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Gaining an insight into the economy and industry was a necessary requirement for a further scientific occupation with future developments in the field of information technology." After completing his studies at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) with his thesis on "Computer Integrated Manufacturing for Small and Medium-Sized Companies", Wolfram Wöß set up a CIM system for a medium-sized business enterprise. He took this project as a starting point for his scientific career at the Institute for Application Oriented Knowledge Processing (FAW) in order to write his dissertation (PhD) on "Conception of a Rule-Based System for Product Data Management in CIM" and later, to habilitate at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.
Simultaneously, he managed joint projects with the Sisters-of-Mercy-Hospital (Krankenhaus Barmherzige Schwestern) in Linz, AMS-Engineering in Hagenberg, the construction company PORR in Salzburg, and also worked on a semi-automatic window-production project for Actual Machine Construction LTD in Linz.

"To my mind, the development of new technologies is closely linked to its usefulness for people." Apart from teaching at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Wolfram Wöß supervises numerous graduate and PhD students working on focal research areas such as intelligent information systems, integrated information systems, semantic information integration, ontologies, knowledge-centered systems, information engineering, data modeling, data quality in information systems, business intelligence, data warehouses, data mining, text mining, and e-business systems.

"Particularly the exchange of knowledge at an international level requires a great deal of creativity and innovative capacities." As author and lecturer, Wolfram Wöß has already been able to attract attention to the JKU at many international conferences, especially as he continually works as a reviewer for international journals and conferences. In addition, he was not only the chairman of the DaWaK (International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery) in Prague and Zaragoza in 2003 and 2004, but also chaired and organized the International Workshop on Web Semantics and Web Intelligence as part of the DEXA (Database and Expert Systems Applications) in the years 2005-2013 (Copenhagen, Krakow, Regensburg, Turin, Linz, Bilbao, Toulouse, Vienna, Prague).

"The development of new technologies is a great challenge for a team of developers having a crucial influence on the success of the projects." As deputy head of the FAW, Wolfram Wöß managed a subproject within the framework of the Austrian-wide research project Austrian Grid, which dynamically and seamlessly connects hardware resources, software infrastructure, databases and special devices (for instance from the areas of information and communications technology, medical science, astronomy) as well as people in order to create virtual organizations.

In cooperation with Oberösterreich Tourismus Technologie Ltd. Wolfram Wöß was responsible for specifying the requirements concerning the Tourism Information System Upper Austria, the conceptual design of the tourism information system, and the evaluation of existing tourism information systems and various application service providers. The objective of the project was to create an interoperable tourism information management system that partially integrates existing and new software and that facilitates an efficient, central information system to be used by current as well as future-oriented communication channels. System partners are businesses, tourism offices, regions, and national tourism organizations.

With higher manufacturing demands, also those of the quality management arise. As a result of a higher production rate, potentially more faulty products could be produced, especially if the time between the fault causation in the product development process and the fault elimination in the production is not decreased. A shortest possible reaction time is crucial to minimize follow-up costs. Wolfram Wöß with his team supports the quality management division of BMW Motoren (engines) Ltd. Steyr (Austria), BMW's largest engine production and competence center for diesel engine development, leveraging this optimization potential and therefore continuing delivering best possible quality in the case of an increasing production volume. Concepts and methods are developed in order to be able to establish a correlation between delivered products and manufacturing data rapidly and target-oriented.
Based on data mining methods deficiency reports are analyzed and critical trends are detected. Afterwards it is possible to incrementally identify the critical technical engine modifications that may have caused the faults. Beside diesel engines the system Q-AURA (quality, abnormality and case analysis) in addition considers the gas engine production and analysis as well as evaluation features are rolled out to further BMW engine production locations.

"Implementing new ideas in a way that people benefit from them — this is the focus of interest for a scientist!"