Dr. Rainer Simon

Dr. Rainer Simon is a Senior Scientist at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. He holds a master's in telecommunications engineering and a doctorate in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology. Rainer has been working in the field of multimedia information management and retrieval for more than 15 years, with a particular focus on technologies and user interfaces that process and visualize geospatial information. His current research interest is in the application of Linked (Geo) Data methods and visualization techniques in the Digital Humanities and Digital Library domains. Rainer has been involved in many national and international research projects, published various papers in his area, and served as a programme committee member and reviewer for relevant scientific workshops and publications in the field.

Rainer's recent activities include participation in the EU-funded EuropeanaConnect project, where he lead a research and development task on collaborative semantic media annotation; and his role as Technical Director of Pelagios, an international Digital Humanities initiative which interconnects heterogeneous digital content documenting the past by means of a common semantic reference framework. Presently, Rainer serves as the Co-Investigator of the most recent funding cycle of Pelagios, Pelagios Commons. Pelagios Commons is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will continue until December 2017.