Benjamin Hättasch

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Benjamin Hättasch, M.Sc.

Doctoral Researcher

+49 6151 16-25603
+49 6151 16-25602

Hochschulstr. 10
64289 Darmstadt

Office: S2|02 D110


Research Interests

  • Automated Summarization
  • Information and Knowledge Extraction from Text
  • Ethical Aspects of AI and Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Interfaces for Data Bases

Student (Co-)Supervision

I supervise or have supervised the following students or interns:

  • Nadja Geisler (2018/19): Enhancing Natural Language Interfaces to Data Bases (master thesis)
  • Ajay Sheoran (2019): research intern
  • Orkan Özyurt (2018): Interactive Text Summarization for Large Corpora (master thesis)

Biographical Information

I started working for the Data Management Lab in January 2018 and joined the research training group AIPHES as a PhD student in July 2018.

I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2014 and a Master of Science in Computer Science as well as a Master of Science in Internet- and Web-Based Systems in 2017 all from Technical University of Darmstadt.

Between 04/2014 and 09/2017 I worked as student assistant for the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD). Additionally, I was student assistant for several different courses at Technical University of Darmstadt between 10/2012 and 12/2017.

During my studies I was a member of the student council and part of different commissions and groups as well as responsible for organizing the welcome week for first year students for five times.

Personal Information

You expect me to put private information about me on my professional homepage? Well -- since you could find all that information by using your favorite search engine anyways -- here we go:

I enjoy dancing, traveling, taking pictures, am interested in railway systems and am a part of the managing board of the friends' association of the conference of German-speaking student councils in computer science (KIV e.V.). I am part of the organization committee for the Conference of Aspiring Students in Tech Rhein-Main as well as the organization team of Antenne Bergstraße, a non-commercial radio station.


  • MRMCD 2018: Kreative KI – wenn der Computer das Setup hackt. How machine learning systems exploit bugs and bad reward functions [Recording, German, targeted at a broad audience]


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Weir, Nathaniel ; Crotty, Andrew ; Galakatos, Alex ; Ilkhechi, Amir ; Ramaswamy, Shekar ; Bhushan, Rohin ; Cetintemel, Ugur ; Utama, Prasetya ; Geisler, Nadja ; Hättasch, Benjamin ; Eger, Steffen ; Binnig, Carsten (2019):
DBPal: Weak Supervision for Learning a Natural Language Interface to Databases.
Los Angeles, California, USA, In: 1st International Workshop on Conversational Access to Data (CAST) in conj. with the 45th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB), Los Angeles, California, USA, [Konferenzveröffentlichung]

Hättasch, Benjamin ; Meyer, Christian M. ; Binnig, Carsten (2019):
Interactive Summarization of Large Document Collections.
In: Workshop on Human-In-the-Loop Data Analytics, Amsterdam, 05.07.2019, [Konferenzveröffentlichung]


Hättasch, Benjamin
Alonso, Omar ; Silvello, Gianmaria (Hrsg.) (2018):
Towards Interactive Summarization of Large Document Collections.
CEUR Workshop Proceedings, In: First Biennial Conference on Design of Experimental Search & Information Retrieval Systems, Bertinoro, Italy, 28.-31.08.2018, [Online-Edition:],

P. V. S., Avinesh ; Hättasch, Benjamin ; Özyurt, Orkan ; Binnig, Carsten ; Meyer, Christian M. (2018):
Sherlock: A System for Interactive Summarization of Large Text Collections.
In: Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, In: The 44th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2018), Rio De Janerio, Brazil, 27.08.2018--31.08.2018, 11, DOI: 10.14778/3229863.3236220,

Utama, Prasetya ; Weir, Nathaniel ; Basik, Fuat ; Binnig, Carsten ; Cetintemel, Ugur ; Hättasch, Benjamin ; Ilkhechi, Amir ; Ramaswamy, Shekar ; Usta, Arif (2018):
An End-to-end Neural Natural Language Interface for Databases.
In: arXiv preprint arXiv:1804.00401, [Artikel]

Basik, Fuat ; Hättasch, Benjamin ; Ilkhechi, Amir ; Usta, Arif ; Ramaswamy, Shekar ; Utama, Prasetya ; Weir, Nathaniel ; Binnig, Carsten ; Cetintemel, Ugur (2018):
DBPal: A Learned NL-Interface for Databases.
New York, NY, USA, ACM, In: Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Management of Data, New York, NY, USA, In: SIGMOD '18, ISBN 978-1-4503-4703-7,
DOI: 10.1145/3183713.3193562,


Hättasch, Benjamin (2017):
Automated Ontology Refinement Using Compression-Based Learning.
TU Darmstadt, [Masterarbeit]

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