ISDS/Research/Projects

Open Projects

MTZ - Medical Telematics Center
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 30.10.1998
3DNET6: Multi-site Haptic Cooperation sharing 3D Virtual Objects over Internet v6
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 29.09.1998
EONT: An Experiment in ODL using New Technologies
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 30.08.1997
EUROPE MMM: Efficient Usage of Remote and Online Publication of MultiMedia Material
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 30.01.1999
HERALD: Hyperwave Enhanced Rated Link Database
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 29.06.1998
HYMN: Hyperwave Marketing Needs
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 29.09.1998
HYPKON: A Teleconferencing System
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 30.10.1998
Infomed-Austria
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 30.05.1999
LIBERATION: LIBraries: Electronic Remote Access to Inormation over Networks
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 29.11.1998
HM-Card: Hypermedia Authoring System
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 29.06.2000
J.UCS: The Journal of Universal Computer Science
J.UCS - the Journal of Universal Computer Science - is an electronic journal that is the prototype for electronic publishing in the future. Using Hyper-G for distribution it provides all search and navigation mechanisms of large scale hypermedia systems and therefore makes it easy to locate interesting articles. Readers can perform variable scope searches to find papers, then they can browse them on screen either in hypertext mode or in high quality PostScript mode, or they can get high quality PostScript documents for printing. Even PostScript documents provide full hyperlink support when reading them on screen. Articles in J.UCS can be accessed very fast using a wide net of servers distributed all over the world. J.UCS also supports annotations to existing articles informing the readers of new research results or errors. Writing articles for J.UCS is very easy using PostScript as the main submission format, even standard hyperlinks such as literature references are generated automatically.
Staff member
Project Leader
Dana Kaiser
cand.mag.
Funding sources
  • Springer Verlag GmbH
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Institut für Hyper-Media-Systeme
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 10.12.2019
STIMMT: Styrian Traffic Information On Multimedia Technology
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 30.03.1999
TICIT: Congress Organisation over WWW
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 30.12.1999
Publications
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1994
End: 30.01.2002
DINO: Distributed Interactive Network Objects
Dinopolis is an open-source project implementing a middleware platform for an arbitrarily distributed, arbitrarily scalable component framework. One of the very important goals of this project is the definition of a very special object-, component- and interrelation model which does not exist in any of today's systems. An additional speciality that is also not addressed by any other system world-wide is the concept of embedding and combining arbitrary existing systems.
Staff member
Other Functions
Klaus Schmaranz
Univ.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1996
End: 29.06.2005
GENTLE: GEneral Networked Teaching and Learning Environment
By providing a powerful Web-based classroom environment GENTLE-WBT combines the benefits of distance learning with the advantages of 'learning together' in a traditional classroom. GENTLE addresses today's needs of corporations and universities to deliver cost-effective, easy-to-use training courses for employees and students - anytime and anywhere. GENTLE has already been tested by dozens of universities, a major bank in Germany, an automobile company, an international food company, and similar institutions. Using GENTLE, learning and training costs may be reduced and valuable information may be easily shared thus supporting a continuous learning process. Courseware creation and reuse is supported by the various so-called wizards, managers and tools that take over routine tasks and provide guidance for more sophisticated undertakings, using helpful user interfaces. Additionally, GENTLE can also be used as an administration system, managing trainees' records (exercise assignments, certificates, learning progress etc.), classes (who may or has to participate in a course etc.) and for keeping statistics on courses (quality, efficiency, acceptance, etc.). One of the strength of GENTLE-WBT is its flexibility concerning customizations, thus it can be easily implemented in different environments. With varying features, the system is designed to meet the users' needs and support the requirements of a learning process in an electronic wor...(this text has been cut automatically)
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austrian Aeronautics Research (AAR), AIT
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1996
End: 30.12.2000
MTP (Medical Telematics Platform)
MTP is a large research project of the IICM together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The goal of this project is the development of software for the first virtual arbitrarily distributed, electronic patient record worldwide. In this project special care has to be taken to meet all requirements concerning the distribution of objects as well as all data safety and security aspects arising from this distribution.
Staff member
Other Functions
Karl Blümlinger
Christof Dallermassl
Dipl.-Ing.
