Wolfgang Gatterbauer

I recently graduated and am now Post Doc with Dan Suciu in the Database Group of University of Washington, working on probabilistic information integration. Here is my new website: Gatterbauer

Database & Artificial Intelligence Group (DBAI)
Institute for Information Systems 184/2
Vienna University of Technology
Favoritenstraße 9
1040 Vienna, Austria


Official Bio

Wolfgang Gatterbauer is a PhD student at Vienna University of Technology. He received his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Graz University of Technology, and both his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and his M.Sc. in Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002. He then worked at a strategic management consulting company. Currently, he is part of the Database and Artificial Intelligence Group of Prof. Georg Gottlob at the Institute for Information Systems at Vienna University of Technology and is funded by a DOC-scholarship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His PhD research is on automated information extraction from the WWW.

More Personal

I grew up spending my time on dismantling old washing machines and constructing remote controlled air screw boats. Then I moved to Maths, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Economic Policy Design, and Cost Cutting. Now I am working on algorithms related to automatic knowledge discovery. Sometimes, you can catch me napping, too. Still, there is little that I enjoy more than a good conversation with thoughtful people and questions that make me think. If you have such questions, don't hesitate to stop by at my office. You can also glance over a quite interesting (at least it was for me) INTP personality type description.


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Proseminar Web Information Extraction

A proseminar introducing students to scientific work in the area of web information extraction:

Some material from class:
  • Short Introduction to Web Information Extraction (10-07-2005) [pdf Presentation]
  • Proseminar Quadrology:
  • Speaker Feedback Form (04-21-2005) [pdf PDF]
  • Session Feedback Form (11-18-2005) [pdf PDF]
  • Storylining with WYSIWYG and Shortcuts (updated 01-17-2007) [doc DOC]
  • Organizing your downloaded papers on your HD (updated 07-03-2005) [pdf PDF]
  • Giving and receiving feedback (updated 01-17-2007) [pdf Graphics]
The proseminar was continued by Max Goebel and Tamir Hassan for another term:

Supervising practical work

Some collegues from DBAI (Robert Baumgartner, Michal Ceresna, Max Goebel, Tamir Hassan, Marcus Herzog, Wolfgang Holzinger, Bernhard Krüpl) and I supervise students currently enrolled at Vienna University of Technology in their practical work ("Informatikpraktikum I & II"), Bachelor or Master thesis in web information extraction and related research areas. The way it usually works is that we propose a couple of topics from which the students choose. There are plenty of interesting and relevant topics regularly popping up in our daily research and we cannot follow up on everything ourselves. So we do propose academically promising topics that we consider worthy of spending time on.

My personal criterion for taking on a student is that I have to believe that we can both learn something from each other. As I prefer a collaborative working style, I look for motivated and questioning minds with problem solving skills and the potential to be challenging thought partners. If you are interested drop me an email or talk to my current students, Paul Bohunsky and Bernhard Pollak.