Dr. Rainer Simon

I'm a Senior Scientist and Research Software Engineer at the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence research group at the Austrian Institute of Technology, where I'm co-leading the Cultural Data Science topic. My projects revolve predominantly around the use of computational approaches, AI and semantic technologies in the Digital Humanities and Digital Library fields. I always had a passion for maps, and in many of my projects I have been dealing with geospatial or cartographic data. Previously, I served as the Technical Director for Pelagios, an international initative that aims to foster better linkages between online resources documenting the past. I am also the technical lead for the open source project Recogito, an award-winning online annotation environment for texts and images.

As an avid software developer for more than 15 years, I've had decent exposure to a range of programming languages, including Java, Python, PHP, Groovy, C# and C++, although my favourite languages nowadays are JavaScript, Scala, and Ruby.

Prior to my current position, I worked as a researcher and project manager at the Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, where I also did my PhD in the area of mobile geospatial applications; and as a systems architect for a major Austrian mobile network operator. (There's also a slightly extended - and more academic - version of my bio available here.)