ISDS/Research/Projects

Open Projects

EU - CHIC - Chicory as a multipurpose crop for dietary fibre and medicinal terpenes
The Chicory Innovation Consortium’s (CHIC) twofold objective is to (i) explore new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) in chicory for the production of production of immunomodulatory inulin and medicinal terpenes - products with clear benefits for consumers - and ii) to co-develop with stakeholders sustainable innovation pathways for NPBTs. For pursuing this goal the project will evaluate in parallel the value of four different NPBTs (tilling, gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 for genomic insertion and transient expression, and cisgenesis) with respect to their technical and economic potential, health, and environmental risks, and socio-economic impacts. During the project period the regulatory framework in the EU is likely to be clarified resulting in some NPBTs being considered and regulated as genetically modified plants and others which would not be covered by this legislation. In line with the principles of responsible research and innovation (RRI) project activities will involve stakeholders during the entire R&D process and results will be communicated to interested publics involving also activities by artists. Die TU Graz is WP leader for developing and implementing the RRI-type project design, in particular for the stakeholder engagement. On top TU Graz will conduct analyses of policies relevant to and of possible social impacts of the cultivation of GE chicory.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Armin Spök
Dr.phil. MSc
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Plant & Food Research Ltd, PFR
  • VTT - Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus
  • Fundacja Art & Science Synergy Foundation, ASSF
  • Istituto Agrario di San Michele all'Adige, Fondazione Edmund Mach, FEM
  • Wageningen University and Research, Stichting Wageningen Research
  • Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, USTL
  • Univerzitet u Beogradu, Institut za biološka istraživanja „Siniša Stanković" , IBISS
  • Wageningen Universiteit
  • Europese Organisatie Voor Wetenschappelijk Plantenonderzoek, E.P.S.O. IVZW, EPSO
  • Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnologica, iBET
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, JKI
  • Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie, IPB
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 29.06.2022
IDERBLOG - II - Individual DifferEntiated correct writing with Blogs - Individualizing and Implementing
The aim of the project is to bring a holistic view of the areas of "writing texts" and "writing correctly" to the forefront of the writing process, as both areas are mutually dependent. This results in a new perspective on the two fields, which has practically not yet been carried out because the technical possibilities did not exist. In the project, an internet platform will be set up which enables pupils to write their experiences on computers, tablets or other mobile devices and to make them available to the general public via the internet in a kind of digital "class diary" or "class newspaper". The publication on the Internet, which complies with data protection regulations, increases the motivation to write, as the written texts are accessible to a larger audience. Data protection is taken into account by the fact that the class diary can be viewed in public, partially public or only within the class. Writing the individual contributions gives other pupils the opportunity to read the experiences of other pupils. In this way, the project also trains and increases reading skills. By the possibilities of the Internet reader and author can step over the commentary function to the written one into contact with each other and communicate with each other.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Martin Ebner
Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Frank Kappe
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Landesinstitut für Pädagogik und Medien
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Landesinstitut für Pädagogik und Medien
  • Grundschule Saarbrücken-Dellengarten
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark
  • Gemeindeschule Raeren
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2018
End: 30.08.2021
EU - PROVENANCE - Providing Verification Assistance for New Content
PROVENANCE will develop an intermediary-free solution for digital content verification that gives greater control to users of social media and underpins the dynamics of social sharing in values of trust, openness, and fair participation. Specifically, PROVENANCE will use blockchain to record, in a secure and verifiable manner, multimedia content that is uploaded and registered by content creators or identified for registration by the PROVENANCE Social Network Monitor. The PROVENANCE Verification Layer will apply advanced tools for multimedia analytics (semantic uplift, image forensics, cascade analysis) to record any modifications to content assets and to identify similar pieces of content. A personalised Digital Companion will cater to the information needs of end-users. To help consumers navigate content and develop digital literacy competencies, an iconographic Verification Indicator will contextualise individual pieces of content with relevant information including when the content was registered, by whom, and any subsequent transactions. PROVENANCE will be co-created with diverse representatives of civil society across four distinct use-cases in the social media domain (citizen information seekers, citizen prosumers, factual content creators, and creative content creators). However, the findings will be applicable to any area in which social media and verification are important. The scientific and pragmatic insights gained through PROVENANCE will significantly advance the state of the art in intermediary-free solutions for content verification, understanding of information cascades and information sources on social media, the openness of algorithms, and user control over personal data. In so doing, it will lay the foundation for a new federated social network grounded in trust, openness, and fair participation. In addition, it will support the development of an observatory on information veracity and social media best practice under the ICT28 CSA.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Alexander Nussbaumer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Christina Steiner
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • The University of Dublin - Trinity College Dublin
  • Fundación Cibervoluntarios, CIBER
  • Dublin City University
  • Ústav teorie informace a automatizace AV ČR, v.v.i., UTIA
Research areas
Start: 30.11.2018
End: 29.11.2021
Online Communities - Evolution of Online Communities
Online knowledge communities form around a vast number of topics, but not all of them thrive and achieve self-sustaining numbers of users and levels of activity. Since these online communities are ubiquitous, large knowledge repositories and up-to-date news sources, it is important to better understand and support activity and growth on these platforms. To that end, I will distill and learn more about key factors that drive and define success and failure of these communities and to devise stochastic dynamical models for their lifecycle stages as a product of the interactions between their members. With this approach, I will be able to partially predict the future evolution of a given online community. Having these newly gained insights, it will be possible to measure and quantify critical differences in dynamics between successful and failing online knowledge communities, thus helping community managers to quantitatively assess the status of their communities and steer them towards self-sustainable activity levels. My backhground in Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science, combined with my preliminary research experience in characterizing activity dynamics of online communities puts me in an unique position to tackle the challenges outlined in this PhD proposal.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in bei Kooperationen mit externen Organisationen
