Welcome to the D!ARC

The Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC) conducts specialised, internationally visible, interdisciplinary research and teaching on digitalisation and connects respective activities of all faculties and centres of the University of Klagenfurt. Fair AI serves as one shared thematic focus of the research groups represented at the D!ARC.

The D!ARC is the core and driving force of the university-wide research area “Humans in the Digital Age” (HDA) and aims not only to investigate the diverse developments of the digital age in various areas of society, but also to actively shape them. As of the winter term 2023, a thematic doctoral program has been implemented, that is open to all doctoral students at the AAU who work in the area of HDA.

The profile of the D!ARC is characterised by a combination of multiple perspectives and a deliberately designed diversity of methods. Different kinds of events for all disciplines and diverse academic levels foster exchange and understanding across disciplinary boundaries, enable the identification of shared research interests and lay the foundation for sustainable interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC)  is home to three research groups and a doctoral school.

Digital Culture

Digital Culture deals with people and society in the digital age, with a focus on digitalisation, datafication, Big Data, data ethics, algorithms and artificial intelligence.

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The research group for Computational Linguistics focuses on the automated processing of natural language. Computational linguistics is an interdisciplinary research field within artificial intelligence that combines methods from both linguistics and computer science.

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Cybersecurity is a vast area and touches both on offensive as well as defensive techniques. An overarching theme though is the concern of information leakage from systems that deploy cryptographic defenses.

Conferences held

We would like to draw your attention to the conference Everyday Life and Culture(s) of Digitality: Perspectives on Sociocultural Change from (Empirical) Cultural Studies (18 – 20 May), which is co-organized by the D!ARC.

Please find more details here (German)

Upcoming D!ARC Lectures

D!ARC Lecture: Automated and Datafied Welfare Futures

June 18th 2024 Dr. Doris Allhutter Abstract: In many…

Upcoming D!ARC Network

next D!ARC network: 4th of June  2024   11.45 – 13.15

Details will follow shortly

Doctoral School Decide

The doctoral school “Decision-Making in a Digital Environment (DECIDE)” deals with decision-making behaviour in the digital age: It is about the influence of digital technologies on human decision-making behaviour, about the question of how opinions are formed in (social) networks, about new technological possibilities of decision support in the sense of Insight, but also about the possibilities and limits of technical systems that make autonomous decisions. Answering such questions requires an interdisciplinary team that integrates economic, technical and psychological perspectives.


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We are always looking for new members!

Please contact us!