Silvia Miksch

Function
Head
Address

Favoritenstraße 9-11, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

Room
HG 01 15
Phone
+43 (1) 58801 - 18824

CV / Current Position

I studied Information Systems (Economic Computer Science) at the University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology with concentration on Applied Statistics and Artificial Intelligence. I received my master of Social and Economic Science from the University of Vienna in 1987 and my Ph.D. in 1990. Afterwards I joined the Knowledge-Based Systems Group at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) , as scientific researcher. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Adaptive Intelligent Systems group of the Knowledge Systems Laboratory which in turn is part of the Computer Science Department at Stanford University CA, USA (August 1995 - August 1996, FWF-Erwin Schrödinger post-graduate fellowship). In October 1996, I joined the Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems (ISIS), Vienna University of Technology . From November 1999 to Febuary 2006, I was Associate University Professor. From 2006 to 2010 I was University Professor (Univ.Prof.) and head of the Department of Information and Knowledge Engineering at Danube University Krems, Austria. In April 2010 I moved back to the Institute at the Vienna University of Technology to establish the awarded Laura Bassi Centre of Expertise "CVAST - Center for Visual Analytics Science and Technology" funded by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth of the Republic of Austria. (This initiative programme, the only one of its kind in Europe, is committed to equal opportunities and to establishing a new research culture to carry out applied basic research in the natural sciences, engineering and technology). As of April 1, 2015 (no joke ;-) ), I am Full University Professor (Visual Analytics) at Vienna University of Technology

From April to September 2001 I was Visiting/Guest Professor at the Department of Simulation and Graphics, Faculty of Computer Science (FIN), Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. From October 2001 to January 2002 I was Visiting/Guest Professor at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

From 1997 to 2006 I was chair of the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (ÖGAI) and from 1998 to 2002 I was member (and vice-chair) of the board of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) .

Our work has been recognized through a variety of awards: Best Paper Award at VIS Workshop vis4dh, 2019, Best Poster Award at IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), 2015, Honorable Mention at IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), 2012, third price winner at International Symposium on Graph Drawing and Network Visualization (GD) Creative Topic Challenge 2018 and 2019, Recognition of Service Award, Eurographics:European Association for Computer Graphics, 2012.

 

Research Interests

  • Visualization & Visual Analytics
    • Information Visualization
    • Interaction Design
    • Data Analysis Methods: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
    • Information Extraction and Integration
    • Knowledge Crystallization Processes
  • Temporal Representation and Reasoning
    • Time-Oriented Modelling
    • Temporal Data Abstraction
  • Plan Management (Continual Plan Modeling)
    • Data and Process Modeling
    • Workflow Systems
    • Planning, Plan Execution, Plan Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Task-oriented Design, Development, and Evaluation in Real-World Environments 
    • Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice
    • Guideline- and Protocol-based Care: Design, Monitoring, and Therapy Planning
    • Medical Environments: (Neonatal) Intensive Care Units, Diabetes Management, Management of Hyperbilirubinemia/Jaundice
    • Business Intelligence
    • Market Analysis
    • Other disciplines of natural, social, and economic sciences

Teaching (partly in German)

Current Activities

Membership of Scientific Societies (Selection of the last 10 years)

2020                Inducted into The IEEE VGTC Visualization Academy
2018 –  2027   Member of EuroVis Steering Committee; chair of EuroVis Steering Committee (2023–2027)
2015 –  2020   Member of VIS Executive Committee (VEC)
2014 –  2020   Member of VAST Steering Committee
2005 – 2013    Member of AIME Steering Committee
1997 2005    Chairperson of the ÖGAI - Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (“Österreichische Gesellschaft für Artificial Intelligence”)
2006 – 2019    Vize-Chairperson of the ÖGAI - Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (“Österreichische Gesellschaft für Artificial Intelligence”)
2006 – 2008    Danube University Krems representative in the Forum Neue Medien Austria (FNMA)

Reviewing Activities (Selection of the last 10 years)

