Dirk Burkhardt

Dirk Burkhardt
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Dipl.-Inf.

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Introduction
Dirk Burkhardt is senior research at the Human-Computer Interaction & Visual Analytics group and scientific-technical fellow at the Research Center for Applied Informatics at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. His research is focused on Semantic Web technologies, in particular User-Centered and User-Adaptive Intelligent Semantics Visualization and Big Data Analytics solutions. Furthermore, he researches on Process-Adaptive Solutions in Business Analytics.
Additional affiliations
April 2018 - present
Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Description
  • https://vis.h-da.de
September 2017 - June 2022
Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • https://fbi.h-da.de
September 2017 - September 2021
Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • https://fzai.h-da.de
Education
September 2004 - December 2008
Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz
Field of study
  • Computer Science

Publications

Publications (82)
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The policy making process in public authorities is nowadays usually an offline process. ICT is just very conservatively used, which also limits the inclusion of citizens' opinions. In difference the ICT sector consists of a rapid development in the area of eParticitpation and also in data-storing approaches and visualizations. But today it is hard...
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Laws or in general legal documents regulate a wide range of our daily life and also define the borders of business models and commercial services. However, legal text and laws are almost hard to understand. From other domains it is already known that visualizations can help understanding complex aspects easier. In fact, in this paper we introduce a...
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The awareness of emerging technologies is essential for strategic decision making in enterprises. Emerging and decreasing technological trends could lead to strengthening the competitiveness and market positioning. The exploration, detection and identification of such trends can be essentially supported through information visualization, trend mini...
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A variety of new technologies and ideas for businesses are arising in the domain of logistics and mobility. It can be differentiated between fundamental new approaches, e.g. central packaging stations or deliveries via drones and minor technological advancements that aim on more ecologically and economic transportation. The need for analytical syst...
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The upcoming initiatives using ICT in the government process should strengthen the benefit of e-government in most countries. Since e-government among other e-related terms is a widely (interpreted) term, it is sometimes challenging to understand the objective and goals of an initiative. Therefore, in this chapter, the authors introduce and explain...
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The awareness of emerging trends is essential for strategic decision making because technological trends can affect a firm’s competitiveness and market position. The rise of artificial intelligence methods allows gathering new insights and may support these decision-making processes. However, it is essential to keep the human in the loop of these c...
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Collaborative European Research Conference (CERC 2020) at Ulster Unviersity – Belfast, Northern-Ireland, September 10-11, 2020, https://www.cerc-conf.eu. Proceedings are online under: http://CEUR-WS.org/Vol-2815/
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Die visuelle Projektion von heterogenen (z.B. Forschungs-)Daten auf einer 2-dimensionalen Fläche, wie etwa einem Bildschirm, wird als Datenvisualisierung bezeichnet. Datenvisualisierung ist ein Oberbegriff für verschiedene Arten der visuellen Projektion. In diesem Kapitel wird zunächst der Begriff definiert und abgegrenzt. Der Fokus des Kapitels li...
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Visual Analytics enables a deep analysis of complex and multivariate data by applying machine learning methods and interactive visualization. These complex analyses lead to gain insights and knowledge for a variety of analytics tasks to enable the decision-making process. The enablement of decision-making processes is essential for managing and pla...
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Analytical Reasoning by applying machine learning approaches, artificial intelligence, NLP and visualizations allow to get deep insights into the different domains of various stakeholders and enable to solve complex tasks. Thereby the tasks are very heterogenous and subject of investigation in the different areas of application. These tasks or chal...
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The rapid change due to digitalization challenge a variety of market players and force them to find strategies to be aware of developments in these markets, particularly those that impact their business. The main challenge is what a practical solution could look like and how technology can support market players in these trend observation tasks. Th...
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Scientific publications are an essential resource for detecting emerging trends and innovations in a very early stage, by far earlier than patents may allow. Thereby Visual Analytics systems enable a deep analysis by applying commonly unsupervised machine learning methods and investigating a mass amount of data. A main question from the Visual Anal...
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In the domain of mobility and logistics, a variety of new technologies and business ideas are arising. Beside technologies that aim on ecologically and economic transportation, such as electric engines, there are also fundamental different approaches like central packaging stations or deliveries via drones. Yet, there is a growing need for analytic...
