The Karl Popper Kolleg (KPK) is a centre for research and doctoral studies founded by Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt in 2014. The links between KPK and AAU foster long-term synergies between promising young researchers to collaborate with international researchers at the cutting edge of their fields (scientists in residence). Initially, once per programme cycle, two researchers of excellent scholarly reputation appointed Karl Popper Fellows will come to Klagenfurt to conduct research at AAU for one semester.
The KPK contributes to internationalization and openness of the region; enhances the region’s reputation; offers exciting opportunities to highly-qualified young researchers and also generates long-term secondary or “multiplier” effects within the region. The KPK is based at the Klagenfurt campus.
Here, decision-making behaviour in the digital age is at the centre of scientific attention: This includes the impact of digital technologies on human decision-making behaviour (e.g. the influence of automated recommendations on purchasing decisions), the question of how opinion is formed in (social) networks, new technological means of supporting decision-making in the sense of Insight (data science, machine learning), but it also includes the possibilities and the limits of technical systems, which reach autonomous decisions (e.g. self-driving vehicles). Finding answers to these and similar questions requires an interdisciplinary team, which integrates economic, technological, and psychological perspectives.
Modeling – Analysis – Optimization of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems
The doc.funds doctoral schoolModeling – Analysis – Optimization of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems – funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the University of Klagenfurt – offers 14 young researchers the opportunity to carry out their research work in a lively and research-oriented environment from October 2020.
The doctoral school is embedded into the well-established doctoral programme in mathematics. The research goal of the doctoral school and its nine professors from the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Klagenfurt is to provide doctoral students with the necessary mathematical knowledge to understand and solve challenging mathematical problems resulting from optimisation problems in everyday life. This is to be achieved by creating synergies from different perspectives and combining the knowledge of several mathematical sub-disciplines.