CC-BY Fabian M. Suchanek

Research & Teaching

Research Projects

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Knowledge Base Construction
We work on extracting computer-readable information from Web sources. Our flagship project in this domain is YAGO, a large knowledge base constructed from Wikidata,, and other Web sources. We have also developed several approaches to query knowledge bases efficiently. One approach is based on Bash commands.
Information Extraction
Our main project in this area is the NoRDF project, which extracts complex information from natural language text: causal relationships, beliefs, negative statements, and conditional statements. We also work on extracting commercial products from the Web.
Data mining
We work on algorithms that can find automatically where a knowledge base is missing information. Our flagship project here is the AMIE rule mining system, but we also work on determining the completeness of entities, or the necessity of attributes. Here is an overview on our work of mining completeness in knowledge bases.
Recently, we have started to work on making machine learning algorithms explainable. We are also analysing the limits of deep learning.
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I have published 100+ scientific articles, mostly at conferences such as ISWC, VLDB, SIGMOD, WWW, CIKM, ICDE, and SIGIR. My work has been cited more than 15,000 times.


I teach on Natural Language Processing (NLP), Web technology, Information Extraction, Logic & Probability, the Semantic Web, and Softskills. I also used to teach a ballroom dancing class.


Deep Learning
Rule Mining
NoRDF project

Organizational Work

In the past, I have been involved extensively in the construction of the computer science field at University of Paris Saclay and the Institut polytechnique de Paris. ... and finally a more humorous take on the issue in Fluctuat et Mergitur, a satirical blog.

No free view? No review!
I no longer review for scientific journals that do not publish their articles in open access. I think that it is absurd that journals do not remunerate the authors, and do not remunerate the reviewers, but take money if someone wants to access the articles. It's like selling scientists their own work. It hinders scientific progress, especially in poorer places. Small fees that cover the processing are OK.