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PD Dr. David Elsweiler


PD Dr. David Elsweiler übernimmt im Wintersemester 2016/17 die Vertretung der Professur für Informationslinguistik.


I am an acting W2 Professor at the Chair for Information Science at the UR. My research focuses on understanding information behaviour with the main aim of designing information systems that align with the way people think and behave naturally.

01 | Forschungsinteresse

Food recommendation systems: Two publications of note include Trattner and Elsweiler (2017) and Elsweiler et al. (2017a), which analyzed large data collections scraped from the web and proposed algorithmic solutions to influence the healthiness of userfood choices.

Information Sharing: Our group has been investigating German politicians' information sharing behaviour on social media during the 2017 election year. 

Credibility and web search: Our group has been studying how user biases influence how credible they judge search results to be.

02 | Dissertation

I received my PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2007. My thesis investigated the role of memory in personal information management by studying what people remember about documents they have previously seen when trying to re-finding them and which factors affect what is remembered. I developed new systems, which illustrate how varying recollections can be supported. Since completing my PhD, I have worked in several other areas including leisure information behaviour, trust and credibility in search and health recommender systems. The thread through my work is the desire to understand how people behave with information and why and how systems can be designed to support users achieve their goals.

03 | Lehre

Analyse von Searchlogs

SoSe 2012 | WS 2014/2015 | WS 2015/2016

Analyse von Searchlogs II

WS 2012/2013

Building Information Retrieval Systems

SoSe 2016

Einführung in die Informationswissenschaft

WS 2016/2017 | WS 2018/2019

Einführung in die Methoden empirischer Forschung (seit WS 2011/2012 zus. mit Dr. Markus Kattenbeck)

WS 2010/2011 | SoSe 2011 | WS 2011/2012 | SoSe 2012 | WS 2012/2013 | SoSe 2013 | Sose 2014 | SoSe 2015 | SoSe 2016 | SoSe 2017

Fallstudienseminar 1

SoSe 2018

Forschungspraxis des Information Retrieval

WS 2018/2019

Grundlagen des Information Retrieval

WS 2012/2013 | WS 2014/2015 | WS 2015/2016 | WS 2016/2017 | WS 20017/2018

Human Activity Recognition

SoSe 2012

Human Information Behaviour

WS 2012/2013 |  WS 2014/2015 | WS 2015/2016 | WS 2016/2017| WS 20017/2018

Information Behaviour

SoSe 2014 |SoSe 2015

Informationsverhalten verstehen

WS 2018/2019

Oberseminar Informationswissenschaft

WS 2016/2017 | SoSe 2017 | SoSe 2018| WS 20017/2018 | WS 2018/2019

Persuasion mit linguistischen Methoden (zus. mit Prof. Bernd Ludwig u. Dr. Markus Kattenbeck)

SoSe 2016

Survey- und Experimentdesign [VL+Ü] (zus. mit Dr. Markus Kattenbeck)

SoSe 2018

Web and Data Science

SoSe 2017 | SoSe 2018


I am a lecturer and post-doctoral researcher (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Chair for Information Science. In my research I use a variety of different techniques to learn about how people behave with information and use what I learn to design tools to assist them and work in a way that aligns with how they think and behave.

I have done some work, including a PhD, on managing and re-finding personal information. I am interested in how people search for fun because current systems don't really support this well. I have also recently become interested in information systems that help people lead more healthy lifestyles. You can read more about this work in my publications.

I was previously an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow and then lecturer at the University of Erlangen.


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  1. Fakultät für Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften
  2. Institut für Information und Medien, Sprache und Kultur (I:IMSK)


PD Dr.
David Elsweiler
David Elsweiler