Company portrait


SEMPRIA GmbH was founded in Düsseldorf in 2009 by Prof. Dr. Hermann Helbig, Dr. Sven Hartrumpf and employees of the working group IICS (Intelligent Information and Communication Systems; FernUniversität in Hagen). Prof. Helbig is an internationally renowned researcher. The technology startup for intelligent, language-understanding search engines began in 2010 with the first installations of its cognitive search engine as SaaS (Search-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service). By the way, SEMPRIA stands for Semantic Processing for Information Access.


The core issue of SEMPRIA GmbH in Düsseldorf is the development of language technology software. One focus lies on cognitive search engines (meaning-oriented search engines) that take into account the meaning of search queries and texts. Each founder has over 20 years of experience in knowledge processing, natural language processing (NLP) and information retrieval (IR).

Core competencies

The core competencies of SEMPRIA GmbH are search engines, language processing and knowledge processing:

  • Meaning-oriented search engines from Germany. The deep semantic search engine SEMPRIA-Search is suitable for archives and websites as a site search and intranet search engine. SEMPRIA-Search understands German and English. Other languages such as Mandarin are in preparation.
  • Automatic knowledge processing and knowledge-based systems
  • Automatic Language Processing
  • Construction and use of semantic-based computer lexicons
  • Question answering (answer function) for large stocks of knowledge; deep question answering systems (deep QA).
  • Development of tools for language technology
  • Automatic subject indexing and automatic keywording by language-understanding programs
  • Natural Language Interfaces

Through continuous research and development, we can offer innovative products for deep semantic search and for semantic annotation (keywords, headwords, similar articles, facets etc.).