Benedikt Loepp, M.Sc.

Benedikt LoeppIn 2011, I received the bachelor's degree in Applied Computer Science from University of Duisburg-Essen (Thesis title: "Personalized route directions by means of semantic models").
Until 2013, I studied the master program of Applied Computer Science at University of Duisburg-Essen, finishing with a master's degree (with distinction) in 2013 (Thesis title: "Interactive Generation of Recommendations by Using Latent Factors") .

Since 2003, I have been creating homepages and software applications. Among others, I developed the freeware code editor Webocton - Scriptly. Moreover, I have been active in the field of webdesign (Photoshop) and software development (PHP, CSS, HTML, Javascript, Java (JSF, Primefaces, JPA, Hibernate), MySQL, Flash, Python), being familiar with different development technologies (Eclipse, Maven, Hudson/Jenkins, SVN/GitLab, JBoss/WildFly, Tomcat).

Over the years, I have also been working at University of Duisburg-Essen. I started as a student assistant, among others, giving exercise lessons in Photoshop, assisting in teaching, and developing JavaEE applications. In March 2012, I finally joined the Interactive Systems research group as a researcher, and became a PhD student and full member of the research group after having received my master's degree in 2013.

My research focuses on the field of recommender systems, in particular, preference elicitation and interactive recommending approaches. Besides, I was involved in the ColognE-mobil project part II. Since 2012, I have been administrative coordinator for Computer Science in the MINTroduce project, supporting study beginners at the university and being responsible for the program’s preliminary courses. Furthermore, I contributed to several research developments, e.g. Blended RecommendingTagMF, and the Archaeological Sandbox. I also enjoy my teaching activities, including, among others, a lecture on Recommender Systems.

Since 2014, I'm webmaster of the official ACM RecSys website, and regularly serve as web chair for the conference.


Please also visit my website at the Interactive Systems research group to find out more about my academic experiences.


to appear

  • Biefang, K., Kunkel, J., Loepp, B., & Ziegler, J. (to appear).
    Eine Sandbox zur physisch-virtuellen Exploration von Ausgrabungsstätten.
    In Mensch & Computer 2017. Bonn, Germany: Gesellschaft für Informatik.
  • Donkers, T., Loepp, B., & Ziegler, J. (to appear).
    Sequential User-Based Recurrent Neural Network Recommendations.
    In RecSys '17: Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems. New York, NY, USA: ACM.






A list of publications is also available in the digital library of the University of Duisburg-Essen or in my Google Scholar profile.