2014 – 2017     Member in Advisory Board of EU Project VALCRI
2014 – 2018     Member in Advisory Board of FWF Project KAVA-Time
2015 – 2018     Member in Advisory Board of FIT Project Visual Analytics in Data-driven Journalism (VALID), FFG ICT of the Future
2013 – 2020     Panel Member of European Research Council (ERC): Consolidator Grant, Computer Science and Informatics (PE6): 4 times
2017 – 2023     Scientific Reporter of Austrian Research Fund (FwF)
2021 – 2024     Advisory Board Member of Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF)
2013                   Panel Member of ZIT / Wirtschaftsagentur Wien: Call Science to Products
2014                   Panel Member of ZIT / Wirtschaftsagentur Wien: Innovations (Urban Solutions)
2011 – 2015      Associate Editor of Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG, IEEE)
2011 –  2015     Book Review Editor of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM-J, Elsevier)
2012 – 2020    Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Biomedical Informatics (JBI, Elsevier)
2017 – 2020     Member of Editorial Board of Computer Graphics Forum (CGF, Wiley)
2021 – 2023     Member of Editorial Board of Cartography and Geographic Information Science (Taylor and Francis).

Chairpersons (selected)

  • VIS Overall Papers Chair (IEEE VIS 2021)
  • Paper Co-Chair of IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (IEEE VAST 2020)
  • Paper Co-Chair of Eurographics/IEEE Conference on Visualization (EuroVis 2012)
  • Paper Co-Chair of IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (IEEE VAST 2010 and IEEE VAST 2011)
  • Paper Co-Chair of the Second International Workshop on Visual Analytics (EuroVA 2011)
  • Paper Co-Chair of International Workshop Series on Knowledge Representation for Health Care (KR4HC)

Institutional Responsibilities (Selection of the last 10 years)

2016 – 2018     Member of the Curricular Committees of Computer Science, TU Wien, Austria
2016 – 2025     Member of the Academic Senate, TU Wien, Austria (2016-2017 substitute member) 
2016 – 2023     Member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Informatics, TU Wien, Austria
2018 –              Coordinator of the Research Focus Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology, TU Wien, Austria
2010 – 2016     Member of the Senate at Danube University Krems
1999 –               Member of several Habilitation Committees
2011 –               Member of several Selection Committees of Professors (TU Wien, Austria; Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany; Department of Computer and Information Science - Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU), Trondheim, Norwegen)

Further Information

Open Student Topics

Title Scope Area
Visual Analytics Meets Process Mining SE, BA, PR, MA Information Visualization (IV), Visual Analytics (VA)
Knowledge-Assisted Visual Analytics (KnoVA) SE Information Visualization (IV), Visual Analytics (VA)
The Role of Visualization in Machine Learning SE, BA, PR, MA Visual Analytics (VA)
Provenance Visualization SE, BA, PR, MA Information Visualization (IV)
Task-Oriented Guidance for Information Visualization Recommendation SE, BA, PR, MA Information Visualization (IV)
Semi-Automated Data Cleansing of Multivariate Time Series SE, BA, PR, MA Data Quality
Process Visualization SE, BA, PR, MA Visual Analytics (VA)
Visual Recommender Systems & Complex (Big) Data BA, MA Visual Analytics (VA)
Supporting users to understand the data transformation and analytical methods verbally and visually SE, BA, PR, MA Visual Analytics (VA)