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Simulation is recognized as a suitable tool for sociotechnical systems research. But the variety and complexity of sociotechnical systems often leads to the need for distributed simulation solutions to understand them. Models that are built for infrastructure planning are typical examples. They combine different domains and involve variety of simul...
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Mobility, transportation and logistics are more and more influenced by a variety of indicators such as new technological developments, ecological and economic changes, political decisions and in particular humans’ mobility behavior. These indicators will lead to massive changes in our daily live with regards to mobility, transportation and logistic...
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Visual Analytics provides with a combination of automated techniques and interactive visualizations huge analysis possibilities in technology and innovation management. Thereby not only the use of machine learning data mining methods plays an important role. Due to the high interaction capabilities, it provides a more user-centered approach, where...
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The awareness of market trends becomes relevant for a broad number of market branches, in particular the more they are challenged by the digitalization. Trend analysis solutions help business executives identifying upcoming trends early. But solid market analysis takes their time and are often not available on consulting or strategy discussions. Th...
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Through coupling of Data Mining, Visual Analytics and Business Analytics techniques, we created a novel solution for strategic market analysis with focus on early trend recognition. As fundament, we are able to consider a variety of text data, as for instance research publications available from a number of (open access) digital libraries, reports...
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26 selected full papers and 13 short papers (extended abstracts) of the Collaborative European Research Conference (CERC 2019) at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences – Darmstadt, Germany, March 29-30 2019, https://www.cerc-conf.eu. Proceedings are online under: http://CEUR-WS.org/Vol-2348/
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Mobility, logistics and transportation are emerging fields of research and application. Humans’ mobility behavior plays an increasing role for societal challenges. Beside the societal challenges these areas are strongly related to technologies and innovations. Gathering information about emerging technologies plays an increasing role for the entire...
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The impact of the electromobility has next to the automotive industry also an increasing impact on the transportation and logistics domain. In particular the today’s starting switches to electronic trucks/scooter lead to massive changes in the organization and planning in this field. Public funding or tax reduction for environment friendly solution...
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"The awareness of market trends becomes relevant for a broad number of market branches, in particular the more they are challenged by the digitalization. Trend analysis solutions help business executives identifying upcoming trends early. But solid market analysis takes their time and are often not available on consulting or strategy discussions. T...
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"Virtual and augmented reality (VR / AR) applications have successfully overcome the critical part of the Gartner curve. Investments are made and new products entering the economy. However, a very small percentage of society have also heard about AR glasses, mainly linking these with potential identity threats and personal data breaches. The author...
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Interactive visualization and visual analytics systems enables solving a variety of tasks. Starting with simple search tasks for outliers, anomalies etc. in data to analytical comparisons, information visualizations may lead to a faster and more precise solving of tasks. There exist a variety of methods to support users in the process of task solvi...
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Visual information search systems support different search approaches such as targeted, exploratory or analytical search. Those visual systems deal with the challenge of composing optimal initial result visualization sets that face the search intention and respond to the search behavior of users. The diversity of these kinds of search tasks require...
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Politische und gesellschaftliche Prozesse werden durch Informationen sehr stark geprägt, wie auch die jüngsten Ereignisse aufzeigen. Diese Informationen können, trotz enormer Fortschritte, nicht immer aus den sehr großen, heterogenen und verteilten Daten entnommen werden. „Big Data“ stellt somit auch in der öffentlichen Verwaltung eine immer größer...
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A new approach for classifying users’ search intentions is described in this paper. The approach uses the parameters: word frequency, query length and entity matching for distinguishing the user's query into exploratory, targeted and analysis search. The approach focuses mainly on word frequency analysis, where different sources for word frequency...
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Policy design requires the investigation of various data in several design steps for making the right decisions, validating, or monitoring the political environment. The increasing amount of data is challenging for the stakeholders in this domain. One promising way to access the “big data” is by abstracted visual patterns and pictures, as proposed...
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Information visualization is strongly related to human perception, human behavior, and in particular human interaction. It is a discipline that focuses on human to enable him gathering insights, knowledge, and solving various and heterogeneous tasks. The human-centered characteristic of information visualization requires valid and proper user studi...
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The visualization of the simulation results must be done in conformity with beneficiaries perception and professional domain understanding. It means that right data must be identified before. Semantic technologies provide new ways for accessing data and acquiring knowledge. The underlying structures allow finding information easier, gathering meani...
