Remarkable success for Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Klagenfurt: funding for 14 new PhD students in the field of optimization in FWF doc.funds project

The approval of this project represents a milestone in the success story of the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Klagenfurt. It’s also a great achievement on the part of the participating professors and particularly for the 32-year-old coordinator, Michaela Szölgyenyi. Starting in autumn 2020, the project will employ around one dozen international young scientists in Klagenfurt.

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New tools for swarms of machines

Moving intelligently, robots deployed in a warehouse shift crates from A to B – without getting in each other’s way. What sounds like a very simple example has only recently been made possible thanks to new tools developed in the EU Horizon 2020 project CPSwarm. The project is now in its final phase and the “toolkit” is freely available online for all developers.   

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Krank zur Arbeit: Wie kommt die Forschung dem Präsentismus und seinen Folgen auf die Spur?

Die Grippewelle hat Österreich und Europa wieder im Griff, und damit einher geht für viele Berufstätige die Frage: Wann gehe ich (noch oder wieder) zur Arbeit und wann bleibe ich besser zuhause? Welche Folgen entstehen für mich und für meine*n Arbeitgeber*in mit Blick auf Produktivität, Kosten und Zusammenarbeit? Studien zeigen, dass rund ein Drittel der Arbeitnehmer*innen auch krank zur Arbeit gehen. Heiko Breitsohl forscht an der Abteilung Personal, Führung und Organisation zum so genannten „Präsentismus“. In einer aktuellen Übersichtsarbeit kommt er gemeinsam mit Kolleg*innen zum Schluss: Wir wissen zu wenig über das „Phänomen Präsentismus“ und seine Bedeutung und Folgen werden gravierend unterschätzt.

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The University of Klagenfurt and Bitmovin collaborate on innovative video transmission technologies

Bitmovin is a leading global provider of online video technology. Working with the University of Klagenfurt and funded by the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), collaborative efforts will now focus on new technologies set to improve the video streaming experience in the future. Bearing the title ATHENA (Adaptive Streaming over HTTP and Emerging Networked Multimedia Services), the project has been endowed with a budget worth several million Euros.

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Simulating cyber-physical threats to the City of Vienna

A large number of critical infrastructure facilities are located in cities and their surroundings, providing essential services in a compact geographical space and resulting in mutual physical and logical dependencies. The provision of services such as electricity, gas, water, communication, food, fuel, road or rail, in particular, is achieved by operating extensive networks. In the FFG-funded project ODYSSEUS, Stefan Rass (Institute of Applied Informatics) and his team are working on developing a framework for a simulation designed to forecast the consequences of attacks on such interlinked infrastructure facilities.  

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Europe’s largest Dronehall is open for business

Researchers investigating autonomous drones can now use a cutting-edge research infrastructure at the University of Klagenfurt, measuring up to 150 square meters and a height of ten meters. This is a tremendous boost for the “Drone-Hub Klagenfurt”, already known for hosting some of the world’s top players in the field.

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Automatic analysis of eye surgery

In many cases, modern ophthalmic surgery involves the video recording of surgical proceedings. The video material is either used for training purposes or for the subsequent reconstruction of operation sequences. Klaus Schöffmann has assembled a research team to work on the automatic recognition of relevant sequences within the scope of an FWF-funded project. Natalia Sokolova, a doctoral candidate at the Department of Information Technology, is a member of the project team and her work focuses on improving the search for particularly “relevant” surgical phases.

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Innovation boost for “learning factory”: European research project “SemI40” generates path-breaking findings

Scientists and researchers have been conducting intensive research into the further development of autonomous factories in the framework of the European “SemI40” project (Power Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing 4.0). Under the leadership of Infineon Austria, 37 partners from science and industry have made decisive progress in the development of processes and methods for Industry 4.0 applications over the past three project years. The result: a unique security concept for networked communication of factories, a quality leap in the production process, plus significant improvements in energy efficiency.

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Does smell sell? Overview study provides evidence of ambient scent effects in consumer settings

Within the scope of a detailed meta-analysis, Holger Roschk has examined 64 studies with 71 samples and a total of 15,000 test persons to find out to what extent ambient scents have an effect on experiences and activities in shopping and service environments. Results show: Under ideal conditions, scents can have a positive influence on customer behaviour. 

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Are we seeing genuine progress with recommender systems?

Recommender systems represent a key technology for e-commerce providers such as Google, Amazon, Netflix, Booking.com and Spotify. It is therefore with a certain urgency that researchers are working intensively on making ever more accurate predictions about the products and services users might want to consume next. However, in a paper published recently, Maurizio Ferrari Dacrema, Paolo Cremonesi and Dietmar Jannach were able to show that several critical issues concerning the research methodology are hindering progress in the development of recommender systems. In recognition of their work, they received the Best Full Paper Award at the renowned ACM Conference on Recommender Systems in Copenhagen in September.

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