Noshir Contractor will give a course on Social Network Analysis at Vienna University of Technology in June. Noshir Contractor is Professor for Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University, USA and has also a strong technical background. He is one of the leading and most renowned researchers in this field.

We are happy to introduce our new secretary Stephanie Wogowitsch who has recently joined the EC group.

In cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society, the EC group is hosting the Vienna Summer School on Digital Humanities from July 6 to July 10, 2015. The purpose of this event is to discuss the possibilities of computer science-based research methods such as text mining, social network analysis, information visualization and visual analytics in the Digital Humanities. A high-ranking international faculty with a variety of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds will present these topics. The Summer School is targeting PhD students from humanities and the social sciences and is funded by the WWTF. The Call for Applications and further information can be found at

Open position as "assistant researcher" (25 hours per week) at the Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, working group Electronic Commerce, starting approximately 15 June 2015 for four years. The monthly gross salary is EUR 1.664,30 (14x per year).

Condition of admission: finished master or diploma study in Computer Science or Business Informatics or similar disciplines like Mathematics or Statistics (in Austria or abroad).

At the ENTER conference on IT and Tourism in Lugano, Switzerland, the Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Prof. Josef Mazanec, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Together with the EC Group, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society is organizing an international summer school on digital humanities. Main focus of this summer school are computational, statistical and mathematical methods that are applied in context of digital humanities including social network analysis, text and opinion mining, and visual analytics. These methods will be introduced by international renowned scientists from universities all over the world (i.e., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany and the US). The summer school, which is funded by the WWTF, is targeting PhD students from humanities and the social sciences and is going to take place in Vienna at the beginning of July. Further details to be announced soon!

On the picture EC group member Julia Neidhardt answering questions by Corinna Milborn about the summer school (WWTF event "Public Spaces in Transition" at the Schauspielhaus Wien on February 16, 2015).

The Electronic Commerce Group organizes the 9th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys2015) which will be held from September 16-20, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. RecSys is the premier international forum for the presentation of new research results, systems and techniques in the broad field of recommender systems.

For this conference, we invite you to apply for being a Student Volunteer @ RecSys2015. We would also be happy if you encourage your colleges to apply! For further information, please see the document Volunteers @ RecSys2015.

The Informatics Innovation Center offers a new service for members of all faculties of TU Vienna:

       The i2c StartAcademy taking place February 17-20, 2015

In this 4-day workshop participants go through a number of crucial steps to evaluate their PhD, R&D or other projects results for their potential for a successful business venture.

Ivona Brandic (Priv.-Doz. Dr.)
Soodeh Farokhi (MSc.)
Drazen Lucanin (MSc.)
Toni Mastelic (MSc.)

We are pleased to introduce the new members of our group: Ivona Brandic with her three PhD students Soodeh Farokhi, Drazen Lucanin and Toni Mastelic.

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