Second place in Austria and placed in ranking group 201-250 worldwide: Information and Communications Engineering achieves major success in THE Ranking 2022

The THE Ranking 2022 represents the first time that the University of Klagenfurt has also been ranked in the field of “Engineering”. Being ranked second among Austrian universities at the first attempt is due in no small part to the outstanding research achievements of the scientists and the field’s high degree of internationality. The relatively young Faculty of Technical Sciences is confident in maintaining its chosen course – and continues to reach for the stars.

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Teams of robots that don’t run out of energy

Let’s imagine a large region affected by an earthquake that needs to be combed for missing persons. Because buildings remain at risk of collapsing, this is a task that is particularly well-suited to robots. Micha Sende addressed this kind of scenario in his doctoral thesis.

“What is special about this is that all the robots have the same role, in other words, no-one acts as coordinator,” Micha Sende explains. His research focuses on energy autonomy, asking questions such as: How much energy do I have left? How much energy do I still need to complete a specific task? How long can I continue to work, and when do I need to recharge? Which charging station should I head for, and which one is free at the moment?

When asked what makes this task rather complex, Micha Sende answers: “A robotic lawnmower or a robotic vacuum cleaner have a comparatively easy job. They know the territory and they usually work alone, not in a team.” Moreover, they do not have to work in an optimised way, i.e. a few extra laps around the living room are usually quite acceptable. But when it comes to searching for missing persons, it is essential that the robots work as quickly and efficiently as possible and that no breakdowns occur.

Above all, the scenario involving several robots and several charging stations had not yet been extensively researched, Micha Sende continues. At this point he also mentions electric cars: Here too, relatively little research has been undertaken to date.

Micha Sende has recently completed his doctorate. Most of the work was carried out at the computer using simulations; towards the end, the scenarios were also tested using real robots. Micha Sende is currently working as a member of the research team at the neighbouring Lakeside Labs GmbH.

Micha Sende first came to Villach as part of his industrial internship for his diploma degree and later he landed a doctoral position in Christian Bettstetter’s research group at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems. “Self-organising systems appeared especially captivating, which is why I focused on this area,” he tells us. He describes their advantage: “By relying on self-organisation, we can build fully functional systems that can no longer be controlled from the outside due to their complexity.”

A few words with … Micha Sende


What motivates you to work in science?
The freedom to work on topics that are not precisely defined in advance and that can yield exciting insights.

Do your parents understand what you are working on?
Yes, by and large. Of course, they don’t understand the highly technical details.

What is the first thing you do when you get to the office in the morning?
I fetch myself some fresh water and check my emails.

Do you take proper holidays? Without thinking about your work?
While I was working on my doctorate, I was never able to relax entirely, there was always something working at the back of my mind. Now that’s done, I can switch off completely. Even a weekend can sometimes feel like a full holiday.

What makes you furious?
Aggressiveness, injustice and thoughtlessness by people towards fellow human beings, animals and nature.

And what calms you down?
Taking a deep breath and thinking rationally.

Who do you regard as the greatest scientist in history and why?
I was particularly fascinated by Alan Turing during my studies. He developed the computer in theory long before it was feasible to consider its technical implementation.

What are you afraid of?
In general, I am very optimistic and don’t tend to feel afraid. Nevertheless, I make sure I follow simple safety measures to minimise risks.

What are you looking forward to?
The tranquillity and challenge that comes with alpine sports.

Best Paper Award RuleML+RR 2021

The paper by Haya Majid Qureshi and Wolfgang Faber “An Evaluation of Meta-reasoning over OWL 2 QL” has won the Best Paper Award in the 5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning (RuleML+RR 2021).

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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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Unterstützung beim Aufbau der LV “Security Lab”

Voraussetzungen: Prüfungsaktivität, ausgezeichnete Programmierkenntnisse (Java und Python) und fundierte Kenntnisse der Systemsicherheit (“Hacking- Erfahrung” von Vorteil, aber Interesse daran ist ein MUSS)

Beschäftigungsausmaß: 8h/Woche für den Zeitraum November 2021 bis inkl. Jänner 2022

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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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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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Praxissemester der KELAG

Der Kelag-Konzern schreibt mehrmonatige Praxissemester aus:

  • Datenanalyse im Bereich Workforce Management (02/2022 bis 07/2022)
  • DevSecOps in der Softwareentwicklung (02/2022 bis 07/2022)
  • E-Business (02/2022 bis 08/2022)
  • E-Mobilität (02/2022 bis 07/2022)
  • Energiehandel (02/2022 bis 07/2022)
  • Glasfaser-Planung (02/2022 bis 07/2022)
  • IT-Controlling (02/2022 bis 07/2022)
  • Prozesse, Daten und Digitalisierung (02/2022 bis 07/2022)
  • Risikomanagement (04/2022 bis 06/2022 (VZ), 07/2022 bis 12/2022 (TZ))
  • Technologiemanagement im Telekommunikationsbereich (02/2022 bis 07/2022)
  • Technologietrends in der modernen IT-Welt (02/2022 bis 07/2022)

 

Bewerbungen bitte ausschließlich über das Online-Bewerbertool auf www.kelag.at/studienpraktikum.

 

Ende der Bewerbungsfrist ist der 21. November 2021!

 

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Doc.funds Students attending Austrian Stochastic Days in Leoben

Corona makes it very difficult to participate in live conferences these days, but fortunately the 9th Austrian Stochastics Days took place at the University of Leoben on September 9 and 10, 2021.

The four doc.funds PhD students, Iris Rammelmüller, Verena Schwarz, Kathrin Spendier & Iryna Vasylieva, attended the conference and took the opportunity to hear interesting talks from colleagues in stochastics and to present their own research.

Kathrin Spendier gave a talk entitled: Convergence of the tamed-Euler-Maruyama scheme for SDEs with discontinuous and polynomially growing drift.

Enthusiastic about exchanging ideas with other researchers, making contacts and learning from them, the young female scientists are working towards being back next year at the 10th Austrian Stochastics Days (in Vienna) to present their scientific results.

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