Institute Name: University of Linz
Description: The Department of Applied Computer Science at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz is one of the leading centers of software engineering, data engineering and knowledge processing. It has a strong commitment to applied computer science with a profound theoretical background. The department consists of 7 permanent faculty members and 6 doctorial students. Not only due to the location of the University within an area of many high-tech SMEs, the department has a strong industrial project record as well as a strong commitment to knowledge transfer. Its teaching record includes courses on information systems at Master Thesis level and PhD level for Computer Science. The Department is organised into two research and teaching sections: The two sections which will contribute to this project are the Information Systems section and the Information Systems in Business, Administration and Society section. The Information Systems section comprises 5 permanent faculty members and 4 doctoral students. The main focus of research of the Information Systems section can be summarized as integrated information systems with applications in CSCW and CIM. Within this domain, they concentrate basic research in the areas of active object-oriented database systems, object- oriented requirements engineering and design, open hypermedia systems, and database WWW connectivity. The applied research efforts investigate workflow management and business process modeling, integration aspects in CIM, and cooperative electronic publishing. The Information Systems in Business, Administration and Society section comprises 2 permanent faculty members, 2 research associates, and 2 doctoral students. The main focus of research of the Information Systems in Business, Administration and Society section is on analysis and design of information systems, information systems in public administration, computer-supported cooperative work, and human-computer interaction. Both sections have jointly pursued interests in requirements engineering over a considerable period and have participated in european and national research projects in this area. Research projects with requirements engineering content held by members of the group include: ITHACA, Integrated Toolkit for Highly Advanced Computer Applications (funded by the European Commission); KOBOLD, Object-Oriented Database Support for a Knowledge-Based Leitstand (funded by the European Commission); MooD, Methods for Object-Oriented Development (funded by SIEMENS AG Austria); TIS, Toursim Information Systems (funded by a private Austrian/German consortium).
Researchers associated with the project:
Prof. Dr. Kappel, Prof. Dr. Traunmüller, Dr. Gross, Dr. Reich, Dr. Retschitzegger
Brief CVs of Key Researchers:
Name: Prof. Dr. G. Kappel
Academic Qualifications & Experience: Gerti Kappel is Full Professor for Information Systems at the Department of Applied Computer Science at the University of Linz in Austria. Her main areas of research are in Software Engineering (object-oriented software development, object-oriented process models, reusability, software quality metric), in Information Systems (object-oriented database systems, active database systems, distributed information systems, multi-media systems), and in Non-Standard Application Areas (Workflow Systems, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Integrated Project Support Environments). She has been involved in two ESPRIT projects on the development of methods and tools for object-oriented software development, and on applying object-oriented database technology to CIM. She works in close collaboration with industry applying object-oriented technology to non-standard applications.
Name: Prof. Traunmüller
Academic Qualifications & Experience: Dr. Traunmüller is a professor at the Department of Applied Computer Science of the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Research Group of Information Systems in Business, Administration and Society). He holds a PhD in Quantum Chemistry from the Max Planck Institute in Mülheim (Ruhr, Germany). Prior to his current position he was an assistant and associated Professor at the Linz University and a visiting Professor at the Universities of Bonn, Speyer and Paris (HEC). He was also the head of the Department for Informatics of the Linz University from 1985 to 1989. Prof. Traunmüller is a member of IFIP WG8.1 and IFIP WG 8.5 and has been the chairman of IFIP WG 8.5 in 1993. His research interests include the analysis and design of Information Systems, business and public administration information systems and computer supported cooperative work.
Name: Dr. T. Gross
Academic Qualifications & Experience: Dr. Gross is research and teaching assistant at the Department of Applied Computer Science at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz. His research areas include computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), design and architectures of collaborative systems, and group awareness within collaborative and single-user systems. He has been teaching classes in these areas at the University of Linz and at the University of Vienna since 1993. He is a member of the COST-14 CoTech Project 6 of the EC on Interdisciplinary Practice and Design for Coopertion Technology: Design (IMPACT-D).
