Digital Ecosystems

Digital Ecosystems

Herzlich Willkommen am Institut für Digital Ecosystems!

Am Institut für Digital Ecosystems beschäftigen wir uns mit den Wechselwirkungen zwischen dem Design digitaler (Öko-)Systeme und Nutzerverhalten. Wir untersuchen die Digitalisierung von Entscheidungsfindung in unterschiedlichen Kontexten (z. B. Retail, Finanzen, urbanes Leben) und entwickeln Algorithmen und Systeme zur Unterstützung von privaten und unternehmerischen Entscheidungsträgern.


Wir begrüßen unsere neuen Kolleg*innen Lucas, Sara, Johannes und Inessa

Fotos von unseren 4 neuen Kolleginnen und Kollegen

Lucas Hoff, Sara Jurovata, Johannes Könemann und Inessa Vikhlianskaia verstärken ab sofort unser Team. Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit und heißen Lucas, Sara, Johannes und Inessa ganz herzlich willkommen!

Invited talk at the CBS workshop for Digital Ecosystems

Foto Verena Dorner

Verena Dorner was invited to present her research at the CBS workshop on Digital Ecosystems, organized by Prof. Attila Márton. On Jan 19, 20203, she presented her research on individual decision-making and strategic interactions in the domain of (digital) cities, and gave an outlook on future research into cities as (digital) ecosystems. A lively discussion on understanding and designing cities around the needs of its citizens, and how digital ecosystems models and frameworks can help in creating more liveable and lovable cities, followed. Thanks to Prof. Márton for the invitation, and thanks to everyone for the warm welcome, it was a great and thought-provoking experience!

Closing event for Industry & Research Labs

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The Digital Economy master students of the 2021 cohort presented the results of their semester-long projects in our Lab Closing Event. Lab partners ÖBB and WKÖ, alumni, lecturers and students from the next cohort enjoyed entertaining elevator pitches. The 2021 students did a great job, congratulations! More in-depth discussions and networking followed at the poster session.

Kenneth Qua attends the International Conference on Information Systems 2022

Kenneth Qua in front of the ICIS poster

In December, I attended the International Conference on Information Systems 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference theme was “Digitization for the Next Generation”. This was the 2nd in-person conference which I attended as a PhD student and I was thrilled to reconnect with the Information Systems community again in person. With over 1600 attendees from 53 countries, it was a truly international conference. I particularly enjoyed the topics presented on live-streaming, user behaviour on online communities and digital marketing.

Verena Dorner – neue Akademische Leiterin des MBA in Digital Transformation & Data Science

Portrait Verena Dorner

Seit 1. Dezember 2022 ist Verena Dorner Akademische Leiterin des MBA Programms „Digital Transformation & Data Science“ an der WU Executive Academy. Mit ihrer Expertise in den Bereichen Data Science, Digital Nudging und Human-Computer Interaction ist sie eine Bereicherung für das Programm.
Wir gratulieren herzlich!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

praedoc students at the christmas market

As part of the newly founded PhD Network, Kenneth Qua of the Institute for Digital Ecosystems organized the very first Praedoc Christmas Market Crawl. The event brought together new and current praedocs across various institutes and departments at WU for some Glühwein and festive merrymaking!
If you are a new praedoc at WU, feel free to contact Kenneth Qua to get connected with the PhD Network.

BRZ DigiConnect Innovation Event

mehrere Personen diskutieren vor einer Pinwand

BRZ organised a wonderful networking and innovation event at the interdisciplinary research space “Café exchange” (Kassenhalle der alten Postsparkasse), and the Institute for Digital Ecosystems was invited.

Great discussions and new insights, we are looking forward to future events and collaborations!

No work without teamwork 2.0!

Gruppenfoto mit den Teammitgliedern im Museum

Im November ging es für die Kolleg*innen des Instituts für Digital Ecosystems ins Museum der Illusionen. Mit Spaß, guter Laune und Smartphones wurden die optischen Täuschungen erprobt.

Guest talk on Personal Data Brokers by Prof. Dr. Daniel Schnurr on November 23

Portrait Daniel Schnurr

We are happy to welcome Daniel Schnurr, Professor for Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and research fellow at the think thank Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). His guest talk on “Do Consumers Benefit from Selling their Data? The Economic Effects of Personal Data Brokers in Digital Markets” will take place on Wednesday, 23 November 2022, 4 pm at TC.0.04
You are very welcome to join us for the talk!

Verena Dorner - neue Programmdirektorin für das Masterprogramm Digital Economy

Portrait von Verena Dorner

Ab 1. Oktober 2022 wechselt Verena Dorner von der Stellvertretung zur Programmdirektorin des neuen Masterstudiums „Digital Economy“.

In 2023 wird der erste Masterjahrgang graduieren und der dritte Jahrgang sein Studium aufnehmen. Wir wünschen allen unseren Studierenden weiterhin viel Erfolg! Bewerben Sie sich hier für das Programm

Kenneth Qua publishes article "Contextualising change with social network analysis"

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"Contextualising change with social network analysis" was published in first Annual Research issue of EFMD Global Focus "Perspectives on the Impact, Mission and Purpose of the Business School". The article was written by Professor Barbara Sporn (WU) while I contributed as co-author. Social network analysis has been used in a myriad of fields ranging from anthropology, virology and political economy. Our article applies social network analysis to Higher Education Management to understand how two universities navigated the tricky task of designing a multidisciplinary program.

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A warm welcome to our students in WU's Master's Program Digital Economy

Verena Dorner und Alexander Prosser

The Institute for Digital Ecosystems is pleased to welcome our students to WU's Master’s in Digital Economy’s Program and congratulate you on your successful admission!

