More artificial intelligence for smart meters

Intelligent electricity meters offer insights into smart homes – benefiting the residents. Where older people live alone, their electricity consumption data can be used to determine whether they are in good health. They can also help us to reduce the risk of high electricity bills. As a doctoral student at the DECIDE doctoral school, Hafsa Bousbiat is researching models that make optimal use of the new possibilities.

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*Best Performer Award* for Univ.-Ass. Dipl.-Ing. Kathrin Spendier

The Faculty of Technical Sciences would like to honor the outstanding performance of Kathrin Spendier during her studies in Klagenfurt.

On 16 September 2020 she got awarded with the *Best Performer Award* for her great performance during her master’s studies.

Since then Kathrin Spendier continues her great work as a University Assistant and PhD student at the Department of Statistics. We are proud to have her in our team.

Department of Statistics at the Austrian Stochastics Days 2020

Live conferences are very rare those days, but luckily, the 8th Austrian Stochastics Days took place at the University of Graz on September 10 and 11, 2020.

Four members of the Department of Statistics attended the conference and seized the opportunity to listen to interesting talks by colleagues working in stochastics mainly in Austria and to present their own research.

Michaela Szölgyenyi had the honour to give the plenary talk with the title: Stochastic differential equations with irregular coefficients: mind the gap!

Maximilian Arbeiter gave a talk with the title: Pollutant dispersion simulation using a stochastic particle model

ICS – Keynote Speech and Work Presentation at TIME 2020

From 23th to 25th September the 27nd edition of the “International Symposium on Temporal Representation and Reasoning (TIME)” takes place.

As one of the keynote speakers O.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johann Eder was invited to talk about “Time and Business Process Management: Problems, Achievements, Challenges.”

Univ.-Ass. Dipl.Ing. Marco Franceschetti and O.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Eder even presented their current work about “Negotiating Temporal Commitments in Cross-Organizational Business Processes.”


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Robots set to learn how to provide better assistance during surgery

Minimally invasive surgery has many advantages for patients and surgical teams, such as shorter recovery times, lower post-operative complication rates, higher patient acceptance rates and increased cost efficiency. One key area here is interventional radiology, where external imaging equipment is used to guide the surgical instruments through the body. Robots can support in this task. However, those who believe that robots “operate” independently are (as yet) mistaken: The robot systems available today are pure tele-operators or mere assistants for holding and targeting tools; that’s all they can do. Now, a research project led by the University of Klagenfurt wants to explore additional advantages of “operating robots” and increase their autonomy when it comes to supporting surgeons. Read more

Doctoral degree (PhD) for Konstantin Posch

On September 8, 2020 Konstantin Posch successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Regularization of Statistical Models with a Focus on Bayesian Methods”.

Congratulations to our young colleague for his excellent research and contribution in the field of Bayesian Statistics.

Senior Scientist with PhD (f/m/d) – Information and Communication Systems

The Information and Communication Systems Research Group (ICS) is looking for a Senior Scientist with PhD.
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Autonomous robots to inspect and maintain ship hulls and storage tanks

Some 56,000 ships weighing in excess of 500 tons are currently sailing the world’s oceans. For now, their maintenance is carried out by a high number of personnel: The cleaning of a ship’s hull currently takes about eight days and costs between 100,000 and 200,000 euros. The project “BugWright2 Autonomous Robotic Inspection and Maintenance on Ship Hulls and Storage Tanks” financed by EU-HORIZON2020 aims at developing autonomous technical solutions.

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The man who calculates the future

Under which conditions can mathematics be used to calculate how many and which animals will live where, how viruses will spread, and how strong our economic performance will be tomorrow? Christian Aarset has developed mathematical models that allow us to calculate the future. He recently completed his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Christian Pötzsche. 

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Processing large amounts of data efficiently: Creating new technologies for the computing continuum

“We can provide the scientific community and industry with the infrastructure they need to calculate large amounts of data quickly”, Dragi Kimovski, Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Technology, explains. In a recent conversation he told us what scientists and experts like him can offer the fields of medicine and physics as well as other areas.

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