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New learning algorithm should significantly expand the possible applications of AI

14 July 2020

The high energy consumption of artificial neural networks' learning activities is one of the biggest hurdles for the broad use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially in mobile applications. Robert Legenstein and Wolfgang Maass (Institute of Theoretical Computer Science) developed the e-prop learning method that forms the basis for drastically more energy-efficient hardware implementations of AI.

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AutoDrive: New simulation scenarios should help to make autonomous driving even safer

14 July 2020

(Partially) autonomous cars are already on our roads today with automated systems such as braking or lane departure warning systems. As a central vehicle component, the software of these systems must continuously and reliably meet high quality criteria. Franz Wotawa and his team from the Institute of Software Technology in close collaboration with the cyber-physical system testing team of AVL are dedicated to the great challenges of this future technology: the guarantee of safety through the automatic generation of extensive test scenarios for simulations and system-internal error compensation by means of an adaptive control method.

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IAIK is part of the KRAKEN Project

14 July 2020

KRAKEN (BroKeRage and MArKet platform for pErsoNal data) is developing a trusted and secure personal data platform with state-of-the-art privacy aware analytics methods (with guarantees on metadata privacy, including query privacy). The Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications (IAIK) brings to the KRAKEN project experience & expertise in identity solutions (WP2), self-sovereign identity & eID/eIDAS (WP3), and cryptography & privacy (WP4); and is also involved in the education pilot (WP5).

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Planet Research: Young researchers making the Internet of Things safer

14 July 2020

Eleven young researchers are working as doctoral students or post-docs in the TU Graz lead project "Dependable Internet of Things in Adverse Environments” – “Dependable Things” for short. The six-year project aims to make our increasingly networked world safer and more reliable. To this end, it examines the individual smart objects in the Internet of Things under harsh environmental conditions and then develops them further. One of these researchers is Andrea Pferscher (Institute of Software Technology).

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Face to face: "Programming is like reading a good book"

14 July 2020

Naomi Pfaff changed from psychology to computer science studies at TU Graz. For her bachelor’s thesis she designed a tutorial game with learning tasks in particular areas of mathematics and programming, especially for female teenagers.

Vesna Krnjic and Johanna Pirker nominated for Hedy Lamarr Prize 2020

30 June 2020

The Hedy Lamarr Prize of the City of Vienna has been awarded annually since 2018 to an Austrian researcher for her "outstanding achievements in the field of information technologies". Krnjic (IST) was nomitaded for her work on interaction between computers and youths, and Pirker (ISDS) was nominated for her work on game theoretical interactive learning systems. Congratulations!

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New Master's Curricula for Computer Science and Software Engineering

23 June 2020

The new Curricula will come into effect on 01 October 2020. You can watch a presentation on all changes by your student representation on YouTube.

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New approach for a biological programming language

23 June 2020

Researchers led by Wolfgang Maass and Robert Legenstein (IGI) have succeeded in modelling the emergence and interaction between neuron groups called "assemblies". These are neuron groups in the brain that form the basis for higher cognitive abilities such as thinking, imagining, arguing, planning or speech processing. This could lead to efficient new AI methods.

Johanna Pirker's Story on YouTube

16 June 2020

Johanna Pirker tells the story of how she became a passionate researcher and assistant professor at TU Graz. What's your story?

TEDx Talk by Gernot Müller-Putz now on YouTube

16 June 2020

Making the Paralyzed Move. was the title of Müller-Putz's talk at TEDxTUWien. You can now watch and share it via YouTube.

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QS World University Ranking 2021: TU Graz moves up from #311 to #275

16 June 2020

In the 17th edition of the ranking of the international university analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, Graz University of Technology manages to advance 36 places. Congratulations to all our amazing and dedicated researchers!

TEDx Talk by Johanna Pirker now on YouTube

09 June 2020

It's not just a game. It's a game changer. was the title of Pirker's talk at TEDxLend. You can now watch and share it via YouTube.

