Open Topics


The Workflow Systems and Technologies Group offers topics for bachelor and master theses as well as Master Praktikum. The following list contains a number of current suggestions for topics.

To discuss one of those or any other topic in this research field, please contact the particulary named supervisor.

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Master thesis topics

 

Supervision Univ.-Prof. Dr. Maria Leitner

Topic: Visualizations in business simulation games

Goal: Business simulation games/cyber exercises are a method to convey and test competencies and skills. The goal of the thesis to develop visualizations for cyber exercises that support organizers, observers and participants throughout the exercise.

Number of students: 1

Recommended requirements: Advanced programming skills.

Supervisor: Maria Leitner (maria.leitner@univie.ac.at)  


Topic: Sustainable business simulation games  

Goal: The goal is to develop a business simulation game to achieve sustainability.

Number of students: 1

Recommended requirements: Advanced programming skills.

Supervisor: Maria Leitner (maria.leitner@univie.ac.at)  

 

Bachelor theses topics


Supervision Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erich Schikuta

Topic: Interactive Process Visualization of Correlation Based Customer Journey Processes in the Tourism Domain

Goal: Implementing an interactive data visualization tool which shows processes and findings based on correlations. An already trained model by using machine learning technologies of a data set from the tourism domain is provided. The trained model contains correlations based on visited pages from a touristic web application and environmental data (weather) for a given period of time and location.

The trained model has to be used for discovering process models and for showing findings by filtering weights, combining different features and post processing the weights and features (e.g., calculating probabilities). These discovered processes and findings have to be visualized on a web interface by using the functional programming language Elm. There is a special focus on usability and interactive visualization methods.

Recommended/Required Competences: Elm + PostgreSQL + Python

Number of Students: 1

Remarks: Marian Lux (marian.lux@univie.ac.at, Contact)
co-supervised by Erich Schikuta

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Topic: Extension/Improvement of Smart Media Presenter

Goal: The Smart Media Presenter is a tool for the presentation of media resources, specifically slide shows. It allows for the creation, management, and running of presentations of images (and videos). The tool was developed as part of a Bachelor thesis.

Goal of this project is on the one hand to extend the existing tool by further functionality, as image editing, sound support, automatic mode enabling etc. and on the other hand the development of an add-on for the batch creation and management of presentations.

Recommended/Required Competences: JS + Electron

Number of Students: 1

Remarks: This work builds up on a existing tool which shows some deficiencies.

Supervisor: Erich Schikuta (erich.schikuta@univie.ac.at)


Topic: Simulation of player motion in football using positional data

Goal: Validating various algorithms to predict the 2D motion of football players using spatio-temporal data. They are used to estimate parameters like the maximum reachable area of a player during a specific period of time, the lowest amount of time a player needs to reach a specific location or a player's "dominant region".

The work is mostly focused on designing and implementing an evaluation routine for given models of 2D motion. Additionally, there is the option to improve or design new models with increased efficiency and/or accuracy.

An alternative step would be to adapt existing models to answer more sophisticated questions like predicting the movement of a player given soccer-specific situational variables.

Recommended/Required Competences: Python (+ some affinity for football may help)

Number of Students: 1

Supervisor: Erich Schikuta (erich.schikuta@univie.ac.at)

Co-Supervisor: Jonas Bischofberger (jonas.bischofberger@univie.ac.at)

Resources:

Efthimiou, C. J. (2021). The Voronoi Diagram in Soccer: a theoretical study to measure dominance space. arXiv preprint arXiv:2107.05714. arxiv.org/abs/2107.05714 Martens, F., Dick, U., & Brefeld, U. (2021). Space and Control in Soccer. Frontiers in sports and active living, 3, 676179. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8322620/


Topic: Rule-based event detection in football positional data

Goal: Detection of simple actions like passes, shots and dribbles using 2D spatio-temporal data of the players and the ball. These events are an essential building block of more complex quantitative analysis in football.

The topic builds on an existing rule-based pass detection algorithm. The goal is to design and implement an algorithm to identify shots and dribbles in positional data and to differentiate them from passing events.

