Simon Razniewski is senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany, where he heads the Knowledge Base Construction and Quality area.
He was previously assistant professor at the Free University of Bozen Bolzano¹ (2014-2017). He holds a PhD from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (2014), and a Diplom (MSc.) from TU Dresden (2010; not this Dresden). He spent time as visitor at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics (2016), the University of Queensland (2015), AT&T Labs-Research (2013), the University of California, San Diego (2012), and has previous industrial experience from Globalfoundries (2010) and Siemens IT (2009). He has published 13 papers at premier² conferences in the area of data science and management (and more than 37 papers in total).
- 3.-7.11. Attending EMNLP
- 13.8. Short paper “Coverage of Information Extraction from Sentences and Paragraphs” (joint work with Nitisha Jain, Paramita Mirza, Gerhard Weikum) accepted at EMNLP 2019
- 9.8. Paper “Commonsense Properties from Query Logs and Question Answering Forums” (joint work with Julien Romero et al.) accepted at CIKM 2019
- 28.6. Visiting L3S (Hannover)
- 12.6. 900k views for lookslikescanned.com
- 20.5. Visiting Megagon Labs (Mountain View)
- 13.-17.5. Attending WWW 2019 conference
- 10.5. Visiting Diffbot (Mountain View)
- 23.2. Paper “Epitaph or Breaking News? Analyzing and Predicting the Stability of Knowledge Base Properties” (joint work with Ioannis Dikeoulias and Jannik Strötgen) accepted at the TempWeb workshop at WWW 2019
- 22.1. Short paper “TiFi: Taxonomy Induction for Fictional Domains” (joint work with Cuong Xuan Chu and Gerhard Weikum) has been accepted at WWW 2019
Premier conference publications¹
-  Coverage of Information Extraction from Sentences and Paragraphs, Simon Razniewski, Nitisha Jain, Paramita Mirza, Gerhard Weikum, EMNLP (short paper), 2019 – Acceptance rate 23.8%
-  Commonsense Properties from Query Logs and Question Answering Forums, Julien Romero, Simon Razniewski, Koninika Pal, Jeff Z. Pan, Archit Sakhadeo, Gerhard Weikum, CIKM, 2019 – Acceptance rate 20%
-  TiFi: Taxonomy Induction for Fictional Domains, Cuong Xuan Chu, Simon Razniewski and Gerhard Weikum, WWW (short paper), 2019 – Short paper acceptance rate 20%
-  Enriching Knowledge Bases with Counting Quantifiers, Paramita Mirza, Simon Razniewski, Fariz Darari and Gerhard Weikum, ISWC, 2018 – Acceptance rate 23%
-  Completeness-aware Rule Learning from Knowledge Graphs, Thomas Pellissier Tanon, Daria Stepanova, Simon Razniewski, Paramita Mirza and Gerhard Weikum, ISWC, 2017 – Acceptance rate 22.3%
-  Cardinal Virtues: Extracting Relation Cardinalities from Text, Paramita Mirza, Simon Razniewski, Fariz Darari and Gerhard Weikum, ACL (short paper), 2017 – Short paper acceptance rate: 18.1%
-  Predicting Completeness in Knowledge Bases, Luis Galárraga, Simon Razniewski, Antoine Amarilli, Fabian M. Suchanek, WSDM, 2017 – Acceptance rate 16%
-  Optimizing Update Frequencies for Decaying Information, Simon Razniewski, CIKM, 2016 – Acceptance rate: 22.8%
-  Identifying the Extent of Completeness of Query Answers over Partially Complete Databases, Simon Razniewski, Flip Korn, Werner Nutt, Divesh Srivastava, SIGMOD, 2015 – Acceptance rate: 25.5%
-  Verification of Query Completeness over Processes, Simon Razniewski, Marco Montali, Werner Nutt, BPM, 2013 – Acceptance rate: 14.4%
-  Completeness Statements about RDF Data Sources und Their Use for Query Answering, Fariz Darari, Werner Nutt, Giuseppe Pirro, Simon Razniewski, ISWC, 2013 – Acceptance rate: 21.5%
-  Completeness of Queries over SQL Databases, Werner Nutt, Simon Razniewski, CIKM, 2012 – Acceptance rate: 13.4%
-  Completeness of Queries over Incomplete Databases, Simon Razniewski, Werner Nutt, VLDB, 2011 – Acceptance rate: 18.1%
¹Rank A* or A in the Core 2014 ranking (http://www.core.edu.au/conference-portal)
-  Epitaph or Breaking News? Analyzing and Predicting the Stability of Knowledge Base Properties, Ioannis Dikeoulias, Jannik Strötgen, Simon Razniewski, TempWeb workshop at WWW, 2019
