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CANCELLED – Colloquium with Richard T. Watson

November 22, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Faculty of Computer Science, University of Vienna, Seminarraum 7 (SR 7)

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the lecture had to be cancelled.

The Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Vienna cordially invites you to Richard T. Watson’s talk on “Theory Research exchange (T-Rex) project”.


Theory Research exchange (T-Rex) project


Scientific progress requires building upon many exponentially expanding foundations, and this massive combinatorial problem of synthesizing ideas across manifold publications needs a more efficient and effective methodology and supporting technologies. While citation indices and Google Scholar provide researchers with a wisdom of the crowd (Surowiecki, 2004) perspective and accelerate the discovery of possibly pertinent research, these approaches do not encode knowledge, and scholars have to read the results of their search and extract the core knowledge. The failure to digitally encode knowledge inhibits the growth of many fields, including IS.

Casual and process models are the core of knowledge and the foundation of scientific reasoning (Pearl and Mackenzie 2018). In Information Systems research, causal models are depicted in more than half of the more influential published articles in MIS Quarterly. The T-Rex project is developing a new approach and supporting technologies that enable researchers to code the causal and process models in publications as graphs and extract and synthesize ideas from the extant literature exhaustively and speedily. See Song, Y., Watson, R. T. & Zhao, X. Literature Reviewing: Addressing the Jingle and Jangle Fallacies and Jungle Conundrum Using Graph Theory and NLP.  International Conference on Information Systems, 2021 Austin, TX.


  • Richard T. Watson

About the Speaker

Richard Watson is a Regents Professor and the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He is a former President of the Association for Information Systems. For about a decade, he was Research Director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society of Information Management and a visiting researcher at the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) in Gothenburg.

Professor Watson has published over 200 journal articles and written books on electronic commerce, data management, and energy informatics. His most recent book is Capital, Systems, and Objects. His work has been accepted by leading academic and practitioner journals and has been translated into several languages. Dr. Watson has given over 300 invited presentations to practitioners and academics in more than 30 countries, including conference keynotes on six continents. He was educated at the University of Western Australia (BSc, Dip. Comp), Monash University (MBA), and the University of Minnesota (PhD).

Covid 19 Regulations

  • Wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory in all public areas of the University of Vienna.
  • Wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory in closed rooms/indoor areas, unless all persons present are PCR-tested, vaccinated or recovered.
  • Presentation of a valid proof of admission (2.5G: PCR-tested, vaccinated, recovered)
  • Persons expected to be at the venue for more than 15 minutes must provide their name, phone number and email address.

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