Publications

Johanna Schmidt, Bernhard Pointner, Silvia Miksch, "Visual Analytics for Understanding Draco s Knowledge Base", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 30, pp. 392-402, 2024.
Davide Ceneda, Christopher Collins, Mennatallah El-Assady, Silvia Miksch, Christian Tominski, Alessio Arleo, "A heuristic approach for dual expert/end-user evaluation of guidance in visual analytics", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 30, pp. 997-1007, 2024.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Christian Tominski, "Visualization of Time-Oriented Data", , 2023. paper
Christian Tominski, Michael Behrisch, Susanne Bleisch, Sara Fabrikant, Eva Mayr, Silvia Miksch, Helen Purchase, "Visualizing Uncertainty in Sets", IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, pp. 1-13, 2023.
Velitchko Filipov, Alessio Arleo, Markus Bögl, Silvia Miksch, "On Network Structural and Temporal Encodings: A Space and Time Odyssey", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, pp. 1-14, 2023.
Aoyu Wu, Dazhen Deng, Min Chen, Shixia Liu, Daniel Keim, Ross Maciejewski, Silvia Miksch, Hendrik Strobelt, Fernanda Viégas, Martin Wattenberg, "Grand Challenges in Visual Analytics Applications", IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 43, pp. 83-90, 2023.
Velitchko Filipov, Alessio Arleo, Markus Bögl, Silvia Miksch, "On Time and Space: An Experimental Study on Graph Structural and Temporal Encodings", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 13764, pp. 271-288, 2023.
Nikolaus Piccolotto, Markus Bögl, Silvia Miksch, "Visual Parameter Space Exploration in Time and Space", Computer Graphics Forum, 2023. paper
Velitchko Filipov, Alessio Arleo, Silvia Miksch, "Are We There Yet? A Roadmap of Network Visualization from Surveys to Task Taxonomies", Computer Graphics Forum, 2023.
Nikolaus Piccolotto, Markus Bögl, Silvia Miksch, "Multi-Ensemble Visual Analytics via Fuzzy Sets", EuroVis Workshop on Visual Analytics (EuroVA), 2023. paper
teaser image Ignacio Pérez-Messina, Davide Ceneda, Silvia Miksch, "A Methodology for Task-Driven Guidance Design", EuroVis Workshop on Visual Analytics (EuroVA), pp. 6, 2023. paper
Nikolaus Piccolotto, Markus Bögl, Christoph Muehlmann, Klaus Nordhausen, Peter Filzmoser, Johanna Schmidt, Silvia Miksch, "Data Type Agnostic Visual Sensitivity Analysis", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2023. paper
Teresa Kamencek, Velitchko Filipov, Victor Schetinger, Silvia Miksch, Raphael Rosenberg, "TimeScapes: Towards a Visual Characterization of Modern Artist Exhibition Acitvity", , 2023.
Bongshin Lee, Silvia Miksch, Anders Ynnerman, Anastasia Bezerianos, Jian Chen, Wei Chen, Christopher Collins, Michael Gleicher, Eduard Gröller, Alexander Lex, Bernhard Preim, Jinwook Seo, Ruediger Westermann, Jing Yang, Xiaoru Yuan, Han-Wei Shen, Jean-Daniel Fekete, Shixia Liu, "VIS 2021 - Preface", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 28, pp. xiv-xxiii, 2022.
Silvia Miksch, "Visual Analytics Meets Temporal Reasoning: Challenges and Opportunities", , vol. 247, pp. 1-2, 2022. paper
Christina Stoiber, Davide Ceneda, Markus Wagner, Victor Schetinger, Theresia Gschwandtner, Marc Streit, Silvia Miksch, Wolfgang Aigner, "Perspectives of Visualization Onboarding and Guidance in VA", Visual Informatics, vol. 6, pp. 15, 2022. paper
screenshot of the va prototype, showing mainly a big map Nikolaus Piccolotto, Markus Bögl, Christoph Muehlmann, Klaus Nordhausen, Peter Filzmoser, Silvia Miksch, "Visual Parameter Selection for Spatial Blind Source Separation", Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 41, pp. 12, 2022. paper
Alessio Arleo, Walter Didimo, Giuseppe Liotta, Silvia Miksch, Fabrizio Montecchiani, "Influence Maximization With Visual Analytics", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 28, pp. 3428-3440, 2022. https://github.com/EngAAlex/VAIM
Alessio Arleo, Silvia Miksch, Daniel Archambault, "Event‐based Dynamic Graph Drawing without the Agonizing Pain", Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 41, pp. 18, 2022. https://github.com/EngAAlex/MultiDynNos
Nikolaus Piccolotto, Markus Bögl, Theresia Gschwandtner, Christoph Muehlmann, Klaus Nordhausen, Peter Filzmoser, Silvia Miksch, "TBSSvis: Visual analytics for temporal blind source separation", Visual Informatics, vol. 6, pp. 15, 2022. paper
Alessio Arleo, Christos Tsigkanos, Roger Leite, Schahram Dustdar, Silvia Miksch, Johannes Sorger, "Visual Exploration of Financial Data with Incremental Domain Knowledge", Computer Graphics Forum, 2022. Source Code Supplemental Video
Ignacio Pérez-Messina, Davide Ceneda, Mennatallah El-Assady, Silvia Miksch, Fabian Sperrle, "A Typology of Guidance Tasks in Mixed-Initiative Visual Analytics Environments", , vol. 41, pp. 465-476, 2022. paper
Natalia Andrienko, Gennady Andrienko, Silvia Miksch, Heidrun Schumann, Stefan Wrobel, "A Theoretical Model for Pattern Discovery in Visual Analytics", Visual Informatics, vol. 5, pp. 20, 2021. paper
Velitchko Filipov, Victor Schetinger, Kathrin Raminger, Nathalie Soursos, Susana Zapke, Silvia Miksch, "Gone full circle: A radial approach to visualize event-based networks in digital humanities", Visual Informatics, vol. 5, pp. 45-60, 2021. paper
Christian Tominski, Gennady Andrienko, Natalia Andrienko, Susanne Bleisch, Sara Fabrikant, Eva Mayr, Silvia Miksch, Margit Pohl, André Skupin, "Toward Flexible Visual Analytics Augmented through Smooth Display Transitions", Visual Informatics, vol. 5, pp. 28-38, 2021. paper

