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Computer-aided modeling of signatures and features of relevant scientific content

Team: Nadine Dulisch
Leader: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Mathiak
Scientific unit: Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences (WTS)


Legislation requires that animal tests should be replaced by equivalent methods without the use of animals, if such methods exist. But finding these methods is a difficult and time-consuming task, even for experts in the respective field. The current research systems do not support the necessary search strategies which search for correspondences between substitution method and animal experiment on the one hand (e.g. with respect to experimental purposes and to achievable results), but on the other hand for deviations of the methodology in central points (e.g. in vivo vs. in vitro).

The aim of the SMAFIRA project is the development of automated procedures that precisely specify these deviations and thereby significantly reduce the number of documents to be searched.


15.10.2014 – 14.10.2015

Sponsored by


  • BfR (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung)


  • Dulisch N., Mathiak B. (2017) Towards Finding Animal Replacement Methods. In: Kamps J., Tsakonas G., Manolopoulos Y., Iliadis L., Karydis I. (eds) Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries. TPDL 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10450. Springer, Cham