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.

The manifold job prospects were the decisive factor for Alice Tarzariol, who researches and teaches as a doctoral student and university assistant at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity at the University of Klagenfurt, leading her to opt for a degree in Computer Science. For this, Alice Tarzariol went to the Università degli Studi di Udine. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she was fascinated by the potential of artificial intelligence, bringing her to continue with a Master’s degree programme – and chose the double-degree programme jointly run with the University of Klagenfurt. “Originally, I decided to study Computer Science since it was a safe future option for me, compared for example to Mathematics. I wasn’t sure whether that would have been my path, but I knew that I would have found a good job with it even after graduating with a BA. However, the more I learned about it, the more the topic fascinated me, leading me to continue my studies”, she tells us.

Alice Tarzariol is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Klagenfurt. Her research topic is situated in the field of knowledge representation and reasoning. “Logic programming has a huge potential for expressing in an elegant and simple way configuration problems, which industries address every day in their production phases”, she explains. “However, writing an efficient logic program is not an easy thing. For this reason, in my research I apply machine learning techniques to improve the efficiency of existing programs exploiting hidden properties that are difficult to catch”. With the groundwork for her thesis firmly in place, Alice Tarzariol plans to use the remaining year to refine her work even further. Some of her papers have already been published at top conferences and in high-ranking journals – such as the International Joint Conference of Artificial Intelligence and the Machine Learning Journal. Most recently, she received the Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Logic Programming in Haifa/Israel.

Prior to embarking on her studies, Alice Tarzariol could not have imagined what the subject of Computer Science would have in store for her. “At my high school, the emphasis was mainly on the field of Economics. It was thanks to my Computer Science and Math teachers that I started to be interested in the topic; then, at the University, I got hooked on the subject and realized that Computer Science is more than programming, programming, programming”, says Alice Tarzariol, who was always very keen on the subject of Mathematics. In the meantime, she has landed where her talent can be put to best use – in the logic area of Computer Science. We ask her whether she ever found it a hindrance or indeed a benefit to be a woman studying in a field that – to this day – is dominated by men, and we are told: “I have heard of this being an issue, but in all honesty I can say: It did not and still does not have any significance for me. I have never encountered any difference and I feel fully integrated.”

Alice Tarzariol would ideally like to continue her academic career, even though this is the more difficult path and many details are unpredictable, especially due to short-term contracts. “My heart tells me that I would like to continue this adventure. Partly, because I love to teach”, she emphasises. Industry, on the other hand, offers better security and plenty of opportunities for professional development. “So far, I have always been offered interesting positions. I trust that the right thing will come along again at the right time”, Alice Tarzariol remains confident.

Decoration of Honour of the Province of Carinthia for Univ.-Prof. Gerhard Friedrich

For his special services as a professor and in particular as the longstanding Dean of the Faculty of Technical Sciences at the University of Klagenfurt, Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Gerhard Friedrich was awarded the Decoration of Honour of the Province of Carinthia by Governor Dr. Peter Kaiser on 18 July 2022 in the Mirror Hall of the Carinthian Provincial Government.

Mr Friedrich has worked persistently and highly successfully for a focus of Carinthia as an educational, scientific and business location in the field of technical sciences and digitalisation. Particularly noteworthy in this context is his great commitment in the field of artificial intelligence applications. In addition, he was able to successfully promote and expand networking between the Austrian economy and the University of Klagenfurt. Thanks to his initiative and tireless efforts, a significant expansion of the technical sciences in terms of personnel and content has been achieved, especially in the area of cybersecurity and modular robot systems.

During his tenure, among other things, the computer science workshop, the establishment of a drone hall, the establishment of the Silicon Austria Lab (SAL) and successful and promising cooperations with the research institution Joanneum Research, newly settled in Carinthia, were created. He has consistently pursued the orientation of the Faculty of Technical Sciences towards international visibility and scientific excellence, thus enabling highly gratifying results in the university rankings.

We warmly congratulate Univ.-Prof. Gerhard Friedrich!