-  Completeness and Soundness Guarantees for Conjunctive SPARQL Queries over RDF Data Sources with Completeness Statements, Fariz Darari, Werner Nutt, Simon Razniewski and Sebastian Rudolph, Semantic Web Journal (SWJ), 2018
-  Knowledge Base Recall: Detecting and Resolving the Unknown Unknowns, Simon Razniewski and Gerhard Weikum, SIGWEB newsletter, 2018
-  Completeness Management for RDF Data Sources, Fariz Darari, Werner Nutt, Giuseppe Pirro, Simon Razniewski, ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB), 2018
-  Completeness-aware Rule Learning from Knowledge Graphs, Thomas Pellissier Tanon, Daria Stepanova, Simon Razniewski, Paramita Mirza and Gerhard Weikum, IJCAI best sister conference track, 2018
-  Comparing Index Structures for Completeness Reasoning, Fariz Darari, Werner Nutt, Simon Razniewski, IWBIS, 2018
-  Recoin: Relative Completeness in Wikidata, Vevake Balaraman, Simon Razniewski and Werner Nutt, Wiki workshop at The Web Conference, 2018
-  Doctoral Advisor or Medical Condition: Towards Entity-specific Rankings of Knowledge Base Properties, Simon Razniewski, Vevake Balaraman and Werner Nutt, ADMA, 2017 – Acceptance rate spotlight research papers: 16.9%
-  Cool-WD: A Completeness Tool for Wikidata, Fariz Darari, Radityo Eko Prasojo, Simon Razniewski and Werner Nutt, ISWC (Demo), 2017
-  Assessing the Completeness of Entities in Knowledge Bases, Albin Ahmeti, Simon Razniewski and Axel Polleres, ESWC (Poster), 2017
-  Expanding Wikidata’s Parenthood Information by 178%, or How To Mine Relation Cardinalities, Paramita Mirza, Simon Razniewski and Werner Nutt, ISWC (Poster), 2016
-  Exploiting Hierarchies for Efficient Detection of Completeness in Stream Data, Simon Razniewski, Shazia Sadiq, and Xiaofang Zhou, ADC, 2016
-  Managing and Consuming Completeness Information for Wikidata Using COOL-WD, Radityo Eko Prasojo, Fariz Darari, Simon Razniewski, and Werner Nutt, COLD workshop at ISWC, 2016 – Acceptance rate: 46%
-  But What Do We Actually Know?, Simon Razniewski, Fabian Suchanek, Werner Nutt, AKBC workshop at NAACL, 2016
-  Turning The Partial-closed World Assumption Upside Down, Simon Razniewski, Ognjen Savkovic, Werner Nutt, AMW, 2016
-  Enabling Fine-grained RDF Data Completeness Assessment, Fariz Darari, Simon Razniewski, Radityo Eko Prasojo, Werner Nutt, ICWE, 2016 – Acceptance rate: 21.1%
-  Long-term Optimization of Update Frequencies for Decaying Information, Simon Razniewski, Werner Nutt, International Workshop on Web and Databases (WebDB) at SIGMOD, 2015 – Acceptance rate: 29%
-  Gamified Children Universities: An Exploratory Study, Vincenzo Del Fatto, Gabriella Dodero, Rosella Gennari, Alessandra Melonio, Marco Montali, Simon Razniewski, Santina Torello, Xiaofeng Wang, Floriano Zini, CHI PLAY, 2014
-  Adding Completeness Information to Query Answers over Spatial Data, Simon Razniewski und Werner Nutt, SIGSPATIAL, 2014 – Acceptance rate: 21%
-  Databases under the Partial Closed-world Assumption: A Survey, Simon Razniewski, Werner Nutt, Grundlagen von Datenbanken (GvDB), 2014
-  Bridging the Semantic Gap between RDF and SPARQL using Completeness Statements, Fariz Darari, Simon Razniewski, Werner Nutt, ISWC (poster), 2014
-  Assessing the Completeness of Geographical Data, Simon Razniewski, Werner Nutt, British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD), 2013 (Short Paper) – Acceptance rate: 47.6%
-  Incomplete Databases: Missing Records and Missing Values, Werner Nutt, Simon Razniewski, Gil Vegliach, Workshop on Data Quality in Data Integration Systems (DQDI), 2012
-  Checking Query Completeness over Incomplete Data, Simon Razniewski, Werner Nutt, Short Paper, Workshop on Logic in Databases (LID), 2011
-  Checking Query Completeness over Incomplete Data, Simon Razniewski, Werner Nutt, KRDB Research Centre Technical Report KRDB11-2, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 2011
Tools, Scripts, Datasets
- Cinex: Code, experiment data and SPARQL endpoint with Wikipedia results for counting quantifier extraction