Merit Scholarships and Promotional Scholarships by our Faculty for 2019/20 now available.

28 May 2020

Merit Scholarship call in DE / EN.
Scholarship Grant call in DE / EN.

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TU Graz IT Summer Workshops 2020 for kids and teenagers

27 May 2020

Use your summer holidays to tinker, build and program together with experts at Graz University of Technology. A wide range of offers for beginners and advanced students between 10 and 19 years of age are waiting for you! The courses will be held in summer 2020 in compliance with all necessary COVID-19 hygiene and conduct rules.

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New online campaign "UNInteressant?" highlights the importance of science for society

26 May 2020

"Take a look at what is being researched at Austrian universities and what this has to do with your everyday life." That is the motto of the project of the Austrian University Conference (uniko). UNInteressant? shows with which projects and research results the Austrian universities are constantly improving our everyday life. Our Faculty is featured with mind-controlled prostheses (MoreGrasp) and drones as postal carriers.

MoVe iT Mobility Plan for Graz 2030

19 May 2020

A team including Günter Getzinger (ISDS, STS Unit) presented their vision for active mobility in Graz. They postulated twelve demands for quieter residential areas, more space for pedestrians, cyclists and a categorisation of the road network that ranges from large scale / supra-regional accessibility to small-scale regional development.

Michael Schwarz (IAIK) receives EuroSys Roger Needham PhD Award 2020

05 May 2020

The EuroSys Roger Needham PhD award is an annual prize awarded to a PhD student from a European University whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, innovative contribution to knowledge in the systems area. The prize is donated by Microsoft Research Cambridge. Michael Schwarz received the Award for his thesis "Software-based Side-Channel Attacks and Defenses in Restricted Environments". Congratulations!

Tony Ross-Hellauer published in Nature

29 April 2020

Tony Ross-Hellauer (ISDS, Know-Center) has co-authored two opinion articles that have been published in the renowned 'Nature' journal in recent weeks. The first, a commentary paper on creating an infrastructure to study peer review and, was even featured as the cover in February issue. The second a correspondence piece on predatory journals.

Comment: Big Data for the Greater Good

24 April 2020

Stefanie Lindstaedt (Head of ISDS and Know-Center) was interviewed by Kleine Zeitung on the topic "Less privacy for more disease protection", where she talks about converting the "Symmetry of Ignorance" between data experts and legal experts into a cooperation and more.

Joint statement demands respect for Corona app users' privacy

22 April 2020

Contact tracing apps notify people if they had contact with a person infected with COVID19. Scientists around the world, including Stefan Mangard, Christian Rechberger and Daniel Gruss of IAIK, have now signed an open letter demanding this should not become a surveillance tool to be abused later.

Portrait: Researcher of patterns in the large text of DNA

22 April 2020

Leila Taher searches a "strange text" of three billion letters for patterns that define us as human beings. The TU Graz bioinformatician reads the human genome – and loves unanswered questions. As a biotechnology student in Argentina, Leila Taher wanted to find the one formula that would explain everything. Today she is head of the Institute of Biomedical Informatics at TU Graz.

Planet Research: In search of the foundations of discrete mathematics

21 April 2020

Oswin Aichholzer is head of the research group "Discrete and Computational Geometry" at the Institute of Software Technology. Their findings on fundamental mathematical and geometrical problems were, for instance, used by researchers at MIT to solve well-known problems in origami theory to fold stents.

QS World University Ranking: Our department went up

21 April 2020

The new QS WUR 2020 is out. TU Graz went from rank #363 in 2019 to rank #311 worldwide. In the subject ranking "Computer Science and Information Systems", we went from rank #251-300 to rank #201-250. A big Thank You to all our great researchers who made this possible through passion and dedication!

Talking about: Life as a researcher and everyday life in the time of coronavirus

15 April 2020

TU Graz computer scientist Johanna Pirker reports on whether and how the measures to contain the corona virus have changed her everyday work.

