Top-4 team (out of 20 teams) in the Rich Context Competition.


  1. Extending LargeRDFBench for Multi-Source Data at Scale for SPARQL Endpoint Federation by Ali Hasnainb, Muhammad Saleem, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, and Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann in ISWC Satellite Events and SSWS, 2018 (Best paper award)
  2. CostFed: Cost-Based Query Optimization for SPARQL Endpoint Federation by Muhammad Saleem, Alexander Potocki, Tommaso Soru, Olaf Hartig, and Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo in Semantics Semantics 2018 (Best research paper award)
  3. Where is my URI?  by A Valdestilhas, T Soru, M Nentwig, E Marx, M Saleem, ACN Ngomo Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) (Honorable mentioned)



  1. At the ISWC 2017 we presented Leopard, a baseLinE approach to attribute Prediction And validation for knowledge graph population. René Speck presented a poster on Monday and a short talk the day after. Leopard reached the second-best score in both ISWC Semantic Web Challenge 2017 tasks behind the IBMs system Socrates.
  2. Best Demo Award for the SANSA Notebooks: “The Tale of Sansa Spark” by Ivan Ermilov, Jens Lehmann, Gezim Sejdiu, Buehmann Lorenz, Patrick Westphal, Claus Stadler, Simon Bin, Nilesh Chakraborty, Henning Petzka, Muhammad Saleem, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo and Hajira Jabeen.
  3. Runner Up for Best Paper Award at ISCS 2017 for the paper “Torpedo: Improving the State-of-the-Art RDF Dataset Slicing by Edgard Marx, Saeedeh Shekarpour, Tommaso Soru, Adrian M.P. Brasoveanu, Muhammad Saleem, Ciro Baron, Albert Weichselbraun, Jens Lehmann, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, and Soren Auer in International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC)
  4. Best Performing System at OKE 2017 for Tasks 1 and 2 for R. Speck, M. Röder with FOX: “Ensemble Learning for Named Entity Recognition”



  1. Runner Up for Best Paper Award at KESW 2016 for the paper.
    Read our paper about Requirements to Modern Semantic Search Engines
  2. Next Einstein Forum Award for Prof. Dr. Axel Ngonga as one of the top-15 African researchers under 42



  1. 2nd prize at Question Answering over Linked Data (QALD) 5 for R. Usbeck and A.-C. Ngonga Ngomo. HAWK@QALD5 – Trying to Answer Hybrid Questions with Various Simple Ranking Techniques. In CLEF 2015 Labs and Workshops, Notebook Papers. CEUR Workshop Proceedings (, 2015

  2. Best Demo Award for R. Usbeck, M. Röder, and A.-C. Ngonga Ngomo. Evaluating entity annotators using GERBIL. In The Semantic Web: ESWC 2015 Satellite Events, Revised Selected Papers, Demos & Posters, pages 159–164, 2015

  3. 1st prize at Task 2 of Open Knowledge Extraction (OKE) Challenge for M. Röder, R. Usbeck, R. Speck, and A.-C. Ngonga Ngomo. CETUS – A Baseline Approach to Type Extraction. In 1st Open Knowledge Extraction Challenge at International Semantic Web Conference, 2015



  1. Best Research Paper Award for R. Usbeck, A.-C. Ngonga Ngomo, L. Buhmann, M. Röder, D. Gerber, S. Athaide Coelho, S. Auer, and A. Both. AGDISTIS - Graph-Based Disambiguation of Named Entities Using Linked Data. In International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), pages 457–471, 2014

  2. Best of Workshop (WASABI) for D. Cherix, R. Usbeck, A. Both, and J. Lehmann. CROCUS: Cluster-based Ontology Data Cleansing. In Joint Second International Workshop on Semantic Web Enterprise Adoption and Best Practice and Second International Workshop on Finance and Economics on the Semantic Web at ESWC, 2014

  3. Best of Workshop (LD4IE) for A.-C. Ngonga Ngomo, M. Röder, and R. Usbeck. Cross-document coreference resolution using latent features. In 2nd International Workshop on Linked Data for Information Extraction at the International Semantic Web Conference, pages 33–44, 2014

  4. Best Paper (Informatiktage) for R. Usbeck. Analyse von Mikro-Blogging-Daten. Informatik-Spektrum, 38(5):400–405, 2014

  5. Best paper award at conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS 2014) with paper titled GenomeSnip: Fragmenting the Genomic Wheel to augment discovery in cancer research.

  6. Best Student Research Paper - Sponsored by FORGE Anisa Rula, Matteo Palmonari, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, Daniel Gerber, Jens Lehmann and Lorenz Bühmann. Hybrid Acquisition of Temporal Scopes for RDF Data



  1. Semantic Web Challenge (Big Data Track Award) at ISWC 2013 with paper titled "Fostering Serendipity through Big Linked Data"

  2. I-Challenge Award (Linked Data Cup Award) at I-Semantics 2013 with paper titled "Linked Cancer Genome Atlas Database"

  3. Best System Description Award at KESW'2013 conference for the paper I. Ermilov, M. Martin, J. Lehmann, S. Auer "Linked Open Data Statistics: Collection and Exploitation"