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Two succeeful Submissions to ICTE in Transportation and Logistics book

We could successfully submit two chapters to the current ICTE in Transportation and Logistics book. The goal of the book “ICTE in Transportation and Logistics” is an interdisciplinary annual issue published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG on the edge between transportation, logistics, economy and computer science highlighting sociotechnical aspects of any real sustainable system. The issue would be the announcing area of successful research projects giving possibilities for fast dissemination the information about new findings. The book will be covered by Scopus and Web of Science.

#1 Visual Analytics in Mobility, Transportation and Logistics

Mobility, transportation and logistics are more and more influenced by a variety of indicators such as new technological developments, ecological and economic changes, political decisions and in particular humans’ mobility behavior. These indicators will lead to massive changes in our daily live with regards to mobility, transportation and logistics. New technologies will lead to a different mobility behavior with new constraints. These changes in mobility behavior and logistics require analytical systems to forecast the required information and probably appearing changes. These systems have to consider different perspectives and employ multiple indicators. Visual Analytics provides both, the analytical approaches by including machine learning approaches and interactive visualizations to enable such analytical tasks. In this paper the main indicators for Visual Analytics in the domain of mobility transportation and logistics are discussed and followed by exemplary case studies to illustrate the advantages of such systems. The examples are aimed to demonstrate the benefits of Visual Analytics in mobility.

Link to paper: doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-39688-6_12

#2 Process Support and Visual Adaptation to Assist Visual Trend Analytics in Managing Transportation Innovations

In the domain of mobility and logistics, a variety of new technologies and business ideas are arising. Beside technologies that aim on ecologically and economic transportation, such as electric engines, there are also fundamental different approaches like central packaging stations or deliveries via drones. Yet, there is a growing need for analytical systems that enable identifying new technologies, innovations, business models etc. and give also the opportunity to rate those in perspective of business relevance. Commonly adaptive systems investigate only the users’ behavior, while a process-related supports could assist to solve an analytical task more efficient and effective. In this article an approach that enables non-experts to perform visual trend analysis through an advanced process support based on process mining is described. This allow us to calculate a process model based on events, which is the baseline for process support feature calculation. These features and the process model enable to assist non-expert users in complex analytical tasks.

Link to paper: doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-39688-6_40

Thesis Presentation: User-Centered Scientific Publication Research and Exploration in Digital Libraries

When: 10/12/2018 15:30 Where: Frauhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstr. 5, Room 220 Who: Namitha Chandrashekara (Author), Dipl.-Inf. Dirk Burkhardt (Advisor/Co-Supervisor), Prof. Dr. Arjan Kuijper (Supervisor) What: Master Thesis – “User-Centered Scientific Publication Research and Exploration in Digital Libraries” Abstract: Scientific research is the basis for innovations. Surveying the research papers is an essential step in the process of research. It is vital to elaborate the intended writing of state of the art. Due to the rapid growth in scientific and technical discoveries, there is an increasing availability of publications. The traditional method of publishing the research papers includes physical libraries and books. These become hard to document with the rise in the number of publications produced. Due to the above mentioned problem, online archives for scientific publications have become more prominent in the scientific community. The availability of the search engines and digital libraries help the researchers in identifying the scientific publications. However, they provide limited search capabilities and visual interface. Most of the search engines have a single field to search and provides basic filtering of the data. Therefore, even with popular search engines, it is hard for the user to survey the research papers as it limits the user to search based on simple keywords. The relationships across multiple fields of the publications are also not considered such as to find the related papers and papers based on the citations or references. The main aim of the thesis is to develop a visual access to the digital libraries based on the scientific research and exploration. It helps the user in writing scientific papers. A scientific research and exploration model is developed based on the previous information visualization model for visual trend analysis with digital libraries, and with consideration of the research process. The principles from Visual Seeking Mantra are incorporated to have an interactive user interface that enhances the user experience. In the scope of this work, a research on Human Computer Interaction, particularly considering the aspects of user interface design are done. An overview of the scientific research, its types and various aspects of data analysis are researched. Different research models, existing approaches and tools that help the researchers in literature survey are also researched. The architecture and the implementation details of scientific research and exploration that provides visual access to digital libraries are presented.

