There, and yet not there: Research project seeks to bring about new interactions between humans or machines in cyberspace

For some years now, we have become accustomed to communicating with each other online via Zoom, FaceTime & Co. Even surgical procedures and industrial manufacturing can now be performed remotely. A research project, recently approved by EU Horizon Europe, aims to advance the next generation of immersive telepresence technologies: In the process, the boundaries between the virtual and physical worlds are set to become ever more blurred, and the technology is expected to make it much easier for us to “be” in a different location without actually having to travel there.

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Enjoying the creativity of mathematics

Research mathematics is creative. One of those people with a particular affinity for imaginative puzzle-solving is Sarah Jane Selkirk. The South African came to Klagenfurt in 2020 as a doctoral student and is now a member of the doc.funds doctoral school “Modeling – Analysis – Optimization of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems”.

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Improve and accelerate how we learn from health data: New approach reduces machine learning time by 60%

Electronic health records, like ELGA in Austria, provide an overview of laboratory results, diagnostics and therapies. Much could be learned from the personal and private data of individuals – with the help of machine learning – for use in the treatment of others. However, the use of the data is a delicate matter, especially when it comes to diseases that carry a stigma. Researchers involved in the EU project “Enabling the Big Data Pipeline Lifecycle on the Computing Continuum (DataCloud)” are working to make new forms of information processing suitable for medical purposes. Dragi Kimovski and his colleagues recently presented their findings in a publication.

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Swarm algorithms can improve production planning and scheduling

Industrial companies face an enormous challenge when it comes to the highly interconnected nature of their production facilities. These exhibit complex and dynamic behaviour, as can be observed in ants, bees, fish or birds. Inspired by models found in nature, the SWILT project models entire industrial plants as swarms. Three years on, we now have the results of the project: The simulations revealed that the overall performance of a large production planning system can be improved by a percentage in the single digits, which can represent significant financial gains for businesses.

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MPEG DASH video streaming technology co-developed in Klagenfurt wins Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award

The Emmy® Awards do not only honour the work of actors and directors, but they also recognise technologies that are steadily improving the viewing experience for consumers. This year, the winners include the MPEG DASH Standard. Christian Timmerer (Department of Information Technology) played a leading role in its development. Read more

Working towards the full exploitation of 5G potential: Research team creates “Carinthian Fog”

The 5G Playground Carinthia provides researchers with an open laboratory to explore the possibilities of this new mobile technology. There is a hitch: Although 5G facilitates the rapid transmission of large amounts of data, this data also needs to be processed. Outsourcing this computing power to a cloud data centre results in time lags. Using what is known as “Carinthian Fog”, a research team funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) seeks to develop an alternative that can move data processing closer in terms of distance.

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Helping us to understand where a robot is located: The University of Klagenfurt is granted a patent for a new modular sensor fusion technology

Along with the inventors, Christian Brommer and Stephan Weiss, the dronehub in Klagenfurt has recently been granted another patent. Weiss and Brommer perform research in the Control of Networked Systems (CNS) group with a focus on how to improve localization and navigation methods for robots and small helicopters.

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Neue Publikation zu Wohnungsforschung: Gentrifizierung und Verdrängung

Eines der Paradebeispiele für Gentrifizierung liegt in Berlin: Der Stadtteil Kreuzberg war einst ein Wohnort mit günstigen Mieten, wo viele einkommensarme Bevölkerungsgruppen lebten. Im Laufe der letzten zwei Jahrzehnte wurde Kreuzberg schick, und zunehmend teurer. Folge der so genannten Gentrifizierung ist ein Austausch der Bevölkerung und eine Verdrängung einkommensschwacher Gruppen. Die Geographen Jan Glatter und Michael Mießner haben nun eine neue Publikation zu „Gentrifizierung und Verdrängung“ herausgegeben, in dem sie dem Phänomen, das in vielen Städten wie Hamburg, Frankfurt oder Wien zu finden ist, auf die Spur gehen.

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Physical and sexual violence in dating among adolescents: How effective are prevention programs?

Studies show that physical and sexual violence often occurs in teen dating relationships: according to current data, the incidence is around 20 percent for physical violence and around 10 percent for sexual violence. A research team at the University of Klagenfurt has recently conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the extent to which prevention programs work. The results have now been presented in JAMA Pediatrics.

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New research project: Better eyes for robots and drones

Drones and robots struggle to navigate autonomously in the dark and in dusty settings. Researchers at the University of Klagenfurt are now developing a new technology that relies on radar sensors for navigation.

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