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Research Day 2019 of the Hessian Universities of Applied Sciences (HAW)

October 29th was an important day for researchers in the applied research domain in Hesse, since they stayed in focus at the the Research Day 2019 of the Hessian Universities of Applied Sciences (HAW). On this day the spotlight of the he Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts layed on current results and achievements of researchers. Next to several awards for research results, it was also a great opportunity to show results and use the chance for networking.

Our team was invited to attend the event and presented ongoing results toward Advanced Visual Analytical Reasoning for Technology and Innovation Management, particularly the progress of the Hessen funded research project AVARTIM. As brief overview to the Visual Trend Analytics and Visual Business Analytics topic, we provided a poster with the summary of our current insights, which led to a variety of interesting discussions and new contacts for promising further collaboration actions – among other also for our planned European research network.

We really enjoyed the event and the opportunity to get connected with other Hessian researchers and look forward for some further collaborative actions – and, of course, the next Research Day of the Hessian Universities of Applied Sciences (HAW).

Paper accepted at 14th International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC 2019)

Our paper entitled “A Visual Analytics Approach for Analyzing Technological Trends in Technology and Innovation Management” is accepted at the visual computing conference ISVC 2019 in Lake Tahoe, NV, USA. The purpose of the International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC) is to provide a first-class forum for researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world to present their latest research findings, ideas, developments and applications in visual computing. ISVC seeks papers describing contributions to the state of the art and state of the practice in the four central areas of visual computing: computer vision, computer graphics, virtual reality, and visualization. The paper reflects some new on-going advancements of our innovative Trend Analytics solution Scitics.

Paper: A Visual Analytics Approach for Analyzing Technological Trends in Technology and Innovation Management

Abstract:
Visual Analytics provides with a combination of automated techniques and interactive visualizations huge analytics possibilities in technology and innovation management. Thereby not only the use of machine learning data mining methods plays an important role. Due to the high interaction capabilities, it provides a more user-centered approach, where users are able to manipulate the entire analysis process and get the most valuable information. Existing Visual Analytics systems for Trend Analytics and technology and innovation management do not really make use of this unique feature and do not include the human in the analysis process. Outcomes from research on information search, information visualization and technology management can lead to more sophisticated Visual Analytics systems that involved the human in the entire analysis process. We propose in this paper a new interaction approach for Visual Analytics in technology and innovation management with a special focus on technological trend analytics.

Link to paper/fulltext: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33723-0_23
Link to poster: https://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3473065

More information about the technology: Scitics for Visual Trend Analytics

Insight on Visual Text Analytics for Technology and Innovation Management at OpenRheinMain Conference

We get the opportunity to give some insights to “Visual Text Analytics for Technology and Innovation Management”, based on our core Trend Analytics technology Scitics, on the OpenRheinMain Conference. We want to give insights on how Visual Analytics techniques can be used to enable effective technology and innovation management on behalf of external/web data as well as internal/company data.

The OpenRheinMain (ORM 2019) is the 1st edition of an annual IT conference on open source and emerging digital technologies. This includes, but is not limited to, Open-Source, Intelligent Automation and DevOps, Cloud Computing, and Internet of Things. The purpose of the conference is to interlink researchers and industrial partner of the Rhein Main region. Therefore, the conference considers stakeholders from both in an appropriate proportion. The conference will take place on September 13th, 2019 at Darmstadt University of Applied Science.

Due to heterogeneity of the event participants, the chances are high to strengthen the cooperation with local enterprises. We expect, that this will be relevant for further research actions to strengthen  the local region.

The extended abstract of the presentation is available under: https://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3408391
More information on the event website: https://www.openrheinmain.org

Best Paper Award at the iV 2019

We are proud to announce that our last paper “Visual Analytics for Analyzing Technological Trends from Text” at the iV2019 conference in Paris was honored with “The Best Paper Award” for the innovative contribution in terms of originality of concepts and application. The “Best Paper Awards” is given to contributions which will be selected by the committee among the papers presented in iV2019 and applied for the award. Study’s relevance to the symposium’s scope, its scientific contribution, writing/presentation style will be considered in the evaluation process as well.

A short interview can be found here (German).

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.

Paper accepted at VARE 2019

At the next conference in Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education (VARE 2019), we are happy that out paper toward mobile visual trend analytics was accepted for presentation. The conference takes place from Sep. 18 to Sep. 20, 2019 in Kisbon, Portugal. The VARE is an annual 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.