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E-Participation and the engagement of citizens in politics are on the agenda in many countries. Therefore, a number of project and programs were initiated that aim at finding creative and effective solutions for involving citizens. One intended aspect is the provision of transparency that enables citizens to analyze socio-economical indicators and...
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Abstract Goal definitions and developments are challenging in large-scale projects, because of the different expertise and skills of the stakeholders. Development often fails its intended goal because of misunderstandings and unclear definitions and descriptions during the planning phase. The paper describes a novel approach to collecting requireme...
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The early awareness of new technologies and upcoming trends is essential for making strategic decisions in enterprises and research. Trends may signal that technologies or related topics might be of great interest in the future or obsolete for future directions. The identification of such trends premises analytical skills that can be supported thro...
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Problem identification and solution finding are major challenges in policy modeling. Statistical indicator-data build the foundation for most of the required analysis work. In particular finding effective and efficient policies that solve an existing political problem is critical, since the forecast validation of the effectiveness is quite difficul...
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The process to develop sustainable public policies is done by public authorities ensuring the involvement of all stakeholders. ICT is rarely included in most of the today's applied policymaking processes. Other process definitions with a focus on ICT inclusion in policy modeling still exist, but they are not well defined. This chapter gives an over...
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The purpose of this chapter is to outline an advanced policy lifecycle, the FUPOL model with its ability to link technical features in the area of policy modeling. The FUPOL Policy Lifecycle is based on 6 stages, which are further divided into 8 main tasks. These main tasks are split up into 19 subtasks to provide a very detailed policy lifecycle s...
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The upcoming initiatives using ICT in the government process should strengthen the benefit of e-government in most countries. Since e-government among other e-related terms is a widely (interpreted) term, it is sometimes challenging to understand the objective and goals of an initiative. Therefore, in this chapter, the authors introduce and explain...
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The visual analysis of social media data emerged a huge number of interactive visual representations that use different characteristics of the data to enable the process of information acquisition. The social data are used in the domain of policy modeling to gather information about citizens’ demands, opinions, and requirements and help to decide a...
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Adaptive visualizations reduces the required cognitive effort to comprehend interactive visual pictures and amplify cognition. Although the research on adaptive visualizations grew in the last years, the existing approaches do not consider the transformation pipeline from data to visual representation for a more efficient and effective adaptation....
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Commonly, data used in public authorities are statistical data about certain indicator. Such valid kind of data allows an objective observation about indicator developments over time. In case of a significant deviation from the normal indicator level, it is difficult to understand the reasons for upcoming problems. In our paper we present an approa...
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Public authorities normally consider statistical data about indicators in their decision makings. Such valid kind of data allows an objective observation about indicator developments over time. In case of a significant deviation from the normal indicator level, it is difficult to understand the reasons for upcoming problems. In this article we pres...
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This paper compares the E-Participation roadmaps of industrial and developing countries, based on Germany and Kenya as representatives. Therefore, the ICT roadmap of each country is described in a clear shape and with representative E-Participation projects of each country. Based on the projects, the comparison is performed on a categorical level i...
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Information is an indispensable resource today. Access to and interaction with information play more and more a key role, whereas the amount of accessible information increases. Semantic technologies provide new solutions to structure this important property. One promising way to access the complex semantic structures and the huge amount of data is...
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Working effectively with computer-based devices is challenging, especially under mobile conditions, due to the various environmental influences. In this paper a visualization adaptation approach is described, to support the user under discriminatory environmental conditions. For this purpose, a context model for environmental influencing factors is...
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As governments and policy makers take advantage of information and communication technologies, leaders must understand how to navigate the ever-shifting landscape of modern technologies in order to be most effective in enacting change and leading their constituents. Advanced ICT Integration for Governance and Policy Modeling builds on the available...
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The purpose of this chapter is to outline an advanced policy lifecycle, the FUPOL model with its ability to link technical features in the area of policy modeling. The FUPOL Policy Lifecycle is based on 6 stages, which are further divided into 8 main tasks. These main tasks are split up into 19 subtasks to provide a very detailed policy lifecycle s...