Tiago Filipe Teixeira dos Santos
Dipl.-Ing.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Frank Kappe
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, ÖAW
External Partners
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH
  • University of Southern California, USC
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2019
End: 27.02.2022
ExDRa - Exploratory Data Science over Raw Data
Machine learning (ML) applications based on large data are increasing applied in the enterprise to improve the value chain and gain competitive advantage. In contrast to traditional ML, the objectives are, however, under-specified, allow for different types of analysis, and can leverage a wide variety of heterogeneous, distributed and partially inaccessible data sources. Therefore, the typical data science process in the enterprise is exploratory, that is, data scientists investigate hypotheses, integrate the necessary data, run different analytics, and look for interesting patterns and models. Since the added value is unknown in advance, very little investments are made into the systematic acquisition, integration, and preprocessing of data. This lack of infrastructure results in redundancy of manual steps and inefficient computation. Furthermore, the central consolidation is not always technically or economically desirable or even possible (e.g., sensitive personal data). These scenarios share the necessity of federated execution and dedicated elimination of redundancy. The basic idea of the ExDRa project is an investigation of suitable systems support for this exploratory data science process over heterogeneous and distributed raw data sources, showcased in a demonstrator for practical applications.

In detail, this approach entails the following research aspects:
(1) ad-hoc and federated data integration over raw data,
(2) data organization and reuse of intermediates,
(3) horizontal optimization over the entire data science lifecycle, and
(4) query planning for partially accessible data.

Use cases come from the process industry. In this context, there are large amounts of data, distributed over locations and appliances, but whose consolidation is technically, economically, and legally limited. The overall goal leads to four research goals. First, data integration, data processing and analysis over raw data needs to be enabled via a suitable declarative specification of data source and preprocessing steps, as well as efficient primitives for local and federated computation. In the context of exploratory data science, this requires sampling and incremental maintenance. Second, unnecessary redundancy and inefficiency of repeated computations need to be addressed via dedicated techniques for data organization and reuse. The high communication overhead of federated analysis could further benefit from leveraging compression techniques and the performance-accuracy tradeoff. Third, we aim to improve the understanding of exploratory analysis results and simply future analysis via systematic model management and optimization of experiments. Fourth, federated computation is an essential part of exploratory analysis over raw data. Accordingly, we intend to investigate system architectures, as well as query optimization and processing. In order to provide evidence for practical relevance, all results will be integrated and evaluated as part of a demonstrator software.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Matthias Böhm
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Wirt.-Inf. Dr.-Ing.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, DFKI
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2019
End: 30.05.2022
PolyPrint Development of polymeric structures via 3D printing for the individual incontinence treatment
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a worldwide problem. Around 30% of women and 10% of men are affected with increasing prevalence at elevated ages. According to Statistik Austria (2016), 5.9% of all Austrians deal with UI. The Österreichische Interdisziplinäre Hochaltrigenstudie revealed that more than one third of the persons surveyed suffered from this chronical disease. Again, the disease was more pronounced in women than men (i.e., 40.5 vs. 25.4%). Stress incontinence is the most common type of UI. It is a result of weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and/or the urethral sphincter and occurs at certain activities, such as laughing or coughing. Women are often affected after pregnancy, vaginal birth or during menopause. Often, men are concerned after prostatectomy. Depending on the severity of the disease, several treatment options are available; i) non-surgical, conservative methods (e.g., pelvic floor exercises), ii) medical treatment, and iii) surgical treatment (e.g., implantation of an artificial urethral sphincter, AUS). Additionally, women have the opportunity to use pessaries that alter the position of the bladder and/or the urethra. Advantageously, pessaries do not need any surgical treatment and can be self-inserted and removed by the patient. However, pessaries are only available in a limited number of size and shape. Thus, they are not applicable to every woman depending on the anatomy, the state of health, and patient acceptability. The application of such mechanically stabilizing systems might also be possible in male patients. Although a surgical management is inevitable, these systems are not associated with drawbacks often observed after AUS implantation (i.e., urethral erosion and atrophy). Consequently, there is a need to broaden the complexity of pessaries - which are currently very simple systems - to make them available to a larger, inhomogeneous patient group. The manufacturing of products with complex structures frequently involves multiple complex processes. 3D printing is a technology that enables the specific production of a 3-dimensional structure in a single process step. Moreover, it allows for the fast and efficient product adaptation following the individual patients requirements. During this project a commercially available 3D printing system is used to manufacture different geometries with the aim to evaluate the systems limitations. In addition to siliastic polymers, which are currently the golden standard to fabricate pessaries, various polymeric carrier materials are tested. Additionally, several functional additives are incorporated to broaden the spectrum regarding size, shape and mechanical characteristics. Importantly, the feasibility to (partially) integrate drugs that were shown to aid UI treatment (e.g., estrogens) is investigated. Thereby, these systems do not only provide mechanically stabilizing effects but also provide tailored drug release. Based on the gathered knowledge, the 3D printing system is adapted and eventually, a concept of an optimized 3D printing system and the corresponding process is elaborated. This builds the basis for the fast and efficient manufacturing of innovative pessaries that are adapted to the individual patients needs. These innovative pessaries do not only adapt the position of the bladder and/or the urethra, but also provide the possibility of simultaneous medical treatment.