"In computer science in particular, we can carry out a large part of our research outside the office. In our Game Lab we develop and research games and virtual reality environments. Without the appropriate hardware, this is currently somewhat more difficult, and study programmes with students, for example, are also difficult to carry out. So we’re using the time and quiet to finally process and write down data from past experiments and prepare new ones. Everyday life itself has hardly changed."

TU Graz spin-off Invenium helps understand people's mobility patterns

07 April 2020

Using anonymized mobile phone data, researchers can draw conclusions about mobility behaviour, derive traffic patterns and develop new traffic and mobility concepts for cities and regions. Their software-based monitoring system analyses movement flows and supports emergency organizations at major events in order to identify location-specific safety-critical situations in good time. In the fight against the coronavirus, the Austrian government is now also relying on Invenium analyses: "The crisis team can see at the push of a button whether the initial lockdown restrictions are being complied with and how mobility behaviour is changing as a result of COVID-19.", says co-founder Michael Cik.

Bachelor programme timetables coordinated by the CSBME Dean's Office now available

31 March 2020

For better planning, the timetables of the Bachelor programmes Computer Science, Software Development and Business Management and Information and Computer Engineering are now coordinated by the Dean's Office and are available on TU4U.

Competence field Neuromorphic Computing established with help of TU Graz

24 March 2020

Prof. Wolfgang Maass (Institute of Theoretical Computer Science) is working together with fortiss on the new competence field Neuromorphic Computing (NC). Neuromorphic IT systems don't code with zeros and ones, but in the form of pulses, like biological nerve cells.The learning ability of robots, for example, could be increased by this technology without increasing energy consumption.

LVI: New Intel processor flaw discovered

24 March 2020

After Meltdown, Spectre and Zombieload: LVI is a new class of transient-execution attacks exploiting microarchitectural flaws in modern processors to inject attacker data into a victim program and steal sensitive data and keys from Intel SGX, a secure vault in Intel processors for your personal data. 

The "Diary of the Computer Scientist" inspires schoolgirls

10 March 2020

In informal discussions with schoolgirls, researchers and practitioners try to deconstruct the stereotypes that many of the schoolgirls have about computer science and to show that it is much more than programming or Excel sheets. The workshop series is a joint project of Informatik Austria, OCG, e- Education Austria and EIS Education Innovation Studies of the BMB and the Future Learning Labs.

Research project for new digital tools in MS Excel sheets receives FWF funding

03 March 2020

"Interactive Spreadsheet Debugging" is a new research project in cooperation with Alpen Adria Universität Klagenfurt aiming to make critical errors in Excel sheets visible for the user at an early stage. The project now received FWF funding - Congratulations!

CGV / Fraunhofer virtually test new drone prototypes modelled after locusts

25 February 2020

The project "BioKollAvoid" aims to develop a nature-inspired optical sensor for collision detection and collision avoidance for drones inspired by migratory locusts. Before test flights in the wild, the system will be tested at the Fraunhofer Institute in a virtual flight environment.

Open Knowledge Maps received Austrian Award for Free Knowledge

27 January 2020

The non-profit start-up with ties to our Department is dedicated to improving the visibility of scientific knowledge for science and society alike. They now received the Wikimedia Award in the category "Civil Society Engagement". Congratulations!

Hermann Maurer receives Austrian Award for Free Knowledge

27 January 2020

The award was presented by Wikimedia Austria (Wikipedia) for his life's work to create a freely accessible and to a large extent openly licensed digital encyclopaedia for Austria and thus to make "everything that is interesting for Austria" available for free. As an Open Access pioneer, 25 years ago he also founded one of the first free scientific publications worldwide, the "Journal of Universal Computer Science". Congratulations!

