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Isabelle Linden is a Professor in Information Management at the at the University of Namur (UNamur). Previously, Isabelle Linden studied Mathematics (University of Liege - ULg), Philosophy (ULg) and Computer Science (University of Namur). She got her Ph.D. in Computer Science with a thesis on temporal coordination languages. From 2001 to 2009, she was a member of the CoordiNam Team at the Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Namur and was engaged in research into coordination languages as well as expert systems. Currently, her interrest is focussed on decision support systems, information management and business intelligence.

Having a keen interest in modes of knowledge representation and reasoning, as well as the techniques to understand, formalize and structure them, Isabelle Linden is developing a research program aiming to invent and develop new methods of analysis and decision support.
At the heart of decision making are knowledge, its articulation in reasoning and the issue of its acquisition, especially when it is only available in poorly structured forms. Isabelle Linden has explored these questions in different contexts: legal texts related to estate planning and calculation of inheritance (SEPlanS and Proceplans Research Projects and the Casubel software), as well as expert knowledge for exception handling in processes of the logistic chain (BEM Project). She also studies the modeling of data-centric coordination mechanisms (Bach language) and the transformation of data into knowledge within Business Intelligence (BI) platforms.

In recent months, adopting an analytical perspective supported by interactive visualisations in dashboard-like displays, she has been questioning how novel visualisations could support and generate text analysis in a way that does not reduce the sense but preserves polysemy, evocation and intertextuality.

Areas of expertise

  • Knowledge Modeling, Acquisition and Management
  • Decision Support Systems, Business Information Systems
  • Information Management, Intelligent Systems
  • Coordination Languages and Models
  • Formal Methods and Programming Methodologies
  • Concurrent Programming and Distributed System


Ph.D. in Computer Science (FUNDP 2007)
Master in Computer Science (FUNDP 2002)
Master in Philosophy (ULg 1999)
Master in Mathematics (ULg 1995)


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Namur

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

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Research Output

30 Years of Business Intelligence: From Data Analytics to Big Data

Linden, I., 2020, (Accepted/In press) EWG-DSS 30 Years: A tour on the DSS developments over the last 30 . Springer, (LNBIP).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Collab-Net as a DSS for the Identification of Potential Partners and the Creation of Research Consortia

LINDEN, I., Turet, J., Costa, A. P. C. S., Dargam, F. C. C. & Zaraté, P., 2020, 6th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology - ICDSST 2020 on: Cognitive Decision Support Systems & Technologies. p. 67-73

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Decision Support Systems X: Cognitive Decision Support Systems and Technologies

Moreno-Jimenez, J-M. (ed.), LINDEN, I. (ed.), Dargam, F. C. C. (ed.) & Jayawickrama, U. (ed.), 2020, Springer. (LNBIP; vol. 384)

Research output: Book/Report/JournalBook

Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology: Cognitive Decision Support Systems & Technologies

LINDEN, I. (ed.), Turon, A. (ed.), Dargam, F. C. C. (ed.) & Jayawickrama, U. (ed.), 2020

Research output: Book/Report/JournalBook

Text as Semantic Fields: Integration of an Enriched Language Conception in the Text Analysis Tool Evoq®

LINDEN, I., WALLEMACQ, A., Dumas, B., Deville, G., CLARINVAL, A. & Cauz, M., 1 Jan 2020, Research Challenges in Information Science - 14th International Conference, RCIS 2020, Proceedings. Dalpiaz, F., Zdravkovic, J. & Loucopoulos, P. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 385. p. 543-548 6 p. 36. (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing; vol. 385 LNBIP).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Activities

    International Conference on Decision Support System Technology :

    Isabelle LINDEN (Organiser)

    27 May 202029 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Journées Francophones Extraction et Gestion des Connaissances

    Etienne Cuvelier (Organiser), , Isabelle Linden (Organiser), , Christian Colot (Organiser), & Monique FRAITURE (Organiser)

    27 Jan 202031 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    FOCUS Research Seminar

    Wim Vanhoof (Organiser), , Jean-Marie Jacquet (Organiser), , Manel Barkallah (Member of Organizing Committee), , Gonzague Yernaux (Member of Organizing Committee), , Pierre-Yves Schobbens (Member of Organizing Committee), , James Jerson Ortiz Vega (Member of Organizing Committee), , Moussa Amrani (Member of Organizing Committee), , Isabelle Linden (Member of Organizing Committee), & Christian Colot (Member of Organizing Committee)

    6 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Federal University of Pernambuco

    Isabelle Linden (Visiting researcher)

    4 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch/Teaching in a external institution

    Business Intelligence et Modélisation Conceptuelle de Datawarehouses

    Isabelle Linden (Speaker)

    24 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Conception et étude d'un langage de coordination

    Author: Linden, I., 2002

    Supervisor: Jacquet, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master typesMaster in Computer science


    On the introduction of time in coordination languages : semantic, expressiveness and programming methodologies

    Author: Linden, I., 2007

    Supervisor: Jacquet, J. (Supervisor), Hainaut, J. (Jury), Vanhoof, W. (Jury), BROGI, A. (External person) (Jury) & DE VINCK, E. (External person) (Jury)

    Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Sciences

    Quelques Propriétés des Faces et des Angles des Polytopes et de la Mesure des Convexes Compacts

    Author: Linden, I., 1995

    Supervisor: Lecomte, P. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master typesMaster in Mathematics