Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems
Vienna University of Technology
Favoritenstrasse 9-11/188, A-1040 Vienna, Austria
188/4 Electronic Commerce Group
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.
We are happy to announce that Soodeh Farokhi has successfully defended her PhD defense on Thursday, 21 January. The title of her thesis is "Quality of Service Control Mechanisms in Cloud Computing Environments", please find the abstract here.
The scope is to apply machine learning to classify e-tourism data sets. These sets are hotel descriptions, each description consisting of a set of given attributes (usually Boolean attributes following a well known and given data standard) and probably a free text. In a first step, these descriptions need to be analyzed and harmonized (on a semantic/conceptual as well as schema level). In a next step the tourism objects need to by classified, using both the set of attributes as well as the textual descriptions. Using machine learning these hotels should be classified into 7 distinct classes.
On December 11, Hannes Werthner gave the keynote at the 17th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services in Brussels, Belgium. The title was "e-commerce: Early Expectations and Today's Situation. A History of 20 Years".
The head of the group, Hannes Werthner, participated at a panel discussion "The role and responsibility of the intellectual in our time".
The discussion took place on December 5, within the Italian book fair "Più libri più liberi" in Rome, Palazzo dei Congressi. Other panel participants were the Italian writers Fabio Geda and Carlo Grande, and the Austrian author Egyd Gstättner. It was moderated by Christiana Ruggeri from RAI 2.
We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our group: Carine Pierrette Mukamakuza.
Carine Mukamakuza was born in Western Province, Rwanda. She holds a Bachelor and a Master of Computer science and technology from Central South University in Changsha, China and is now a PhD student in the E-Commerce group. Her supervisor is Prof. Werthner.
... and get to know your personal top 10 attractions for your next journey to Vienna. The aim of this project is to evaluate an online recommendation application
The E-Commerce Group organizes the First ACM RecSys Workshop on Location-Aware Recommendations (LocalRec '15) to be held in September 19, 2015 in conjunction with the 9th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys '15). The topics of the workshop lie at the intersection of Recommender Systems and Location-based Services.
Noshir Contractor will give a course on Social Network Analysis at Vienna University of Technology in June. Noshir Contractor is Professor for Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University, USA and has also a strong technical background. He is one of the leading and most renowned researchers in this field.