 

Governor Peter Kaiser presents the Decoration of Honour of the Province of Carinthia to Gerhard Friedrich | Photo: LPD Kärnten/Eggenberger

Two research teams from the University of Klagenfurt remain in the running to be “Clusters of Excellence”

As recently announced by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, eleven teams have reached the final stage of selection for “Cluster of Excellence” funding. The decisions on Austria’s future beacons of basic research will be made in early 2023. The eleven consortia include the “Multi-drone Systems” cluster initiated and led by the University of Klagenfurt, as well as the “Bilateral Artificial Intelligence” project, which feature scientists from Klagenfurt on their Board of Directors.

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Trends in Recommendations Systems – A Netflix Perspective

Thursday April 7th 2022 | 05.30 pm (CET) | via Zoom

Anuj Shah, Ph. D. | Senior Machine Learning Research Practitioner at Netflix |

Click here to register for the meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvdO-gqzMiEtKOfNIgcZAZOQ8jA3i_b3Pi

 

Abstract:

Recommendation systems today are widely used across many applications such as in multimedia content platforms, social networks, and ecommerce, to provide suggestions to users that are most likely to fulfill their needs, thereby improving the user experience. Academic research, to date, largely focuses on the performance of recommendation models in terms of ranking quality or accuracy measures, which often don’t directly translate into improvements in the real-world. In this talk, we present some of the most interesting challenges that we face in the personalization efforts at Netflix. The goal of this talk is to sunshine challenging research problems in industrial recommendation systems and start a conversation about exciting areas of future research.

 

Bio:

Anuj Shah is a Senior Machine Learning Research Practitioner at Netflix. For the past 10+ years, he’s been working on an applied research team focused on developing the next generation of algorithms used to generate the Netflix homepage through machine learning, ranking, recommendation, and large-scale software engineering. He is extremely passionate about algorithms and technologies that help improve the Netflix customer experience with highly personalized consumer-facing products like the Continue Watching row, the Top 10 rows amongst many others. Prior to Netflix, he worked on machine learning in the Computational Sciences Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory focusing on technologies at the intersection of proteomics, bioinformatics and Computer Science for 8 years. He has a Ph.D. from the Computer Science department at Washington State University and a Masters in C.S. from Virginia Tech

Senior Scientist without PhD (all genders welcome)

This is a non-binding translation of an official job announcement (in German) that can be found here.

The University of Klagenfurt, with approximately 1,500 employees and over 12,000 students, is located in the Alps-Adriatic region and consistently achieves excellent placements in rankings. The motto “per aspera ad astra” underscores our firm commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all activities in research, teaching and university management. The principles of equality, diversity, health, sustainability and compatibility of work and family life serve as the foundation for our work at the university.

The University of Klagenfurt is pleased to announce the following open position at the Department
of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, employment to commence as soon as possible:

Senior Scientist without PhD (all genders welcome)

Level of employment: 75 % (30 hours/week)

Minimum salary: € 31.200,40 per annum (gross); classification according to collective agreement: B1

Limited the duration of a maternity leave

Application deadline: December 8, 2021

Reference code: 708/21

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Participation in research and teaching activities of the Information Systems research group
  • Engaged collaboration in administrative and organizational tasks of the department
  • Participation in public relations activities of the department or the faculty

In research and teaching, the Information Systems research group works on the application of AI-based intelligent systems to practical operational problems. The research group focuses in particular on the design and evaluation of recommendation systems, the application of data mining methods in business environments and personalized software services in general. The spectrum of the research activities ranges from the application of new methods of artificial intelligence to research into the effects of such information systems on their users. The Department of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity is very well networked internationally in science and industry.

Prerequisites for the appointment:

  • Completed relevant master’s or diploma studies at a university in Austria or abroad
  • Proven knowledge in computer science, especially in programming
  • Fluent knowledge of German and English in spoken and written form or willingness to acquire them within the first year of employment

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Relevant international and practical work experience
  • Social and communicative competences and ability to work in a team
  • Project experience
  • Fundamental experience with university teaching and research activities
  • Didactic experience
  • First relevant publication(s) (apart from the Master’s or diploma thesis)

Our offer:

The employment contract stipulates a starting salary of € 2.228,60 gross per month (14 times a year;
previous experience deemed relevant to the job can be recognised in accordance with the collective
agreement).