Staff member
Contact
Christine Wächter
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH, RCPE
Research areas
Start: 30.06.2019
End: 29.06.2022
Doctoral Education for Technology-Enhanced Learning
Doctoral Education for Technology-Enhanced Learning (DE-TEL) project will establish and deepen a strategic partnership for doctoral education in Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL). DE-TEL brings together 9 internationally renowned universities and the European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning to reflect their expertise in doctoral education into a new internationally validated program in TEL, extended with rich and professionally produced Open Educational Resources. The project grounds the design of the new program in the best practices in TEL doctoral education across Europe as well as institutional and national requirements. DE-TEL will create a new offer in an area of research that finds practical application across Europe as digitisation of education is in an increasing demand to solve multiple challenges. Digitisation requires pedagogical expertise on using and technological expertise in designing technologies for learning, and strategic expertise in policy making and change management. However, stakeholders currently lack combined knowledge from all three perspectives, on how to strategically drive and operationally implement digitalisation of learning and training, envision innovative technologies for learning, and rigorous methods to create evidence for the effectiveness and efficiency of technologies as part of socio-technical interventions. Such expertise is required at all levels and at all types of organisations. There is also a growing, recognised understanding by all relevant stakeholders from EU policy makers to local schools that the potential of technologies with respect to learning is to provide ubiquitous access to learning materials,and an engaging, personalised and scalable learning experience. Doctoral education in TEL aims to develop such expertise in doctoral candidates. It provides knowledge from multiple relevant perspectives and allows taking empirically-based decisions in implementing TEL solutions in practice. The goal of DE-TEL is to bring doctoral education in TEL to a new level with high-quality resources and a new internationally designed program to support better curricular integration and avoid fragmentation of the digitisation agenda in Europe. In order to achieve this goal, the projects objectives are (1) to identify good practices in doctoral education in TEL by conducting a survey of content, topics, teaching methods, and administrative settings, (2) to develop a new program for doctoral education in TEL and OERs available and sustainable via technical infrastructure, (3) to evaluate the new program for doctoral education in TEL in a series of training events for PhD students and teaching staff across Europe and (4) to exchange and spread good practices in doctoral education in TEL across Europe. DE-TEL focuses on producing high-quality educational materials, and therefore applies a common development methodology, consisting of a pre-study, two iterations of development and evaluation, followed by finalisation of the results. This process is supported by management, quality control, as well as extensive Europe-wide dissemination and communication activities. Various participants are considered as the main beneficiaries of the project. Doctoral candidates from participating universities, enrolled TEL programs are direct end-users of the project outputs. However, the project will strongly benefit European universities from the partnership and beyond who currently have or are planning to open doctoral programs in TEL. Instructors and PhD supervisors are also direct beneficiaries of the project, as they will receive an internationally designed state-of-the-art program supplemented with high-quality teaching resources. Eight public events on national and EU levels will be the main activities of dissemination and communication for relevant stakeholders who are essential not only as the target audience, but also as subjects for the pre-study survey, users and co-designers of the program and the materials, multipliers of the knowledge generated in the project, and a source of valuable feedback. Via the European Association of TEL involved as a partner, the project will reach wider audiences across Europe and ensure the long-term availability and sustainability of the project results. DE-TEL impact will be strongest at the EU level, while also providing benefits to society and the economy on local, regional and national levels, along with other Erasmus+ and EU activities. Through intensive cross-border and inter-disciplinary cooperation, the project will trigger processes and produce results that are likely to become self-sustaining and develop further, such as standards of excellence in doctoral education in the field of TEL. The project will have impact on development of transversal skills among doctoral candidates, their supervisors and researchers, with a life-long value in the settings of continuously changing lifelong learning and societal challenges.