Klaus Schmaranz
Univ.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
External Partners
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., DLR
Research areas
Start: 31.12.1997
End: 29.06.2005
WWW - Knowledge Management
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.05.1998
End: 28.02.2000
MUSICWEB: Developing New Tools for Music Education, Using Wide-Area Networks and Hypermedia Technology
Music Web CONNECT is a consortial project to develop the resources, technical infrastructure and demonstration applications to provide a well-structured learning environment of a diverse body of students of Music. The aim of this "proof-of-concept" project is to develop common network access to music-educational materials designed to facilitate their integration into a wide variety of music courses and independent-learning scenarios, and to unlock the specialist skills and resources available within individual institutions so that they can be exploited for the general educational benefit of the community at large. Common design, common modes of access and common management of materials provide valuable cross-fertilization while enabling the distinctive characteristics of the courses offered by individual institutions to be preserved.
Staff member
External Partners
  • University of Glasgow, Department of Music
  • Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM)
  • Royal Conservatory in Den Haag
Research areas
Start: 31.10.1999
End: 30.12.2002
CORONET: Corporate Software Engineering Knowledge Networks for Improved Training of the Work Force
The project deals with development and implementation of a new training approach, which is essentially based on learning in corporate knowledge network environments, collaborative work with human experts as part of the training sessions, and visualisation of courseware contents and learning profiles. The project aims to develop and implement a new hypermedia learning environment to support the approach and to improve hypermedia courseware production through reuse of existing knowledge packages on software engineering methods and techniques. Finally, the training approach and the training environment is supposed to be validated in industrial environments.
Staff member
Other Functions
Nikolai Scerbakov
Ao.Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Experimentelles Software Engineering, IESE
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung Darmstadt, IGD
  • The University of New South Wales, UNSW
Research areas
Start: 31.01.2000
End: 29.04.2002
WBT - Master: Web Based Training Master Environment
The project deals with the development of an intelligent, adaptable learning environment to support different trianing process applied in real training situations.
Staff member
Other Functions
Nikolai Scerbakov
Ao.Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.01.2000
End: 30.03.2002
UWIK - Universal web-based communication system
Advantages and disadvantages of existent web technologies (news groups, mailing lists, chat rooms, etc.) are analyzed. This projects aims to develop new tools to improve the security of these technologies.
Staff member
Other Functions
Hermann Maurer
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Verkehr
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2000
End: 30.05.2001
Brockhaus multimedial
Staff member
External Partners
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Institut für Hyper-Media-Systeme
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2000
End: 30.12.2006
e-Wörterbücher
Staff member
External Partners
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Institut für Hyper-Media-Systeme
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2000
End: 30.12.2006
Teaching Aids for Human-Computer Interaction
Techniques and aids for teaching HCI are being developed. In particular, a constructed exercise for studnets to evaluate, called ZIPPY, is under development.
Staff member
Other Functions
Keith Andrews
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2001
End: 30.01.2005
ARCS Intranet
Implementation of a intranet server system including some Web applications on the basis of a Hyperwave Information Server.
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2001
End: 30.01.2003
MIRACLE: Multimedia Information Repository - A Computer-based Language Effort
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Hermann Maurer
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
External Partners
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
  • University of Auckland, Faculty of Science, Department of Computer Science
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2002
End: 30.01.2006
VA-TECH Intranet Application
Within the framework of this project the module NEWS-system of the VATECH intranet system will be adapted. With the introduction of new document classes for document hierarchies and document listings new functionalities are integrated.
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Herbert Legenstein
Dipl.-Ing.
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2002
End: 30.10.2003
Cooperative-Learning
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Hermann Maurer
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
Other Functions
Nikolai Scerbakov
Ao.Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2002
End: 30.01.2004
Reports of the ÖAW-Intranet System
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.01.2003
End: 30.03.2003
Administration of the ÖAW-Intranet System
The intranet system of ÖAW including the editorial system of the publishing house, is periodically maintained and enhanced. Additionally, statistics of the system will be provided.
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2003
End: 30.05.2004
Update on IS6 – Innovative Concepts and its Implementation
Staff member
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2003
End: 29.11.2003
XML-Converter for the Austrian Encyclopaedia
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2003
End: 30.07.2003
Biographical Encyclopaedia - ÖAW
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2003
End: 29.06.2003
Evaluation and Enhancements of Teamworkspaces
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Herbert Legenstein
Dipl.-Ing.
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2003
End: 30.12.2003
Design of an eLearning Platmform
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Herbert Legenstein
Dipl.-Ing.
