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Jun.-Prof. Maribel Acosta

Head of Databases and Information Systems

E-mail: maribel.acosta[at]rub.de

Tel.: +49 (234) 32-19612

Office: IB 3/135

Consultation hours: By appointment

Research Topics

My research lies in the areas of Databases, Semantic Web, and Artificial Intelligence, where I have extensively investigated novel techniques to query Knowledge Graphs efficiently and effectively. More recently, I have studied the application of Machine Learning approaches to solve diverse problems in the management of Knowledge Graphs.

  • Data Management
  • Semantic Web
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Applications of Machine Learning


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Short CV

WS 2020/21Junior Professor, Databases and Information Systems, RUB
Since 2017Assistant Lecturer, Department of Computational Linguistics, Heidelberg University
SS 2020Deputy Professor (W3), Web Science, KIT
2019-2020Lecturer (Akademische Rätin), Web Science, KIT
2017-2019Postdoctoral Researcher, Web Science, KIT
2017Dissertation on "Query Processing over Graph-structured Data on the Web" (Summa Cum Laude)
2012-2017Associate Researcher, Knowledge Management, KIT
2012Master in Computer Science, Universidad Simon Bolivar


  • Top-100 Most Influential Scholars in the field of AI Knowledge Engineering (ranked 51) by Aminer, 2020
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Economics and Management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 2020
  • Best Student Paper Award, Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), 2019
  • Best Dissertation Award in Informatics, Department of Economics and Management, KIT, 2018
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Economics and Management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 2017
  • Nominee for Best Resource Paper Award, International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), 2017
  • Best Paper Award, International Workshop on Dataset Profiling and Federated Search for Web Data (PROFILES), 2017
  • Best Student Paper Award, ACM SIGAI International Conference in Knowledge Capture (K-CAP), 2015
  • Best Reviewer Award (Research Track), International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), 2015
  • Winner of the Challenge for Crowdsourcing for Social Multimedia, Benchmarking Initiative for Multimedia Evaluation (MediaEval), 2013
  • Best Demo Paper Award, Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), 2012
  • Honour Recognition of Master Thesis, Computer Science Dept., Universidad Simon Bolivar, 2012
  • Best B.Sc. Thesis in Computer Science, IEEE-INELECTRA Contest, 2009