Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Michel

Sebastian Michel was  part of the Cluster of Excellence MMCI and headed the research group Querying, Indexing, and Discovery in Dynamic Data from August 2009 until July 2014.

Short CV

Sebastian Michel received his diploma in computer science from the University of Marburg in 2004, after finishing his diploma thesis under the supervision of Bernhard Seeger. Subsequently, he joined the Databases and Information Systems Group, headed by Gerhard Weikum, at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, where he obtained his PhD degree (summa cum laude) in July 2007.

From August 2007 to July 2009, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where he joined Karl Aberer's Distributed Information Systems Group (LSIR).


Research interests

  • Emergent topic detection
  • Personalized top-k processing over web 2.0 streams
  • Community discovery in social networks
  • Content based image retrieval at large scale


Sebastian Michel has received two awards for his doctoral dissertation: the prize awarded by the German Computer Society's Special Interest Group on Information Systems (GI DBIS) for the best dissertation and the Otto-Hahn Medal 2007 given by the Max Planck Society.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Michel

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Michel

University of Kaiserslautern
Department of Computer Science
Databases and Information Systems Group

P.O. Box 3049
67653 Kaiserslautern, GERMANY