Joeran Beel is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and PhD student in computer science at OvGU Magdeburg (Germany). He obtained an MSc in Business Information Systems at OvGU Magdeburg and graduated with distinction and was cited as the computer science department’s best student. In addition, he obtained an MSc in Project Management at Lancaster University Management School (UK). In recent years he published several papers about academic search engines. He is a co-founder of the academic search engine SciPlore ( and the machine readable digital library Mr. dLib ( He won several awards for his research, including one from Germany’s Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Contact details may be found on his homepage (

At the age of 15 Bela Gipp won several prizes at Jugend Forscht, Germany’s premier national youth science competition. The German Chancellor honored him after he took first prize in the state-level round for the third time. Scholarships allowed him to study in Australia, England, and China, and at UC Berkeley, in California. After obtaining his master’s in the field of computer science and an MBA, he started working for SAP AG in a research joint venture. Currently he is a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, where he works on his doctoral research. Central topics are network theory and bibliometric analysis. Besides his theoretical research, he develops open-source software for scientists as a founder of Publications can be found on his website