About WISE

The Web & Information Systems Engineering (WISE) Laboratory is a research unit of the department of Computer Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. WISE is headed by Professor Dr. Olga De Troyer and Professor Dr. Beat Signer.

The activities of WISE concentrate on innovative information systems, such as next generation web applications,  context-aware applications, and mixed-media information spaces, as well as human-computer interaction aspects for those systems, such as interactive paper, cross-media solutions or multimodal and multi-touch interaction. We develop new engineering methodologies, tools and software frameworks for the rapid prototyping and efficient realization of these innovative information environments.

There is a strong emphasis on conceptual modeling and design, semantics, reasoning on designs, adaptation and personalization, localization and globalization, accessibility, and usability in general. Important technologies used in this context are Semantic Web technologies, Web 2.0 technologies, ontologies, graphical and visual design languages, domain specific modeling languages, and design patterns.

Important application domains are Web applications, augmented and virtual reality, data physicalisation, serious games, and e-learning.