The Digital Business laboratory (Service d'Informatique de Gestion-SIG) at HEC, the management school of the University of Liege, is lead by Pr. Michaël Schyns. About 12 people work in this lab: researchers, developers, 3D artists and internship students.
We have three missions: Education, Research and Services to society.
Our focus is on:
Optimization of business processes thanks to decision aid techniques (OR and Machine Learning)
Technologies for managers (with a special focus on Virtual Reality)
Computer science for managers.
Pr. Schyns teaches computer sciences and data analytics at HEC, the Management school of the University of Liège. He also leads the domain of specialisation "Digital Business" for Business Engineers. This special program is an integrated curriculum which delivers two master degrees in three years: one in Business Engineering and one in Computer Sciences. He teaches not only at the master degree level but also works with companies and other bodies (e.g. Jobs@Skills) to deliver continuous education to professionals. Beside traditional approaches, new ways of learning are considered. Pr. Schyns is deeply involved in the creation of virtual reality environments for training and education.
Official link to the University directory with a list of my current courses.
Description of the Digital Business curriculum.
Main courses and topics:
- Computer sciences in 2nd year (Bachelor 2): e-commerce, PhP, DBMS
- Computer sciences in 3rd year (Bachelor 3): algorithmic in C++ and Java, applied business cases
- Business analytics in 4th year (Master 1): Advanced spreadsheet (Excel), Data visualisation and dashboards (Power BI), Machine Learning (with SAS Enterprise Miner certification).
- Enterprise Resource Planning (SAP certification).
Introductory lecture on Digital Business (April 2016):
We are interested by applied research with a direct impact on companies. We love to work with real data on real problems in partnership with real firms. Our team of researchers, with the help of our developers, performs advanced scientific research in the global field of (innovative) decision aid. Pr. Schyns obtained a PhD in Operations Research with a focus on combinatorial optimization. Beside, his first (scientific) love since studying for his master degree in computer science is Machine Learning. In addition, we believe in new technologies and are interested to measure the added-value of some digital techniques (AR/VR, IoT, 3D printing, Digital Twins...) on business processes.
We are interested by many topics but we have a special interest in air transportation and logistics. ASLB at Liege Airport is one of our main partners. Read also our publication page!.
We are part of a larger research group named QuantOM (Quantitative Methods in Operations Mangement). The main focus in on Supply Chain Management and Logistics. This group is itself a sub-group of HEC-Research. Pr. Schyns is the current lead (2020) of the research domain of excellence "Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics" of HEC.
The mission of HEC Liège is to foster real-life education and research in economics and management for the benefit of our local community and the wider society. The SIG-Digital Business Unit wants to contribute significantly to this mission. We love to face challenges from companies and the society and we do our best to perform research and developments with a real impact. We have collaborations with many companies and many departments in many domains (air transportation, logistics, psychology, health sector...) based on our research work in Operations Research, Machine Learning and Digital Technologies. ... We received several awards delivered by professionals in air transportation for our researches on "Weight and Balance" and our team won the WeCargo Liege Airport Hackathon in 2019 (dollies management).
Pr. Michaël Schyns
14, rue Louvrex