“I enjoy thinking logically.”

Melanie Siebenhofer likes to delve into complex mental challenges and hunt for the structure that lies behind various problems. The mathematician is currently working on her doctoral thesis which focuses on optimisation.

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The dexterity and delicacy of robots

Hubert Zangl conducts research on sensors: The aim is to allow robots to cooperate more effectively with humans in the future, but also to equip them with “environments enhanced with perception”.

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National debt and economic literacy in uncertain times

Economic events affect each and every one of us, yet many people regard economic issues as an impenetrable “black box”. Martin Wagner, Professor of Economics at the University of Klagenfurt, sheds light on the much-debated topic of national debt and stresses the importance of increased economic literacy.

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Robots as surgical assistants

Today, robotic systems are little more than assistants used to hold and aim surgical tools. A research team led by Jan Steinbrener and Stephan Weiss at the University of Klagenfurt is looking to develop new technological options to support surgeons in their work.

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Deploying autonomous robots to maintain ships’ hulls

Cleaning a ship’s hull currently takes around eight days and costs between 100,000 and 200,000 Euros.  A research team that includes Stephan Weiss and Jan Steinbrener from the Department of Smart Systems Technologies aims to use autonomous robots for this task.

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The maximizing human being

Paul Schweinzer, a micro-economist at the Department of Economics, is unable to say how happy the human species is and whether progress makes people happier. By focusing on the things that are most essential, however, he can calculate how to maximise the welfare of a society.

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Concerns about the provision of care

There is room for improvement in the psychological and psychiatric care of children and adolescents, both in this country and elsewhere, as Wolfgang Wladika, chief physician at the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of Childhood and Adolescence and Heather Foran, professor at the Department of Health Psychology, both agree.

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Shaping future communication today

Bottom-up and top-down: Blending the methodological approaches of two scientific communities, Andrea Tonello and his team at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems are creating powerful new tools that will contribute to providing novel forms of communication in the future.

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People need other people

Older people – especially in rural areas – often suffer from loneliness, which can subsequently become a health problem. The INTERREG project ECARE aims to tackle social isolation with the help of new digital communication options.

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The quest for the perfect team

Theoreticians who model processes mathematically in order to identify potential for optimisation sometimes draw from unexpected sources of inspiration. Paul Schweinzer spoke to ad astra about natural phenomena and economic models.

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