Name: Dr. S. Reich
Academic Qualifications & Experience: Dr. Reich is research and teaching assistant at the Department of Applied Computer Science at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz. He performs research in the areas of Electronic Publishing and Structured Documents, Open Hypermedia Systems (OHS), and Dynabases. He is currently staying with the Multimedia Research Group at the Dept. of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, England.
Name: Dr. W. Retschitzegger
Academic Qualifications & Experience: Dr. Retschitzegger is research and teaching assistant at the Department of Applied Computer Science at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz. Active Object-Oriented Database Systems, Object-Oriented Software Engineering, Workflow Management Systems, and Advanced Transaction Menchanisms are his main research areas. He has been teaching classes in these areas at the University of Linz since 1991.
Traunmueller, R. (1998): Telecooperation -- The Global Office Proceedings of the XV. IFIP World Computer Congress, Vienna.
Ehmayer G., Kappel G., Reich S. (1997): Connecting Databases to the Web - A Taxonomy of Gateways, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems, Application (DEXA 97), Toulouse, France, Springer LNCS 1308, September 1997.
Ehmayer G., Retschitzegger W. (1997): Proactive Object Modeling - What ca we Learn from Components and Interfaces?, accepted for the OOPSLA'97 Workshop on Object-Oriented Design Quality, Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 5th 1997.
Engels G., Groenewegen L. P. J., Kappel G. (1997): Object-Oriented Specification of Coordinated Collaboration, Proceedings of teh IFIP96 World Congress on Advanced IT Tools, N. Terashima and E, Altman (eds.), Chapman & Hall, London, September 1996. [0-412-75560-2].
Engels G., Kappel G. (1994): Object-Oriented Systems Development: Will the New Approach Solve Old Problems?, Proceedings of the IFIP94 World Congress, Vol. III, K. Duncan and K. Krueger (eds.), North-Holland.
Huemer C., Kappel G., Vieweg S. (1995): Migration in Object-Oriented Database Systems - A Practical Approach. In: Software - Practice and Experience, Vol 25 (10), October 1995.
Gross, T., Traunmüller, R. (1996): Methodological Considerations on the Design of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal 27, 3 (May/June). pp. 279-303.
Gross, T., Traunmüller (1996): R. Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and the Internet. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Workshop on Database an Expert Systems Applications - DEXA'96 (Sept. 9-13, Zurich, Switzerland). IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA, 1996. pp. 425-430.
Merkl D., Tjoa A. M., Kappel G. (1994): Learning the semantic similarity of reusable software components, IEEE Int'l Conference on Software Reusability, Rio de Janeiro.
Kappel G., Rausch-Schott S., Reich S., Retschitzegger W. (1997): Hypermedia Document and Workflow Management Based on Active Object-Oriented Databases, Proc. of the 30th Hawaiian Internatioal Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'97), IWWW, January 1997, [0-8186-7865-89].
Kappel G., Rausch-Schott S., Retschitzegger W., M. Sakkinen (1996): From Rules to Rule Patterns, Proc. of the Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE'96), P. Constantopoulos, J. Mylopoulos, and Y. Vassiliou (eds.), Heraklion (Crete), Springer LNCS 1080, May 1996, pp. 99-115, [3-5400-61292-0].
Kappel G., Lang P., Rausch-Schott S., Retschitzegger W. (1995): Workflow Management Based on Objects, Rules and Roles, IEEE Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Data Engineering, vol. 18/1, March 1995, pp. 11-17.
Reich S. (1996): The Notion of Active Object-Oriented Databases for Open Hypermedia Systems (OHSs), Position paper for the 2nd Workshop on Open Hypenmedia Systems at Hypertext ' 96, Washington D. C.
Traunmüller R. (1994): Is Application Development Focused on Real Problems? in: K. Duncan, K. Krueger (ed.): Proceedings of the 13th World Computer Congress, Hamburg, , Vol. III, North Holland, Amsterdam.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Tom Gross