- Master in Communications and Information Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related study programme at a national or international university
- Admission to the Doctoral Study of Technical Sciences at the University of Klagenfurt
- Confirmation of supervision by a DP faculty member
The doctoral programme provides students with a structured methodological background complemented by subject-specific courses required in addition to selected courses that directly contribute to their research for doctoral studies. In addition, the curriculum includes a strongly research-oriented part that focuses on writing two peer-reviewed publications. Another important goal is the international orientation of the DP. This includes, on the one hand, recruiting students from a diverse, international environment and, on the other hand, actively promoting networking and international experience through the research networks of DP members. The programme further encourages interdisciplinary collaboration,
knowledge sharing, and dissemination of research methods and findings to fos ter innovation and contribute to the advancement of these research domains.
Research groups & areas
Embedded Communication Systems
Communication Theory and Systems, Signal Processing, Cyber-physical Systems
Pervasive Computing, Multi-Robot Systems, Self-organization, Privacy Protection
Energie informatics, Renewable Energy Systems, Smart Microgrids, Self-Organizing
Systems, Swarm Robotics, Real-Time Communication, Game Engineering
Systems Modeling and Simulation, Advanced Deep-Learning Technologies in Transportation, Nonlinear Dynamics in Intelligent Transportation and Logistics Systems, Neurocomputing for various Data Analytics applications, Neurocomputing for Inverse
Problems Solving, Physics Informed Neural Networks.
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bettstetter
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jean Chamberlain Chedjou
Prof. Dipl.-Ing.Dr. Wilfried Elmenreich
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Hofbaur
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kyandoghere Kyamakya
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Bernhard Rinner
Prof. Dr. Ing. Andrea M. Tonello
Prof. Dr. Stephan Michael Weiss
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Hubert Zangl
DDipl.-Ing. Dr. Udo Schilcher (currently habilitating)
Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jan Steinbrener (currently habilitating)
The dissemination of own research results by scientific publications represents the fourth element. Together with their supervisors, students develop a publication plan, which typically starts with workshop papers and—as students improve their writing skills and more results become available—advance to conference and journal papers. One journal paper (4 ECTS) and one conference or journal paper (2 ECTS) as first author of at least category 2 are required.
Interaction, collaboration & supervision
This part contains a mandatory doctoral seminar (for example, “Doctoral Seminar in Networked and Embedded Systems” or “Doctoral Seminar in Smart Systems Technologies”) and lectures on soft skills or a privatissimum for PhD students. Additionally, AAU offers many communications, leadership, and soft skills courses. Students can take special courses such as scientific writing, research communications, project management, research integrity, gender and diversity, ethics in science, and intellectual property rights.
Courses on research methods are jointly offered (after consultation) with other doctoral programmes. Examples for such courses are “Design Science Research”, “Experiment/Study Planning and Data Analysis”, or “Computer/Communication Systems Modelling, Simulation, and Evaluation”.
Subject-specific courses offer in-depth knowledge highly relevant to the thesis topic. AAU offers diverse graduate courses, including specialized areas from existing master programs like Mathematics, Informatics, or Information and Communications Engineering. In addition, students can choose Guest lectures and lectures completed at other universities for subject-specific courses. Overall, the student has to complete at least 8 ECTS in such courses. Courses completed at AAU will be listed in the section “Leistungen durch Lehrveranstaltungen” according to the Doctoral Cur-riculum for Technical Sciences; optional up to 4 ECTS can derive from courses that have been completed at other universities, summer schools, or MOOCs (with certif-icate) and will be listed in the section “Sonstige Leistungen”.
Please note that the list of chosen courses must be approved by the supervisor(s).
Requirements & process
For the admission to the DP, the curriculum for doctoral studies of the University of Klagenfurt has to be considered.
Applicants are required to submit the following documents to the contact address given below:
- a statement of interest including a short topic description
- a confirmation of registration (Studienbestätigung)
- a confirmation of supervision
The DP faculty members will take the decision about admission jointly, following the principle of implied consent.
- Doctoral thesis and defense (at least one of the supervisors must be a DP faculty member)
- Performance record documenting the required coursework specified above
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilfried Elmenreich
+43 463 2700 3649
wilfried [dot] elmenreich [at] aau [dot] at
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Zangl
+43 463 2700 3562
hubert [dot] zangl [at] aau [dot] at