10EUR Amazon Voucher wants Owner!

November, 2014

Participants in "shopping assistant" study in November wanted (app. 30 min); registration via Doodle.

The study takes place at Saarland University campus in building B4.4. For your participation (app. 30 minutes) you will get a 10EUR Amazon voucher.

Summer School "Neuro-IS and R" @ UdS

16th-17th of September, 2014

Get in touch with neuro information systems and data analysis by means of R.

The Neuro-IS and R Summer School will take place on the 16th and 17th of September. The two-day event is aiming at Bachelor- and Masterstudents as well as PhD students. The respective topics are among others related to Neuro Information Systems (Neuro-IS) as mobile applications in retail stores and healthcare, collection of physiological parameters (e.g. skin conductance, field of vision) and an introduction to data analysis with R. The registration can be performed through the respective registration website. The number of participants is limited to 15 people. A certificate of attendance can be issued on request.

24th-26th of September, 2014

Organized by Prof. Wolfgang Maaß (Chair ISS), the 1st Data Science summer school will take place at Saarland University from 24th-26th of September, 2014.

Data Science is one of the hottest topics in research at the moment but accumulates increasing interest in industry as well. Related concepts like cloud computing and big data are well-used in industry and media but they represent only marginal aspects of this fascinating research field.

Besides teaching pure theoretic understanding, the Data Science summer school is intended to facilitate a mathematical and a business-oriented understanding that enables participants not only to understand but also to apply concepts related to Data Science. Described by Thomas Davenport as "sexiest job of the 21st century", the need for Data Scientists will increase dramatically in the coming years. The Data Science summer school targets this topic in order to prepare students accordingly.

Well-known speakers from Europe and the USA introduce the required basic statistical principles, opportunities of data processing as well as Data Science applications in lectures and workshops. Beside lectures and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to get into contact with lecturers and other participants during the social event – a cozy “Saarland barbecue”.

Supported by the graduate program of Saarland University (GradUS), the Data Science summer school addresses all interested Master and PhD students. For more information regarding the event and registration, visit www.iss.uni-saarland.de/de/ds-summerschool/

Guest Lecture "Nichts geht über ein gutes Schutzschild"

17th of July, 2014

Speaker: Martin Monzel (Lactopia GmbH) When? 17th of July, 2014, 16:15 p.m.
Where? Building B4 1, Room 0.20

Was hat Iron-Man mit einem Saarbrücker Biotech-Start-up zu tun? Die Lactopia GmbH ist darauf spezialisiert, neuartige probiotische Produkte in den Bereichen Kosmetik, Nahrungsmittel sowie Medizin zu entwickeln, zu produzieren und diese in Kooperation mit Vertriebspartnern auf den Markt zu bringen. Darüber hinaus stellt die Produktion sowie der Vertrieb von Starterkulturen für die Lebensmittelindustrie ein zweites Standbein des Unternehmens dar. In den von Lactopia entwickelten Produkten und Optimierungen kommen natürliche, unveränderte Mikroorganismen zum Einsatz, die für ein ausgewogenes mikrobielles Umfeld sorgen und letztendlich die Gesundheit des Verbrauchers unterstützen.

Im Vortrag wird etwas zu den wissenschaftlichen Hintergründen des Konzeptes erzählt als auch von den alltäglichen Sorgen und Nöten eines Start-up berichtet.

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Guest Lecture "Big Data, Mobile, Cloud, Social - The Big Change in IS"


Speaker: Dr. Wolfram Jost (Software AG) When? Wednesday, 25th of June, 2014; 10:30 a.m. Where? Building B4 1, Room Auditorium Maximum

Currently, the world of information technology is probably in its biggest change since its invention. Nearly every part of our everyday life is affected by this. The sentence "Software is eating the world" encapsulate this development. In the area of corporate IT the traditional implementation architecture is being tested and underlies dramatical changes. The changes are driven by four essentially forces: Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data. Modern application systems are cloud enabled, have a strong social collaboration components, are available on mobile terminal devices and nearly scale linear. The technological instruments like Memory Computing, NoSQL, Hadoop, Event Processing, Real Tim Analytics and Design Thinking play a crucial role.

