Special Issue "Trends of Data Science and Knowledge Discovery"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Big Data and Augmented Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Carlos Filipe Da Silva Portela
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Founder & CEO of IOTech; Information Systems and Technologies, Algoritmi Research Centre, University of Minho, 4800 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: knowledge discovery; data science; progressive web apps; research and development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In a world even more digital, the importance of data in our lives is significantly increasing, and new approaches and solutions arise everywhere in different formats and contexts. Data science (DS) is an interdisciplinary field that combines various areas, including computer science, machine learning, math and statistics, domain/business knowledge, software development, and traditional research. As a research topic, DS applies scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from structured and unstructured data.

Knowledge discovery (KD) is the basis of data science and consists of creating knowledge from structured and unstructured sources (e.g., text, data, and images, among others).

Trending topics like gamification, chatbots and blockchain, among others, are taking advantage of using data science and knowledge discovery to improve their solutions and create emerging and pervasive environments.

This Special Issue is an excellent opportunity to provide scientific knowledge and disseminate the findings and achievements through several communities. It will discuss trends and new approaches in this area and present innovative solutions to show the importance of data science and knowledge discovery to researchers, managers, industry, society, and other communities.

Dr. Carlos Filipe Da Silva Portela
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Applied data science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data
  • Blockchain
  • Business intelligence
  • Chatbots
  • Data analytics
  • Data mining, text mining and image mining
  • Expert systems
  • Gamification
  • Intelligent data systems
  • Machine learning
  • Pervasive data
  • Smart cities

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Implementation of a Virtual Assistant for the Academic Management of a University with the Use of Artificial Intelligence
Future Internet 2021, 13(4), 97; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13040097 - 13 Apr 2021
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Currently, private universities, as a result of the pandemic that the world is facing, are going through very delicate moments in several areas, both academic and financial. Academically, there are learning problems and these are directly related to the dropout rate, which brings [...] Read more.
Currently, private universities, as a result of the pandemic that the world is facing, are going through very delicate moments in several areas, both academic and financial. Academically, there are learning problems and these are directly related to the dropout rate, which brings financial problems. Added to this are the economic problems caused by the pandemic, where the rates of students who want to access a private education have dropped considerably. For this reason, it is necessary for all private universities to have support to improve their student income and avoid cuts in budgets and resources. However, the academic part represents a great effort to fulfill their academic activities, which are the priority, with attention on those interested in pursuing a training programs. To solve these problems, it is important to integrate technologies such as Chatbots, which use artificial intelligence in such a way that tasks such as providing information on an academic courses are addressed by them, reducing the administrative burden and improving the user experience. At the same time, this encourages people to be a part of the college. Full article
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