Visualizing Opportunities of Collaboration in Large Research Organizations

  • Mohammad Amin Yazdi
  • André Calero ValdezEmail author
  • Leonhard Lichtschlag
  • Martina Ziefle
  • Jan Borchers
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9751)


In order to support interdisciplinary collaboration in a large organization, providing opportunities to meet new collaborators is essential. Besides offline approaches (e.g., conferences, colloquia, etc.) data driven and online approaches can be considered. Using the publication data and the additional profile information of researchers on a scientific portal, we try to support the process of uncovering opportunities for collaboration. For this purpose we develop a visualization that focuses on revealing potential co-authors that are a good fit according to track-record and profile information. In a design study we present the result of an iterative user-centered design process – a novel prototype and its evaluation. Overall, our visualization was able to inform researchers about valid collaboration opportunities while at the same time effectively conveying organizational information. Our prototype showed a high usability and loyalty score (SUS=82.5, NPS=40).


Design study Interdisciplinarity Visualization collaboration Recommender system 



The authors thank the German Research Council DFG for the friendly support of the research in the excellence cluster “Integrative Production Technology in High Wage Countries”. This work was funded in part by the German B-IT Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Amin Yazdi
    • 1
  • André Calero Valdez
    • 2
    Email author
  • Leonhard Lichtschlag
    • 3
  • Martina Ziefle
    • 2
  • Jan Borchers
    • 3
  1. 1.RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Human-Computer Interaction CenterRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  3. 3.Media Computing GroupRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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