Archive for the 'projects' Category

Centennial of HEC Lausanne

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) is celebrating its centennial in 2011 under the overarching theme of Responsible Management. All year long, special conferences, debates and publications will showcase the teaching, research and knowledge production which takes place at the Faculty.

The centennial of HEC here

Privacy in mobile context-aware services

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

(2009 – )

This project (Pervacy) will address the challenges posed by the advent of mobile pervasive services in terms of privacy. In particular, special attention will be given to challenges related location-based information manipulated by such services. From a conceptual perspective, the project will consider issues along three complementary angles, namely a distributed systems angle, a software engineering angle and a mobile business angle. From a practical perspective, the project will aim at producing a software platform that will allow end-users to control the privacy of their personal information themselves, and that will help developers to build pervasive location-based services that support such user-oriented privacy control. Futhermore, the services provided by the platform will be illustrated with a demonstration application, in the area of mobile tourism.

Doctoral thesis
Boris Fritscher, Computer Aided Business Model Design and Innovation

Research grants
Funded by the Nokia Research Center, Lausanne

Requirements for coopetition project

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

(2008 – 2011)

Information Technology (IT) departments are under pressure to deliver business value to their organization. There is a need for RE methods that enable engineers to align IT system requirements with the business value expected by the organization. This is becoming ever more complicated with the emergence of complicated business models where the barriers between competitors, suppliers and customers are torn down through the use of IT systems and globalization. Ever more stringent regulations in all types markets are also changing the value proposition expected by companies and public sector organizations. Business-oriented RE methods have only emerged in recent years and much work remains to be done. This proposal seeks to research methods for modeling and simulating these new business models, analyze the value that IT systems can provide and define requirements for these IT systems. The modeling and analysis are based on the inclusion of game theory and system dynamics models within existing business oriented RE methods.

Doctoral thesis
Riccardo Bonnazi, Designing a compliance support system

Research grants
Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number xxx.
Prime contractor is EPFL – LAMS lab (Prof. Alain Wegmann)

Compliance management project

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

(2008 – 2010)

This research aims at improving the information systems management support to Risk and Compliance Management process and/or value chain for financial industry, specifically in an networked context. Compliance Management is the management of all compliance imperatives that impact an organization, including both legal (SOX, Basel II, MiFID …) and strategically self-imposed imperatives (mission statements, codes, standards, guidelines, etc.). Currently there is no application framework and open ontology on the market integrating multiple external service providers in the compliance management context.

Doctoral thesis
Lotfi Hussami, title to be defined.

Research grants
University of Lausanne

Chinese software industry project

Monday, January 1st, 2007

(2006-2009)

The new economy and the globalization trends have brought the new need for an increased international cooperation in the sector of software engineering. The SoftCust project is divided into 2 phases with clear milestones and deliverables. The main goal of this pro ject is to develop a methodology for customizing, securing and commercializing Swiss original software applications on the Chinese market through 4 selected software cases. A SoftCust network will be initialized to achieve software engineering expertise transfer. With a positive result of the SoftCust project, the knowledge-based network should continue to operate. Finally, it should be transferred into a Sino-Swiss association for software business promotion in the Chinese market.

Doctoral thesis
Gang Fang, The configuration and performance of international innovation network : some evidence from Chinese software industry (February 2009).

Research grants
Project «Sino Swiss Software Customization Network (SoftCust)» funded by the Swiss Confederation’s innovation promotion agency (CTI/KTI), whose the main contractor is the Technology University of Sierre.

Cases in IS

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

(2006 – 2007)

“Cases in Information Systems – CasIS” (previously known as FOIS1 for Managers) intends to put the participants through an initial (online) test, which provides the basis for a customized set of e-learning modules to level the prior knowledge of the participants. Using online preparation modules, consisting of newly produced modules as well as of reviewed and adapted FOIS modules, the acquisition of declarative knowledge is being transferred from classroom teaching to online learning. Moreover, case study work will be supported by multimedia case studies, giving the students a very realistic scenario. Students get addtional resources like methods and analysis tools. There will, thus, be more time for working on case studies, discussions with experts, and to answer the participants’ questions in the classroom. Specifically, “Cases in Information Systems – CasIS” proposes to (1) develop online preparation modules by re-using and adapting e-learning modules on information systems (IS) developed for bachelor students within the SVC projects FOIS and OPESS2 to the requirements of master programs (both for university and executive academic education) as well as developing new e-learning preparation modules, (2) develop e-learning modules for the case study work and (3) investigate methods for dynamic online assessment and customization of learning units. In addition, “Cases in Information Systems” tests the technical, organisational, and didactic processes that are needed to adapt eonline material produced for Bachelor education to the requirements of master education.

