188/4 E-Commerce Group
Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems
Vienna University of Technology
Favoritenstrasse 9-11/188, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

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E-business, e-commerce and underlying technologies did not only change our economy and businesses, but society as a whole. They induce rapid changes in our economic and social processes. Consequently, the E-Commerce group follows a more encompassing approach, starting from research in specific Informatics areas over analyzing and modeling enterprises and their respective processes to looking at entire market structures. In addition, it also looks at ways to foster innovation and the creation of new ideas in this e-commerce arena.
The e-commerce group performs research in the business-2-business (B2B) and business-2-consumer (B2C) domains. In the B2B domain, the group focuses on (i) business (process) modeling and consequently the specification and implementation of e-business systems, (ii) ontology engineering and information integration, (iii) cloud computing and resource allocation. In the B2C domain, the group does research in (i) text/content mining, data analytics and network analysis, and ii) personality based recommender systems combined with visual interaction paradigms. In this context a dominant application domain is the area of e-tourism.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of JITT on Recommender Systems in Tourism

Julia Neidhardt is one of the guest editors of the Special Issue on Recommender Systems in Tourism of the Journal of Information Technology & Tourism (JITT).

Papers are required no later than April 30th, 2017.
Notification of outcome will be provided by June 15th, 2017.
Revised papers should be submitted by August 1st, 2017.

New master thesis topic available: Recommender System of Mobile Services

Enormous amounts of data are permanently generated by customers of telecommunication services and their interactions. These data can be used to provide personalized recommendations of mobile services. In this master thesis a comprehensive user model for such a recommender system will be developed. The aim is to identify appropriate features that can be utilized within sophisticated recommendation approaches. These features will be obtained by studying the state-of-the-art in this field as well as by conducting empirical analyses of existing data of an Austrian Telco.

New master thesis topic available: Personalized destination recommendations using machine learning techniques

In the travel domain recommender systems are confronted with specific challenges, as the tourism product is usually very complex. Travelling can be seen, moreover, as an emotional experience. Therefore comprehensive user models are required. In this master thesis a seven-factor model will be considered, where each user is described with respect to seven basic travel behavioral patterns that also account for the personality of a user. These factors span, moreover, a seven-dimensional vector space.

Keynote by Prof. Werthner at RecTour 2016 (in conjunction with RecSys 2016 in Boston)

The keynote at the RecSys2016 workshop RecTour 2016 (as announced in this news-section) was held by Prof. Werthner. For more information, please click here.

Welcome.TU.code in the Communications of the ACM

The role of universities and of computer science in the European crises of refugees is discussed in an article in the October issue of the Communications of the ACM. The accompanying video addresses particularly the project Welcome.TU.code, which was co-initiated by Prof. Hannes Werthner, the head of the EC group.

EC group strongly present at RecSys 2016

The head of the EC group Prof. Hannes Werthner and EC group members Julia Neidhardt and Amra Delic had a number of contributions at this year’s 10th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys), which took place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA from September 15th to September 19th 2016. The Workshop on Recommenders in Tourism at RecSys was co-organized by Julia Neidhardt. At this workshop, Prof.

Cooperation with Pixtri: Find your dream destination with Pixmeaway

And article about the cooperation between members of our EC group and Pixtri OG has been published by TU Wien. Click here to read the article.

Prof. Brandic keynote speaker at E-MuCoCoS 2016

Prof. Ivona Brandic will be the academy keynote speaker at the 2016 Workshop on Exascale Multi/Many Core Computing Systems (E-MuCoCoS) in Frankfurt, Germany on 23rd June 2016. The title of her talk will be "Exascale System Management - What can we learn from efficient management of Ultra-scale Distributed Systems?".

Contribution of EC-group to blog "Europe of Knowledge"

María del Carmen Calatrava Moreno made a contribution to the blog Europe of Knowledge, the official blog for the ECPR Standing Group on the Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation. For reading the blog post please click here.

PhD Defense: Dražen Lučanin

We are happy to announce that Dražen Lučanin has successfully defended his PhD thesis on Tuesday, 31 May 2016. The title of his thesis is "Energy Efficient Cloud Control and Pricing in Geographically Distributed Data Centers". Please find the abstract here. The committee members were the university professors Ivona Brandic, Helmut Hlavacs (Uni Wien) and Werner Purgathofer.

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