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Debora Weber-Wulff

Debora Weber-Wulff

Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff (female), originally from the USA, is a computer scientist and professor for media and computing at the HTW engineering college in Berlin, Germany. She studied applied physics at the University of California, San Diego and computer science at the University of Kiel (Germany). Her doctoral dissertation was in theoretical computer science.

She has been publishing on the topic of plagiarism since 2002, and she developed an E-Learning unit in 2004 on detecting plagiarism (in German, Fremde Federn Finden, http://plagiat.htw-berlin.de/ff/) for teachers. She has been testing software tools for the detection of plagiarism since 2004 (https://plagiat.htw-berlin.de/software-en/) with the most recent publication in 2020 (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s41239-020-00192-4).

Her book “False Feathers: An Academic Perspective on Plagiarism” (https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-39961-9) was published by Springer in 2014, a chapter in the "Handbook of Academic Integrity" (https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-981-287-098-8_19) on the use of software to detect plagiarism was published in 2016.

Since 2011 she has been active in the German academic community VroniPlag Wiki (https://vroniplag.wikia.org/de/wiki/%C3%9Cbersicht) that documents plagiarism in doctoral dissertations and other academic publications. This work has encouraged a wide discussion of plagiarism in Germany.