The ECIR '19 Tutorial on PLS-SEM

The organizers of this workshop

Markus Kattenbeck

Markus Kattenbeck is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Chair for Information Science at the University of Regensburg. He applied PLS Path Modeling extensively during his PhD, which he defended successfully in 2016 in Regensburg. The results of his thesis have been published at presitigous venues such as ACM SIGSPATIAL and COSIT. He is continuing his work with respect to heterogeneity analyses based on PLS Path Modling, published at the GIScience Conference 2018. His scientific interest in how people navigate on the web has recently gained momentum. Markus served as chair of the local organization committee for IIiX 2014 and will be a general co-chair of the 14th Conference on Spatial Information Theory. He has been teaching empirical methods classes as well as data analysis classes at both, bachelor and master level, for more than 8 years.

David Elsweiler

David Elsweiler is a professor at the Chair for Information Science at the University of Regensburg. David's research focuses on understanding information behavior with the main aim of designing information systems that align with the way people think and behave naturally. He received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2007. David has published more than 65 conference papers, journal articles and book chapters on search and recommender systems, personal information management, as well as user studies investigating what users want from such systems and how they behave to achieve their aims. David has won several awards including Best Paper Award Honorable Mention at WWW'17, ACM SIGIR Outstanding Paper Award (2011), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2009) and an Emerald Outstanding Author Contribution Award for best book chapter (2011). In 2014 David was general co-chair for the Information Interaction in Context Conference (IIiX) and he has previously co-organized successful workshops at ACM SIGIR, CIKM, CSCW and RecSys.


David and Markus have jointly taught the empirical methods class in Regensburg for 7 years and have extensive experience in teaching statistics and data analysis. They have given a successful tutorial on PLS Path Modeling and Structural Equation Models at ACM CHIIR 2018.