Staff member
Contact
Viktoria Pammer-Schindler
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Tallinna Ülikool
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH
  • Open Universiteit Nederland, OU
  • Universidade de Aveiro
  • Cyprus University of Technology, CUT
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, NTNU
  • University of Macedonia, UOM
  • EATEL - European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2019
End: 30.08.2022
EU - ON-MERRIT - Observing and Negating Matthew Effects in Responsible Research and Innovation Transition
ON-MERRIT targets an equitable scientific system that rewards based on merit rather than the “Matthew Effect” of cumulative advantage. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), including elements like Open Science and Gender Equality, promises to fundamentally transform scholarship to bring greater transparency and participation to research processes, and increase the impact of outputs. Yet just making processes open will not per se drive re-use or participation unless also accompanied by the capacity (in terms of knowledge, skills, motivation and technological readiness) to do so. Absorptive capacity and ability to capitalize on knowledge resources vary considerably amongst business, researchers and the general public. Those in possession of such capacities are at an advantage, with the effect that RRI’s agenda of inclusivity is put at risk by conditions of “cumulative advantage” (“Matthew Effect”). Recognising this key threat to RRI, ONMERRIT’s transdisciplinary consortium deploys a cutting-edge combination of qualitative (surveys, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, case-studies) and computational (scientometrics, social network analysis, predictive analytics, text and data mining) methods that use stakeholder participation and co-design to engage researchers, industry, policy-makers and citizens in examining the extent of the Matthew Effect in key RRI elements (Public Engagement, Gender, Open Access/ Open Science and Governance). Selected research questions focus on disciplinary contexts of particular importance for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Agriculture, Climate, and Health). ON-MERRIT then synthesises this evidence to make evidence-based policy recommendations on how Research Performing and Funding Organisations and others should amend policies, indicators and incentives to address and/or mitigate these effects, thus breaking new ground to broaden the SWAFS knowledge-base and show the way ahead for equitable RRI.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Bernhard Wieser
Assoc.Prof. Mag.phil. Dr.phil.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Universidade do Minho, UMinho
  • The Open University
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2019
End: 30.03.2022
DigitalEnergyTwin - Optimised operation and design of industrial energy systems
Industrial energy systems for manufacturing are mainly designed for single supply technologies, not designed for the fluctuation of energy demand and energy supply and thus can only react to a volatile demand and supply (thermal and electric) to a limited extent. From this, the need for the best possible support in optimizing the operation of the industrial energy system (demand and supply), the interaction of different renewable (volatile) and conventional energy sources and the design for industrial energy systems can be derived. The demand for products from the printed circuit board industry is continuously on the rise. Besides the increase of companies in Austria have to face the challenge of frequent change and adaptation to end-user requirements, causing significant changes in the energy demand and supply and by this, energy capacity limits onsite. This will be further increased by digitalisation and in terms of site security the need to increase productivity. The flexibility of the system makes it almost impossible for industry to plan and assess necessary adaptations and investment in the process and supply system and these challenges will increase significantly in the upcoming years. The overall objective of DigitalEnergyTwin is to support the industry with the development of a methodology and software tool to optimize the operation and design of industrial energy systems. The core of the project is the development of a holistic optimization approach, based on (near-) real production data, historical and predictions of the existing system, both the process demand and supply level. By this, industry will be supported for the first time with reliable solutions in terms of fluctuating, volatile and renewable energy supply well designed for efficient process technologies. The methodology of the digital twin will be developed and validated for single use cases and more importantly implemented in the manufacturing industry (PCB industry). For selected processes (energy relevant) and renewable as well as conventional supply technologies also the product quality will be addressed within this approach. Simplification and the development of technical standard solutions will lead to costeffective exploitation in other industrial sectors. Thus, the DigitalEnergyTwin builds on other areas of digitisation that are currently being developed. The use of the digital twin methodology will also make it possible to use the augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) approach, which enables efficient production and system monitoring as well training and will support the EnergyManager4.0 in the future. By this, a maximum impact and multiplication in other industrial companies and sectors will be achieved and the industry benefits from a reduction of costs and risk of investment decision, which will lead to a significant increase of the implementation of renewable energy technologies as well as technologies for higher energy efficiency in industrial production.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in von mehreren TU Graz Instituten
Gerald Schweiger
Mag.phil. Dr.techn. MA MA
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Johanna Pirker
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc
Funding sources
  • Klima- und Energiefonds
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Montanuniversität Leoben, Lehrstuhl für Energieverbundtechnik
  • Fachhochschule Salzburg GmbH
  • AEE - Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien
  • Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH
Research areas
Start: 31.10.2019
End: 30.10.2023
ParisBuildings - Transition of the procurement process towards Paris compatible public buildings
In alignment with the Paris Agreement, Austria is committed to development towards a climate neutral society. The ParisBuildings project addresses the implications on buildings in Austria, considering both operational and embodied emissions. Moreover, the project combines environmental with economic assessments and develops Paris compatible public procurement requirements. The derived recommendations are evaluated based on case studies to support Austria’s policymakers.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Günter Getzinger
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil.
Alexander Passer
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. MSc
Karl Steininger
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.soc.oec.
