Amancio Bouza


Amancio Bouza

Department of Informatics
University of Zurich
Binzmühlestr. 14
CH-8050 Zurich

Office: Uni Oerlikon 2.D.14

Phone: +41 44 635 67 31
Email: bouza [at]

Short bio

I received my MSc degree in computer science from the University of Zurich in 2007. Since 2007 I'm a doctoral student and research assistant in the Software Engineering Group (s.e.a.l.) and in the Dynamic and Distributed Information Systems Group (DDIS) at the University of Zurich. I am a graduate student members of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society and student member of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM).

Further, I'm member of the executive board of the alumni association of business informatics of the University of Zurich.

Research Interests

My researches focus on recommender systems specifically based on user-based collaborative filtering. The general assumption in collaborative filtering is that people that share similar ratings for common rated items will continue to do so in the future. Therefore, the computation of user preference similarities is crucial. We investigate a novel approach of user preference similarity based on modeled user preferences and semantic similarity applying Semantic Web technologies.

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 My focus is on:

  •  Collaborative Filtering
  • User similarity
  • Machine Learning
  • Semantic Web


  • Colifri - Collaborative collaborative filtering in the collaboration platform of Google Wave
  • spotting - Social Network-based location recommender system using Facebook.
  • MO - the semantic movie ontology
  • LiMo - collaborative movie database of cross-referencing movie information across Web sites
  • Location-based Recommender System - a location recommender system for bars, clubs and restaurants, KTI/CTI - Swiss Confederation’s Innovation Promotion Agency (2007 - 2009)

Professional Activities

Programm Comitee Member

  • ISWC 2009 - International Semantic Web Conference

Co-Reviewer of

  • ISWC 2008, 2009 - International Semantic Web Conference
  • ESWC 2008, 2009 - European Semantic Web Conference
  • ICSE 2008 - International Conference on Software Engineering
  • ESEC/FSE 2009 - joint meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference (ESEC) and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE)
  • ICSM 2008 - IEEE International conference on Software Maintenance
  • ASE 2008 - IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering
  • FASE 2008, 2009 - Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering
  • MSR 2009 - IEEE Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories
  • WCRE 2009 - The Working Conference on Reverse Engineering
  • MODELS 2009 - ACM/IEEE International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (formerly the UML series of conferences)
  • SC 2008, 2009 - International Conference on Software Composition
  • ASDM 2008 - IEEE International Workshop on Autonomic Service Discovery and Management


  • Internship at Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB), Enterprise Application Integration Department. Topic: Auswertungs-Implementation für Metadaten eines Operational Datastores


  • Gamelevel-Designer for Urban Terror (Q3A engine) and Doom3 (Doom 3 engine) in the Presence MEC: Measurement, Effects, Conditions project at the Department of Media Psychology & Effects at the IPMZ

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Student Advisor


  • Show abstractThomas Kaul, Building an agent for Texas Hold'em Poker based on a recommender system, 02 2011. (bachelorsthesis)
  • Show abstractMatthias Z'Brun, Online transaction platforms : implementation and multi-agent simulation of the effects of ratings and trust inferencing on online transaction platforms : a game theoretic perspective, 01 2011. (mastersthesis)


  • Show abstractThomas Maurer, Environs: visualization of recommendation clouds on the iPhone, 08 2010. (mastersthesis)


  • Show abstractTobias Bannwart, OMORE - Private, Personal Movie Recommendations implemented in a Mozilla Firefox Add-on, August 2009. (mastersthesis)
  • Show abstractReto Hodel, spotting - Realisation and Analysis of a Location Recommender System Based on Facebook, December 2009. (diplomathesis)


  • Show abstractMarc Vontobel, Purple Leaf - Evaluation of the Adoption of New Features in a Web-Based Social Network, December 2008. (bachelorsthesis)

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