About us ...

E-Business and E-Commerce include, besides other influencing domains, rapid changes to economic and social processes. For this reason, the research area 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 electronic commerce research area 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 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.
   Data Intelligence refers to the intelligent interaction with data in a rich, semantically meaningful ways, where data are used to learn and to obtain knowledge (in a pragmatic sense). In this context one may distinguish between a data and an interaction layer. At the data layer, methods come from online analytics, data mining, and machine learning. At the intelligent interaction layer, the focus is on recommender systems and information retrieval. Beyond the basic research on the foundations of these approaches, emphasis is also put on the adaptation of these approaches to specific domains, as well as evaluation methodologies (both empirical and user-centred). Domains in which we have done research include: Intellectual Property, technical & scientific publications, health & medicine, and enterprise social networks.
   High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems possess high level of computing performance compared to a general-purpose computer. Nowadays virtualized HPC systems are used to address balancing issue between overall system performance and energy efficiency. We conduct research in the area of energy efficient HPC system by developing 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. 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 sciences (e.g., DNA sequencing) or social media applications.


Prof. Werthner in Wiener Zeitung: Künstliche Intelligenz - alles nur ein Hype?

Prof. Werthner was interviewed by Christa Hager for the Austrian Newspaper Wiener Zeitung. Click here to read the interview (in German only), in which he elaborates on Artificial Intelligence, Technology and why it is important to create technologies according to human needs and values, as described in the Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism.

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:40

Article in Die Presse: The Corona Crisis and our Arrival in the Digital Future

Prof. Werthner, Erich Prem, Julia Neidhardt and Peter Knees, all members of our institute, have co-authored an article in the Austrian Newspaper Die Presse about how the Corona Crisis has pushed our lives into the digital sphere. Read the article here.

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Thu, 05/28/2020 - 11:17

New book by Edward Ashford Lee: The Coevolution

We would like to recommend the newest book by our much appreciated colleague Edward Ashford Lee: The Coevolution - The Entwined Futures of Humans and Machines (The MIT Press). According to the author, any royalties he gets for this book will be donated to the Wikimedia Foundation, which nurtures his favorite living digital being, Wikipedia.

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 19:18

Digital Humanism: Informatics in Times of COVID-19 - Online Workshop on 14 May 2020

In addition to the physical workshop 2020 Vienna Workshop on Digital Humanism taking place in November, we will host a new online event on 14 May 2020 at 14.00 (Central European Summer Time) with the topic “Digital Humanism: Informatics in Times of COVID-19”. The duration of the event will be around 3 hours, with 6-7 speakers. The technical setting will be communicated soon.

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 00:44

2020 Vienna Workshop on Digital Humanism: postponed to fall 2020

The EC group is organising the 2020 Vienna Workshop on Digital Humanism together with and supported by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund WWTF, IEEE, Informatics Europe, and the TU Wien Informatics. We think that we have succeeded in preparing an excellent programme with contributions of outstanding speakers and participants. Due to the Corona Crisis, it can not take place as planned mid-may, but has to be postponed to 19 and 20 November.

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 00:30

WebSci20: Workshop on Digital Divide & Digital Humanism 8 July 2020 (online)

We would like to draw your attention to the WebSci'20 Workshop: Digital (In)Equality, Digital Inclusion, Digital Humanism. It is going to take place online on 8 July 2020. Please find attached the Call for Papers and get more details via the following links:

Workshop website
WebSci20 Conference website
Paper template

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 17:46

Invited talk of Julia Neidhardt at University of Oxford

Julia Neidhardt was invited to give a talk within the framework of the Distinguished Speakers Seminar Series organised by the Oxford Women in Computer Science Society (OxWoCS). It took place on 24 January 2020 at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Oxford. Announcement of the event.

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Tue, 01/28/2020 - 20:00

4th talk of the DigHum Lecture Series: Julian Nida-Rümelin (LMU Munich) on 8 January 2020 5.00 p.m.

The fourth invited talk of the Lecture Series on Digital Humanism will be given by Julian Nida-Rümelin (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) and will take place on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 at 5.00 p.m. at FH 8 Nöbauer HS (Wiedner Hauptstraße 8-10, 2nd floor, yellow area). The title of the talk is "Digitaler Humanismus" (in German). Read abstract of the talk and a short bio of Julian Nida-Rümelin

The lecture series is supported by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund WWTF.

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Tue, 01/07/2020 - 11:45

Prof. Werthner at panel discussion on Ethical Challenges in the Digital Era on 19 January

Prof. Werthner will participate in a panel discussion about ethical challenges in the digital era organised by the Austrian Council - Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung on Tue, 21 January 2020 at 5.00 P.M. at Urania (Dachsaal). Registration for the event is possible until 19 January. Click here to read more about the event and to register.

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Mon, 12/23/2019 - 21:08

Julia Neidhardt in an article about Robotics in Der Standard

Julia Neidhardt was one of several interviewees for an article about Robotics from the point of view of female researchers in the Austrian newspaper Der Standard (article in German only).

submitted by Stephanie Wogowitsch on Fri, 12/13/2019 - 16:49