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
Research areas
Start: 30.06.2003
End: 30.12.2003
Feasibility Studie - Feasibility Study on an Archiving and Information System
Feasibility Study on an Archiving and Information System
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.07.2003
End: 30.12.2003
Adele - Adaptive e-Learning with Eye-Tracking (AdeLE)
Eye-Tracking Supported E-Learning represents a new and innovative approach to adaptive elearning methods. Basically, the idea is to introduce an improved, real-time-capable eyetracking procedure for intelligent user profile deduction on the one hand, and the use of a dynamic background library on the other hand. By means of eye-tracking, the behaviour of the learner is recorded in real-time and used for adaptive knowledge transfer. This information produces among others detailed user profiles through more targeted identification of the actually consumed knowledge units. The dynamic background library provides further information to the learning units, corresponding to the needs and knowledge of the learner. Different user-interface approaches to adaptive knowledge transfer will be developed and evaluated. New visualization methods will open successful learning behaviour to the learner and will help identify knowledge connections.
Staff member
Project Leader
Maja Pivec
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.
Contact
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Victor Garcia-Barrios
Dipl.-Ing.
Felix Mödritscher
Dipl.-Ing.
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, BMBWK
  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, BMVIT
External Partners
  • FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH, Studiengang Informations-Design
Research areas
Start: 31.10.2003
End: 30.10.2007
EU - SCARD - Side Channel Analysis Resistant Design Flow
The threat of side-channel attacks is of crucial importance when designing systems with cryptographic hardware or software. Especially smart cards and related micro-chip systems have shown considerable vulnerabilities in this respect. Side-channel attacks analyze and exploit the information produced by some system by, for example, measuring its power consumption or the electro-magnetic emanation of this system. From these traces the attacker can potentially make conclusions about the secret data involved in a computation inside the system. Meanwhile, simple power analysis (SPA), differential power analysis (DPA), and their related attacks, simple and differential electro-magnetic emanation analysis (SEMA, DEMA), became known to a broader public, and thus pose the biggest threat. In the following, we will refer to these side-channel analysis methods and related attacks by using the acronym SCA. In SCARD, we propose to enhance the typical micro-chip design flow – from high level system description over register transfer layer description down to gate level net lists, and finally placement & routing of the micro-chip – in order to provide a means for designing side-channel resistant circuits and systems. Moreover, we intend to study the whole phenomenon of SCA in a consistent manner, and will also provide appropriate analysis tools and design tools for the designer of secure systems. We consider these additional ingredients of the traditional design flow of micro-chips as necess
Staff member
Head of Department (Project Leader
Manfred Aigner
Dipl.-Ing.
Participant / Staff Member
Christoph Herbst
Dipl.-Ing.
Stefan Mangard
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Maria Elisabeth Oswald
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Stefan Tillich
Dipl.-Ing.
Johannes Wolkerstorfer
Univ.-Ass., Dipl.-Ing.
Other Functions
Thomas Popp
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"
  • KU Leuven, Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography, COSIC
  • KU Leuven
  • Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu, TÜBİTAK
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2003
End: 30.05.2006
Electronic Publishing (ÖAW)
Based on the Hyperwave Server Technology the architecture and the design of the infrastructure needed for electronic publishing have been design and implemented. The project also covers administration and support as well as the migration of the templates of the Hyperwave server. In addition, some special components for the Austrian Biographical Encyclopaedia have been specified and implemented.
Staff member
Project Leader
Walter Friedrich Schinnerl
Dipl.-Ing.
Funding sources
  • Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2003
End: 30.01.2007
EU - DELOS - Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries
DELOS is a Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries partially funded by the European Commission in the frame of the Information Society Technologies Programme. It started on 1st January 2004 and has a duration of 48 months. It presently has 55 members. Digital Libraries represent a new infrastructure and environment that has been made possible by the integration and use of a number of IC technologies, the availability of digital content on a global scale and a strong demand from users who are now on-line. They are destined to become an essential part of the information infrastructure in the 21st century. The DELOS vision for digital libraries is that they should enable any citizen to access all human knowledge any time and anywhere, in a friendly, multi-modal, efficient and effective way, by overcoming barriers of distance, language, and culture and by using multiple Internet-connected devices. The new generation digital libraries should not just be seen as static information repositories but as growing, interactively, and collaboratively used nuclei of what will be at some stage, a good part of human knowledge that depends as much on information as on communication. The main objective of DELOS is thus to contribute to the development of the enabling technologies so that its vision for digital libraries may become reality. Digital Libraries is a multi-disciplinary field whose progress relies on the advancement of many enabling technologies. It is of crucial importance that the research activities that are carried out separately under these enabling technologies are integrated with research activities being conducted within the digital library field, and we consider that to be the main task of DELOS. DELOS also aims at disseminating knowledge of digital library technologies to many diverse application domains. It can provide specific user communities with access to advanced digital library technologies, services, testbeds, and the necessary expertise and knowledge to facilitate their take-up.
