Background and activities

Dr. Dirk Ahlers has been an ERCIM Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Data and Information Management group and is currently a research scientist in the Information Systems group working on Urban Intelligence, knowledge management, mobility and geospatial analysis, Smart Cities, and emission monitoring systems.

His research interests are Urban Intelligence, Smart Cities, Geospatial Retrieval, Information Retrieval, Web Mining, Search Engines, Information Access, Mobile, and Everything Geo.

You can find him at Geo: N 63.417053 E 10.402551

He is organizing the CS3CS — Workshop on City Strategies for Smart Sustainable Climate Solutions in Trondheim and is the co-chair of the LocWeb - Location and the Web workshop series.

He is a member of the Smart Sustainable Cities research group and of OADE - Open Autonomous Digital Ecosystems.

Some selected projects:

See the full list of publications here or here


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Ahlers, Dirk; Wilde, Erik. (2017) LocWeb '17: Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Location and the Web. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2017. ISBN 978-1-4503-4914-7.
  • Ahlers, Dirk; Wilde, Erik; Martins, Bruno. (2014) LocWeb '14 — Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Location and the Web. ACM Digital Library. 2014. ISBN 978-1-4503-1459-6.

Part of book/report

  • Ahlers, Dirk. (2017) Linkage Quality Analysis of GeoNames in the Semantic Web. GIR'17 Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval.
  • de Souza da Silva, Eliezer; Ahlers, Dirk. (2017) Poisson Factorization Models for Spatiotemporal Retrieval. GIR'17 Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval.
  • Mallela, Deepa; Ahlers, Dirk; Pera, Maria Soledad. (2017) Mining Twitter Features for Event Summarization and Rating. IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI).