Visual Trend Analytics@Information Science Trends: Search Engines and Information Retrieval

The event “Information Science Trends: Search Engines and Information Retrieval”, organized and hosted by the European Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology, focuses on certain research topics introduced by invited speeches from research and industry. The major covered research areas are:

  • Retrieval research on web search engines, web services, professional information services, social media
  • Information seeking behavior
  • Information retrieval
  • Discovery systems
  • People interacting with search systems
  • Searching in the library and other scientific contexts
  • Understanding user behavior

Additionally, they will provide networking space to energetically share ideas and interests from the fields of information science and related disciplines.

At this event Prof. Dr. Nazemi gives a speech on “Visual Trend Analytics in Digital Libraries”, in particular based on the experiences with the own developed Scitics solution. Here he gives an overview about current research actions and challenges toward visual trend analysis, but also on opportunities and benefits for companies. In particular the digitalization challenges a number of small and medium sized enterprises to be aware of modern technologies and trends that revolute the market or impacts the current businesses

The event takes places on April 26, 2019, at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany.
More information about the event can be found on the event website or on the organizers website.

Attendance at #wissbar19

The research center DKMI organized this year’s #wissbar19 event between April 5th and 6th. On this two-day event the attendance discussed, brainstormed and challenged each other about a broad number of current relevant research topics.

As a theme barcamp, the #wissbar19 brought many interested parties from the media industry and the economy to the media campus in Dieburg. Researchers were networked with each other, and practitioners from different companies came by to share with colleagues from science. Media representatives not only discussed projects or calls for papers, but also exchanged ideas in the fields of digital communication and media innovation. There were sessions on methods and scientific work, creative workshops and sparring sessions in which models in development could be discussed and further spun. Key words in conversation were particularly “artificial intelligence”, “business analytics, “gamification”, “public relations” and “lifelong learning”.

A summary (in German) about the event can be found here: http://fzdkmi.h-da.de/2019/04/wissbar19-erfolgreiche-premiere-des-wissenschaftsbarcamps/

Kickoff of the National AVARTIM Project

Today is the kickoff of the national project AVARTIM. The project has to goal of the early recognition of technological trends and the targeted handling of market and technology signals are becoming increasingly important for companies. As part of the project, “AVARTIM” is to be used to develop a software-supported process for recognizing and evaluating trends, market and technology signals in order to sustainably support the process of innovation and technology management. As part of the project, an infrastructure will be set up at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, which is modular and thus able to react quickly to technological changes. The infrastructure to be developed here serves as preliminary research and initial technology both for industrial use by and with the SME partners as well as for the application for joint projects. First of all, participation in the LOEWE funding line 3 of the state of Hessen and subsequently in the tender for LEIT-ICT / Big Data technologies of the EU is aimed at.

More about the project you will find on project description site. The work on the infrastructure as well as the developments are all made on our novel Scitics solution.

Upcomming Collaborative European Research Conference 2019 in Darmstadt

Involved as both, co-editor and member of the international scientific committee, the h_da|vis team is glad to announce the upcoming 5th Collaborative European Research Conference 2019 (CERC2019) on March 29-30 2019 in Darmstadt.

The multidisciplinary Collaborative European Research Conference (CERC) is an annual event that takes place since 2011 when it was initiated by University partners across Europe. It brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines in order to foster knowledge transfer, inter-disciplinary exchange and collaboration.

In previous years, contributions came from computer science, biology, bioinformatics, business information systems, marketing, IT-security, civil engineering, education, psychology, multimedia, art, etc. Contributing students came from Ireland, Germany, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Norway, France, USA, etc. Accepted contributions will be published in digital proceedings with an ISSN number. A prize for the best paper will be awarded during the conference dinner on March 29, 2019.

For more information about the conference, please check the website http://www.cerc-conference.eu.


Update 23/04/2019: The proceedings are now online on CEUR-WS under the link http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2348/ (and under the URN: urn:nbn:de:0074-2348-5).

Two papers in Journal of ICTE in Transportation and Logistics 2018

We are glad to announce that two submission of us were accepted in the Elsevier journal Procedia Computer Science of ICTE in Transportation and Logistics 2018. The ICTE in Transportation and Logistics is an interdisciplinary annual issue operating on the edge between transportation, logistics and computer science. The aim of the journal is promotion of introduction the latest IT achievements and active research methods in transportation and logistics involving citizens in training and decision making through participation in social networking. The audience of the journal are academicians, municipalities, professional associations, public and private funded organizations, industry professionals, researchers and students. The accepted papers are:

#1 Visual analytical dashboards for comparative analytical tasks – a case study on mobility and transportation

Mobility, logistics and transportation are emerging fields of research and application. Humans’ mobility behavior plays an increasing role for societal challenges. Beside the societal challenges these areas are strongly related to technologies and innovations. Gathering information about emerging technologies plays an increasing role for the entire research in this ares. Humans’ information processing can be strongly supported by Visual Analytics that combines automatic modelling and interactive visualizations. The juxtapose orchestration of interactive visualization enables gathering more information in a shorter time. We propose in this paper an approach that goes beyond the established methods of dashboarding and enables visualizing different databases, data-sets and sub-sets of data with juxtaposed visual interfaces. Our approach should be seen as an expandable method. Our main contributions are an in-depth analysis of visual task models and an approach for juxtaposing visual layouts as visual dashboards to enable solving complex tasks. We illustrate our main outcome through a case study that investigates the area of mobility and illustrates how complex analytical tasks can be performed easily by combining different visual interfaces.

