Neoclassica is currently funded and developed as a research project within the framework of the Passau Centre for the eHumanities (PACE). We aspire to build a strong community around the Neoclassica platform. In this light we appreciate your feedback and will be glad to get you involved in the project.

To contact us, please refer to

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Handschuh

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Handschuh
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Handschuh

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Handschuh is professor at Universität Passau, Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik, Lehrstuhl für Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Digital Libraries und Web Information SystemsPrior to the acquisition of the Chair in Passau, he was  professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and head of the Knowledge Discovery Unit at the Insight Center for Data Analytics in Galway.

He studied computer science in Ulm and information science in Konstanz and was assistant at the Institute for Applied Computer Science and Formal Description Methods at the University of Karlsruhe, subsequently. In 2001, he continued with a research stay at Stanford Database Group at Stanford University in the United States. He received his doctorate with magna cum laude in Karlsruhe in 2005.

Prof. Handschuh coordinated numerous research and development projects on international level. He was involved in attracting extensive project funding: of the EU, the Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and from national sources, amongst others. In addition, he has worked with multinational companies such as HP, SAP, IBM, Motorola, Cisco, Avaya, British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Thales and Elsevier Publishing.

Furthermore, he conducted research at Digital Aristoteles Project that aimed at the semantic content analysis and knowledge modeling of schoolbooks, and was funded by the Microsoft founder and philanthropist, Paul Allen. His current research deals mainly with the areas of semantic technologies, information linguistics, information extraction and web information retrieval.

Dr. Simon Donig

Simon Donig
Simon Donig

Simon is a post-doctoral researcher at the chair for Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems at the University of Passau. He obtained a Ph.D. in history from the University of Passau and has studied History and Political Science at the Universities of Hamburg and Konstanz.

His monograph Adel ohne Land – Land ohne Adel? Lebenswelt, Gedächtnis und materielle Kultur des schlesischen Adels nach 1945 appeared with deGruyter – Oldenbourg in 2019.

In combining strong qualitative research skills and narration with a keen interest in formalized modelling as well as data-centred methods he is particularly adapt for bridging the gap between the different disciplinary cultures.

His research interests in the DH-context comprise among others

  • methodological aspects of the Digital Humanities;
  • the formalized representation of material culture;
  • AI-based research instruments with a focus on the study of multimodal artefacts.

As a historian he is interested in

  • social, technological, judicial and economic transformation processes from the early modern to the present;
  • Erfahrungsgeschichte, Oral History, Narration and Memory Studies;
  • experiences of crisis, forced migration and violence;
  • cultures of property and the discursive formation of property rights;
  • Cultural Studies approaches to design- and architectural history as well as material culture studies.

Maria Christoforaki

Maria Christoforaki
Maria Christoforaki

Maria Christoforaki studied Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete, Greece and holds an MSc degree in Information Systems and Software Engineering from the same organisation. Her Master’s thesis was CLIO, an Object-oriented Model of Cultural Data.

She worked at the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (ICS-FORTH) where she was member of the Information Systems Research Group with a specialization in cultural documentation with use of semantic knowledge representation.  She was also member of the cross-disciplinary research team for the Ancient Theater Electronic Documentation Project at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (IMS-FORTH) and a PhD student at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland, Galway (2012 – 2014).

Since 2014 she works as a research assistant at the University of Passau, initially for the Chair for Digital Humanities (till June 2015) and then for the Chair for Digital Libraries and Web Information Systems (2015 – present). Main areas of experience and expertise: Cultural documentation, conceptual modelling.

Bernhard Bermeitinger

Bernhard Bermeitinger
Bernhard Bermeitinger

Bernhard Bermeitinger is a graduate research assistant at the Semantic Computing and Natural Language Processing Group.

After his bachelor’s degree in IT security, he received a master’s degree (2016) in Computer Science at the University of Passau by developing Deep Learning techniques for image classification and applying them to a Digital Humanities research project.

His research interests lie in question answering, distributional semantics, and the application of machine learning for these topics. Additionally, deep neural networks for images and text are another research pillar for him.