In motion: Video transmission by mobile drones

The information technology specialist Raheeb Muzaffar has developed an application-layer framework that improves the transmission of videos between moving drones and mobile devices located at ground level. His work within the ICE doctoral programme will be completed soon. He explains what makes this technology innovative and talks about his plans for the future in a conversation with AAU-News. 

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Softwareentwicklung: Damit Weiterentwicklung besser funktioniert

Softwaresysteme werden ständig weiter entwickelt. Doch wenn am Quellcode geschraubt wird, ist derzeit nicht immer klar, welche Auswirkungen diese Änderungen auf die Ausführung eines Softwaresystems haben. Ein vom Österreichischen Wissenschaftsfonds FWF gefördertes Projekt möchte nun einen detaillierten Blick auf die Evolution von Programmverhalten werfen. 

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Ende September wird Klagenfurt Informatik-Hauptstadt

Fast 700 Fachexpertinnen und -experten treffen sich vom 26. bis 30. September an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, um neueste Ergebnisse und zukünftige Entwicklungen der Informatik vorzustellen und zu diskutieren: anlässlich der INFORMATIK 2016, der größten Informatik-Fachtagung im deutschsprachigen Raum.

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Neuerscheinung zur Didaktik der Statistik und Wahrscheinlichkeit

Carmen Batanero (Universidad de Granada) und Manfred Borovcnik (Alpen-Adria-Universität) haben aktuell ein Handbuch mit dem Titel “Statistics and Probability in High School” herausgegeben. Das Buch wendet sich an Lehrkräfte der Sekundarstufe II und an all jene Personen, die in der Aus- und Weiterbildung von Lehrkräften tätig sind.

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Globale Landnutzung verändert Treibhausgasemissionen: Neues Berechnungsmodell in Entwicklung

Die Nutzung von Biomasse für Energie und Rohmaterialien ist global auf dem Vormarsch, mit weitreichenden Auswirkungen auf die Ökosysteme. Auf Grund von Landnutzungskonkurrenzen könnte dies allerdings zu erheblichen Emissionen von Treibhausgasen führen. Mit einem neuen Modell, das ForscherInnen an der AAU nun in einem vom Wissenschaftsfonds FWF finanzierten Projekt entwickeln wollen, sollen diese Effekte nun berechnet werden.

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The prevalence of mental disorders among older people is greater than previously assumed

Previous studies have largely assumed that the prevalence of mental disorders declines with old age. The results of a new large-scale study with innovative diagnostic methods conducted in six European countries reveal that, considering the previous year retrospectively, approximately one third of the respondents in the age group between 65 and 85 had suffered from a mental disorder, and roughly one quarter were mentally ill at the time of the interviews. The results have now been published in the renowned “British Journal of Psychiatry”.   

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Andrea Tonello and his former PhD student Alberto Pittolo received the prestigious IET 2016 Premium Award for the Best Paper published in IET Communications over the past two years

The paper “Physical layer security in power line communication networks: an emerging scenario, other than wireless” is a landmark paper that sheds new light on the information theoretic limits for secure communications in power line communication (PLC) channels.

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Biomass turnover time in ecosystems is halved by land use

In order to improve our understanding of climate change and to increase the predictability of future dynamics, it is necessary to gain a better understanding of the global carbon cycle. To date, little is known about the average time carbon is stored in biomass, before it passes back into atmosphere or soils (biomass turnover time), and the factors influencing this key parameter also remain largely unknown. Now, a new publication in Nature Geoscience shows that biomass turnover time in vegetation is halved as a result of human influence.

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Pharmaceutical advertising: A combination of information & emotion produces the best results

A new study, which takes a close look at the acceptance of advertising for non-prescription medications, has recently been published as a comprehensive book publication. The investigation focused on the pharmaceutical markets in the USA, in Germany, Austria and Brazil.

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Self-aware computing systems

Knowledge about oneself and how this influences one’s behaviour are well-established concepts from the fields of psychology and cognitive science. Over the past five years, an international team of researchers has studied how these concepts can be applied to computing systems, and the results have recently been published in a book.

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