188/4 E-Commerce Group
Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems
Vienna University of Technology
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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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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.

RecTour 2016 - Workshop on Recommenders in Tourism at ACM RecSys 2016 (co-organised by EC-Group)

The EC group co-organises the workshop RecTour 2016 that is held in conjunction with the 10th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems in Boston, USA. It takes place on September 15th, 2016.

This workshop addresses specific challenges for recommender systems in the tourism domain. Planning a vacation usually involves searching for a set of products that are interconnected (e.g., transportation, lodging, attractions) with limited availability, and where contextual aspects may have a major impact (e.g., spatiotemporal context). RecTour 2016 aims at attracting presentations of novel ideas in order to advance the current state of the art in the field of tourism recommenders; topics include specific applications and case studies (evaluation), specific methods and techniques, context and mobility, the cold-start problem, preference elicitation, and emotions and recommenders. Researchers and practitioners from different fields are invited to submit research and position papers as well as demonstration systems.

Please find the Call for Papers here or as attachment to this post.

• Daniel R. Fesenmaier, University of Florida, USA
• Tsvi Kuflik, The University of Haifa, Israel
• Julia Neidhardt, TU Wien, Austria

Contact: rectour2016 [at] ec.tuwien.ac.at

PhD Defense: Julia Neidhardt

We are happy to announce that Julia Neidhardt has successfully defended her PhD thesis on Thursday, 28 April 2016. The title of her thesis is "Modeling and Understanding Social Influence in Groups and Networks". Please find the abstract here.

Prof. Brandić member of the Young Academy at the Austrian Academy of Sciences

On 15 April 2016, 26 outstanding researchers have been elected as members of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW). Among them is Dr. Ivona Brandić, professor in our group, who has been elected as member of the OeAWs Young Academy. This distinction honors her outstanding scientific performance and her recognition among experts. More information

Prof. Werthner presented as new Dean

A portrait of Prof. Werthner as the new Dean of the Faculty of Informatics has been published on the website of TU Wien. Click here to read the article.

Talk by Prof. Brandic: TU Vision 2025+ Excellence @ Home

Prof. Brandic will give a talk together with Bernhard Lendl and Gareth Parkinson at the Forum TU Vision 2025+ on Mon, 4 April 2016 at 6.00 PM at Kontaktraum Campus Gußhaus. Everybody is welcome to attend. For more information, please click here.

CALL FOR PAPERS Special Issue of JITT: Disruptive Innovations

Prof. Werthner is one of the guest editors of the special issue "Disruptive Innovations" of the Journal of Information Technology & Tourism (JITT).

Papers are required no later than June 30th 2016
Notification of outcome will be provided by August 30th 2016
Final papers should be submitted by October 15th 2016

Find the Call for Papers on the journal website and also as PDF attachment to this news entry.