Hi, I’m Thorsten from Austria. I am currently a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science at Graz University of Technology, advised by Denis Helic. Broadly, I am interested in web science—more specifically, in all things related to online platforms and the communities that frequent them.


  • Poor Attention: The Wealth and Regional Gaps in Event Attention and Coverage on Wikipedia. Ruprechter, T., Burghardt, K., & Helic, D. (2023). Under Review.
  • Retention and Relapse in Gambling Self-help Communities on Reddit. Hopfgartner, N., Ruprechter, T., Helic, D. (2022). Social Informatics: 13th International Conference. [PDF]
  • Volunteer contributions to Wikipedia increased during COVID-19 mobility restrictions. Ruprechter, T., Horta Ribeiro, M., Santos, T., Lemmerich, F., Strohmaier, M., West, R. & Helic, D. (2021). In Nature Scientific Reports 11, 21505. [PDF]
  • Investigating Western Bias in Wikipedia Articles about Terrorist Incidents. Steinkasserer, M., Ruprechter, T., & Helic, D. (2021). In Companion Volume to the Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Open Collaboration. [PDF]
  • Relating Wikipedia article quality to edit behavior and link structure. Ruprechter, T., Santos, T., & Helic, D. (2020). In Applied Network Science (5). [PDF]
  • Deconstructing Human Assisted Video Transcription and Annotation for Legislative Proceedings. Ruprechter, T., Khosmood, F., & Guetl, C. (2020). In Digital Government: Research and Practice. [PDF]
  • On the Relation of Edit Behavior, Link Structure, and Article Quality on Wikipedia. Ruprechter, T., Santos, T., & Helic, D. (2019). In International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications (pp. 242-254). Springer, Cham. [PDF] [POSTER]
  • Gaining efficiency in human assisted transcription and speech annotation in legislative proceedings. Ruprechter, T., Khosmood, F., Kuboi, T., Dekhtyar, A., & Gütl, C. (2018). In 19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Governance in the Data Age, DG. O 2018 (p. a117). Association of Computing Machinery. [PDF] [POSTER]
  • Learning games for configuration and diagnosis tasks. Felfernig, A., Jeran, M., Ruprechter, T., Ziller, A., Reiterer, S., & Stettinger, M. (2015, September). In 17th International Workshop on Configuration.

Teaching @ Graz University of Technology


  • Informatik BW - Computer Science for Civil Engineers (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

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  • German (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Spanish (intermediate)