17 November 2020
Cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges for our information society and there is urgent need to fundamentally rethink the way systems are built, composed and analyzed. In order to enable trust and to create a world where data security and privacy are a matter of course, it is necessary to perform open research on novel technologies. Non-profit Lamarr Security Research is the new centerpiece of the international Cybersecurity Campus Graz, opened by SGS and TU Graz in 2019 (press release from 2019). Research results will become available to all, bringing high value to society.
10 November 2020
Together with international colleagues, CISPA researcher Michael Schwarz and the TU Graz computer scientists Daniel Gruss and Moritz Lipp present PLATYPUS attacks: a method that allows power side-channel attacks even without physical access. Power side-channel attacks are attacks that exploit fluctuations in power consumption to extract sensitive data such as cryptographic keys. Because power measurements with a malware were previously too inaccurate, such attacks required physical access to the target device and special measurement tools such as an oscilloscope.
03 November 2020
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 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 126-150 in the computer science category, up from 151-175! Sincere thanks and congratulations to all our outstanding scientists who make such a great achievement possible through their daily dedication!
02 November 2020
Johanna Pirker (ISDS), Stefanie Lindstaedt (ISDS, Know-Center) and the Cybersecurity Campus Graz are nominated for the Styrian PR Panther 2020. You can vote for your favorite once a day until 09 November!
28 October 2020
Reinhold Preiner (CGV) actually only wanted to explore his ancestry. But when his family tree included about 400 people, he realized that the presentation became incredibly confusing. So he researched a completely new way of visualizing genealogical data. He presented the result this year at Eurovis, and you can find an article on his research on DerStandard.at.
28 October 2020
TU Graz is getting a new building: The "Data House" is to become the new hot spot for innovations in the field of digitization from summer 2022. The focus will be on data-driven business, big data analytics and artificial intelligence.
28 October 2020
Ultra fast, safe and energy-saving: The increasing demands on data processing increase the need for high-speed, real-time and low-energy calculations. This also requires completely new hardware concepts. In the new FET Open project ADOPD, the participating research groups are developing ultra-fast computing units based on optical-fibre technologies that function according to the principles of information processing in the brain. Robert Legenstein (IGI) explains: "Such information processing takes place in our brain, namely by neurons in their tree-like (dendritic) branches. This dendritic information processing is highly compressed, runs in parallel and also enables non-linear calculations. And we want to transfer this to novel computer hardware."
28 October 2020
Pocket Code teaches and allows to create apps using a fast game physics engine and all the phone's sensors including the camera for AR- and AI-based games. Please vote and support a great project by Prof. Wolfgang Slany and more - you can win a 25$ Amazon Gift Card! You can vote up to 3 times per day.
20 October 2020
Theses with social relevance are the focus of the prize, which has been awarded annually by the Forum Technik & Gesellschaft since 2003. In 2020, five master's theses and six dissertations were presented online in the final round. The first place went to Martin Schwarzl for his Master's thesis "NetSpectre" for proving that attacks on the intermediate memory of processors succeed not only on devices on site, but also over the network. The third place to Patrick Ofner for his work on low-frequency brain waves in Brain-Computer-Interface applications. A special prize was awarded to Barbara Gigerl, whose master's thesis examined how the concept of transfer entropy can be used to identify influencers in social networks. Congratulations to all!
20 October 2020
At this year's CSBME Faculty Day, the Dynatrace scholarship worth 12.000€ was awarded for the first time. The computer science student Anton Klinger received the merit scholarship for the two-year Master's program from Dean Roderick Bloem and Chris Werding, head of the Graz Dynatrace site. His plans: "I work on a 10-year-old notebook. Now I can finally buy a new PC," Klinger explained at the presentation of the scholarship. The 25-year-old also wants to invest in his great passion, the development of computer games. His biggest and most promising project is the action game Pixel Soldier. Congratulations, Anton!
20 October 2020
The CSBME Dean's List exists since 2018. With the inclusion in this list, we want to honor the best students of our Bachelor's degree programs. The list features the top 5% students of each class (each combination of study program and semester). At the CSBME Faculty Day, the representatives received a certificate from Dean Roderick Bloem and Vice Rector Stefan Vorbach to commemorate their outstanding achievements. Congratulations!
06 October 2020
With the new winter semester coming up, we are announcing current topics for Bachelor and Master theses in the areas of Computer Graphics, Geometry Processing and Visual Analytics, supported by the Institute of Compute Graphics and Knowledge Visualization together with Fraunhofer Austria. We have published the slides and videos on the topics, as offered from our supervisors.
We will also host a live question and answer session on Friday, October 09, 11-12am on Webex. Each supervisor will be available in her/his conference room. Both can be accessed (only from the TU Graz LAN/VPN) here.
If you have any questions, and wish to get in touch with the advisors of the topics, please feel free to join the Webex session, or contact the advisors directly via the contact information in the videos and slides.
01 October 2020
We are excited to announce that David Garcia has joined our faculty as a Professor of Computational Social Sciences! He is now part of the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science. A very warm welcome to TU Graz!
29 September 2020
We at the CSBME Dean's Office want to expand our consulting services and make them available to you online. For that reason, you can now reach us on Discord during office hours! To use this service, use the link above and switch to the voice channel when you see us online. We are happy to help you with your study related problems in a modern way, save you from tedious typing, and to get in touch with you personally. See you on our server!
15 September 2020
iLIDS4SAM is a flagship project for Austria´s future in automated mobility. Automated mobility systems are presently moving towards more complex urban traffic scenarios. The FFG-funded iLIDS4SAM project will enable this transition by developing high performance, low-cost LiDAR sensors with increased field of view and resolution. The Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision develops the algorithms for interpreting the LiDAR point clouds and assessing the semantic meaning of the acquired data.
14 September 2020
Addition to Campus Inffeldgasse: on 14th September 2020, the foundation stone for the new Data House and SAL building (Silicon Austria Labs building) was laid at Campus Inffeldgasse of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in the presence of TU Graz Rector Harald Kainz, Mayor Siegfried Nagl, SFG Managing Director Christoph Ludwig and Hans-Peter Weiss, CEO of the Federal Real Estate Company (BIG). The two buildings are being constructed on an 8,800 m2 site in Sandgasse. Together they offer around 20,000 m2 of net space. The investment volume is around 55 million €. The completion of the buildings is scheduled for July 2022 (Data House) and January 2023 (SAL building).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
more (in German)
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.
more (in German)
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!