On the EUROXXIV in Lisbon in July 2010, one of the import things that we did, apart from chairing our DSS stream and attending interesting sessions, was to make new contacts and also keeping up with old ones. Among many friends and research colleagues, we also met Prof. Dragana Becejski-Vujaklija from the University of Belgrade, who is a EWG-DSS member for more than 5 years by now. During our short meeting, she has informed us about the successful consequences that their 1st EWG-DSS Workshop has been providing them up to the current days. We have gladly received that information as a compliment. It is for sure very nice to notice that the efforts applied on organizing EWG-DSS meetings compensate over the years. Dragana and her collaboration team were then invited to send us a report about this “collaboration follow-up” for our Newsletter. So they promptly did. And they did it very well! It is now with great pleasure that we, the coordinators of the EWG-DSS, publish here the “success case” of research collaboration that has been established during the 2005-DSS Workshop, which Fátima Dargam has locally organized in Graz, Austria. We are very grateful to Kathrin Kirchner, Dragana Becejski-Vujaklija, and Boris Delibasic for their joint-report below.
A “Follow-up” from the Graz DSS Workshop in 2005
“In 2005, on the Joint-Workshop on Decision Support Systems, Experimental Economics & e-Participation in Graz, organized by the EWG on DSS no more than 80 participants took part. However, it was an excellent opportunity to meet people that are doing similar research and to make strong contacts. In comparison to the EURO conference, where several thousand people participate, these small workshops are very efficient with respect to contacts that can be made. At the Graz joint workshop in 2005, an excellent cooperation has been established. We suppose there are more of them, however we will only report on our experience. Prof. Dr. Dragana Becejski-Vujaklija and Dr. Boris Delibasic from the University of Belgrade (Faculty of Organizational Sciences) and Dr. Kathrin Kirchner from the University of Jena (School of Business Administration and Economics) as well as Dr. Frantisek Sudzina (Copenhagen Business School) established since that workshop a fruitful cooperation.
Since 2006 Kathrin Kirchner has given courses in Belgrade and Boris Delibasic in Jena on a yearly basis. Dragana Becejski-Vujaklija has lectured courses at the University of Jena since 2009. The faculties in Jena and Belgrade have signed a memorandum of understanding and are working together in several projects. Some joint publications have already been published (listed below). Currently, researchers from both faculties are participating in a joint project funded by the DAAD (German academic exchange service). This year, a student from Belgrade awarded three months scholarship for research in Jena. The cooperation between the two Universities is performed based on several topics. Decision Support Systems, Data Mining, Information Systems, Software Engineering and Operations Research are among them. In 2009 a Serbian delegation from the University of Belgrade visited the University of Jena and talked about possibilities of broadening this fruitful cooperation. German professors and researchers have visited Belgrade and Serbian conferences several times, and are nowadays included as respected reviewers in several Serbian Journals that are published in English.
The cooperation between Jena and Copenhagen also resulted in some joint publications. Furthermore, Kathrin Kirchner lectured at Copenhagen Business School via Erasmus program.
We are very happy we had the opportunity to meet in Graz in 2005.”
Kathrin Kirchner, Dragana Becejski-Vujaklija, and Boris Delibasic
1. Kathrin Kirchner, Boris Delibasic, Milan Vukicevic: “Designing clustering process with reusable components”, Journal InfoM, vol. 9, no. 34 (original in Serbian, abstract in English also available at http://www.infom.org.rs/brojevi/2010-34.htm )
2. Boris Delibasic, Kathrin Kirchner, Johannes Ruhland: “COMPONENT-BASED SOFTWARE FOR CLUSTERING IN DATA MINING – A PROTOTYPE IN MATLAB, SymORG 2010”, XII International Symposium Conference Proceedings, Zlatibor, Serbia, 2010.
3. Delibasic B, Kirchner K, Ruhland J (2008) Pattern language – A Novel Facilitator for Data Mining, IFORS, Operations Research Society of South Africa,page 71
4. Delibašić, B., Kirchner, K., Ruhland, J. (2008) A Pattern-Based Data Mining Approach, Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Applications, Springer, p. 327-334. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-78246-9_39, ISBN: 978-3-540-78239-1
5. Delibasic B, Kirchner K, Ruhland J, Jovanovic M, Vukicevic M (2009) Reusable components for partitioning clustering algorithms, Artificial Intelligence Review 32 (1), p 59-75. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10462-009-9133-6, ISSN: 0269-2821
6. Kirchner, K., Delibašić, B., Vukićević, M. (2010) Designing the data mining process with reusable components (in Serbian), infoM 34, p. 23-29.UDC 004.89:004.738.5, ISSN: 1451-4397.
7. Delibašić B, Kirchner K, Ruhland J (2010) Component-based software for clustering in data mining – A prototype in Matlab, In Proceedings of the 12th SYMORG conference, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Zlatibor, Serbia. ISBN: 978-86-7680-216-6
8. Kirchner K, Delibasic B, Jovanovic M, Vukicevic M, Ruhland J (2010) WhiBo – A platform for component-based design of partitioning cluster algorithms, In Proceedings of the 24th conference EURO, Association of European Operational Research Societies