Dominic Seyler


Hi! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the computer science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I am part of the Text Information Management and Analysis Group. My advisor is Prof. ChengXiang Zhai. My research interests are at the intersection of Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. I am especially interested in novel Machine Learning and Text Mining methods for the Security problem domain.


A Study of Feature Construction for Text-based Forecasting of Time Series Variables
Y. Wang*, D. Seyler*, S. Karmaker, C. Zhai
CIKM 2017 [poster]

Knowledge Questions from Knowledge Graphs
D. Seyler, M. Yahya, K. Berberich
ICTIR 2017 [slides]

KnowNER: Incremental Multilingual Knowledge in Named Entity Recognition
D. Seyler, T. Dembelova, L. Del Corro, J. Hoffart, G. Weikum
arXiv:1709.03544 [cs.CL]

Automated Question Generation for Quality Control in Human Computation Tasks
D. Seyler, M. Yahya, K. Berberich, O. Alonso
In Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science, pp. 360-362.
ACM WebSci 2016 [poster]

Generating Quiz Questions from Knowledge Graphs
D. Seyler, M. Yahya and K. Berberich
In Proceedings of the 24th International World Wide Web Conference, pp. 113-114.
WWW 2015 [poster]

Question Generation from Knowledge Graphs
D. Seyler
Master’s thesis (advised by Prof. Klaus Berberich, Prof. Gerhard Weikum)


August 2016 – current:
Ph.D. student in Computer Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

April 2013 – October 2015:
M.Sc. in Computer Science at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

October 2009 – February 2013:
B.Sc. in Applied Computer Science at University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, Germany

Research Experience

August 2016 – current:
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Research Assistant

May 2017 – December 2017:
IBM Research
Research Intern – Cognitive User Experience Lab

January 2016 – June 2016:
Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Research Associate

June 2013 – December 2015:
Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Research Assistant

Teaching Experience

Fall 2017:
CS 510: Advanced Information Retrieval (Prof. ChengXiang Zhai)
Teaching Assistant


2017: Semantic Web journal

Honors and Awards

SIGIR Travel Grant (awarded by the Association for Computing Machinery)

Computer Science Excellence Fellowship (awarded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)