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May 2014

Online study: participants wanted! 5 EUR Amazon vouchers as compensation.

Within this study that is part of our research project SatIN, we will investigate intentions in sales conversations. First 120 participants that have correctly answered the control questions will receive a 5 EUR Amazon voucher.

Participating in the study will take app. 20 minutes. All data will be analyzed and processed completely anonymized. The results will be used exclusively in a scientific context.

Please, use a desktop PC or a notebook with one of the following browsers for participating in the study: Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox. Link to study: bit.ly/satin2014

An introduction meeting for beginning students in business informatics


An information event for beginning students of the bachelor and master course in business informatics will take place at 14.04.2014, 6 p.m. in building D3 2(DFKI), Room Reuse (HG-2.17)

Colloquium "Bayesian Statistics"

Summer term 2014

Kick off meeting of cooperative colloquium "Bayesian Statistics" takes place at 14th of April, 2014, 2 p.m. Interested Master and PhD students, please register here.

In many areas which are dominated by empirical research, e.g. economy, psychology or sociology, scientific research consists of the analysis of complex systems. The dependencies in these systems are unknown and a stochastic approach appears reasonable. By implication, the assumptions about the stochastic terms have a direct impact on the results of the research program. To include this circumstance, the model should implement any information given and update the model if it appears necessary. This is the main characteristic of Bayesian Statistics, which focus lies on conditional probabilities. This approach enables an inductive model update or model learning via Bayes´ Rule, which takes every information given into account. This course imparts the basic principles of the Bayesian approach and compares them with non-Bayesian methods which are widely used in many scientific domains. Furthermore, some practical applications with the software program R are also part of this course.

Guest Lecture "Data Science"


Speaker: Dr. Ulrich Kerzel (Blue Yonder)
When? 5th of Febraury; 10:15 a.m.
Where? Building B4 1, Room 0.26

Abstract: Data science incorporates varying elements and builds on techniques and theories from many fields, including mathematics, statistics, data engineering, pattern recognition and learning, and high performance computing with the goal of extracting meaning from data and creating data products. Whereas a traditional data analyst may look only at data from a single source – a CRM system, for example – a data scientist will most likely explore and examine data from multiple disparate sources. The data scientist will sift through all incoming data with the goal of discovering a previously hidden insight, which in turn can provide a competitive advantage or address a pressing business problem. A data scientist does not simply collect and report on data, but also looks at it from many angles, determines what it means, then recommends ways to apply the data. A major goal of data science is to make it easier for others to find and coalesce data with greater ease. Data science technologies impact how we access data and conduct research across various domains, including the biological sciences, medical informatics, social sciences and the humanities.

Petition for the future of the Saarland University


Petition against the foundation of „Business School Saarland“ as a vocational university and for the safety of a widespread academic base education

The recommendation from the economic board to establish a „Business School Saarland“ is a wrong track, which we definitly decline. It is destroying the chances for our future and for the Saarland. We vigorously demand the preservation of economic science at the university as a unity from the University of Saarland. Based on the current economic development of the Saarland there will be radical budget cuts in the near future. The first victim of this policy seems to be the Universities of Saarland especially the law and economics facilities! We speak against this mayhem of the study opportunities from the Saarland and urge that these budget cuts will not be first made at the education!

SS 2013

Within this seminar, relevant topics concerning structural equation models (LISREL, PLS) and their application in empirical research will be discussed from the perspective of empirical research as well as of statistic modeling and analysis.

Empirical work with methods derived from psychology and sociology became a central research paradigm in several fields of economic research. An increasing number of scientific publications utilizes basic as well as complex methods of empirical research and statistical modeling and evaluation. In the context, the examination of latent variables is of great interest, which enables analyzing cognitive factors and hidden social factors that cannot be observed directly.