Our contribution deals with the Ticketcorner case study.
See the case study website (ticketcorner)

Research grants
Funded by the Swiss Virtual Campus (CSV).

Prediction market project

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

(2005 – 2010)

The main ob jective of the research will be to design and operate an idea market for assessing the emergence and the evolution of mobile technologies. This recent innovation suggests transferring the tools and methods for trading commodity and financial futures to futures markets for ideas. Such electronic markets trade on propositions whether events will occur, have applications to decision-making, and has proven itself to be an accurate predictor of future events. The price of an idea aggregates believes that the proposition will be realized.

Doctoral thesis
Cedric Gaspoz, Predictive markets for assessing RandD portfolio (June 2010)

Research grants
Project «Idea futures market for MICS technology foresight (MarMix)» of the National Competence Center in Research on Mobile Information and Communication Systems (NCCR MICS), a center supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number 5005-67322
(Phase II).

see a video (in French) on vimeo

m-payment project

Thursday, January 1st, 2004

(2003-2007)

The objective of this research is to assess the possible disruptive innovation of m-payment in Switzerland using a multi-actor multi-criterion framework. Firstly, a disruptive analysis is conducted to detect a possible sliding from the current payment cards initially introduced by financial institutions to the newly designed mobile payment schemes involving mobile phones and supported by mobile operators. Secondly, another analysis intends to observe a possible switch from an integrated market driven by dominant actors to a more or less self-organized market where mobile payment solutions are offered by intermediaries and new-comers.

Doctoral thesis
Jan Ondrus, A multi-actor multi-criterion analysis of m-payment, May 2007.

Research grants
Leading the individual pro ject ”Wireless e-business models and scenario planning” of the National Competence Center in Research on Mobile Information and Communication Systems (NCCR MICS), a center supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number 5005-67322.

m-business project

Tuesday, January 1st, 2002

(2001- 2006)

This research aims at designing a theoretical framework or information system to assess the evolution of the m-business, the role of new technology such as ad hoc networks, and the business models of the different stakeholders. Based on this framework, this research also plans a technology assessment of the m-business which should detect and analyze the eventual disruption caused by ad hoc networks. This framework and this assessment should also be used to suggest a scenario approach for analyzing, forecasting, and simulating the uncertain evolution of the mobile business.

Doctoral thesis
Giovanni Camponovo, Conceptual Models for designing information systems supporting the strategic analysis of technology environments, June 2006.

Research grants
Leading the individual pro ject ”Wireless e-business models and scenario planning” of the National Competence Center in Research on Mobile Information and Communication Systems (NCCR MICS), a center supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number 5005-67322.

Business model project

Monday, January 1st, 2001

(2000-2004)

This research aims at developing an ontology or framework for e-business models. By merging the conceptually rich business model approach with the more rigorous ontological approach and by applying it to e-business, we achieve an appropriate foundation for tools that would allow the understanding, sharing and communication, change, measuring and simulation of e-business models.

Doctoral thesis
Alexander Osterwalder, “The business model ontology : a proposition in a design science approach”, February 2004 (Prix Prophyrogenis).

Research grants
Leading, with Eric Dubois (CRPHT, Luxembourg), the project ”Business/IT alignment (TG5)” of the European Union project ”Interoperability Research for Networked Enterprises Applications and Software” (Interop), under grant number FP6-508011.

International workshops, organized, with published proceedings :
– Workshop on business/IT alignment (BUSITAL), at the Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAISE), Luxembourg, June 2006, with Carson Woo (UBC)
– International workshop on business/IT alignment and requirement engineering, (REBNITA), at the IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference (RE), Paris, August 2005, with Eric Dubois (CRPHT, Luxembourg).