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Migrant (family) businesses: Diaspora money flow and interaction between family and business?

“Family businesses are the backbone of the economy,” as Valdet Hadri, who is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Klagenfurt under the supervision of Dieter Bögenhold (Department of Sociology), explains. Valdet Hadri is interested in the unique specificities associated with migrant (family) businesses.

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The logical path (to Computer Science)

Alice Tarzariol was born in Veneto, attended the university in Udine for her Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes and then joined the University of Klagenfurt to pursue her doctoral studies. Her work on logic is attracting international attention, as illustrated by her recent success at the International Conference on Logic Programming, where she won the Best Student Paper Award. We spoke to her about her path to Computer Science.

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Using robots to inspect and clean ships: Trials involving Wörtherseeschifffahrt vessels

Cleaning the hull of a container ship currently takes around eight days and costs between 100,000 and 200,000 euros. A team including researchers at the Department of Smart Systems Technologies aims to use autonomous robots for this task. Trials are currently underway on Lake Wörthersee.

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Bitmovin and the University of Klagenfurt start €3.3million climate-friendly video streaming platform research project ‘GAIA.’

Bitmovin, a leading provider of video streaming infrastructure, and the University of Klagenfurt announced they will collaborate on a two-year joint research project worth €3.3million to develop a climate-friendly adaptive video streaming platform called ‘GAIA’. The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) will co-fund the project, providing an initial €460,000 in funding for the first year. 

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Belonging

In her doctoral thesis, Julia Katharina Kubelka asks people where they belong and what belonging means to them. She believes that the question is especially pertinent at a time when (political, social and personal) belonging is at the centre of public debate more than ever before.

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Women and men equally act as barometers for the future of their relationship

Researchers studying mixed-sex relationships have long believed that women have a more acute sense for shaping and predicting future relationship satisfaction. However, this assumption has never been subjected to thorough investigation. An international research team has now analysed the data gathered in two large studies and has reached the following conclusion: There is no difference between the sexes. In both men and women, current satisfaction has an equal influence on future relationship satisfaction.

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Using mathematics and statistics to build a 3D image of a factory

The BMW Group production network comprises over 30 production sites worldwide. To date, there is no digital record of precisely where each machine is located or where a sprinkler system is suspended from the ceiling. As part of her doctoral thesis project, Christina Petschnigg headed to BMW in Munich to develop a methodology capable of implementing this digitalisation. She has now completed her doctoral studies and is putting her expertise to good use at Infineon in Villach.

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Processing vast amounts of data: New research project for greater energy efficiency

New superlatives have reached the information technology sector: Big Data is being replaced by Extreme Data. Developers face the challenge of managing so-called “massive graphs”, i.e. enormous quantities of information and links between information nodes. All of this consumes huge amounts of energy. Researchers in a new EU Horizon project are working on a holistic model to address the current challenges.

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University of Klagenfurt joins Huawei Seeds for the Future programme as new partner university

The University of Klagenfurt has joined the Seeds for the Future Programme for the first time this year. This format allows Huawei to promote the networking of cultures and international cooperation in our increasingly digitalised world. Intercultural understanding and knowledge are the keys to success. With the “Seeds for the Future” programme, Huawei wants to promote precisely this and this year the corporation invites young IT talents from the University of Klagenfurt to apply for the programme.

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Algorithms and the law: When the state comes in the form of an algorithm

Public service broadcasting has a statutory mandate. This includes a certain level of diversity in its programming. The shift to digital formats combined with the use of recommender systems can jeopardise this diversity. Can a recommender system tuned for diversity step in and recommend alternatives? Nikolaus Poechhacker is a researcher and lecturer who works in the research group “Digital Culture” at the Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC). He focuses on the interface between society, law and technology.

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