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The policy making process requires the involvement of various stakeholders, who bring in very heterogeneous experiences and skills concerning the policymaking domain, as well as experiences of ICT solutions. Current solutions are primarily designed to provide “one-solution-fits-all” answers, which in most cases fail the needs of all stakeholders. I...
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Policy design requires the investigation of various data in several design steps for making the right decisions, validating, or monitoring the political environment. The increasing amount of data is challenging for the stakeholders in this domain. One promising way to access the “big data” is by abstracted visual patterns and pictures, as proposed...
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The process to develop sustainable public policies is done by public authorities ensuring the involvement of all stakeholders. ICT is rarely included in most of the today's applied policymaking processes. Other process definitions with a focus on ICT inclusion in policy modeling still exist, but they are not well defined. This chapter gives an over...
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FP7 FUPOL project No.287119 (see www.fupol.eu) aims at a new approach to traditional politics modeling. The FUPOL will be able to automatically collect, analyze and interpret opinions expressed on a large scale from the Internet and social networks. This will enable governments to gain a better understanding of the needs of citizens. Likewise the s...
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ICT tools and their methods to support the policy lifecycle in urban planning have drastically changed with the emergence of social media, advanced simulation techniques, open government data, big data, opinion mining, advanced text analytics and visualization. All those components should be combined with GIS. Current ICT solutions supporting e-par...
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A major step in ICT-driven policy making is information gathering. During this phase, analysts and experts have to deal with a high number of statistical data which they use as a basis to identify problems and find appropriate solutions. This paper introduces a statistical data model to support these analysts and experts. It allows for handling the...
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Finding accurate information of high quality is still a challenging task particularly with regards to the increasing amount of resources in current information systems. This is especially true if policy decisions that impact humans, economy or environment are based on the demanded information. For improving search result generation and analyzing us...
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Nowadays there is a gap between the possibilities and the massively existing data on the one side and the user as main worker on the other side. In different scenarios e.g. search, exploration, analysis and policy-modeling a user has to deal with massive information, but for this work he usually gets a static designed system. So meanwhile data-driv...
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Nowadays daily office work consists of dealing with big numbers of data and data sources, and furthermore of working with complex computer programs. In consequence many users have problems to use such programs effective and efficient. In particular beginners have significant problems to use the programs correctly due to complex functionality and in...
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Nowadays a wide range of input devices are available to users of technical systems. Especially modern alternative interaction devices, which are known from game consoles etc., provide a more natural way of interaction. In parallel to that the research on visualization of large amount of data advances very quickly. This research was also influenced...
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This article looks at the current and future roles of information visualization, semantics visualization, and visual analytics in policy modeling. Many experts believe that you can't overestimate visualization's role in this respect.
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Current search engines present search results in an ordered list even if semantic technologies are used for analyzing user queries and the document contents. The semantic information that is used during the search result generation mostly remains hidden from the user although it significantly supports users in understanding why search results are c...
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Users have to handle a lot of information in order to fulfill their current task. For achieving an appropriate time and level of quality the users' motivation plays a key role. In this paper we present a user study which aimed to evaluate if the self-rated expertise of the subjects in their computer system skills has an impact on their task complet...
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Existing reference models for recommender systems are on an abstract level of detail or do not point out the processes and transitions of recommendation systems. However, this information is relevant for developers to design or improve recommendation systems. Even so, users need some background information of the calculation process to understand t...
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Semantically annotated data gain more and more importance in future information acquiring processes. Especially the Linked Open Data (LOD) format has already experienced a great growth. However, the user-interfaces of web-applications mostly do not reflect the added value of semantics data. The following paper describes a new approach of user-cente...
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The automatic adaptation of information visualization systems to the requirements of users plays a key-role in today’s research. Different approaches from both disciplines try to face this phenomenon. The modeling of user is an essential part of a user-centered adaptation of visualization. In this paper we introduce a new approach for modeling user...
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Searching information on web turned to a matter of course in the last years. The visualization and filtering of the results of such search queries plays a key-role in different disciplines and is still today under research. In this paper a new approach for classifying the search intention of users’ is presented. The approach uses existing and easy...
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Nowadays a wide range of input devices are available to users of technical systems. Especially modern alternative interaction devices, which are known from game consoles etc., provide a more natural way of interaction. But the support in computer programs is currently a big challenge, because a high effort is to invest for developing an application...