Sirris Attended ER 2011

The 30th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2011) took place in Brussels from October 31 until November 3. This conference covered a large range of topics related to conceptual modeling, such as methodologies and tools, UML, ontologies, business process modeling, requirements modeling, data warehousing, data mining, and business intelligence.

Elena Tsiporkova and Tom Tourwé from the Sirris Software and ICT group presented a paper in the industrial track of the conference entitled Tool Support for Technology Scouting Using Online Sources. In this paper, they describe the prototype of a software tool which supports the identification of experts by mining online resources in a bottom-up approach. They first consider data from online resources related to a specific topic of interest (e.g. conferences on business intelligence), and, based on this data, create an initial expert repository. This repository is subsequently further extended by consulting online resources like Google Scholar or DBLP. Finally, possible ambiguities in the experts' names are resolved by taking into account information from, for example, LinkedIn profiles.

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