We are delighted that you are joining us for the start of the winter term 2022/23 and wish you all the best for your first semester at WU.

Pizza and Praedocs

pizza and praedocs event

The Institute for Digital Ecosystems (Department of Information Systems and Operations Management) organized the very first Praedoc Introductory Research Symposium, with the kind support of the ISOM Department. Set against a view overlooking Prater and the warm sunset glow, the mixer event brought together praedocs and postdocs from varying disciplines across WU to get know each other and our research interests over some pizza.
We look forward to more events like this which are bound to spark new ideas and collaborations in WU.

You want to take part in an experiment at WULABS?

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Support our researchers @WU by signing up for WULABS! Earn money for participating in experiments, on campus and online. Both students and non-students are welcome!

Interested? Please sign up at WULABS

Kenneth Qua participates in the Value Creation from Data Workshop at ECIS 2022

I attended the “Value Creation from Data Analytics in Research and Teaching” Workshop at the European Conference on Information Systems 2022 (ECIS 2022) helmed by professors Nico Wunderlich and Jonas Valbjørn Andersen, IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
The workshop featured several presentations that covered a wide diversity of data. I particularly enjoyed the presentation by Professor Oliver Müller from the University of Paderborn titled “Will This Job Still Exist?”. Professor Müller and his team use data from job advertisement websites to build a model that aims to predict the risk propensity of a job becoming obsolete due to automation. It highlighted the untapped potential of using public data sources to generate new forms of value.

Kenneth Qua presents research at the European Conference on Information Systems 2022

In June, I reached two of my academic goals as a PhD student, to have a short paper published and to present at a conference. Thanks to my co-author team Fabio Stano and Verena Dorner I got the opportunity to present our paper "The Pulse Of Impulse Buying: An experimental study on the effects of background music tempo on impulse buying" at the European Conference on Information Systems 2022 in Timisoara, Romania. The presentation was well-attended with a riveting discussion from the audience about the growing importance of understanding background music within the context of digital shopping environments.
It was a great experience getting to know the community in the Association of Information Systems in person and I personally enjoyed the presentations in the “Cognition and Human Behavior” and “Social Media and Digital Collaboration” tracks. Notably the presentation “Virtual Influencer Marketing: Anthropomorphism and Its Effect” by Ehsan Dabiran was eye-opening in its discussion of highly successful virtual influencers.

Nour Jnoub at Cambridge Ellis Machine Learning Summer School

Ellis summer school in Cambridge was a great experience. A week full of excellent lectures by established professionals in various specializations of ML and great scientific discussions with outstanding researchers from international universities.
My favorite sessions were Petar Velickovic's talk “Machine learning and Graphs,” which gave a great insight into GNN and its applications. Another great talk by David Krueger on “AI safety and Alignment” concerned at which stage we are now in AI development and the future safety with AI.
The week ended perfectly with a social networking event with thoughtful discussions with all the colleagues with whom I am so pleased I had the opportunity to meet and connect.

It was great to have you here, Eleni!

Eleni Ilkou from L3S Research Center at Leibniz University Hannover spent a couple of months as a visiting researcher with Sabrina Kirrane at the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management as part of her MSCA fellowship in Knowgraphs ITN. It was a pleasure to have her here.
All the best to Eleni, and we hope you see you again soon!

DECO presents research at the NeuroIS Retreat 2022

Cesar Enrique Uribe Ortiz presented the paper “New measurement analysis for emotion detection using ECG data” (with Verena Dorner). Congrats on the first successful conference presentation!
Our visiting scholar from KIT, Anke Greif-Winzrieth, talked about her paper “The View of Participants on the Potential of Conducting NeuroIS Studies in the Wild” (with Christian Peukert, Peyman Toreini, Christof Weinhardt), also to great interest.
It was great meeting the KIT research group, led by Alex Mädche and Christof Weinhardt, again. Thanks to René Riedl, Fred Davis and the team for a great conference. We’re already looking forward to the next Retreat!

Grand kitchen opening with live music performance

After many weeks of great anticipation, our kitchen finally opened its doors! On 17 May, we celebrated this happy event with several VIPs and The King - Elvis Presley.

No work without teamwork!

Am 17. Mai ging es für die Kolleg*innen des Instituts für Digital Ecosystems zum Bogenschießen. Mit Spaß und guter Laune wurden die Team-Fähigkeiten trotz Regenwetters gestärkt.

Erfolg beim Wiener Frauenlauf 2022!

Verena Dorner und Anke Greif-Winzrieth

Visiting Scholar Anke Greif-Winzrieth (KIT) und Verena Dorner liefen gemeinsam die 10 Kilometer. Ein toller Start in die Zusammenarbeit!

Event-Rückblick: WU Alumni Future Talks 2022 „Digital Economy“

WU Alumni - Future Talks 2022 - Paneldiskussion

© WU Alumni - Future Talks 2022 - Michael Pinzolits Fotografie

Am 16. Mai 2022 moderierte Verena Dorner (WU) die Podiumsdiskussion WU Alumni Future Talks 2022 zum Thema „Digitale Plattformen und Datenmonetarisierung“. Sie begrüßte Univ.-Prof. Dr.Christoph Krönke (WU), Mag.a Susanne Stein-Pressl (, Michael Schramm, MSc. (EY) und Hans Linus Pfau, BSc. (VERBUND). Diskutiert wurde über die Transparenz in digitalen Plattformen - von der Verlagsindustrie über Supply Chains in der Food-Industrie bis zur Energiewirtschaftsowie den neuen EU-Transparenzregeln des Digital Services Acts.

Herzlichen Dank an den WU Alumniclub und besonders Herrn Klaus Christian, für die Organisation dieses interessanten und anregenden Diskurses!

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