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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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).

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).

SUBMISSION
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.

Visiting Professor: Markus Zanker, Free University of Bolzano, Italy

Professor Markus Zanker from the Free University of Bolzano, Italy will visit the Faculty of Informatics in the summer term 2016.

He will give the course "195.064 VU Recommender Systems" in which the scientific underpinnings of the field of Information Filtering and Recommender Systems will be presented. Recommender systems are now largely used, particularly in eCommerce web sites, for easing the information search and discovery processes, and increasing customer fidelity and conversion rates. Starting from basic information retrieval concepts more advanced techniques for information filtering and decision support in recommender systems will be investigated, such as those exploiting contextual information or supporting decisions taken by groups. The students will be provided with a rich and comprehensive catalogue of information search tools that can be exploited in the design and implementation of a specific Web site, such eCommerce or eGovernment applications for travel, tourism or health. Many open issues will be described, motivating and promoting new research activities. At the end of the course every student will produce a research report describing a novel information filtering and recommendation task and illustrating a novel and viable technology for addressing such task.

Dates:
26-29 April: lectures and excercises
31 May and 1 June: lectures and students' presentation

The course is for master and PhD students.

e-commerce group in the news with the start up ROOMBONUS

www.roombonus.comThe e-commerce group and Prof. Werthner were in the news with the start up ROOMBONUS, which was founded by our former group member Rainer Schuster as a result of joint research with the EC group. In the field of research the cooperation between ROOMBONUS and the e-commerce group continues, developing new services and technologies. Read the article on DerStandard.at.

Open PhD and PostDoc-positions

There are open PhD and PostDoc-Positions available in the EC-Group within the FWF START Project "Runtime Control in Multi Clouds (Rucon)" (Supervisor: Prof. Ivona Brandic).

For details, please follow this Link.

PhD Defense: Soodeh Farokhi

We are happy to announce that Soodeh Farokhi has successfully defended her PhD thesis on Thursday, 21 January. The title of her thesis is "Quality of Service Control Mechanisms in Cloud Computing Environments", please find the abstract here.

New diploma topic: "Classifying e-Tourism data sets"

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. Web Services should be developed to demonstrate the proof-of-concept. The evaluation is based on real world data.
Thorough skills in machine learning, Java and Web Services are required.
If you are interested, please contact the secretary of the EC-group.

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