The President of GESIS

Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter is President of GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and Full Professor of Applied Informatics for the Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim.

York Sure-Vetter joined GESIS in May 2009 as Scientific Director of the department Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences and became Acting President in December 2009. Since August 2013 he is appointed President of GESIS. Before he came to GESIS he was working at SAP AG as Senior Researcher and Technical Lead of the German lighthouse project Theseus-Texo. His further positions include Assistant Professor at University of Karlsruhe (TH), Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and Visiting Professor at University of Mannheim.

His main research areas are

  • Semantic Web,
  • Knowledge Management
  • and Internet of Services

Professor Sure-Vetter acted among others as Co-Programme Chair of the Semantic Web Track of the 19th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2010) and as Programme Chair of the 3rd European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2006).


2010: Teaching Award of the HECTOR School of Engineering and Management, Business School of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

2009: Selected as High Potential within the SAP Top Talent programme

2007: The Open Source software Semantic Media Wiki is awarded with the do it! Software-Award of the MFG Stiftung Baden-Württemberg (3rd rank; together with D. Vrandecic, M. Krötzsch, R. Studer)

2006: IBM UIMA Innovation Award

2001: Dr. Wolfgang Heilmann Award for Humane Usage of Information Technology, first prize of the Integrata foundation (Tübingen, Germany) awarded to the research group "Knowledge Management" (together with R. Studer, M. Erdmann, A. Mädche, H. Oppermann, H.-P. Schnurr, S. Staab, C. Tempich)

Selected publications:

Ontology Management, Semantic Web, Semantic Web Services, and Business Applications (with Martin Hepp, Pieter De Leenheer, Aldo de Moor)Semantic Web And Beyond Computing for Human Experience Vol. 7, Springer 2008, ISBN 978-0-387-69900-4.

Semantic Web - Grundlagen (with Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch, and Sebastian Rudolf) Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2007, ISBN 978-3540339939.

Proceedings of the 3rd European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2006 (with John Domingue) Volume 4011 of LNCS, Springer. June 9-14, 2006, Budva, Montenegro.

AEON - An Approach to the Automatic Evaluation of Ontologies (with Johanna Völker, Denny Vrandecic and Andreas Hotho) Journal of Applied Ontology, 3(1-2):41-62. 2008. ISSN: 1570-5838.

Eine Infrastruktur für das Internet der Dienste (with Christian Janiesch and Rainer Ruggaber), HMD - Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik, 45(261), 2008.

Transforming Arbitrary Tables into F-Logic Frames with TARTAR (with Aleksander Pivk, Philipp Cimiano, Matjaz Gams, Vladislav Rajkovic, and Rudi Studer) Data & Knowledge Engineering (DKE) , 60(3):567-595, 2007.

Main research projects

05.2011-04.2013: DFG Project "Information Retrieval Mehrwertdienste II (IRM II)" 05.2009-06.2010: DFG Project "Information Retrieval Mehrwertdienste (IRM)" 07.2007-04.2009: German National Lighthouse Project "THESEUS/TEXO - Infrastructure for the Internet of Services" (funded by BMWi) 01.2007-06.2007: International industry project "HALO - Towards a Digital Aristotle, Phase Two" 01.2004-12.2006: EU IST Integrated Project "SEKT - Semantically Enabled Knowledge Technologies"