Prof. Dr. Maria-Esther Vidal

Head of Scientific Data Management Research Group

Prof. Dr. Maria-Esther Vidal is the head of the Scientific Data Management Research Group at TIB and a member of the L3S Research Centre at the University of Hannover; she is also a full professor (on-leave) at Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) Venezuela. Her interests include Big data and knowledge management, knowledge representation, and semantic web.  She has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers in Semantic Web, Databases, Bioinformatics, and Artificial Intelligence. She has co-authored one monograph, and co-edited books and journal special issues. She is part of various editorial boards (e.g., JWS, JDIQ), and has been the general chair, co-chair, senior member, and reviewer of several scientific events and journals (e.g., ESWC, AAAI, AMW, WWW, KDE). She is leading data management tasks in the EU H2020 projects iASiS, BigMedylitics, and QualiChain, and has participated in BigDataEurope, BigDataOcean; she is a supervisor of MSCA-ETN projects WDAqua and NoBIAS. She has been a visiting professor in different universities (e.g., Uni Maryland, UPM Madrid, UPC, KIT Karlsruhe, Uni Nantes). In the past, she has participated in international projects (e.g., FP7, NSF, AECI), and led industrial data integration projects for more than 10 years (e.g., Bell South, Telefonica).


Email: maria.vidaltibeu
Phone: +49 511 762-14690


The research focus - with special attention data management - are in the following areas:

  • Data Science, Semantic Web, Knowledge Graphs and Big Data Analytics
  • Databases, Federated Query Optimization and Processing
  • Information Systems, Data Integration, Linked Data
  • Semantic Data Management for Bio-Medicine and Life Sciences, OMICS Data Integration and Analytics, Research Infrastructures

Information about current publications, projects, and activities of Prof. Vidal can be found in the TIB research information system, as well as at DBLP, Google Scholar and Semantic Scholar

Third-Party Funded Projects


Prof. Vidal lectures Master courses at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Leibniz Universität Hannover.
In addition, the research group supervises laboratory and final theses.


Postal address: Welfengarten 1 B, 30167 Hannover, Germany

Address for visitors: Lange Laube 28, 30159 Hannover