- Property Ranking: Dataset of 350 (entity, property1, property2) pairs for humans in Wikidata, along with a preference judgment [O18]
- ReCoin: A user script for adding relative completeness annotations to Wikidata. Developed by Vevake Balaraman and Albin Ahmeti in the context of the TaDaQua project (Video in Danish)
- COOL-WD: A completeness tool for Wikidata. Developed by Radityo Eko Prasojo and Fariz Darari
- MAGIC: A tool for reasoning about the completeness of relational databases, developed by Ognjen Savkovic, Paramita Mirza and Alex Tomasi
- A dataset of about 2000 crowdsourced completeness assertions for YAGO and Wikidata.
- Lookslikescanned: A website to make PDFs look appear like scanned
My research is centered around the theme of knowledge base construction and curation. It is rooted in foundations of logics/data management, machine learning and natural language processing, and finds current application in KB recall assessment, and encyclopedic, fictional and common-sense knowledge bases. KB recall assessment also unifies much of my research, with further details on this project page.
- PI of “The Call for Recall” (2016-2017), funded by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano with 20.000 €
- PI of “TQTK – The Quest to Know What We Know” (2016-2017), funded by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano with 20.000 €
- PI of “TaDaQua – Tangible Data Quality” (2016-2018), funded by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano with 50.000 €
- Coauthor of “MAGIC – Managing Completeness of Data” (2013-2016), funded by the province of South Tyrol with 250.000 €
- 2020: PC member of WSDM
- 2019: PC member of WWW, ACL, AAAI, NAACL, ISWC, K-CAP, AKBC, LDK, Data Quality in Wikidata workshop, Quality of Open Data workshop, Commonsense Inference workshop
- 2018: PC member of ACL, CIKM, EMNLP, DASFAA, SemDeep-4, DL4KGs, QOD, RoD. Reviewer for VLDB Journal
- 2017: PC member of CIKM, WebDB. Reviewer for SWJ
- 2011-2016: External reviewer for AAMAS 2016, SEBD 2015, CIKM 2014, COOPIS 2013, TbiLLC 2013, CIKM 2011, BNCOD 2011.
- Advanced lecture “Information extraction”, winter term 2019/20
- Seminar “Advanced Topics in Knowledge Bases”, winter term 2018/19
- Seminar “Knowledge Bases”, winter term 2017/18
Theses and internships
I have some capacities for excellent students for PhD/Master/Bachelor theses, research immersion labs and HiWi positions, on topics related to NLP, knowledge bases and information extraction. Requirements vary by project, but in many cases I expect an intermediate knowledge of information retrieval, machine learning and computational linguistics such as taught in the courses “IRDM” and “Statistical NLP” at Saarland University.
Open thesis topics:
- Estimating text recall (theme: NLP)
- Answering Fermi questions by knowledge base simulation (themes: algorithms and optimization)
- Detecting interesting absences in image collections (theme: computer vision and data management)
- Predicting knowledge base completeness and stability (theme: machine learning)
For external candidates, note that our institute runs a research school, which offers scholarships both for Master and PhD studies.
For internships, note that I generally cannot accommodate internships below 6 months duration.
Feel free to reach out with questions.
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- I hold a glider pilot license, which I used until recently to fly over the Eastern Alps with the Aeroclub Bozen-Bolzano. My flightbook: . Some favourite videos (not by me): , . Very old one by myself: .
- If not replying to email, I might occasionally be traveling in places like Kyrgyzstan, Iran, or Uganda.
- I’ve circled the globe (crossed the international date line without return) 3 times.
- Curious fact: The extent of Indonesia (main islands only) at 5300 km is more than the distance from Germany to China, Kenya, or the North Pole (4630, 5200, 3920 km, respectively).
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