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IAIK Doctoral student Barbara Gigerl receives Award for Outstanding Master's Thesis

13 December 2019

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) annually honours the best 50 (out of 16.000!) Austrian Master's theses with a "Würdigungspreis/Staatspreis". This year, IAIK doctoral student Barbara Gigerl received the award for her thesis "Automated Analysis of Speculation Windows in Spectre Attacks". The main focus of the thesis is the analysis and extension of speculation windows in Spectre attacks, executed by CPUs of four different vendors.

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IV-Steiermark and TU Graz support IT talents from Southeast Europe

12 December 2019

As part of the talent promotion program ITalent South East, the Federation of Austrian Industries Styria and Graz University of Technology are again awarding scholarships to five young IT talents from Southeast Europe.

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Plundervolt: New Intel security gap found with help of TU Graz

10 December 2019

A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham, KU Leuven and TU Graz (Daniel Gruss) have found a security gap in high-security SGX enclaves that exploits undervolting.

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Master student Christian Gaisl receives WKO Grant

06 December 2019

IAIK master student Christian Gaisl receives the WKO Forschungsstipendium 2019/20! The presentation of awards will take place on 4th of December 2019. The WKO Steiermark annually awards 20 students, who are honoured with a grant of €2.100 for the development of economically oriented master theses. Congratulations!

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Dieter Schmalstieg receives Research Award of the Federal State of Styria

29 November 2019

Dieter Schmalstieg and his team of the Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision have developed a novel method combining the advantages of Cloud Computing and Virtual Reality called "Shading Atlas Streaming". For this and his research in general, he received the "Forschungspreis des Landes Steiermark". Congratulations!

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Peter Pessl receives BMBWF Award of Excellence 2019

26 November 2019

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) anually honors outstanding Austrian dissertations with the Award of Excellence. This year, IAIK Postdoc Peter Pessl, who finished his doctoral studies "sub auspiciis", received this prestigous award for his thesis 'Side-Channel Attacks on Lattice-Based Cryptography and Multi-Processor Systems'. In his work, he expands side-channel attacks, which exploit that physical properties of an electronic device depend on processed secrets, to new fields. Concretely, he proposed new attacks on lattice-based cryptography - a new type of cryptographic algorithms secure against attacks by future quantum computers. Congratulations!

Johanna Pirker wins futurezone Award 2019

21 November 2019

On 21 November, the winners of the futurezone Award 2019 were selected at a gala ceremony held at the First Campus in Vienna. TU Graz computer scientist Johanna Pirker wins in the category "Women in Tech"! Congratulations!

New Information Security Scholarship

15 November 2019

The Cybersecurity Campus Graz is awarding scholarships for talented and motivated international students starting their studies at TU Graz in winter semester 2020/21.

The scholarships are intended for students with a major in information security within the english-language master’s degree programmes in Computer Science, Information and Computer Engineering or Software Engineering and Management.

Apply until 15 January 2020!


New professor, new institute: Leila Taher, Institute of Biomedical Informatics

13 November 2019

On November 1st, Bioinformatician Leila Taher was appointed university professor at our Faculty and heads the newly founded Institute for Biomedical Informatics. Born in Argentina, Taher wants to motivate: "Anyone who wants to can learn programming." A very warm welcome to Graz University of Technology!


ZombieLoad 2.0 – New variant of old attack

13 November 2019

At the beginning of 2019, an international research team led by Daniel Gruss, Michael Schwarz and Moritz Lipp of IAIK discovered the processor loophole ZombieLoad. Since then there has been a software patch and new processors. But with a new variant of the old attack these are no longer safe either - install updates!


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Graz universities celebrate their flashes of genius

12 November 2019

Since 2015, the Medical University of Graz, TU Graz and the University of Graz have been honouring particularly "inventive" researchers in a joint ceremony every two years. 260 scientists, amongst them six members of our Faculty, were invited to the third occasion of this award, whose inventive talent produced no less than 169 invention disclosures and 71 patent applications between July 2017 and June 2019. Congratulations to Christian Baumgartner, Gerhard Holzapfel, Friedrich Fraundorfer, Hermann Scharfetter, Jörg Schröttner and Dieter Schmalstieg!