A simple, flexible rule-based algorithm is desired, but using machine learning is also an option. The implemented model(s) will be validated to reveal their accuracy and efficiency.

Recommended/Required Competences: Python (+ some affinity for football may help)

Number of Students: 1

Supervisor: Erich Schikuta (erich.schikuta@univie.ac.at)

Co-Supervisor: Jonas Bischofberger (jonas.bischofberger@univie.ac.at)

Resources:

Morra L., Manigrasso F., Canto G., Gianfrate C., Guarino E., Lamberti F. (2020). Slicing and Dicing Soccer: Automatic Detection of Complex Events from Spatio-Temporal Data. In: Campilho A., Karray F., Wang Z. (eds) Image Analysis and Recognition. ICIAR 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12131. Springer, Cham. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-50347-5_11

Khaustov V., Mozgovoy M. (2020). Recognizing Events in Spatiotemporal Soccer Data. Applied Sciences. 10(22):8046. doi.org/10.3390/app10228046


 

Topic: WineCellar as a Service

Goal: Design and development of an information system for the administration and the management of a wine cellar. Hereby a thorough market analysis and comparison of available competing systems and their functionality has to be done. Based on these results and customer interviews a list of requirements has to be defined. Specific emphasis has to be laid on the system architecture allowing for a service oriented / cloud-based approach. The functionality of the application to be developed has to cover all important workflows for wine cellar management, as

  • wine inventory and cellar location management,
  • wine purchase,
  • personal wine information handling (querying, commenting, etc.),
  • wine web resource (information and purchase options) crawling, etc.

Specific focus has to be laid on usability and responsive design.

Recommended/Required Competences: MS PowerApps, MS Excel

Number of Students: 1

Supervisor: Erich Schikuta (erich.schikuta@univie.ac.at, Contact)

Remarks: -


Supervision Univ.-Prof. Dr. Maria Leitner

Topic: Digital Twins in Industry 4.0

Goal: Automation is essential in many business processes in manufacturing and others. The goal of the thesis is to implement realistic digital twins for business process automation that can be managed by workflow systems.

Number of students: N

Recommended requirements: Advanced programming skills.

Supervisor: Maria Leitner (maria.leitner@univie.ac.at)  


Topic: Security testing of workflow systems

Goal: The goal is to assess workflow systems systematically in risks and security. Standard procedures or methodologies should be applied (e.g. OWASP, etc.)

Number of students: 1

Recommended requirements: Advanced programming skills.

Supervisor: Maria Leitner (maria.leitner@univie.ac.at)  


Topic: Diversity management in cyber exercises 

Goal: The goal of the thesis is to assess how diversity management can be integrated into cyber security exercises. This includes the design and enactment of business processes but also the definition of key performance indicators. 

Number of students: 1

Recommended requirements: Advanced programming skills.

Supervisor: Maria Leitner (maria.leitner@univie.ac.at)  


Topic: Privacy in business processes 

Goal: The goal of the thesis is to develop an perspective-view and approach to privacy in business processes. The results are implemented in an available workflow system

Number of students: 1

Recommended requirements: Advanced programming skills.

Supervisor: Maria Leitner (maria.leitner@univie.ac.at)  


Topic: Privacy for end users 

Goal: The goal of the thesis is to develop a qualitative study on privacy for end users for a specific use case (e.g. health care apps).  .

Number of students: 1

Recommended requirements: Advanced programming skills.

Supervisor: Maria Leitner (maria.leitner@univie.ac.at)  


Topic: Systematic Literature Reviews

Goal: While systematic literature reviews have become a common method in academia, the software to support this method is still missing. The goal of the thesis is to develop a proof of concept that supports the process.

Number of students: 1

Recommended requirements: Advanced programming skills.

Kitchenham, B., Brereton, O. P., Budgen, D., Turner, M., Bailey, J., & Linkman, S. (2009). Systematic literature reviews in software engineering–a systematic literature review. Information and software technology, 51(1), 7-15.

Supervisor: Maria Leitner (maria.leitner@univie.ac.at)