The University of Klagenfurt also offers:

  • Personal and professional advanced training courses, management and career coaching
  • Numerous attractive additional benefits, see also https://jobs.aau.at/en/the-university-as-employer/
  • Diversity- and family-friendly university culture
  • The opportunity to live and work in the attractive Alps-Adriatic region with a wide range of leisure activities in the spheres of culture, nature and sports

The application:

If you are interested in this position, please apply in German or English providing the usual
documents:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates and support letters

To apply, please select the position with the reference code 708/21 in the category “Scientific Staff” using the link “Apply for this position” in the job portal at jobs.aau.at/en/.

Candidates must furnish proof that they meet the required qualifications by December 8, 2021 at
the latest.

For further information on this specific vacancy, please contact Dietmar Jannach (Dietmar [dot] Jannach [at] aau [dot] at). General information about the university as an employer can be found at https://jobs.aau.at/en/the-university-as-employer/. At the University of Klagenfurt, recruitment and staff matters are accompanied not only by the authority responsible for the recruitment procedure but also by the Equal Opportunities Working Group and, if necessary, by the Representative for Disabled Persons.

The University of Klagenfurt aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore specifically invites qualified women to apply for the position. Where the qualification is equivalent, women will be given preferential consideration.

People with disabilities or chronic diseases, who fulfil the requirements, are particularly encouraged
to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs incurred during the application process will not be refunded.

Applied Data Science – Use Cases and Challenges in the Semiconductor Industry

Dr. Anja Zernig | KAI Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH Villach |
Friday, November 26, 2021 | 10:00 (CET, 09:00 UTC) | S.1.42

Online: https://classroom.aau.at/b/sch-xte-ijl-jdg

 

Abstract: AI has infected the world. Today, there is a huge hype around Data Science activities all over the world, where one of the biggest challenges for the industry is to deliver financial value quickly but also sustainably. In her talk, she will show some examples on latest Use Cases in the area of Data Science within the semiconductor industry, including technical approaches and practical challenges. Further, she will give some personal insights on important enabling factors that make a Data Science project successful.

 

Bio: Anja Zernig coordinates Data Science projects at KAI Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH in Villach, which is a 100% subsidiary of Infineon Technologies Austria AG. Dr. Zernig studied Technical Mathematics at the University of Klagenfurt and received her PhD in 2016. Afterwards, she has been applied as a researcher at KAI, focusing on topics like outlier and anomaly detection, pattern recognition, applied statistical methods and Machine Learning techniques. Since 2019 she is coordinating a team of Data Scientists, involved in various national and international funding projects and acts as a link between the industry and academic collaboration partners. She is supervising researchers and students, dealing with innovative data-analytical concepts within the semiconductor production, testing and optimization and publishes latest scientific insights in different conference and Journal papers. Beside this, Dr. Zernig participates in and supports local Data Science activities, e.g. she is part of the organizing team of the Women in Data Science Villach. In recent times, she is focusing on deployment strategies to guarantee sustainable Machine Learning lifecycles.

Student Assistant 20 hours/week

Job Description:

We are looking for a Student Assistant at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity (AICS) / Information Systems. The candidate will be working in collaboration with the scientific staff of the group to support their research activities. The tasks for the Student Assistant will for example include manual and automated data collection, annotation, and correction.

Requirements:

  • Must be a regular student at AAU
  • Good English communication skills
  • Able to program in Java and/or Python

Working period:

from 15 November 2021 for one month

If you are interested, please send a mail to ahtsham [dot] manzoor [at] aau [dot] at!

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).

https://declarativeai2021.net/

Studienassistent:in (all genders welcome)

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

Bei Interesse schicken Sie bitte eine E-Mail an peter. schartner [at] aau [dot] at!

 

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!

 

Der Onlinebewerbung ist ein Anschreiben, ein Lebenslauf sowie der aktuelle Studienerfolgsnachweis (Transcript of Records) beizufügen!