Participant / Staff Member
Helmuth Kreiner
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Marco Scherz
Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Barbara Truger
BSc MSc
Funding sources
  • Klima- und Energiefonds
External Partners
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Wegener Zentrum für Klima und Globalen Wandel
Research areas
Start: 30.11.2019
End: 29.11.2022
Development of an appropriate risk assessment and technology assessment for GMOs (GVO-TA)
The statutory evaluation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the course of the EU market approval process focusses on environmental and health risks. Other aspects, e.g. socio-economic, broader sustainability are sometimes being considered in the policy decision- but this is neither done in a systematic and structured way nor is this transparent. GVO-TA aims to develop a concept for pre-market evaluations with a broader scope to be used in policy contexts. Main inspirations will come from a review of technology asssement practices. The concept will then be tested in selected case studies.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Armin Spök
Dr.phil. MSc
Funding sources
  • Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN
External Partners
  • Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, BOKU
  • GenØk – Centre for Biosafety, Genok
Research areas
Start: 15.12.2019
End: 30.10.2021
MT02.02_LEC HybTec - Ultra-fast Knock Prediction
The research objective of this project is to increase the understanding of engine knocking and find novel methods to develop ultra-fast knock detection algorithms that are able to detect knocking in real time. Moreover, a step towards predictive knock control is taken, where the algorithm tries to predict knocking and takes measures to adjust the ignition conditions in the combustion cycle even before knocking occurs. Since the common physics-based models are already comparatively well developed and have undergone extensive investigations in the past, the novel methods aimed at in this project will primarily leverage data analytics and machine learning used for pattern recognition. In combination with the classic physical methods in hybrid approaches, they have the potential to improve knock prediction.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Stefanie Lindstaedt
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inf. Dr.
Andreas Wimmer
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • LEC GmbH
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
  • LEC GmbH
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2019
End: 30.12.2023
MT01_LEC - Hybrid Modeling Approaches for Analysis and Simulation of Stochastic Combustion Phenomena
The research objective of this project is to find novel methods to overcome these challenges and provide deeper understanding of cycle-to-cycle variations and knocking. Since physicsbased models have undergone extensive investigations in the past and have proven deficiencies in predictive ability, the novel methods that are the objectives of this project will primarily comprise data-driven approaches or similar methods from data science. These approaches should bring improvements when applied in combination with the physics-based approaches.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in von mehreren TU Graz Instituten
Andreas Wimmer
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Stefanie Lindstaedt
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inf. Dr.
Funding sources
  • LEC GmbH
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
  • LEC GmbH
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2020
End: 30.12.2023
Voladigital - Competences for a volatile and digitized business world
SMEs are currently facing major challenges such as increasing uncertainty and volatility. Digitalization and agility bring both opportunities and new skills requirements. Currently, there are few scientifically based, practical training courses that focus on digitization and/or agility. Learning Factories and Makerspaces offer effective hands-on learning environments. The aim of this research project is to create a training concept where participants can flexibly acquire theoretical content on a learning platform and apply this knowledge in a learning factory and a makerspace. For this reason, a survey with Styrian SMEs will be carried out in the first step and on this basis a didactic concept will be developed and tested.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Johanna Pirker
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc
Christian Ramsauer
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Gesundheit, Pflege und Wissenschaft, Geschäftsstelle des Zukunftsfonds Steiermark, A8
External Partners
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2020
End: 29.04.2022
EWA - Decision Support for Water Supply System Planning involving Future Change Szenarios
The research project EWA deals with the topic of strategic planning in drinking water supply to cope better with an uncertain future development. In the project, a decision support tool for water supply systems is being developed, which is able to derive robust system extensions or adaptations. Various planning alternatives with regard to security of supply, coverage of water requirements, life cycle costs and resource conservation can be examined in the tool, taking into account changing factors such as socio-demographic and climatic developments. The tool uses playful aspects to support intuitive solution finding. Such an approach is also known as a "serious game". The project also uses big data analyzes using machine learning algorithms to analyze time series data (smart meters, pressure and flow measurements). These are currently being developed in the research project ADAM (Advanced DAta-driven Modeling in water loss management). Long-term use of the web-based tool is ensured, among other things, by involving water supply companies, planning offices, state representatives and municipalities in the development of the tool.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in von mehreren TU Graz Instituten
Daniela Fuchs-Hanusch
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Johanna Pirker
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc
Participant / Staff Member
Georg Arbesser-Rastburg
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Michael Pointl
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Anika Stelzl
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Funding sources
  • eww gruppe, Wasser
  • Holding Graz - Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH, Wasserwirtschaft
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Wasserwirtschaft, Ressourcen und Nachhaltigkeit, A14
  • Wasserverband Grazefeld Südost
  • Bundesministerium für Landwirtschaft, Regionen und Tourismus, BMLRT
  • Kommunalkredit Public Consulting GmbH
  • Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung, Abteilung 12 – Wasserwirtschaft, Unterabteilung Wasserwirtschaftliche Planung und Siedlungswasserwirtschaft
  • Amt der Oberösterreichischen Landesregierung, Direktion Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft, Abteilung Wasserwirtschaft
  • Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung, Abteilung 7 Wasser
External Partners
  • Wasserverband Grazefeld Südost
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2020
End: 29.11.2023
EU - EuroCC - National Competence Centres in the framework of EuroHPC
Within the EuroCC project under the European Union’s Horizon 2020, participating countries are tasked with establishing a single National Competence Centre (NCC) in the area of high-performance computing (HPC) in their respective countries. These NCCs will coordinate activities in all HPC-related fields at the national level and serve as a contact point for customers from industry, science, (future) HPC experts, and the general public alike.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Sarah Stryeck
BSc MSc PhD
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • TERATEC
  • CENAERO - Centre de Recherche en Aeronautique
  • Centro Nacional de Supercomputación, BSC
  • Centrum spoločných činností Slovenskej akadémie vied, CCSAS
  • FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
  • IICT - Institute of Information and Communication Technologies
  • Institutul Naţional de Cercetare-Dezvoltare în Informatică, ICI
  • NORCE - Norwegian Research Centre AS
  • SINTEF
  • The Cyprus Institute, Athalassa Campus
  • Kormányzati Informatikai Fejlesztési Ügynökség, KIFÜ
  • Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu, TÜBİTAK
  • CINECA - Consorzio Interuniversitario
  • Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) e.V.