Master or Ph.D. students can participate in the seminar. Please, registrate via ISS eLearning platform until 28.02.2013. The first preliminary discussion will take place at 18.03.2013, 2 p.m. in room 2.03 in building A5 3. The number of participants is limited to 6 - 10 students. The course will take place weekly, every Monday from 2-4 p.m. in room 2.03 in building A5 3.

Guest lecture "Kundenorientierte Serviceleistungen im Multi-Channel Marketing und Vertrieb bei Villeroy und Boch"

23rd of January, 2013

Speaker: Thomas Ochs (CIO Villeroy & Boch AG)
When? 23rd of January, 2013, 10:15 a.m.
Where? Building B4 1, Room 0.24

In diesem Vortrag skizziert Hr. Thomas Ochs, verantwortlich für das konzernweite Informationsmanagement im V&B Konzern Ansatzpunkte und Konzepte in welcher Form Produkte, Dienstleistungen und Prozesse besser am Markt sowie differenziert an Kundengruppen ausgerichtet werden konnten. Durch die Nutzung verschiedener Vertriebs- und Kommunikationskanäle spielt die Ausgestaltung der betriebswirtschaftlichen Softwareanwendungen wie z.B. dem CRM System, der Web Präsenz (B2B, B2C) oder der Filiallösung im eigenen Einzelhandel eine wesentliche Rolle. Anhand der beispielhaften Darstellung neu entstandener bzw. erweiterter interner und externen Serviceangebote wird der Mehrwert transparent dargestellt.

Guest lecture "Modeling and Solving Real World Optimization Problems - Are Educational, Scientific and Industrial Needs Compatible?" as part of EuI

8th of January, 2013, 02:00 P.M.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Josef Kallrath (BASF SE)
When? 8th of January, 2013, 02:00 P.M.
Where? Building B4 1, Audimax

Dieser Vortrag soll ein Gefühl für die Anforderungen geben, welche für das Lösen von realen Entscheidungen oder Optimierungsprobleme mit Hilfe der Mathematischen Programmierung notwendig sind. Dazu gehören fortgeschrittene Modellierungsmethoden, algebraischen Modellierungssprachen und die Fähigkeit, maßgeschneiderte Methoden zu entwickeln.

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Guest lecture "Projekte mit SAP BI: Best Practice und Integration aktueller Produktentwicklungen" as part of MIS I

22nd of January, 2013

Speaker: Herr Enns, Managing Consultant bei der Infomotion GmbH
When? 22nd of January, 2013, 08:30 a.m.
Where? Building B4 1, Room 0.05

Herr Enns, Managing Consultant bei der Infomotion GmbH, wird in seinem Vortrag "Projekte mit SAP BI: Best Practice und Integration aktueller Produktentwicklungen" über

  • Realtime BI mit SAP Hana
  • Integration von Business Objects und
  • Best Practice in SAP BI Projekten


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Bei Fragen wenden Sie sich an Christian Gasper (c.gasper@mis.uni-saarland.de).

19th of December, 2012

Speaker: Benjamin Brüser (Manager of "Emmas Enkel")
When? 19th of December, 2012, 10:15 a.m.
Where? Building B4 1, Room 0.24

Abstract In diesem Vortrag berichtet der erfolgreiche Jungunternehmer Benjamin Brüser, Gründer des Start-Ups "Emmas Enkel", dass sich die Konzepte eines klassischen Online-Shops und des altbekannten Tante Emma Ladens nicht gegenseitig ausschließen, sondern kombinieren lassen. Er gewährt einen Eindruck in sein entwickeltes Konzept des zeitlosen Einkaufs, welches klassischen Handel und e-Commerce erfolgreich miteinander verbindet. Neben der Vorstellung des Konzeptes "Einkaufen 3.0" am Beispiel des Düsseldorfer Ladengeschäfts gibt Benjamin Brüser Einblicke in die Vorteile des Cross-Channel-Konzepts.