Thesis Presentation: Named-Entity Recognition on Publications and Raw-Text for Meticulous Insight at Visual Trend Analytics

Where: TU Darmstadt / GRIS, Fraunhoferstr. 5 (Darmstadt), Room tba

!!!!! Due to the Corona crisis and the accompanying restrictions at the TU Darmstadt, the exam will be non-public! !!!!!

Who: Ubaid Rana (Author), Prof. Dr. Arjan Kuijper (Supervisor), Dipl.-Inf. Dirk Burkhardt (Advisor/Co-Supervisor)
What: Master Thesis – “Named-Entity Recognition on Publications and Raw-Text for Meticulous Insight at Visual Trend Analytics”

Abstract:

In the modern data-driven era, a massive amount of research documents are available from publicly accessible digital libraries in the form of academic papers, journals and publications. This plethora of data does not lead to new insights or knowledge. Therefore, suitable analysis techniques and graphical tools are needed to derive knowledge in order to get insight of this big data. To address this issue, researchers have developed visual analytical systems along with machine learning methods, e.g text mining with interactive data visualization, which leads to gain new insights of current and upcoming technology trends. These trends are significant for researchers, business analysts, and decision-makers for innovation, technology management and to make strategic decisions.
Nearly every existing search portal uses the traditional meta-information e.g only about the author and title to find the documents that match a search request and overlook the opportunity of extracting content-related information. It limits the possibility of discovering most relevant publications, moreover it lacks the knowledge required for trend analysis. To collect this very concrete information, named entity recognition must be used to be able to better identify the results and trends. The state-of-the-art systems use static approach for named entity recognition which means that upcoming technologies remain undetected. Modern techniques like distant supervision methods leverage big existing community-maintained data sources, such as Wikipedia, to extract entities dynamically. Nonetheless, these methods are still unstable and have never been tried on complex scenarios such as trend analysis before.
The aim of this thesis is to enable entity recognition on both static tables and dynamic community updated data sources like Wikipedia & DBpedia for trend analysis. To accomplish this goal, a model is suggested which enabled entity extraction on DBpedia and translated the extracted entities into interactive visualizations. The analysts can use these visualizations to gain trend insights, evaluate research trends or to analyze prevailing market moods and industry trends.

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Kickoff of the Stategic Networking Project VisCOST

The now started project VisCOST aims to create a European research network to promote innovation and technology management through the interdisciplinary use of methods of visual analysis, artificial intelligence, simulation, prediction and planning of new technologies and innovations for corporate purposes (smart manufacturing, early technology detection etc.), the optimization of government strategies (e-governance) and the involvement of European citizens in government decisions (e-participation) but also in research. The core targets on answering the research question “How can innovations be created and strengthened, and future technologies as well as possible scenarios be predicted by the approaches that are currently at the forefront of technology research in order to make strategic decisions in a more targeted manner?”. A very interdisciplinary research is necessary to answer this question. Knowledge from management, such as innovation, technology and information management, but also strategic planning and predictions in companies (corporate foresight) must be brought in from economics.

 

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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

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VIS-Group co-organizes the International Information Visualisation Conference (iV2020)

Our research group on Human-Computer Interaction and Visual Analytics is co-organizing the track International Symposium Visual Analytics and Data Science (VA) at the next International Information Visualisation Conference (iV 2020) in Vienna, Austria on 28-31 July 2020. 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.

Interested parties in the arae of Visual Computing are invited to submit paper propsals until 15 March 2020 via the conference submission system. Please note the covered topics and the call for papers, as well as the submision guidelines.

Please note our summarization to the 24rd International Conference Information Visualization (iV 2020) event.

Research Day at h_da

The “Research Day” (German original title: “Tag der Forschung”) was first held back in 2002, establishing a tradition, where every year in November, news about current research activities were shown and the time for networking and discussion is given. The annual Research Day has a special significance for the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. It is aimed at university members, company representatives, institutions in the region and the interested public. Exciting lectures and discussions on current research activities at the university and the awarding of the science prize are part of the program.

This year’s Research Day is themed Digitalization and Sustainable Development.

The event takes place at the h_da, building B15 on 26 November 2019, 14:00-18:00.

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

I’m proud to announce that our paper titled “A Visual Analytics Approach for Analyzing Technological Trends in Technology and Innovation Management” is accepted at the high-class visual computing conference ISVC 2019 in Lake Tahoe, NV, USA. The purpose of the International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC) is to provide a common 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

 

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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

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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” will be given to the studies which will be selected by the committee among the papers/posters 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.

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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Information Science: The new degree program at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

Digitization contributes to the accumulation of knowledge in immense amounts of data, but often unstructured and widely scattered. Information Scientists bring this knowledge together and make it usable for business and society. The new study program Information Science at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (h_da) trains students to become experts in the professional handling of data, information and knowledge. The bachelor and master program starts for the first time in the winter semester 2019/20 and replaces the previous course Information Science. Applications are possible from the 15th of May.

“Since digitization processes and rapid technological changes have a major impact on companies, information scientists also contribute to future and innovation processes,” emphasizes Prof. Dr. med. Kawa Nazemi. He is in charge of the Bachelor’s degree program Information Science. His graduates also qualify for leadership positions in companies, institutions, media organizations, administrations or libraries as well as for research activities. The master’s degree also qualifies for a doctorate. There are perspectives at the Hochschule Darmstadt in the cross-university doctoral program “Applied Computer Science”, in which h_da is involved.

The full news article (in German) can be found at:
https://www.h-da.de/news-anzeigen/meldung-einzelansicht/news/information-science-neuer-studiengang-an-der-hochschule-darmstadt/

Information about the application and the admission requirements can be found at:
https://h-da.de/bewerben

Detailed information on the Information Science program can be found at:
https://iw.h-da.de/

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