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2019.01.117

#2 Visual legal analytics – A visual approach to analyze law-conflicts of e-Services for e-Mobility and transportation domain

The impact of the electromobility has next to the automotive industry also an increasing impact on the transportation and logistics domain. In particular the today’s starting switches to electronic trucks/scooter lead to massive changes in the organization and planning in this field. Public funding or tax reduction for environment friendly solutions forces also the growth of new mobility and transportation services. However, the vast changes in this domain and the high number of innovations of new technologies and services leads also into a critical legal uncertainty. The clarification of a legal status for a new technology or service can become cost intensive in a dimension that in particular startups could not invest. In this paper we therefore introduce a new approach to identify and analyze legal conflicts based on a business model or plan against existing laws. The intention is that an early awareness of critical legal aspect could enable an early adoption of the planned service to ensure its legality. Our main contribution is distinguished in two parts. Firstly, a new Norm-graph visualization approach to show laws and legal aspects in an easier understandable manner. And secondly, a Visual Legal Analytics approach to analyze legal conflicts e.g. on the basis of a business plans. The Visual Legal Analytics approach aims to provide a visual analysis interface to validate the automatically identified legal conflicts resulting from the pre-processing stage with a graphical overview about the derivation down to the law roots and the option to check the original sources to get further details. At the end analyst can so verify conflicts as relevant and resolve it by advancing e.g. the business plan or as irrelevant. An evaluation performed with lawyers has proofed our approach.

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2019.01.170

Leading Article to „Visual Analytics for Early Technology Trend Detection”

Prof. Nazemi wrote an interesting leading article for the Research Center of Applied Informatics about his research toward visual analytics technologies for early technology trend detection.

In this article he stated the relevance of noticing early indicators for the detection of new and, above all, socially and economically important technologies that can provide scientific publications. For this purpose, he and his team developed a trend analytics solution that covers a data processing pipeline beginning with the collection and transformation of unstructured text to a final visual interactive interface that enables analysts to elaborate trends, leaders and further relevant business aspects.

Please note the link to the full article: https://fzai.h-da.de/2019/02/prof-dr-kawa-nazemi-visual-analytics-zur-technologiefrueherkennung/.

Global Strategic Alliance

Professor Nazemi represented the Research Group on Human-Computer Interaction and Visual Analytics at the first “Global Strategic Alliance” hosted by the Coventry University. The fruitful discussions on various topics led to new research networks and potential research topics. Attendees were from the Coventry University, Purdue University, Dublin Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin Stout, Lucerne University of Applied Science and Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. For impressions and discussions see here.

Where: Coventry University, UK
When: 22. and 23. October 2018

Presentation of Two Accepted Papers at VARE 2018

At the current conference in Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education (VARE 2018), we are glad to present two of our accepted interesting papers. The conference takes place from Sep. 17, 2018 to Sep. 21, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. The VARE is a biannual event that brings together trainers in all areas of knowledge and educational levels as well as researchers and scientists from virtual technologies as well data advanced visualization and virtualization. In general, main aim is to improve teaching and training, and data analysis through virtual and augmented technologies use and to discuss problems and solutions in mentioned areas to identify new issues, and to shape future directions for research. The accepted papers are:

#1 Juxtaposing Visual Layouts – An Approach for Solving Analytical and Exploratory Tasks through Arranging Visual Interfaces

Interactive visualization and visual analytics systems enables solving a variety of tasks. Starting with simple search tasks for outliers, anomalies etc. in data to analytical comparison

s, information visualizations may lead to a faster and more precise solving of tasks. There exist a variety of methods to support users in the process of task solving, e.g. superimposing, juxtaposing or partitioning complex visual structures. Commonly all these methods make use of a single data source that is visualized at the same time. We propose in this paper an approach that goes beyond the established methods and enables visualizing different databases, data-sets and sub-sets of data with juxtaposed visual interfaces. Our approach should be seen as an expandable method. Our main contributions are an in-depth analysis of visual task models and an approach for juxtaposing visual layouts as visual interfaces to enable solving complex tasks.

#2 Visualizing Law – A Norm-Graph Visualization Approach based on Semantic Legal Data

Laws or in general legal documents regulate a wide range of our daily life and also define the borders of business models and commercial services.

However, legal text and laws are almost hard to understand. From other domains it is already known that visualizations can help understanding

complex aspects easier. In fact, in this paper we introduce a new approach to visualize legal texts in a Norm-graph visualization. In the developed Norm-graph visualization it is possible to show major aspects of laws and make it easier for users to understand it. The Norm-graph is based on semantic legal data, a so called Legal-Concept-Ontology.

Lecturing within Workshop on User-oriented process (re)design and information systems modelling – a case of smart city services

In time from 18th to 19th of June 2018 the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism of the University of Split (Croatia) initiate a project workshop on “User-oriented process (re)design and information systems modelling – a case of smart city services”. The scientific community discusses about benefits and challenge in using modern technology in smart cities.

As lecturer Prof. Dr. Nazemi was invited to contribute about Data Mining and Visual Analytics in smart city administrations, among other, to consider citizens opinions and ideas in governance processes.

More information to the Project: http://smartcity.efst.hr

Talk about Intelligent Visualization on GI Rhein-Main (Society for Informatics)

Prof. Dr. Kawa Nazemi gave a talk on Intelligent Visualization and Visual Analytics on the regional meeting of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (Society for Informatics). In his talk he outlined the main purposes and future directions of Information Visualization, Visual Analytics and Intelligent Visualizations. The talk was given in German. Further information about the talk can be found here.