Jun.-Prof. Dr. Martin Potthast

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Martin Potthast

Junior Professor

Text Mining und Retrieval (JP)
Augustusplatz 10, Room P 816
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32382
Fax: +49 341 97-32299


Martin Potthast is head of the Text Mining and Retrieval Group at Leipzig University. His research focuses on information processing, the challenges arising from assessing the credibility and originality of information obtained online, and the development of information systems. Martin Potthast has contributed to the fields of information retrieval, natural language processing, and data science. Several of his achievements have been awarded with scientific prizes.

Professional background: Martin Potthast studied computer science at Paderborn University (2001-2006), completed his dissertation at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in December 2011, where he also spent his postdoctoral research at the Digital Bauhaus Lab. Martin was appointed Junior-Professor (tenure track) at Leipzig University in October 2017.

Professional career

  • since 10/2017
    Junior-Professor for Text Mining and Retrieval at Leipzig University
  • 01/2012 - 09/2017
    Postdoc and Tech Lead at the Digital Bauhaus Lab at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 06/2006 - 12/2011
    Research assistant with the Web Technology and Information System Group at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 10/2001 - 06/2006
    Study of computer science at Paderborn University


  • since 12/2011
    Dr. rer. nat. in computer science at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (summa cum laude)
  • since 06/2006
    Diploma degree in computer science (with honors)
  • since 01/2005
    Bachelor of computer science