THE World University Rankings 2020: TU Graz moves up from 176-200 to 151-175!

21 October 2019

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 includes almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date.

We are happy to announce that we have been ranked 151-175 in the computer science category, up from 176-200! Sincere thanks and congratulations to all our outstanding scientists who make such a great achievement possible through their daily dedication!


Honorary Doctorate for Prof. Dieter W. Fellner

07 October 2019

On 30 September 2019, Prof. Dieter W. Fellner was awarded the honorary title of Doctor Engineer by the University of Rostock.


Founding of the Fraunhofer Austria Innovation Center "KI4LIFE" in Klagenfurt

02 October 2019

Alliance of business representatives, companies and research institutions will support Carinthian companies in digitalisation and the central future topic of artificial intelligence.


Graz becomes capital of digital game development

28 August 2019

What do games such as "The Settlers", "Fallout: New Vegas" and "Frostpunk" have in common? Their developers have been invited by Game Development Graz and TU Graz to give talks at the Game Dev Days Graz from 6 to 8 September.


New project proposal of TU Graz with MIT and UC Berkeley

20 August 2019

Together with the App Inventor team at the MIT, the Snap! team at UC Berkeley, and the Play Learn Foundation India, Wolfgang Slany and his team submitted a proposal for a huge grant, i.e., money that we will spend on developing Catrobat / Pocket Code. If they get it, the Catrobat project will have a budget of 5 million US$, per year, for 5 years!

Their vision: "We help eradicate poverty, starting in India. A sustainable prosperity depends on an economy of innovation, which in turn depends on creativity and technical skills. Smartphones with Internet enable even young people to sell apps to a worldwide market."

Please support the project by watching the video on YouTube!

Learn more about the project here

Vice World Championship for RoboCup-Team of TU Graz

16 July 2019

Another success story for a student team of Graz University of Technology: The RoboCup team GRIPS wins the vice world champion title of the league "Logistics" at the Robotics World Championship RoboCup 2019 in Sydney.


Go International: Students from Russia and our Faculty Participated in a Joint Project Marathon

15 July 2019

The International Student Project Marathon is not too well-known yet but extremely promising and quite unique in many ways. Its goal is to unite young scientists from different countries, develop student exchanges and get new research results. Eleven graduate and postgraduate students from the SPbPU ICST and the Faculty of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering TU Graz, along with teachers from Russia and Austria, took part in the joint marathon.


Forum für Technik und Gesellschaft awards sponsorship prize for theses with special social relevance

09 July 2019

Among the seven recipients of the prize are four members of our faculty: Maria Eichlseder, Angela Promitzer, Gerald Palfinger and Bernadette Spieler. Congratulations to all winners!

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Maria Eichlseder and Peter Peßl of IAIK receive doctorate with highest presidential honours

01 July 2019

They have completed their schooling, studies and doctorate with excellent results only: After this top performance, Maria Eichlseder and Peter Peßl received their doctorates on June 27th in the ceremony hall of the Alte Technik "sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae". The presence of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen at the doctoral ceremony is an honour for all those who have gone down this path of excellence. At the doctoral ceremony, the candidates also received the ring of honour with the federal eagle from the President of the Republic of Austria.

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Johanna Pirker and Gernot Müller-Putz win "Steirischer Wissenschaftspreis 2019"

11 June 2019

The prestigious prize was awarded for their work "Maroon - Immersive und motivierende Formen von virtuellem Lernen" and "MoreGrasp: Funktionswiederherstellung der oberen Extremität bei Personen mit hoher Rückenmarkverletzung mit Hilfe multimodaler Neuroprothesen zur Interaktion im täglichen Leben", respectively. Read more on apa or Land Steiermark.

