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Bernhard Waltl

Software Engineering for Business Information Systems
Chair of Informatics 19
Department of Informatics
Technische Universität München

Boltzmannstraße 3
D-85748 Garching bei München
Room FMI 01.12.056

Tel: +49 89 289 - 17124

E-Mail: b.waltl@tum.de

 

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Bernhard Waltl has been a research associate at the chair for Software Engineering of Business Information Systems (sebis) at the Technische Universität München since May 2014. He holds a master's degree in Informatics from the Technical University of Munich. Additionally, he holds a master's degree in Philosophy of Science and Technology (WTPhil) from the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), with a focus on philosophy of science, epistemology, and philosophy of language.

His research area include semantic analysis of legal texts, network analysis for legal documents, and applied artificial intelligence for the legal domain (e.g., smart contracts). Within his research he cooperates with leading legal scientists and practitioners. More detailled information about this cooperation can be found on www.lexalyze.de and www.en.lexalyze.de. Beside several publications on relevant conferences he is in the program comittee of the international legal informatics symposium (IRIS), and co-organized the scientific workshop series on Legal Data Analysis at Jurix conference on legal informatics. In addition, he is reviewing publications for international conferences on legal informatics, e.g., MWAIL, IRIS, LDA, ASAIL, information systems, e.g., BIS, but also for data mining topics in law journals, e.g., Journal of International Economic Law.

He is interested in applications of semantic software, logic based reasoning, and cognitive computing. Due to his studies and personal interests he is also open to various interdisciplinary topics, e.g., philosophy of science, game theory, decision science, etc. Together with social institutions he voluntarily committed himself to a volunteer-refugee project.  

Research Projects

Selected Invited Talks & Presentations

  1. Lexia: Tool-supported Collaborative Legal Data Science, Forschungskolloquium der Universität Zürich, Zentrum für Rechtsetzungslehre, 19. Juni 2017 (upcoming), see Link
  2. Classifying Norms and Documents: An Integrated Approach using Rules and Active Machine Learning, Gesellschaft für Informatik, Leitungsgremium FG Rechtsinformatik, 17. Mai, 2017
  3. LegalTech - Revolution des Rechts bzw. Rechtsmarkts durch IT?, Round-Table Chair at IRIS2017, 24th February, 2017, see Report
  4. A Data Science Environment for Semantic Analysis of German Legal Texts (also available as Podcast), in: Jusletter IT Flash 7th December, 2016
  5. Legal Data Science for Tool-supported Collaborative Design of Models from Normative Texts, Brünn, Cyberspace 2016, 26th November, 2016  
  6. Computer-gestützte Analyse des Bedeutungswandels rechtlicher Begriffe, Wien, Digital2016 Workshop on LegalFraming, 23rd November, 2016
  7. Applying Artificial Intelligence in Contracts and Contract Management, München, IACCM German Board Member Meeting, 4th Oktober, 2016
  8. Die Zukunft des Rechts – Digitalisierung und LegalTech als Chance für Wissenschaft und Praxis; Göttingen, Gastvorlesung Rechtssoziologie, 21st June 2016
  9. Databases & Visualizations; Convergence versus Divergence? Network Analysis of International Law, Geneva, Graduate Institute & World Trade Institute, 19th and 20th May 2016
  10. Text Mining und Artificial Intelligence für die Zukunft des Rechts; Munich, LegalTech Meetup, 23rd March, 2016

Publications (in reverse chronological order)

