Silvia Miksch


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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) .

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)

2005 – 2013     Member of AIME Steering Committee
–                Member of VAST Steering Committee

2015 –                Member of VIS Executive Committee (VEC)
2006                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
– 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 – 2018     Panel Member of European Research Council (ERC): Consolidator Grant, Computer Science and Informatics (PE6): 3 times
2017 – 2020     Scientific Reporter of Austrian Research Fund (FwF)
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 –               Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Biomedical Informatics (JBI, Elsevier)
2017 – 2020     Member of Editorial Board of Computer Graphics Forum (CGF)

Chairpersons (selected)

  • 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 2011 and IEEE VAST 2012)
  • 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
– 2019     Member of the Academic Senate, TU Wien, Austria (2016-2017 substitute member)

2016 – 2019     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


Katharina Kaiser, Andreas Seyfang, Silvia Miksch, "Identifying Treatment Activities for Modelling Computer-Interpretable Clinical Practice Guidelines", Knowledge Representation for Health-Care, pp. 115–127, 2011.
David Riano, Annette Teije, Silvia Miksch, Mor Peleg, "Knowledge Representation for Health-Care", Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, vol. 6512, pp. 153, 2011. paper
Theresia Gschwandtner, Wolfgang Aigner, Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch, Andreas Seyfang, "Design and Evaluation of an Interactive Visualization of Therapy Plans and Patient Data", Proceedings of the 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI2011), pp. 421-428, 2011.
Paolo Federico, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Florian Windhager, Lukas Zenk, "A Case Study on Visual Analytics of Dynamic Networks", The Third International UKVAC Workshop on Visual Analytics (VAW 2011), 2011. paper
Bilal Alsallakh, Eduard Gröller, Silvia Miksch, Martin Suntinger, "Contingency Wheel: Visual Analysis of Large Contingency Tables", Proceedings of the International Workshop on Visual Analytics (EuroVA), pp. 53-56, 2011. paper Visual Metaphor
Tim Lammarsch, Wolfgang Aigner, Alessio Bertone, Silvia Miksch, Alexander Rind, "Towards a Concept how the Structure of Time Can Support the Visual Analytics Process", Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Visual Analytics held in Europe (EuroVA 2011), pp. 9--12, 2011. paper
Theresia Gschwandtner, Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch, "Information Requisition is the Core of Guideline-based Medical Care: Which Information is Needed by Whom?", Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, vol. 17, pp. 713–721, 2011. paper
Wolfgang Aigner, Christian Kainz, Rui Ma, Silvia Miksch, "Bertin was Right: An Empirical Evaluation of Indexing to Compare Multivariate Time-Series Data Using Line Plots", Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 30, pp. 215--228, 2011. paper
Paolo Federico, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Florian Windhager, Lukas Zenk, "A Visual Analytics Approach to Dynamic Social Networks", Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Technologies (i-KNOW), Special Track on Theory and Applications of Visual Analytics (TAVA), pp. 47:1–47:8, 2011. paper
Alexander Rind, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Silvia Wiltner, Margit Pohl, Thomas Turic, Felix Drexler, "Visual Exploration of Time-oriented Patient Data for Chronic Diseases: Design Study and Evaluation", Proceedings of USAB 2011: Information Quality in e-Health, pp. 301–320, 2011. paper
Alexander Rind, Silvia Miksch, Wolfgang Aigner, Thomas Turic, Margit Pohl, "VisuExplore: Gaining New Medical Insights from Visual Exploration", Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH@CHI2010), pp. 149-152, 2010. paper
Alexander Rind, Wolfgang Aigner, Thomas Turic, Silvia Miksch, Margit Pohl, "VisuExplore: Gewinnung neuer medizinischer Erkenntnisse durch visuelle Exploration", Tagungsband der eHealth2010: Health Informatics meets eHealth, pp. 273-278, 2010. paper
Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch, "{Supporting the Abstraction of Clinical Practice Guidelines Using Information Extraction}", 15th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB), 2010. paper
Eva Mayr, Michael Smuc, Hanna Risku, Wolfgang Aigner, Alessio Bertone, Tim Lammarsch, Silvia Miksch, "Mapping the Users' Problem Solving Strategies in the Participatory Design of Visual Analytics Methods", Proceedings of 6th Symposium of the Workgroup Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering of the Austrian Computer Society (USAB 2010), pp. 1-13, 2010. paper
Katharina Kaiser, Andreas Seyfang, Silvia Miksch, "Identifying Actions Described in Clinical Practice Guidelines Using Semantic Relations", Proc. of the KR4HC 2010 - 2nd International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health-Care in conjunction with the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2010), 2010.
Alessio Bertone, Tim Lammarsch, Thomas Turic, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, "Does Jason Bourne need Visual Analytics to catch the Jackal?", Proceedings of International Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (EuroVAST 2010) in conjunction with EuroVis 2010, pp. 61–67, 2010. paper
Margit Pohl, Silvia Wiltner, Silvia Miksch, Markus Rester, Klaus Hinum, Christian Popow, Susanne Ohmann, "Exploring Information Visualization - Describing Different Interaction Patterns", Beyond time and errors: novel evaluation methods for Information Visualization (BELIV'10), a Workshop at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010), 2010. paper
Alessio Bertone, Tim Lammarsch, Thomas Turic, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Johannes Gärtner, "MuTIny: A Multi-Time Interval Pattern Discovery Approach To Preserve The Temporal Information In Between", IADIS European Conference on Data Mining (ECDM 2010), pp. 101–106, 2010. paper
Joerg Meyer, Jim Thomas, Stephan Diehl, Brian Fisher, Daniel Keim, David Laidlaw, Silvia Miksch, Klaus Mueller, William Ribarsky, Bernhard Preim, Anders Ynnerman, "From Visualization to Visually Enabled Reasoning", Scientific Visualization: Advanced Concepts, vol. 1, pp. 227–245, 2010. paper
Kai Puolamäki, Alessio Bertone, Roberto Theron, Otto Huisman, Jimmy Johansson, Silvia Miksch, Panagiotis Papapetrou, Salvo Rinzivillo, "Data Mining", Mastering the Information Age: Solving Problems with Visual Analytics, pp. 39–56, 2010. paper
Wolfgang Aigner, Alexander Rind, Silvia Miksch, "InfoVis:Wiki ( A Community Platform for Information Visualization", Proceedings of VisWeek 2009 workshop ``Putting Visualization on the Web'', 2009. paper
Michael Smuc, Eva Mayr, Tim Lammarsch, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Johannes Gärtner, "To Score or Not to Score? Tripling Insights for Participatory Design", IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 29, pp. 29–38, 2009. paper
C Eccher, Andreas Seyfang, A Ferro, Silvia Miksch, "{Embedding Oncologic Protocols into the Provision of Care: The Oncocure Project}", The XXII International Conference of European Federation for Medical Informatics, 2009. paper
Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch, "Versioning Computer-Interpretable Guidelines: Semi-Automatic Modeling of 'Living Guidelines' using an Information Extraction Method", Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, vol. 46, pp. 55–66, 2009.
C Eccher, Andreas Seyfang, A Ferro, Silvia Miksch, "{Bridging an Asbru Protocol to an Existing Electronic Patient Record}", Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health-Care: Patient Data, Processes and Guidelines in conjunction with AIME 2009, 2009. paper