  • Universität Stuttgart
  • Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza im. Stanisława Staszica w Krakowie, AGH
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETH
  • Háskóli Íslands
  • Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
  • National University of Ireland
  • Rīgas Tehniskās universitātes, RTU
  • SRCE - Sveučilište u Zagrebu Sveučilišni računski centar
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University
  • Tartu Ülikool
  • Technická univerzita Ostrava, Vysoká škola báňská
  • Universität Wien
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Univerzitet Donja Gorica
  • Uppsala Universitet
  • Vilniaus universitetas
  • ARNES - Akademska in raziskovalna mreža Slovenije
  • SURFsara BV
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2020
End: 29.08.2022
IDE@S - Innovative Data Environment @ Styria
The aim of the project is to develop a collaborative concept for the development of a Styrian reference model, including first theoretical approaches of a Styrian demonstrator. The planned project is to be implemented in a bottom-up approach together with Styrian clusters and relevant organisations as well as interest groups from the business community in order to promote cooperation between industry and universities. The overall objective is to strengthen the Styrian higher education and economic area and to significant increase in the visibility of Styria at European level in the field of data science.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in bei Kooperationen mit externen Organisationen
Sarah Stryeck
BSc MSc PhD
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Ilire Hasani-Mavriqi
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Bakk.techn.
Funding sources
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Gesundheit, Pflege und Wissenschaft, Geschäftsstelle des Zukunftsfonds Steiermark, A8
External Partners
  • Medizinische Universität Graz
  • FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, UNI Graz
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2020
End: 27.02.2022
COGSTEPS - Crossing the Gap: Startups education and support for PhD students, researchers and scientists
The objectives of the COGSTEPS project are positive change in startup perception from the academic and scientific communities, starting more university startups and spin-off companies, development of an entrepreneurial mindset, transferable and transversal skills by many students, researchers, professors and scientists, forming a regional hub for innovation, research and science commercialization, and academic startups between project partners and crossing the gap between academic and startup worlds.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Tomislav Duricic
mag. ing. comp.
Funding sources
  • Sveučilište u Zagrebu
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva
  • Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Zagrebački inovacijski centar d.o.o., ZICER
  • Ljubljanski univerzitetni inkubator d.o.o., LUI
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2020
End: 30.07.2023
KityVR - Artificial Intelligence for the Generation of CityGML Models and VR Visualization
The development of 3D city models enables the integration of city and building levels into a single model that contains both semantic and geometric information. These models can be used to help stakeholders such as policymakers, city planners, energy providers and suppliers, and citizens make decisions and improve communication and public relations. The highest form of visualization in this area is the use of virtual reality technology. CityGML is an international, widespread standard of the Open Geospatial Consortium for the modeling, storage and exchange of 3D city models; the Open Geospatial Consortiums regards the connection between virtual reality and CityGML as one of the greatest challenges in research and development. In this project two central research aspects in the area of ​​3D city models are addressed. (i) How can virtual reality be used as the highest form of visualization in the area of ​​3D city models? What use cases are there for virtual reality in the area of ​​3D city models? Answers to these questions are developed together with stakeholders and users; the focus is on energy-relevant applications. In the project, a methodology is being developed that enables automatic creation of virtual reality content from CityGML models in combination with energy-relevant extensions such as Energy ADE; Furthermore, the results of dynamic simulation results of energetic analyzes such as the electricity, heating and cooling requirements of a district are shown virtually. Finally, possibilities and limits of virtual reality in the field of 3D city modeling are explored in coordination with relevant stakeholders. (ii) The modeling of the energy structure of larger urban units is characterized by a lack of descriptive input data. In many cases, data sets are incomplete or certain use cases require additional information that is not represented in the corresponding data model; Furthermore, it can be assumed that virtual reality applications require additional data that is neither contained in the current CityGML format nor in ADE extensions. In all of these cases, an "enrichment" of the original data record is necessary in order to provide all the necessary data. Artificial intelligence and statistical methods are promising here: Missing information is calculated using other attributes and heuristic approaches. The planned project is embedded in international developments and projects in the CityGML and Energy ADE area as well as in the BIM2Sim and BIM2CityGML area.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in von mehreren TU Graz Instituten
Gerald Schweiger
Mag.phil. Dr.techn. MA MA
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Christoph Hochenauer
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Thomas Mach
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Michael Monsberger
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Johanna Pirker
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2020
End: 29.09.2021
Digitale Hochschule - Digitalization opportunities for styrian universities
The project collects the experiences with the emergency digitisation caused by CoViD-19 at the Styrian universities and derives development chances for further digitisation processes. By analysing observed effects of digitisation a reflected knowledge base for the future use of digital technologies in teaching, research and administration can be provided. In this way, the project contributes to the resilience of the Styrian university landscape and ensures its future-oriented contribution to Styria as a business location.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Bernhard Wieser
Assoc.Prof. Mag.phil. Dr.phil.
