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Data Science Group

Data science group is a unit within the Department of Computer Science of the University of Innsbruck. It has been established in Jan 2021 and is headed by Prof. Adam Jatowt.

The group focuses on various topics in Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval areas, working mainly with text content and large language models. One of the long-lasting themes are research topics in which we pay special attention to temporal aspects of text and of diachronic document collections such as collections of news articles published over multiple years.

In particular, the following research projects have been carried recently:

  • Open domain question answering in large news article collections
  • Novel RAG approaches
  • Multi-hop question answering and generation
  • Hint generation for user questions
  • Timeline generation from news article datasets
  • Information retrieval and access approaches to news collections
  • Text readability estimation
  • Keyword extraction
  • Automatic humor detection and generation
  • Legal AI (e.g., dialogue generation)

The group collaborated or collaborates actively with researchers from: Kyoto University (JP), AIST (JP), Kyoto Sangyo University (JP), University of La Rochelle (FR), Alibaba Group (CN), Nankai University (CN), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE), University of Tsukuba (JP), University of Normandy (FR), Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (PT), University of Porto (PT), IIT Patna (IN), University of Gothenburg (SE), Nanyang Technological University (SG), Takushoku University (JP), Sorbonne University (FR), Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PL), Universiti Utara Malaysia (MY), Cork Institute of Technology (IE), Fraunhofer Austria (AT) and TuWien (AT).

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Acknowledgments

The Data Science Group gratefully acknowledges generous grants by Daniel Swarovski Corporation AG, Innio Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG, Innsbrucker Kommunalbetriebe AG (IKB), TINETZ-Tiroler Netze GmbH and Vereinigung der √Ėsterreichischen Industrie, Landesgruppe Tirol (Industriellenvereinigung Tirol), which fund the endowed professorship from 2021 to 2026.