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Research projects

Information design, usability and netwerk analysis

Ongoing projects

This interdisciplinary project investigates the potential of interactive information visualizations for public access to digital cultural collections: Space-Time Cubes are assumed to support casual users in their exploration of such collections, in their comprehension of multidimensional metadata, and in the construction of an integrated mental model. In a user-centered design process information visualizations will be developed and empirically evaluated in a series of experiments.

Data journalists are challenged to present statistics and open data in an intuitive way to the public. In the 1920s, Otto Neurath chose a similar approach and developed pictorial statistics called Isotype to visualize statistical data for the people. Although his idea inspired the design of pictograms and sometimes also information visualizations and is well known to most data journalists, Isotype is not widely applied until now. To allow for a systematic application of Neurath’s approach, a taxonomy of his visualizations and an evaluation of the cognitive impact are needed. The project DJ Isotype strives to close this gap and to further develop Isotype-based visualizations to be applied to interactive information visualizations in the context of data journalism.

EXPAND

The EXPAND project develops new visual analytic methods to provide researchers, business executives and policy decision makers with insights into current research and development trends, based on dynamic network analyses of patent data.

Completed Projects

ENA

The goal of the applied research project "Event Network Advancement" (ENA) is to support networking of participants during events (e.g. conferences). Based on the field of social network analysis a variety of research questions will be posed and new communicative and technological applications will be developed together with business partners.

INNOMAT 2

Subjective barriers to accessing public transport are often the result of insufficient knowledge of how to use the electronic systems (ticket machines) which are becoming increasingly common at railway stations as well as the result of the complexity of these systems (fare structures). The hardware and software components used in self-service machines can raise additional barriers for people with restricted mobility or people who have a low affinity for technology. The InnoMat2 research project seeks to develop a prototype of a new ticket machine which offers maximum support to the target groups (including people with low technical affinity and those with limited mobility). The goal is to combine a high level of user friendliness with the complexity of the fare structure in future generations of ticket machines.

ViADUKT

VIENA

The research project *VIENA* (Visual Enterprise Network Analytics) aims to develop and test a prototype software of visual network analysis that will be capable of supporting organizational consulting services. As its focus will be the visualization of change, its main purpose is the display and evaluation of change management processes. Building upon concepts and methods of Dynamical Network Analysis (DNA) the interactive visual exploration and analysis of teams and organizations over different periods of time should be enhanced. The complex data and information sets, which get structured and illustrated by DNA-methods, will be processed further using by Visual Analytics techniques, so that interactive explorations of influencing change factors will be possible. The development of a user-friendly interface should also enable non-professional users to visually analyze and explore complex networks and their dynamics.

InnoMat

Subjective barriers to accessing public transport are often the result of insufficient knowledge of how to use the electronic systems (ticket machines) which are becoming increasingly common at railway stations and of the complexity of these systems (fare structures). The hardware and software used in self-service machines can also raise additional barriers for people with restricted mobility or who have a low affinity for technology. The InnoMat research project seeks to identify how new machines should be designed to best meet the needs of their diverse user groups. Managed by ÖBB Personenverkehr AG, the Department for Knowledge and Communication Management, PL.O.T. EDV-Planungs- und Handels Ges.m.b.H. and AlliedPanels Entwicklungs- und Produktions GmbH are developing the framework for a new generation of rail ticket vending machines.

DisCō

Subjective barriers to accessing public transport are often the result of insufficient knowledge of how to use the electronic systems (ticket machines) which are becoming increasingly common at railway stations and of the complexity of these systems (fare structures). The hardware and software used in self-service machines can also raise additional barriers for people with restricted mobility or who have a low affinity for technology. The InnoMat research project seeks to identify how new machines should be designed to best meet the needs of their diverse user groups. Managed by ÖBB Personenverkehr AG, the Deptartment for Knowledge and Communication Management (KnowComm), PL.O.T. EDV-Planungs- und Handels Ges.m.b.H. and AlliedPanels Entwicklungs- und Produktions GmbH are developing the framework for a new generation of rail ticket vending machines.

Prolix

The objective of PROLIX (PRocess Oriented Learning and Information eXchange) is to align learning with business processes in order to enable organisations to faster improve the competencies of their employees according to continuous changes of business requirements. To reach this goal, PROLIX develops an open, integrated reference architecture for process-oriented learning and information exchange. The project is funded by the 6th EU Framework Programme „Information Society Technology“.