Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik (http://www.mpi-sb.mpg.de/)
Prof. Gerhard Weikum
The MPII research group led by Dr. Weikum at the University of Saarbruecken has been working on XML data management, Web search and focused crawling, Web services and distributed workflow management, automated performance tuning of database and workflow servers, and selected system aspects of multimedia servers. In the area of multimedia data, the group participated in the Esprit LTR project HERMES on high-performance multimedia storage management from 1995 through 1998. In the area of intelligent search on XML data, the group currently pursues the CLASSIX project on classification and intelligent search on information in XML, supported by the German Science Foundation (DFG). In an applied project funded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of the Saarland, the group is developing focused crawling technology for the automated generation and maintenance of an information portal for small businesses and trades.