Web and Information System Engineering

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    Pleinlaan 2

    1050 Brussels


Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The WISE lab is a research unit of the department of Computer Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It was founded in 1998 by Prof. dr. Olga De Troyer. Currently WISE comprises the research activities of Prof. Dr. Olga De Troyer and Prof. Dr. Beat Signer.

Over the years, the focus of the research evolved from traditional web and information systems to innovative and intelligible information systems. 

Broadly speaking, the research topics are divided into three tracks:

  • Design & Development

In this track we investigate innovative and intelligent engineering methodologies for the rapid prototyping and efficient realization of the systems in an interdisciplinary context. For this, we consider, among others, domain-specific as well as visual modeling languages.  There is a strong emphasis on conceptual modeling, semantics, and reasoning on designs. We also develop reusable software frameworks, development tools, and end user authoring tools.

  • Human Interaction

The research in this track concentrates on innovative and intelligible human-computer interaction for information systems. This includes multimodal and multi-touch interaction, as well as tangible interaction, interactive paper, virtual reality and augmented reality. Furthermore, we investigate intelligent context adaptivity and personalization of the interaction, as well as persuasive techniques, gamification and serious games.

  • Innovative and Intelligent information processing

This track includes research topics such as large-scale data analytics, visual analytics, and information visualization, as well as research on specific information processing applications, such as document engineering, personal information management, e-learning, and serious games.

Read more on the website of the Web and Information Systems Engineering Lab.


  • Web 2.0
  • Information Systems
  • personalization
  • Web applications
  • Localization
  • Semantic database design
  • Semantics
  • Serious Gaming
  • Accessibility
  • data visualization
  • Ontologies
  • data physicalization
  • User Interface design
  • WSDM
  • Conceptual Modeling
  • Virtual Reality
  • Web Engineering
  • multi-modal interaction
  • e-learning
  • gamification
  • visual analytics
  • learning analytics
  • persuasive techniques


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