A graphical CV can be found here and also on my application for Google In case you want to work together with me please also have a look at the list of people I admire and which I find truly inspiring. They reflect a large portion of my ethical values.


Currently I am a Webscience PhD student at the university of  Koblenz. My academic advisor is Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab. Social news streams were  my research interest before I switched over to Generalized Language Models.

I am holding a diploma in Mathematics and Vordiplom in Physics. My education was sponsored by the German National Academic Foundation which is Germany’s largest and most prestigious organisation sponsoring the academically gifted.

As a fellow of  Language and professional training in peoples republic of China I spent 18 month in Beijing & Shanghai learning Chinese. Earlier I lived one year in the United States of America in Boston.

I am founder of the the German music related social network metalcon and advisor to the rock band In Legend.

I am very active in the movement of open and free knowledge. Thus I have publically signed the cost of knowledge. I have co-organized an open access event in Oxford and participated in both german open educational resources conferences. Also I have been creating a massive open Online course on Web Science as well as software infrastructure to give the user interface of Mediawiki an learning environment


Erik Albers, Sarah Behrens, Markus Deimann, Monika Fischer, Helene Hahn, Christian Heise, Sebastian Horndasch, Andreas Karsten, Simon Köhl, Elly Köpf, Valentin Münscher, Jöran Muuß-Merholz, Kristin Narr, Jan Neumann, René Pickhardt, Felix Schaumburg, Sandra Schön, Sebastian Seitz, André Spang, John Weitzmann, Ole Wintermann und Annett Zobel. (2015): Positionspapier: Der Weg zur Stärkung freier Bildungsmaterialien
In: Bündnis Freie Bildung


Pickhardt, Rene  Gottron, Thomas; Körner, Martin; Wagner, Paul Georg; Speicher, Till;  Staab, Steffen  (2014): A Generalized Language Model as the Combination of Skipped n-grams and Modified Kneser Ney Smoothing.

In: ACL’14: Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics.


Rene Pickhardt, Thommas Gottron, Jonas Kunze, Ansgar Scherp, Steffen Staab

(2012): Efficient Graph Models for Retrieving Top-k News Feeds from Ego Networks.

In: SocialCom’12: Proceedings of the ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing.


Thomas Gottron, Olaf Radcke, Rene Pickhardt

(2012): On the Temporal Dynamics of Influence on the Social Semantic Web.

In: CSWS’12: Proceedings of the Chinese Semantic Web Symposium.


Thomas Gottron, Rene Pickhardt

(2012): A Detailed Analysis of the Quality of Stream-Based Schema Construction on Linked Open Data

In: CSWS’12: Proceedings of the Chinese Semantic Web Symposium.



  • 2015 Introduction to Web Science
  • 2015 (planned) – Information retrieval.
  • 2014 – Massive Open Online Course on Web Science.
  • 2013 – Massive Open Online Course on Web Science.
  • 2013 - German high school student Akademie: How does a computer work?
  • 2012 – German high school student Akademie: How does the internet work? On the traces of Tim Berners Lee
  • 2001 / 2012 – University of Koblenz: Algorithms & Data structures
  • 2011 –  German high school student Akademie: How will my Website be as good as Facebook?
  • 2009 –  German high school student Akademie: Web2.0 and Data Mining – How does Google find what I am looking for and Amazon know what I am going to buy?
  • 2007 – University of Mainz: Theoretical Physics II (Classical Mechanics)
  • 2006 / 2007 – University of Mainz: Introduction to Programming
  • 2006 Alogrithms II

(Invited) talks and seminars

Guest articles in other Blogs

  • (German) 2013: Wikimedia Blog about online courses on wikiversity
  • Mapping – OER (Wikimedia Foundation)
  • since 2011: member of most valued blogger program.
  • 2011 / 2012 – – Article series on facebook marketing for musicians part1, part2, part3, part4


  • 2011 PhD Scholarship by the WeST institute at the university of Koblenz
  • 2009-2010:  Language and professional training in peoples republic of China
  • 2005-2009: Full scholarship by German national Academic foundation.



If you wish to contact me send me an email: or find me under my real name in skype.


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