Silvia Miksch


Favoritenstraße 9-11, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

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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


Martin Eller, Silvia Miksch, Jaques Lettry, T. Stora, "{Calculation of Production and Decay of Radioisotopes for Future Irradiation Experiments and Ion Beam Facilities}", European Physical Journal, vol. Special Topics 150, pp. 233–234, 2007. paper
Tze Leong, Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch, "{Free and Open Source Enabling Technologies for Patient-Centric, Guideline-Based Clinical Decision Support: A Survey}", IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics, Methods Inf Med, vol. 46, pp. 74–86, 2007. paper
Markus Rester, Margit Pohl, Silvia Wiltner, Klaus Hinum, Silvia Miksch, Christian Popow, Susanne Ohmann, "{Evaluating an InfoVis Technique Using Insight Reports}", 11th International Conference on Information Visualization (IV 2007), pp. 693–700, 2007. paper
Silvia Miksch, Jim Hunter, Elpida Keravnou, "{Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine AIME 05 (Guest Editorial)}", Special issue of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIIM), vol. 39, pp. 97–98, 2007. paper
Georg Prohaska, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, "{Glyphs and Visualization of Multivariate Data}", , 2007. paper
Christian Fuchsberger, Silvia Miksch, Lucas Forer, Cristian Pattaroa, "{Analyzing Populations with Visual and Analytical Methods to Identify Family Clustered Diseases}", 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics (Medinfo'2007), pp. P317 (1–2), 2007. paper
Silvia Miksch, "{Freiheit mit System - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Seniorenhilfe}", upgrade, pp. 30–34, 2007. paper
Andreas Seyfang, Begona Martinez-Salvador, Radu Serban, Jolanda Wittenberg, Silvia Miksch, Mar Marcos, Annette Teije, Kitty Rosenbrand, "{Maintaining Formal Models of Living Guidelines Efficiently}", Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME 2007), pp. 441–445, 2007.
Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, Wolfgang Müller, Heidrun Schuman, C. Tominski, "{Visualizing Time-Oriented Data - A Systematic View}", Computers & Graphics, vol. 31, pp. 401–409, 2007. paper
Katharina Kaiser, Cem Akkaya, Silvia Miksch, "How Can Information Extraction Ease Formalizing Treatment Processes in Clinical Practice Guidelines? A Method and its Evaluation", Special issue of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIIM), Theme: Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME 05), vol. 39, pp. 151–163, 2007. paper
Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch, "{Formalizing 'Living Guidelines' using LASSIE: A Multi-step Information Extraction Method}", Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME 2007), pp. 401–410, 2007. paper
Alime Oeztuerk, Katharina Kaiser, Patrick Martini, Silvia Miksch, "Embedding the Evidence Information in Guideline Representation Languages", 20th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS 2007), pp. 512–517, 2007. paper
Silvia Miksch, Alexander Schratt, "{DAD - Digital Aided Guide for Fathers-to-be}", TIMNEWSupgrade, vol. 40, pp. 17, 2007. paper
Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch, Patrick Martini, Alime Oeztuerk, "{A Meta Schema for Evidence Information in Clinical Practice Guidelines as a Basis for Decision-Making}", 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics (Medinfo'2007), pp. 925–929, 2007. paper
Burcu Yildiz, Silvia Miksch, "{Motivating Ontology-Driven Information Extraction}", International Conference on Semantic Web and Digital Libraries, (ICSD-2007), 2007. paper
Sebastian Skritek, Wolfgang Aigner, Silvia Miksch, "{Dynamic XML Query Table Editor}", , 2006. paper
Markus Rester, Margit Pohl, Staven Banovic, Klaus Hinum, Silvia Miksch, Susanne Ohmann, Christian Popow, "Zum hohen Stellenwert einer Usability-Untersuchung in der Evaluierung einer interaktiven Informationsvisualisierung", Usability Day IV, 2006. paper
Jonathan Schmitt, Wolfgang Reif, Andreas Seyfang, Silvia Miksch, "{Temporal Dimension of Medical Guidelines: The Semantics of Asbru Time Annotations}", Workshop on AI Techniques in Healthcare: Evidence-based Guidelines and Protocols held in conjunction with European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-2006), pp. 68–73, 2006. paper
Martin Eller, Silvia Miksch, Jaques Lettry, "{Interactive, Task-Oriented Visualization to Explore Decay Chain Calculation}", International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV 2006), 2006. paper
Silvia Miksch, "{Theoritische Praxis}", , vol. 47, pp. 34, 2006. paper
Susanne Ohmann, Christian Popow, B Schuch, Herbert Herzog, A Karwautz, Silvia Miksch, Monika Lanzenberger, "{LinkVis: A Novel Tool for Visualizing and Analyzing Psychotherapeutic Processes}", OEGAI Journal, vol. 25, pp. 2–19, 2006. paper
Silvia Miksch, "{Visualisierung von zeitbezogenen Daten und Informationen - Neues Department für Knowledge Engineering}", TIMNEWS, vol. 36, pp. 11, 2006. paper
Wolfgang Aigner, Klaus Hinum, Silvia Miksch, "{InfoVis:Wiki - Eine Informations- und Diskussionsplattform für die Informationsvisualisierungs-Community}", Wikiposium 2006, pp. 112–127, 2006. paper
Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch, "{Supporting the Implementation of Living Guidelines by Information Extraction}", ``Guidelines on the Danube'', S. PA-05, 2006. paper
Andreas Seyfang, Silvia Miksch, Mar Marcos, Jolanda Wittenberg, Cristina Polo-Conde, Kitty Rosenbrand, "{Bridging the Gap between Informal and Formal Guideline Representations}", European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-2006), pp. 447–451, 2006.