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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Keynote at TuriTec 2014

Prof. Hannes Werthner delivers a keynote at TuriTec 2014 Congreso Internacional de Turismo y Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones in Málaga, Spain on October 23, 2014

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New member of the EC group

We are pleased to introduce the new member of our group: Amra Delic.

Amra Delić was born in 1988 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She became Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Programme Computing and Informatics in September 2010 and Master of Electrical Engineering, Programme Computing and Informatics in September 2013 at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo. She is now a Ph.D. student in the E-Commerce group at Vienna University of Technology. Her interests lie in the area of recommender systems, and she is supervised by Prof. Werthner.

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PhD Defense of Worarat Krathu

We are glad to announce that Worarat Krathu has successfully defended her PhD thesis "Inter-organizational Performance Analysis from EDI Messages" on Tuesday, 30.09.2014. For abstract please click here.

Defense Committee:
Chair: Prof. Tompits
External reviewer 1: Prof. Casati (University of Trento, via Skype)
External reviewer 2: Prof. Mendling (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
Supervisor: Prof. Werthner

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INiTS Award 2014 granted to Robert Engel

At the INiTS Award 2014, former ec-group member Robert Engel’s dissertation “Mining and Analysis of EDI-Supported Inter-organizational Business Processes” (advised by Prof. Hannes Werthner) has been awarded the 2nd place in the category “Information and Communication Technologies”.


Zum ersten Mal gewann ein Informatiker (Jaron Lanier) den Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels. Näheres zur Verleihung

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RecSys 2015 at TU Vienna during September 16 - 20, 2015

The 9th ACM Recommender Systems Conference (RecSys 2015) will take place at the Vienna University of Technology from September 16 - 20, 2015. On the picture, Prof. Hannes Werthner, the host and general co-chair of next year's conference, giving an outlook on RecSys 2015 and introducing Vienna to the RecSys 2014 audience in Silicon Valley, USA.

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Paper presentation at RecSys 2014

Julia Neidhardt presented a short-paper titled "Eliciting the Users' Unknown Preferences" at the 8th ACM Recommender Systems Conference (RecSy 2014) in Silicon Valley, USA. (On the picture f.l.t.r.: Prof. Alexander Felfernig from TU Graz, Julia Neidhardt and Prof. Bamshad Mobasher from DePaul University). This most important conference in the area of Recommender Systems is very competitive – only 35 long papers (23%) and 20 short papers (24%) got accepted this year.

EnviroInfo 2014 Best Paper Award

The Linked Data Lab is proud to receive the Best Paper award at EnviroInfo 2014 Conference. For further details, please follow this link.

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Application open for the Innovation Curriculum

Ever considered starting your own business?
Diploma Supplement on !NNOVATION

In the Curriculum you will …

- generate & shape your own startup idea
(business model, marketing, sales, legal background…)

- get trained in pitching for investment

- implement the „lessons learned” (semester 1 + 2) in your own startup idea (semester 3)

- have access to our inter-/national network/potential investors

- be supported & coached by inter-/national ICT pioneers

- It takes 3 semesters

- It always starts with the summer term

- the next class starts in March 2015

- Is worth 30 ECTS

- Is taught in English

Further Information Event
November 5th, 2014, 5pm, Seminar Room Zemanek

Application Deadline
November 24th, 2014

More Details on Application Criteria & Contact

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Offered Courses for the Master's program "Business Informatics"

We offer the following modules in SBI - Specialization Track Business Informatics:

Module SBI/EC1 - Services and Communities (6 ECTS)
188.956 VU Social Media (3 ECTS) - in the Winter term, see TISS
188.928 VU Service Design, Management and Composition (3 ECTS) - offered in the Summer term

Module SBI/EC2 - Web: Analysis and Search (6 ECTS)
188.921 VU Web Science (3 ECTS) - in the Winter term, see TISS
188.484 VU Information Search on the Internet (3 ECTS) - offered in the Summer term

To see the full list of courses offered by the E-Commerce group please visit Teaching. The list of available Master theses is provided here.