Advised Publications

teaser image Ignacio Pérez-Messina, Davide Ceneda, Silvia Miksch, "A Methodology for Task-Driven Guidance Design", EuroVis Workshop on Visual Analytics (EuroVA), pp. 6, 2023. paper
Christian Bors, "Facilitating Data Quality Assessment Utilizing Visual Analytics: Tackling Time, Metrics, Uncertainty, and Provenance", Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology, vol. PhD, Dr.-techn., 2020.
Roger Leite, Victor Schetinger, Davide Ceneda, Bernardo Henz, Silvia Miksch, "COVIs: Supporting Temporal Visual Analysis of Covid-19 Events Usable in Data-Driven Journalism", IEEE VIS 2020, short paper, 2020.
Davide Ceneda, "Guidance-Enriched Visual Analytics", Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology, vol. PhD, Dr.-techn., pp. 206, 2020. paper
Roger Leite, Alessio Arleo, Johannes Sorger, Theresia Gschwandtner, Silvia Miksch, "Hermes: Guidance-enriched Visual Analytics for economic network exploration", Visual Informatics, Elsevier, vol. 4, 2020.
Markus Bögl, "Visual Analysis of Periodic Time Series Data - Supporting Model Selection, Prediction, Imputation, and Outlier Detection Using Visual Analytics", Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology, vol. PhD, Dr.-techn., 2020. paper
Paolo Federico, "Visual Analytics of Dynamic Networks", Faculty of Informatics, vol. PhD in Computer Science, pp. 192, 2017. paper
Reinhardt Wenzina, "GOALS: Using TimeML Annotations for an Information Extraction Approach to Support the Modeling of Clinical Guidelines", , vol. PhD, 2015. Download
Bilal Alsallakh, "Visual Analytics of Large Homogeneous Data - Categorical, Set-typed, and Classification Data", Institute of Software Technology & Interactive Systems, vol. PhD in Computer Science, pp. 165, 2014. paper
Theresia Gschwandtner, "Interactive Visualization of Effects of Medical Treatment on a Patient’s Condition", Institute of Software Technology & Interactive Systems, pp. 140, 2012. paper
Tim Lammarsch, "Facets of Time - Making the Most of Time's Structure in Interactive Visualization", Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, vol. Dr. techn., 2010. paper