Funding sources
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Gesundheit, Pflege und Wissenschaft, A8
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2020
End: 29.09.2021
ViCity - A Virtual Regional City Center
The lockdown had an enormous social impact. New challenges in collaboration and communication arose. Many residents suffered from psychological stress due to a lack of exchange and employment as well as isolation. However, children and young people in particular were able to benefit from social interaction in video games, so the WHO even recommends playing more. For many residents, however, access to video games is alien to them and other platforms for immersive exchange are not known. In the ViCity project, we want to create a virtual regional city center/museum to facilitate exchange, virtual school trips, a platform for the arts, or presentations by regional companies. This platform uses methods of video game creation, but uses them in a non-gaming context to make the medium available to the broad masses for social activities.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in bei Kooperationen mit externen Organisationen
Johanna Pirker
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc
Funding sources
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Gesundheit, Pflege und Wissenschaft, A8
Research areas
Start: 31.10.2020
End: 29.10.2021
OPTIMA - Open‌ ‌Practices,‌ ‌Transparency‌ ‌and‌ ‌Integrity‌ ‌for‌ ‌Modern‌ ‌Academia
OPTIMA aims at improving the quality of higher education in Ukraine by increasing the level of academic integrity through bringing open practices and transparency to relevant content and services, as well as through modernisation and internationalization of Ukrainian HEIs. OPTIMA will introduce open practices as a quality assurance (QA) process and IT solutions and international virtual community as a quality assurance mechanism. The system of higher education (HE) in Ukraine is characterized by serious deficiencies, such as inefficient quality assurance (QA) and low levels of internationalization, which negatively affect educational attainment and reduce the country’s general potential. At the same time, another acute problem currently facing the country’s HE system is caused by the military conflict in eastern Ukraine. In 2014 the concept of “displaced higher education institutions” emerged as since the beginning of hostilities in the Donbass region, 18 higher education institutions (HEIs) have been moved from the temporarily ceased territories. The displaced HEIs managed to resume the educational process and now continue to educate over 40,000 students and employ about 3,500 academic staff. However, despite numerous achievements, problems of quality and integrity remain in the Ukrainian education system, harming society and economy. Misconduct in HE, when students do not properly represent their acquired knowledge because of cheating, plagiarism and ghostwriting, is one of the main problems of the Ukrainian education system. There is, then, a need for development and implementation of innovative QA mechanisms built on academic integrity culture. Transparency is at the core of Open Science (OS) which has gained increasing EU-level recognition and popularity in recent years. OS is not an end but a means to support better quality science, increased international collaboration and integrity. These goals are highly relevant to Ukrainian HEIs and can be effectively applied in the wider academic context through fostering research integrity culture and practices among academic staff, students and administrators in order to improve education quality. We conclude that the “OS vacuum” should be treated not as a failure, but as an opportunity to use the constantly improving European OS best practices to improve the situation in Ukraine. So, the proposed strategy is the introduction of more open and transparent practices leading to increased academic integrity leading to improved education quality. Introducing Open Peer Review (OPR) has the biggest potential in Ukraine as it brings transparency to the already familiar practice of academic evaluation and provides hands-on learning opportunities for early career researchers, helping to build new skills under collective mentorship of international experts. Hence, OPTIMA will develop and implement an online OPR platform for academic conferences and build an international virtual community of peer reviewers and researchers on the base of it. Combined with general and subject-specific OS subjects to be introduced in the partner HEIs for Master students and PhD candidates as well as a general open online course, OPTIMA’s OPR platform is intended to give our target universities (and Ukrainian HE system in general) a much needed impetus for change towards openness and integrity.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Stefan Reichmann
Mag.phil. BA MA
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
  • Lviv Polytechnic National University, LPNU
External Partners
  • Politechnika Wrocławska
  • Lutsk National Technical University, Lutsk NTU
  • National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine, UAC
  • Lviv Polytechnic National University, LPNU
  • Sumy State University, SUMDU
  • Université Côte d'Azur, UCA
  • Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University, DonNU
  • Stichting eIFL.net, EIFL
  • National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance, NAQA
  • EURODOC - The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers
Research areas
Start: 14.01.2021
End: 13.01.2024
UserGrids - User-centred intelligent control and planning of sustainable microgrids
The project UserGRIDs develops two user-centred energy services at city district level, be¬ne¬fit-ting from active user participation and large amounts of real-time data. An ICT platform acts as a mid¬dleware providing seamless interoperability and standardized protocols. The first service is an energy management system (EMS) for districts with strongly fluctuating con¬sump¬tion and generation characteristics. The aim is to minimize emissions through optimal mana¬ge¬ment of en-ergy storage and supply from volatile sources. Various building controllers are ex¬ten¬ded to form a comprehensive, self-learning control system for the entire district. Its de¬vel¬opment is based on detailed thermo-electrical models also used by the second service, energy structure planning. It supports decisions on the transition of the district energy system towards zero greenhouse gas emissions. EMS, ICT-platform and energy structure planning will be im¬ple¬men¬ted, tested and further developed at the INNOVATION DISTRICT INFFELD of TU Graz.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in bei Kooperationen mit externen Organisationen
Christoph Hochenauer
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in von mehreren TU Graz Instituten
Thomas Mach
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Günter Getzinger
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil.
