Basil Ell studied Computer Science (B.Sc., M.Sc.) at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Pohang University of Science and Technology (South Korea) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras (India). In 2009 he joined the Knowledge Management group at the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he obtained a Ph.D with the thesis "User Interfaces to the Web of Data based on Natural Language Generation" in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Rudi Studer. There he was mainly working on Natural Language Generation from SPARQL queries and RDF graphs and on semantically-enhanced Virtual Research Environments for the History of Education. He joined the Semantic Computing group at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technologies (CITEC) in May 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher and is currently interested in the Semantic Web and Natural Language Processing in general and in particular in knowledge base population, semantic parsing, and information extraction from text (relation extraction), and tables (table understanding). Furthermore, he develops visions for Education 4.0.
In addition to the position in Bielefeld he joined SIRIUS labs at University of Oslo in September 2018 - thus cummuting between Bielefeld and Oslo. At SIRIUS he is leading the Data Science Research Program, consisting of 6 Ph.D students and 3 post-doctoral researchers.
See also his page at University of Oslo.