BISC Seminar Announcment, May 13th, 4-5pm, 310 Soda

Frank Hoffmann (fhoffman@cs.berkeley.edu)
Thu, 13 May 1999 15:20:47 +0200 (MET DST)

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Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
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B I S C S e m i n a r A n n o u n c e m e n t
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Tourist information Systems and Potential Applications of Fuzzy Reasoning
and Soft Computing

Speaker :
Hannes Werthner

TU Wien, Austria
E-mail: hannes.werthner@univie.ac.at

Date: Thursday, Mai 13th, 1999
Time: 4-5pm
Location : 310 Soda Hall

Abstract

Information Technology and tourism have a challenging relationship. IT
played an important role in the history of tourism: already in the 60s
airlines developed Computerized Reservation Systems, which were one the
first world-wide computer networks, to cope with the increasing volume of
passengers. These systems became the Global Distribution Systems (CRS/GDS)
of today, the main distribution channel in travel and tourism. Today
tourism is among the most important applications in the WWW, with
increasing trend. This explains the appearance of new companies in the
tourism industry, positioning themselves as new intermediaries in the
electronic tourism market.
The presentation starts with a description of the current situation,
followed by an outlook into the future, focusing on the emerging electronic
market place. As next the destination based information and reservation
system TIScover will be described, focusing on some lessons learned during
the development and operation of the system. Finally, open issues in the
domain of IT and tourism, including soft computing, will be discussed,
based on the result of an IFITT workshop.

Hannes Werthner is Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics,
Operations Research and Computer Science at the University of Vienna. He
studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Vienna, where he
received his Ph.D. He was Schrödinger Scholar of the Austrian Science
Foundation and visiting professor at the Technical University of Milan and
the University of Trento, Italy. His research interests include decision
support systems, simulation, and design of (Web based) information systems,
especially in the field of tourism. He was twice chairman of the ENTER
Conference on information and communication technologies in tourism and
played a key role in developing the concept and design of the Tyrolean
Information System (TIScover). He was member of the Strategic Advisory
Board of EU - DG XIII for Telematics Application for Transport and Related
Services and Rapporteur of the related Think Tank for the field IT and
Tourism. At present he is member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the
Information Society Technologies (IST) program of the 5th Framework Program
of the EU. He also acts as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Information
Technology and Tourism - Applications - Methodologies - Techniques. He is
also the President of the International Federation for IT and Tourism
(IFITT).

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Frank Hoffmann                               UC Berkeley
Computer Science Division                    Department of EECS
Email: fhoffman@cs.berkeley.edu              phone: 1-510-642-8282
URL: http://http.cs.berkeley.edu/~fhoffman   fax:  1-510-642-5775
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