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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188/4 Electronic Commerce Group

E-Business and E-Commerce include, besides other influencing domains, rapid changes to economic and social processes. For this reason, the E-Commerce group pursues taking an encompassing view at such processes reaching from analyzing enterprises and their respective processes to evaluating the entire market, as well as is active in creating ideas and solutions for meeting the demands of the respective stakeholders.

Overall, the E-Commerce group performs research and creates solutions 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 definition and consequently the specification and implementation of e-business systems while considering and contributing to semantic web research and service-oriented architectures, (ii) ontology engineering and information integration, (iii) "Web Science" focusing on network analysis and content as well as text mining. In the B2C domain, the E-Commerce group performs research targeting (i) visual interaction paradigms as well as (ii) mobile applications. Thereby, our group focuses especially on the development and application of our research in the area of e-tourism and its mobile applications.

Parts of the EC group are working on systems based research, namely on virtualized HPC systems, massive-scale data analytics and energy efficient ultra-scale distributed systems. Our goal thereby is to develop speculative methodologies and techniques to allocate resources in an energy efficient way, but at the same time meet requirements of the end users, like the certain latency of the applications. Our approaches are evaluated quantitatively on different scales by simulations, benchmarks or on experimental clusters. We strive to develop generic methods and methodologies but we let our research be inspired by a set of real world applications from different domains like life science (e.g., DNA sequencing) or social media (e.g., Facebook size data centers).

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New secretary at the EC group

We are happy to introduce our new secretary Stephanie Wogowitsch who has recently joined the EC group.

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Vienna Summer School on Digital Humanities, July 6-10, 2015

In cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society, the EC group is hosting the Vienna Summer School on Digital Humanities from July 6 to July 10, 2015. The purpose of this event is to discuss the possibilities of computer science-based research methods such as text mining, social network analysis, information visualization and visual analytics in the Digital Humanities. A high-ranking international faculty with a variety of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds will present these topics. The Summer School is targeting PhD students from humanities and the social sciences and is funded by the WWTF. The Call for Applications and further information can be found at http://www.ec.tuwien.ac.at/summerschool2015/application/

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Prof. Hannes Werthner in the media

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Open position "Assistant Researcher"

Open position as "assistant researcher" (25 hours per week) at the Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, working group Electronic Commerce, starting approximately 15 June 2015 for four years. The monthly gross salary is EUR 1.664,30 (14x per year).

Condition of admission: finished master or diploma study in Computer Science or Business Informatics or similar disciplines like Mathematics or Statistics (in Austria or abroad).

We are looking for a young researcher, aiming at a PhD, in the e-commerce areas recommender systems and network analysis or modelling / analysis of business processes and Services.

The candidate will participate in teaching and administrative activities, and he/she is fluent in both English and German and interested in scientific work.

Closing date: 27 May 2015

Application to
Fachbereich wiss. Personal der TU Wien
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien, Austria

or via e-mail to susanne.pietsch-brousek@tuwien.ac.at, with the usual documents.

Link to the official job announcement at TU Wien: https://tiss.tuwien.ac.at/mbl/blatt_struktur/anzeigen/10202#p95.3

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Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

At the ENTER conference on IT and Tourism in Lugano, Switzerland, the Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Prof. Josef Mazanec, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

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Interdisciplinary Summer School on Digital Humanities in Vienna

Together with the EC Group, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society is organizing an international summer school on digital humanities. Main focus of this summer school are computational, statistical and mathematical methods that are applied in context of digital humanities including social network analysis, text and opinion mining, and visual analytics. These methods will be introduced by international renowned scientists from universities all over the world (i.e., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany and the US). The summer school, which is funded by the WWTF, is targeting PhD students from humanities and the social sciences and is going to take place in Vienna at the beginning of July. Further details to be announced soon!

On the picture EC group member Julia Neidhardt answering questions by Corinna Milborn about the summer school (WWTF event "Public Spaces in Transition" at the Schauspielhaus Wien on February 16, 2015).

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Student Volunteers @ Conference on Recommender Systems 2015

The Electronic Commerce Group organizes the 9th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys2015) which will be held from September 16-20, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. RecSys is the premier international forum for the presentation of new research results, systems and techniques in the broad field of recommender systems.

