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Best paper award for work on swarmalator systems

Working together in the FWF project “Self-organizing synchronization with stochastic coupling”, Udo Schilcher, Jorge Schmidt, Arke Vogell and Christian Bettstetter co-authored the publication “Swarmalators with stochastic coupling and memory”. This paper won the Karsten Schwan Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organising Systems (ACSOS) on 30 September 2021, a prize that recognises the best paper presented at the conference.

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Cloud computing power moves closer to the device: cooperation between the University of Klagenfurt and Ericsson Austria on edge computing

More and more devices send, receive and process data across multiple industry segments: For example, to enable cars to communicate quickly and directly with each other and with the road infrastructure in the future, we need edge computing and the infrastructure of the new 5G mobile communications technology. Research on this topic is proceeding at full speed all over the world. In Austria, Ericsson Austria and the University of Klagenfurt have now joined forces to raise awareness of the importance of future technology and to contribute to its success.

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Self-evaluation tool for teachers: How well do I teach?

When it comes to evaluating the teaching of teachers externally, there are many challenges for everyone involved. However, a self-assessment tool can provide teachers with valuable feedback on the quality of their teaching without openly questioning their abilities. Elisa Reci, a doctoral student at the Department of Informatics Didactics at the University of Klagenfurt, has developed a platform for this specific purpose.

“We need clearly defined standards for different quality levels, and we have been working on these together with experienced teachers,” Elisa Reci tells us, offering a basic explanation of the tool she has developed as part of her doctoral thesis. These precise criteria have now been modelled and incorporated into an online tool that is available to all teachers. “We want to support teachers in reflecting on their teaching and making it even better. This means that the teachers learn: How good am I? And how good do I want to be?”, she goes on to explain.

Originally from Albania, Elisa Reci, who completed her Bachelor’s degree with distinction, came to Klagenfurt for her Master’s degree in Informatics. When she returned to her native country, she spent three years working as a lecturer at the university and as a computer science teacher at a secondary school. “I became very aware that we are struggling to get enough young people interested in computer science, both at school and at university”, Reci tells us. Elisa Reci attributes the hesitancy in choosing to study computer science to the quality of computer science teaching, among other factors: “Ultimately, how well the teaching goes depends on the teacher and their motivation.”

Elisa Reci originally designed her model for computer science classes. However, it soon became apparent that it was also very suitable for other subjects and could generally be a useful support for all teachers, whether they work at the university, in schools, in further education or in other educational sectors.

Elisa Reci returned to the University of Klagenfurt as a predoc scientist and doctoral student and has devoted the past four years at this university to her research. She has already presented her model and the platform at several conferences and in scientific journals, and it has generated a lot of interest. Her contract at the University of Klagenfurt recently came to an end. For now, Elisa Reci wants to stay in science: “I would like to continue my research as a postdoc scientist and am currently looking around to see what opportunities are opening up.”

Visit the self-evaluation platform: https://team-iid.aau.at/welcome

A few words with … Elisa Reci


What motivates you to work in science?

We can all hope for a better future if the generations of tomorrow are well-educated. This motivates me to seek out new ways to improve education.

Do your parents understand what you are working on?

Yes, they do.

What makes you furious?

Injustice.

And what calms you down?

A smile and a hug from someone with a good heart. Every kind gesture motivates me to fight for and demand a better world.

Who do you regard as the greatest scientist in history and why?

I think that every discipline has its important scientist, as each contributes to different areas of life. I would like to single out medicine, as it has the protection of human life at its core.

What are you looking forward to?

To keep working on what I love.

Research team from the University of Klagenfurt tests Mars helicopter in the desert of Israel

The fact that the Mars helicopter “Ingenuity” is currently exploring the Red Planet is partly due to navigation technology co-developed by Stephan Weiss, Professor of Control of Networked Systems at the University of Klagenfurt. Three of his doctoral students are now scheduled to take part in the AMADEE-20 Mars mission simulation organised by the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) from 4 to 10 October 2021, where they will collect data in the Negev Desert in Israel in order to further refine the helicopter.

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PLACE TO BE. WÖRTHERSEE.

It is a magnet for visitors from all over the world: Lake Wörthersee. It is the centre for culinary delights, joie de vivre and culture, especially in the summer. Plenty of highlights await you a mere 900 steps from the University of Klagenfurt.

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Flavours of the South (Part 2)


Do you fancy a culinary expedition through Klagenfurt? We have sampled the local delights and can share a few of our most delicious tips with you. Read on to find out where to shop and where to dine out.  

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Your FIRST STEPS into university life

Choosing a degree programme and embarking on a new phase of your life is an exciting time: It’s a time of opportunities, but also of challenges. The University of Klagenfurt offers prospective students and first-semester students a wide range of guidance services.

Here, we provide important information, helpful tips and useful tricks that will help you to get your life as a student off to a good start.

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Living a mere stone’s throw from the university

Living in a community full of people and still somehow finding enough space for oneself: Hannes from Oberwart in Burgenland tells us why he chose to live in a student dorm in Klagenfurt. Read more

MONEY TALK during your time at university

Rooms in shared flats or student dorms, food and drink, clothes, books and course material, hobbies – studying costs money. Even if you are one of the lucky ones with financial support from your parents – being able to earn a bit of extra money will offer you more freedom. And there is a lot you can do.

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Flavours of the South


Fancy a culinary expedition through Klagenfurt? We have sampled the local delights and can share a few of our best tips with you.

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