Thesis Presentation: Automated User Evaluation Analysis for a Simplified and Continuous Software Development

When: 26/06/2018 16:00 Where: Frauhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstr. 5, Room 324 Who: Akshay Madhav Deshmukh (Author), Dipl.-Inf. Dirk Burkhardt (Coordinator/Co-Supervisor), Prof. Dr. Arjan Kuijper (Supervisor) What: Master Thesis – “Automated User Evaluation Analysis for a Simplified and Continuous Software DevelopmentAbstract: In today’s world, computers are tightly coupled with the internet and play a vital role in the development of business and various aspects of human lives. Hence, developing a quality user-computer interface has become a major challenge. Well-designed programs that are easily usable by users are moulded through a regress development life cycle. To ensure a user friendly interface, the interface has to be well designed and need to support smart interaction features. User interface can become an Archilles heel in a developed system because of the simple design mistakes which causes critical interaction problems which eventually leads to massive loss of attractiveness in the system. To overcome this problem, regular and consistent user evaluations have to be carried out to ensure the usability of the system. The importance of an evaluation for the development of a system is well known. Most of the today’s existing approaches necessitate the users to carry out an evaluation in a laboratory. Evaluators are compelled to dedicate the time in informing the participants about the evaluation process and providing a clear understanding of the questionnaires during the experiment. At the post experiment phase, evaluators have to invest a huge amount of time in generating a result report. On the whole, most of the today’s existing evaluation approaches hogs up too much of time for most developments. The main aim of this thesis is to develop an automated evaluation management and result analysis, based on a previous developed web-based evaluation system, which enables to elaborate the evaluation results and identify required changes on the developed system. The major idea is that an evaluation can be prepared once and repeated in regular time intervals with different user groups. The automated evaluation result analysis allows to easily check if the continued development lead to better results and if a bunch of given task could be better solved e.g. by added new functions or through enhanced presentation. Within the scope of this work, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) was researched, in particular towards User-Centered Design (UCD) and User Evaluation. Different approaches for an evaluation were researched in particular towards an evaluation through expert analysis and user participation. Existing evaluation strategies and solutions, inclined towards distributed evaluations in the form of practical as well as survey based evaluation methods were researched. A proof of concept of an automated evaluation result analysis that enables an easy detection of gaps and improvements in the system was implemented. Finally, the results of the research project Smarter Privacy were compared with the manual performed evaluation.

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

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24rd International Conference Information Visualization (iV 2020)

We are co-organizing the International Symposium Visual Analytics and Data Science at the next International Information Visualisation Conference (iV 2020) in Vienna, Austria. The Information Visualisation Conference (iV) is an international conference that aims to provide a foundation for integrating the human-centered, technological and strategic aspects of information visualization to promote international exchange, cooperation and development.

The scope of the conference covers the following topics:

  • Combining visual and computational methods of Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Visual Analytics models and approaches
  • Novel Visual Analytics applications
  • Visual Trend Analytics
  • Visual Analytics of spatial, temporal, and spatio-temporal data
  • Knowledge construction and management in Visual Analytics
  • Guidance in Visual Analytics
  • Intelligent approaches of Visual Analytics and Data Science
  • Adaptive Visual Analytics
  • Cognitive approaches and explanations for Visual Analytics
  • Visual Analytics for explaining AI
  • Visualization of Data Mining algorithms
  • Empirical performance studies
  • Evaluation of Visual Data Mining methods
  • Collaborative Visual

Please note the iV2020 Call for Papers (CfP).

The Visual Analytics and Data Science track is organized via the 12th International Symposium Visual Analytics and Data Science.
Visual Analytics is viewed as the science of analytical reasoning empowered by interactive visualizations. It combines interactive visualizations with models and approaches of machine learning and artificial intelligence, enabling solving complex analytical tasks by uncovering hidden patterns in data.
The research on Visual Analytics is closely related to that of Data Science. Both areas seek to enhance the knowledge discovery process using machine learning, data mining and artificial intelligence methods, whereas Visual Analytics allows commonly a direct manipulation of the underlying models through graphical representations. By leveraging human perception of the visual space, patterns that might not otherwise be discovered. Visual Analytics utilizes concepts from a wide variety of disciplines, including Computer Graphics, Information Visualization, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Discovery, Cognition and Visual Perception.

The scope of the VA track covers the following topics:

  • Combining visual and computational methods of Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Visual Analytics models and approaches
  • Novel Visual Analytics applications
  • Visual Trend Analytics
  • Visual Analytics of spatial, temporal, and spatio-temporal data
  • Knowledge construction and management in Visual Analytics
  • Guidance in Visual Analytics
  • Intelligent approaches of Visual Analytics and Data Science
  • Adaptive Visual Analytics
  • Cognitive approaches and explanations for Visual Analytics
  • Visual Analytics for explaining AI
  • Visualization of Data Mining algorithms
  • Empirical performance studies
  • Evaluation of Visual Data Mining methods
  • Collaborative Visual Analytics and Data Science
  • Computational steering for long-running Data Mining applications
  • Reviews and surveys of related literature


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