The CD Lab for RecSys is funded by Austria’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the business partners YKMB GmbHPreisvergleich Internet Services AG, and Falter Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.. In Christian Doppler Laboratories, application-oriented basic research is pursued at a high level, and expert scientists cooperate with innovative companies. The Christian Doppler Research Association is an international best practice example for promoting this collaboration. Christian Doppler Laboratories are financed jointly by the public purse and the participating companies. The most important public sponsor is the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW).


YKMB GmbH is a newly established startup on a mission to disrupt online fashion retail. It was co-founded in late 2019 in Vienna by an experienced team of marketing, sales, and computer science experts who realized that something very essential is missing in purchasing online: The social experience of shopping together with your friends, which provides instant feedback on what suits you and what to get. The results of the CD Laboratory will be used to improve the current product and help to develop new ones.

Preisvergleich Internet Services AG

Preisvergleich Internet Services AG hosts the price comparison platform Geizhals, which operates in Austria, Germany, the UK, and Poland. Geizhals is designed to streamline the shopping process by combining its advanced data analytics and extensive product database. The goal is to empower users to make informed purchasing decisions by effortlessly comparing prices from multiple online retailers. This service optimizes the shopping experience, enabling users to save both time and money in the process of finding the right product at the right place. The results of the CD Laboratory will be used to increase the knowledge about customer preferences and introduce strategies to elicit them.

Falter Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Falter Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H. is an Austrian media company based in Vienna. It was founded in May 1977, when the first issue of Vienna’s weekly newspaper “FALTER” was published. Today it has five active business divisions: 1) The weekly “FALTER”, 2) a book publishing house, 3) an online bookshop, 4) a corporate publishing arm, as well as 5) a digital media business unit, developing and operating websites, Apps, newsletters, social media as well as providing data and IT-services. The results of the CD Laboratory will be implemented to improve the online portal of the company and to develop new products.