Who are i.e.SMART partners
Research Group Knowledge Engineering
The University of Vienna is the oldest university in the German-speaking world. Currently about 91,000 students are enrolled at the university in one of the 188 study programs. With a staff of 6,700 academic personnel the University of Vienna aims to sustain a wide range of studies, but at the same time to promote new and innovative fields of research, and to establish new networks between subjects.
The Research Group Knowledge Engineering, a part of the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Vienna, focuses on cutting-edge research aiming to provide transparent, ubiquitous knowledge that can be semantically processed by IT systems. Based on mathematical and statistical foundations, theoretical approaches are adapted and applied. The fundamental research paradigm relies on concepts of meta-modeling that are further developed and deployed to provide transparent knowledge with formal and semi-formal modeling methods and to derive structured knowledge out of unstructured data. The group provides novel research results in the areas of Meta Modeling, Meta Data and Ontologies, Hybrid Method Engineering and Business Intelligence. The realized results are applied primarily in information systems for all types of organizations.
The research group’s activities encompass teaching Business Informatics and related subjects, research in the field of meta-modeling, scientific publications and conferences, as well as the OMiLaboratory. The group has extensive experience in implementing EU- and nationally-funded research and applications projects; EU-projects to be named are REFINE, ADVISOR, plugIT, ComVantage, INNOTRAIN IT, while a selection of nationally funded projects is represented by eduBITE, eduWeaver, Semantic Culture Guide and Open Models.
The Region of Vienna
The 1.73 million metropolis Vienna is the capital and by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic and political centre. This city situated on the River Danube is a melting-pot of cultures and art from various styles and epochs. According to various surveys, Vienna is considered as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Vienna is host to many major international organisations, including the United Nation sand OPEC. Each year since 2005, Vienna has been the world’s number one destination for international congresses and conventions. Vienna attracts about five million tourists a year.
The economic sectors with the highest growth potential in the Region of Vienna are healthcare, life science, ICT, eco-industry and creative industries.
Creative Industries: Creativity is a serious business in the Vienna Region. Over 100,000 people work in this sector. This is one reason why the generation of innovative ideas and efforts in fashion, design, music, multimedia, graphic arts, architecture, and literature is being fostered and promoted. The creative industries represent one of the most important and fast growing sectors in Vienna.
Information and communication technologies: With almost 10,000 IT companies and a workforce of 70,000, Vienna is one of Europe’s largest ICT locations and is considered the CEE capital of information technology. Numerous Austrian companies and multinationals have chosen Vienna as their headquarters to do business in Central and Eastern Europe.
Green-economy: Vienna has a leading-edge position in renewable energy and green-economy. The Vienna Region offers an outstanding cluster of proficiencies in the cutting-edge fields of eco-construction, solar energy, and biomass.