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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

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.

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 Development

Abstract:

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.

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.