Merit Scholarship and Scholarship Grant by our Faculty for 2018/19 now available.

29 May 2019

Merit Scholarship call in DE / EN.
Scholarship Grant call in DE / EN.

"We Build a City" on AirCampus Graz

29 May 2019

To make technology accessible and tangible: This is the aim of the "Maker Days for Kids" project. Graz University of Technology and the non-profit association BIMS e.V. offer children and young people the opportunity to work creatively in an open workshop in summer. A podcast by Eva Szabo.

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Intelligent pedestrian traffic lights: New system by ICG's Horst Possegger automatically recognises pedestrians' intent to cross the road

27 May 2019

The innovative camera system recognises pedestrians’ intention to cross the road and changes automatically to green. This reduces unpleasant waiting times and allows better flow of motorised urban traffic.

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New curricula for Bachelor programmes Computer Science, Software Engineering and Management and Information and Computer Engineering

21 May 2019

The new curricula were approved by the Senate of TU Graz on 06 May 2019. You can find the official documents here.

A lot has changed in the new plans. The Basisgruppe Information and Computer Engineering has compiled a comprehensive overview and summary here.

After Meltdown and Spectre: Researchers at our Faculty discover new security flaws

15 May 2019

ZombieLoad and store-to-leak forwarding are the names of the new exploits which have just been announced by TU Graz security researchers Daniel Gruss, Moritz Lipp, Michael Schwarz and an international team. The three computer scientists were together with TU Graz Professor Stefan Mangard part of the team which discovered the serious security flaws Meltdown and Spectre last year.

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Try it out yourself here.

New Faculty Newsletter

09 April 2019

We are happy to announce our new service - the CSBME Newsletter! Starting today, you will receive the latest events, news, jobs and doctoral examinations conveniently in your inbox every week.

Do you want something published in the newsletter? Use this form and send an e-mail to newsletter.csbmenoSpam@tugraz.at!

You can find all published newsletters in the archive.

The Consequences of Progress on AirCampus Graz

01 April 2019

What are the long-term effects of technical innovation? The team of Science, Technology and Society Unit (STS) around Günter Getzinger strives to foster sensitivity for possible consequences of progress and sheds light on interactions between science and society. A podcast by Roland Grohs.

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TU Graz sets international standards in cryptography


Spread over five years, the CAESAR competition focused on encryption processes for digital information. Now the jury has selected TU Graz’s ASCON algorithm as a means of secure encryption for the internet of things.


Multi-million euro investment in IT security: SGS and TU Graz set up Cybersecurity Campus Graz


A unique IT security research, education, testing and certification hub is taking shape in Styria, Austria: Cybersecurity Campus Graz. The centrepiece is a new joint research centre and a cybersecurity testing and certification laboratory operated by the SGS Group. Around 400 people will work and perform research there when it enters full operation.


Dean's List 2018


The Dean's List 2018  with the top 5% students of our Department is now online. We want to congratulate our excellent students for their achievements and persistance, keep up the good work!


Researchers Lay Foundation for Smart Contrast Medium


Under the leadership of TU Graz, namely Stefan Spirk, Andreas Petrovic and Hermann Scharfetter, an international research team has developed a contrast medium concept for MRI, promising unprecedented features in medical imaging.


Maria Eichlseder presented with Award of Excellence for her outstanding dissertation


With her thesis 'Differential Cryptanalysis of Symmetric Primitives', Maria Eichlseder from the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communication Technology (IAIK) not only received the prestigious Austrian Award of Excellence, but is now also the first woman at TU Graz to earn her PhD sub auspiciis. Congratulations!

Daniel Gruss wins Prize for Excellence in Teaching 2017/2018


Daniel Gruss from the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communication Technology (IAIK) supports students' motivation in his course 'Operating Systems' using gamification. Now he was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Teaching in the category 'Young Teacher' alongside Carlo Alberto Boano and Patrick Wurm. Congratulations!

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