Martin Horn
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Gerhard Kelz
Dipl.-Ing.
Michael Monsberger
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Gerald Schweiger
Mag.phil. Dr.techn. MA MA
Funding sources
  • Energie Steiermark AG
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • EQUA Solutions AG
  • EAM Systems Ing. G.P. Wolf GmbH
  • BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.
  • Fronius International GmbH
External Partners
  • BEST - Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2021
End: 28.02.2024
LignoFracStore - Fractionation and conversion of lignin for sustainable eneryg storage
The development of innovative products from lignin, which comes as black liquor in a million-ton scale from pulp and paper production, has a huge potential to open new business areas. Despite significant efforts on national and international level, the vast majority of lignin is still subjected to incineration. Another societal challenge is a safe and sustainable supply with energy. While sustainable energy production has been addressed in the past years, sustainable energy storage still is an issue. Nowadays, most of the chemical storage technologies rely on depletable sources (e.g. metals), which need to be mined and transported to Europe, thereby causing a wide range of problems (e.g., disposal, sustainability, flammability etc.) In this project, a new value chain based on lignin (more precisely black liquor) is explored to generate sustainable, non‒inflammable redox flow battery electrolytes including aspects on recycling after end-of-life. For this purpose, processes will be designed to efficiently separate and pretreat the black liquor.
Staff member
Konsortialführer/in bzw. Koordinator/in bei Kooperationen mit externen Organisationen
Stefan Spirk
Assoc.Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Günter Getzinger
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil.
Marlene Kienberger
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2021
End: 30.03.2024
Carbon Diet - Opportunities for a climate-friendly degree of mobility by defining fair individual mobility budgets
The aim of the project is to implement and test the concept of sufficient individual mobility accounts in connection with the high potential of implementing CO2 reductions in business trips using a mobility account tool in companies. This enables the success of CO2 savings to be quantified and specific savings targets to be set so that climate protection measures can be implemented.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Günter Getzinger
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Donau-Universität Krems
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, AIT
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2021
End: 30.03.2023
DIGIVID - Digital Competences Unleashed: Education and Training of Digital Competences in the era of CoVid-19
Information literacy and digital competences must be considered as a fundamental competency like the ability to read, write and calculate. The UNESCO considers it “a basic human right” while the American Library Association calls it a “survival skill in the information age”. In the digital era, information literacy and digital competences are a social key competence in technology-enhanced learning settings as well as in educational/professional environments. This holds especially true during the CoVID-19 pandemic, where on short notice a sudden shift from conventional face-to-face teaching and learning to digital online teaching and learning took place. This shift poses challenges especially for lecturers/teachers as well as (teacher-)students, who have to suddenly orient themselves in a completely new situation of teaching and learning. In the DIGIVID project, we focus on the education of lecturers, in-service teachers and teacher-students at universities and Teacher Colleges in Austria, Germany and Norway, to educate them to become information literate and digital-savvy to ensure high quality of teaching and learning in online teaching and learning environments. To do so, the objectives of the project are as follows: We will develop the DIGIVIDget, a widget that presents the DIGIVID online teaching and learning curriculum based upon the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp 2.1) and the European Digital Competence Framework for Educators (DigCompEdu) in a sophisticated way. DIGIVID empowers lecturers, teachers and teacher-students to learn on (desktop-)PCs or time and place-independent on their mobile devices to prepare them for the demands of today’s information society and digital teaching and learning contexts like those caused by the CoVID-19 pandemic.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Viktoria Pammer-Schindler
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
  • Österreichischer Austauschdienst GmbH - Agentur für Internationale Bildungs- und Wissenschaftskooperation, OeAD
External Partners
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, NTNU
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, UNI Graz
  • Technische Universität Dresden
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2021
End: 29.04.2023
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