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.
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.
The THE Ranking 2022 represents the first time that the University of Klagenfurt has also been ranked in the field of “Engineering”. Being ranked second among Austrian universities at the first attempt is due in no small part to the outstanding research achievements of the scientists and the field’s high degree of internationality. The relatively young Faculty of Technical Sciences is confident in maintaining its chosen course – and continues to reach for the stars.
The fact that the Mars helicopter “Ingenuity” is currently exploring the Red Planet is partly due to navigation technology co-developed by Stephan Weiss, Professor of Control of Networked Systems at the University of Klagenfurt. Three of his doctoral students are now scheduled to take part in the AMADEE-20 Mars mission simulation organised by the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) from 4 to 10 October 2021, where they will collect data in the Negev Desert in Israel in order to further refine the helicopter.
International project application entitled “European Digital Education in Road Infrastructure Management INFRO@D”, submitted under the Strategic Partnerships of ERASMUS + program, was positively assessed and directed for funding. The leader of the international consortium is the Department of Road and Transport Engineering of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Gdańsk University of Technology. The project will be implemented together with European universities: Universita Degli Studi di Catania (Italy), Universitaet Klagenfurt (Austria), Zilinska Univerzita in Ziline (Slovakia), Szechenyi Istvan University (Hungary), Cracow University of Technology (Poland).
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a departure from the current ways of functioning of societies in many aspects related to the economy, travel, work and education. This also applies to higher education. The necessity of distance learning is one of the ways to maintain social distance and protect our life and health. The preliminary assessment of the situation at universities in Poland and other European countries shows that the academic staff is not sufficiently prepared to conduct attractive and effective classes conducted in a remote format. The necessity to conduct remote classes by universities, both during studies and training courses, requires the development of a dedicated didactic and training process, taking into account the specific requirements of interdisciplinary engineering knowledge. Transferring this knowledge in remote education, due to its large scope, requires the use of many didactic tools: lectures, fieldwork, design, exercise, laboratory, independent work of students along with the assessment of the progress and knowledge of students. As part of the INFRO@D Project, a model product dedicated to distance learning at technical universities in the field of civil engineering and transport will be developed. This product will include comprehensive and innovative solutions, enabling the implementation of distance learning at the highest level. The developed methodology and teaching materials will be based on the road infrastructure management course, with particular emphasis on the elements of road infrastructure safety management. The method of preparing the methodology and teaching and training materials will enable their implementation for any thematic scope in the area of civil engineering and transport. The project provides for the construction of a digital education methodology in the field of teaching at universities and training for engineering staff. Preparation of a remote education course in road infrastructure safety management will enable the use and verification of the best solutions of teaching methodology in this mode from Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Italy. The INFRO@D project will raise the level of teaching and training, using innovative digital teaching materials for distance learning, which can be used by other universities dealing with this subject. The main goal of the INFRO@D project is to increase the competences and skills of distance learning in a model solution in the field of road infrastructure safety management. To achieve this goal, actions should be taken to promote the best solutions in the field of digital education (remote – carried out ad hoc during a pandemic and e-learning courses, which may become a permanent element of the didactic process in the future).
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Agata and Michał Barciś and their fellow researcher from RTB House in Poland, Michał Jagielski, competed in the Drone Bot Contest at the Deep Drone Challenge in Ingolstadt, Germany on Saturday 7 August 2021. The competition is organised by start-up incubator brigkAIR and Europe’s largest aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The three young scientists were delighted to receive a prize of 25,000 euros.
With a total of 9 contributions at this year’s ICRA, one of the flagship conferences in the field of robotics, the University of Klagenfurt has joined the league of the world’s most important robotics hubs. Among the contributors are the young researchers from the Karl Popper Doktorats- und Wissenschaftskolleg “Networked Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (NAV)”, which is currently celebrating its conclusion with a drone flight demonstration in Klagenfurt.
Hubert Zangl conducts research on sensors: The aim is to allow robots to cooperate more effectively with humans in the future, but also to equip them with “environments enhanced with perception”.