For this conference, we invite you to apply for being a Student Volunteer @ RecSys2015. We would also be happy if you encourage your colleges to apply! For further information, please see the document Volunteers @ RecSys2015.

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i²c StartAcademy (February 17-20, 2015)

The Informatics Innovation Center offers a new service for members of all faculties of TU Vienna:

       The i2c StartAcademy taking place February 17-20, 2015

In this 4-day workshop participants go through a number of crucial steps to evaluate their PhD, R&D or other projects results for their potential for a successful business venture.

The first three and a half days will be intense work with inter-/national trainers and founders /and or business angels working on the individual business model while the second half of the fourth day is designed as a network event where you can pitch your projects to potential investors and/or interested stakeholders.

The i²c StartAcademy offers...

  • a discussion of the project´s potential (PhD thesis, funded research project results, other ideas and projects)
  • mentoring and practical advice from inter-/national trainers and founders
  • methods and tools to set up a business model and finance scheme
  • an open and collaborative atmosphere – participation is limited to a maximum of 10 projects (2-3 team members per project)
  • marketing advise & pitch training
  • sustainable service through an online mentoring program (for the time after the workshop)
  • access to the founders and investors network around the i²c and Austrian Startup community

Details on the upcoming i²c StartAcademy:

  • February 17 - 20, 2015
  • Prechtlsaal, TU Vienna, Karlsplatz 13
  • Submission deadline: MO, January 19, 2015
  • Abstract describing the project and your expectations on the workshop
  • Jury (i²c Board Members, TU, and external experts) will select/review applicants
  • Slides i²c StartAcademy (in German) available on the i²c website

More details (in English) can be found here.

Note: Although the i²c StartAcademy is offered by the Informatics Innovation Center of the Faculty of Informatics, some of the i²c StartAcademy places are also available for other faculties of TU Vienna.

Please, help spreading the word and inform your research assistants and colleagues about this unique opportunity.

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New members of the EC group

Ivona Brandic (Priv.-Doz. Dr.)
Soodeh Farokhi (MSc.)
Drazen Lucanin (MSc.)
Toni Mastelic (MSc.)

We are pleased to introduce the new members of our group: Ivona Brandic with her three PhD students Soodeh Farokhi, Drazen Lucanin and Toni Mastelic.

Dr. Ivona Brandic is Assistant Professor at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). Prior to that, she was Assistant Professor at the Department of Scientific Computing, University of Vienna. She received her PhD degree in 2007 and her venia docendi for practical computer science in 2013, both from Vienna University of Technology. She was involved in the European Union's SCube project (Software Services and Systems Network) and she led the Austrian national FoSII (Foundations of Self-governing ICT Infrastructures) project funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF). From 2009 to 2013 she was management committee member of the European Commission's COST Action on Energy Efficient Large Scale Distributed Systems. Currently she is management committee member of the European Commission's COST Action on Sustainable Ultrascale Computing (NESUS). From June to August 2008 she was visiting researcher at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Ivona Brandic is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Magazine on Cloud Computing and IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems.

Soodeh has received both BSc and MSc in Software Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, faculty of Electrical Computer & Engineering in Tehran, Iran. She is a PhD student at Doctoral college “Adaptive Distributed Systems”. She is also a project assistant and working on Self-adaptive Cloud-based Applications (using Control Theory).

Toni was born and raised in Sinj, Croatia. He did his bachelor and masters studies in Computer Science at the University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FESB), Croatia. As an Erasmus student he did his Master thesis at Vienna University of Technology.

Drazen finished his bachelor's and master's degree in computer science at the Faculty of electrical engineering and computing, University of Zagreb. Drazen's research focuses on energy efficiency in cloud computing within the HALEY project.

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Invited talk "Media in the Internet Age" by Gerlinde Hinterleitner

Gerlinde Hinterleitner, CEO Standard Online, is giving a presentation in the next lecture of the e-commerce lecture, Wednesday (10.12.2014) at 12:00 in EI 10. The topic of her talk is "Media in the Internet Age". We cordially invite everyone to attend the presentation.