Paper: A Mobile Visual Analytics Approach for Instant Trend Analysis in Mobile Contexts

Abstract:
The awareness of market trends becomes relevant for a broad number of market branches, in particular the more they are challenged by the digitalization. Trend analysis solutions help business executives identifying upcoming trends early. But solid market analysis takes their time and are often not available on consulting or strategy discussions. This circumstance often leads to unproductive debates where no clear strategy, technology etc. could be identified. Therefore, we propose a mobile visual trend analysis approach that enables a quick trend analysis to identify at least the most relevant and irrelevant aspects to focus debates on the relevant options. To enable an analysis like this, the exhausting analysis on powerful workstations with large screens has to adopted to mobile devices within a mobile behavior. Our main contribution is the therefore a new approach of a mobile knowledge cockpit, which provides different analytical visualizations within and intuitive interaction design.

Link to paper/fulltext: -comming soon-

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Paper accepted at 23rd Internation Conference Information Visualization (iV 2019)

We are very glad to be accepted for presenting our paper titled “Visual Analytics for Analyzing Technological Trends from Text” at the high-class conference iV 2019 in Paris, France. 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.

Paper: Visual Analytics for Analyzing Technological Trends from Text

Abstract:
The awareness of emerging technologies is essential for strategic decision making in enterprises. Emerging and decreasing technological trends could lead to strengthening the competitiveness and market positioning. The exploration, detection and identification of such trends can be essentially supported through information visualization, trend mining and in particular through the combination of those. Commonly, trends appear first in science and scientific documents. However, those documents do not provide sufficient information for analyzing and identifying emerging trends. It is necessary to enrich data, extract information from the integrated data, measure the gradient of trends over time and provide effective interactive visualizations. We introduce in this paper an approach for integrating, enriching, mining, analyzing, identifying and visualizing emerging trends from scientific documents. Our approach enhances the state of the art in visual trend analytics by investigating the entire analysis process and providing an approach for enabling human to explore undetected potentially emerging trends.

Link to paper/fulltext: https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IV.2019.00041

More information about the technology: Scitics for Visual Trend Analytics

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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/.

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: Visual Trend Analysis on Digital Semantic Library Data for Innovation Management

When: 12/11/2018 16:00
Where: Frauhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstr. 5, Room 0.73
Who: Ranveer Purey (Author), Dipl.-Inf. Dirk Burkhardt (Coordinator/Co-Supervisor), Prof. Dr. Arjan Kuijper (Supervisor)

What: Master Thesis – “Visual Trend Analysis on Digital Semantic Library Data for Innovation Management

Abstract:
The amount of scientific data published online has been witnessing massive growth in the recent years. This has led to exponential growth in the amount of data stored in digital libraries (DLs) such as springer, eurographics, digital bibliography and library Project (dblp), etc. One of the major challenges is to prevent users from getting lost in irrelevant search results, when they try to retrieve information in order to get meaningful insights from these digital libraries. This problem is known as information overload. Other challenge is the quality of data in digital libraries. A quality of data can be affected by factors such as missing information, absence of links to external databases or data is not well structured, and the data is not semantically annotated. Apart from data quality, one more challenge is the fact that, there are tools available which help users in retrieving and visualizing the information from large data sets, but these tools lack one or the other basic requirements like data mining, visualizations, interaction techniques etc. These issues and challenges have led to increase in the research in the field of visual analytics, it is a combination of data processing, information visualization, and human computer interaction disciplines.
The main goal of this thesis is to overcome the information overload problem and the challenges mentioned above. This can be achieved by using digital library named SciGraph by springer, which serves as a very rich source of semantically annotated data. The data from SciGraph can be used in combination with data integration, data mining and information visualization techniques in order to aid users in decision making process and perform visual trend analysis on digital semantic library data. This concept would be designed and developed as a part of innovation management process, which helps transforming innovative ideas into reality using a structured process.
In this thesis, a conceptual model for performing visual trend analysis on digital semantic library data as part of innovation management process had been proposed and implemented. In order to create the conceptual model, several disciplines such as human computer interaction, trend detection methods, user centered design, user experience and innovation management have been researched upon. In addition, evaluation of various information visualization tools for digital libraries has been carried out in order to find out and address the challenges faced by these tools. The conceptual model proposed in this thesis, combines the usage of semantic data with information visualization process and also follows structured innovation management process, in order to ensure that the concept and implementation (proof of concept) are valid, usable and valuable to the user.

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