Peer Architectures for Federated Search of Complex Digital Libraries
  • PIRE
    Probabilistic IR Engine
    Probabilistic Object-oriented Logics for Annotation-based Retrieval
    Rule-Based Search in Text Data Bases with Nonstandard Spelling
  • Vasari
    Giorgio Vasari Project

Involved in projects

    Vague Text and Fact Conditions for Object Search
  • WisPerMed
    Knowledge- and data-based personalization of medicine at the Point of Care

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  • HyREX
    Hyper-media Retrieval Engine for XML
  • ProViel
    Professionalisation for Diversity


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