2017
[Wa17c]Waltl, B.; Reschenhofer, T.; Matthes, F.: Process and Tool-support to Collaboratively Formalize Statutory Texts by Executable Models. Working Paper (to appear in 2017)
[Wa17b]Waltl, B.; Bonczek, G.; Scepankova, E.; Landthaler, J.; Matthes, F.: Predicting the Outcome of Appeal Decisions in Germany’s Tax Law, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP): Policy Modeling and Policy Informatics, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017 (to appear)
[Wa17a]Waltl, B.; Landthaler, J.; Scepankova, E.; Matthes, F.; Geiger, T.; Stocker, C.; Schneider, C.: Automated extraction of semantic information from german legal documents, IRIS: Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposium, Salzburg, Austria, 2017 (nominated for LexisNexis best paper award)
2016
[Wa16c] Waltl, B.; Landthaler, J.; Matthes, F.: Differentiation and Empirical Analysis of Reference Types in Legal Documents, Jurix: International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, Sofia Antipolis, France, 2016
[La16c Landthaler, J.; Waltl, B.; Holl, P.; Matthes, F.: Extending Full Text Search for Legal Document Collections using Word Embeddings, Jurix: International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, Sofia Antipolis, France, 2016
[Be16] Beckers, K.; Landthaler, J.; Matthes, F.; Pretschner, A.; Waltl, B.: Data Accountability in Socio-Technical Systems, Working Conference on Exploring Modeling Methods for Systems Analysis and Design: EMMSAD, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2016
[Re16b] Reschenhofer, T.; Waltl, B.; Gjorgievska, S.; Matthes, F.: A Semantic Meta Model of Spreadsheets. In: Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Istanbul, Turkey, 2016
[Wa16b] Waltl, B.; Matthes, F.; Waltl, T.; Grass, T.: LEXIA - A Data Science Environment for Semantic Analysis of German Legal Texts, IRIS: Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposium, Salzburg, Austria, 2016
[La15]   Landthaler, J.; Waltl, B.; Matthes, F.: Unveiling References in Legal Texts - Implicit versus Explicit Network Structures, IRIS: Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposium, Salzburg, Austria, 2016
[Wa16a] Waltl, B.; Altamirano, Laura S.; Matthes, F.: Applying Lexical Knowledge to Support Search and Navigation in Legal Databases, IRIS: Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposium, Salzburg, Austria, 2016
2015
[Wa15d] Waltl, B.; Zec, M.; Matthes, F.: LEXIA: A Data Science Environment for Legal Texts, Jurix: International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, Braga, Portugal, 2015
[Wa15c]   Waltl, B.; Matthes, F.: Supporting the Legal Subsumption Process- Determination of Concreteness and Abstractness in German Laws using Lexical Knowledge, Proceedings of ICAIL Multilingual Workshop on AI & Law 2015, San Diego, USA
[Wa15b] Waltl, B.; Reschenhofer, T.; Matthes, F.: Data Governance on EA Information Assets: Logical Reasoning for Derived Data. 10th Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research Workshop (TEAR), Stockholm, Sweden, 2015.
[Wa15a]Waltl, B.; Matthes, F.: Comparison of Law Texts: An Analysis of German and Austrian Legislation regarding Linguistic and Structural Metrics, IRIS: Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposium, Salzburg, Austria, 2015
2014
[Wa14c]

Waltl, B.; Matthes, F.: Towards Measures of Complexity: Applying Structural and Linguistic Metrics to German Laws, Jurix: International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, Krakow, Poland, 2014

[Wa14b]

Waltl, B.; Schneider, A. W.; Matthes, F.: Deriving and Modelling Compliance Requirements from Legal Audits, EICAR: Trust and Transparency in IT Security, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2014

[Wa14] Waltl, B.: A system theoretical perspective of IT audits in the financial sector

Master's Thesis: Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany, 2014.

2013
[Wa13] Waltl, B.: Beschreibung, Modellierung und interdisziplinäre Analogien von Komplexität und komplexen Systemen

Master's Thesis: Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany, 2013.

 

Teaching (in reverse chronological order)

TermLevelTitleTypeRole
SS 2017

Bachelor & Master

 Seminar Advisor
WS 16 / 17

Bachelor & Master

Synergien zwischen Rechtstheorie und Informatik Seminar Advisor
WS 16 / 17 Master Software Engineering in der industriellen Praxis

Lecture

Advisor
SS 2016 Bachelor & Master Text Mining und Artificial Intelligence für die Zukunft des Rechts

Seminar

Advisor
WS 15 / 16 Bachelor Software Engineering für betriebliche Anwendungen

Lecture & Exercise

Advisor
WS 15 / 16 Master Software Engineering in der industriellen Praxis

Lecture

Advisor
WS 15 / 16 Master

Master Lab Course Web Applications

Lab Course

Advisor
SS 2015 Bachelor & Master Text Mining und Artificial Intelligence für die Zukunft des Rechts

Seminar

Advisor
WS 14 / 15 Bachelor Software Engineering für betriebliche Anwendungen

Lecture & Exercise

Advisor
WS 14 / 15 Master Software Engineering in der industriellen Praxis

Lecture

Advisor

WS 14 / 15

Master Master Lab Course Web Applications Lab Course Advisor

SS 2014          

Master Web Application Engineering Lecture Advisor

 

Student Theses