Staff member
Project Leader
Hermann Maurer
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
Contact
Harald Krottmaier
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Denis Helic
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Robert Stubenrauch
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • State archives in Poland (Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Państwowych)
  • Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Nationaal Archief
  • Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, FORTH
  • OFFIS e.V.
  • ERCIM - European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics
  • University of Lancaster
  • Lunds universitet
  • Università degli Studi di Bari
  • University of Bath
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • The University of Queensland
  • University of Leeds
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETH
  • Università degli Studi di Milano
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Technische Universität Wien, TU Wien
  • University of Glasgow
  • Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"
  • Università della Svizzera italiana, University of Lugano
  • Universität Basel
  • Universität zu Köln
  • Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, USTL
  • Universiteit Van Amsterdam
  • Masarykova univerzita
  • Universität Bremen
  • Universität Konstanz
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Imperial College London
  • Ionian University
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, NTNU
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of South Wales
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Technical University of Crete
  • Universita degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Facolta di Ingegneria di Modena
  • Università degli Studi di Urbino - "Carlo Bo"
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
  • Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Université de Paris - Sud 11
  • University of Southampton
  • HITT - health information technologies tirol GmbH
  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, ÖAW
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
  • Stichting Centrum Voor Wiskunde En Informatica
  • Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, Számítástechnikai és Automatizálási Kutatóintézet, MTA SZTAKI
  • ICCS - Institute of Communications and Computer Systems
  • Institut for Videndeling v/Hanne Albrechtsen
  • Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, NeuroMathComp, INRIA
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
  • Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe, CVCE
Research areas
  • Digital Libraries and Information Systems
Start: 31.12.2003
End: 30.12.2007
MISTRAL - Measurable Intelligent and Reliable Semantic Extraction and Retrieval of Multimedia Data
Multimedia data has a rich and complex structure in terms of inter- and intra-document references and can be an extremely valuable source of information. However, this potential is severely limited until and unless effective methods for semantic extraction and semantic-based cross-media exploration and retrieval can be devised. Today’s leading-edge techniques in this area are working well for low-level feature extraction (e.g. colour histograms), are focussing on narrow aspects of isolated collections of multimedia data, and are dealing only with single media types. MISTRAL follows the following lines of radically new research: MISTRAL will extract a large variety of semantically relevant metadata from one media type and integrate it closely with semantic concepts derived from other media types. Eventually, the results from this cross-media semantic integration will also be fed back to the semantic extraction processes of the different media types so as to enhance the quality of the results of these processes. MISTRAL will focus on most innovative, semantic-based cross-media exploration and retrieval techniques employing concepts at different semantic levels. MISTRAL addresses the specifics of multimedia data in the global, networked context employing semantic web technologies. The MISTRAL results for semantic-based multimedia retrieval will contribute to a significant improvement of today’s human-computer interaction in multimedia retrieval applications.
Staff member
Project Leader
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Bibiane Angerer
Mag.rer.soc.oec.
Victor Garcia-Barrios
Dipl.-Ing.
Maria Elisabeth Oswald
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Martin Ruhmer
Dipl.-Ing.
Other Functions
Karl-Christian Posch
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Martin Schläffer
Bakk.techn.
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, BMBWK
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2003
End: 30.12.2006
Usage of Desktop-Applications in Business Environments
Design and implementation of a feasibility study concerning desktop software usage in small and medium businesses. The objective of this project is to analyze the usage patterns of desktop users: which tasks are done by computer - what software packages and functionalities are used? The research is the basis of case-scenarios of Open Source Software on desktop computers.
Staff member
Coordinator
Siegfried Vössner
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Project Leader
Keith Andrews
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Stefan Grünwald
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2004
End: 30.12.2005
EU - EPHRAS - A multilingual phraseological learning material
Goal of this project is to develop and produce multilingual phraseological learning material on CD-ROM along with a multilingual user handbook.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2004
End: 29.09.2006
Endowment Professorship for future-oriented Media
At the beginning of 2005 the "Styria Medien AG" made a generous amount available to Graz University of Technology, which allows a new Professorship for future-oriented Media at the IICM.
Staff member
Project Leader
Frank Kappe
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Mensur Celikovic
Peter Kovanda
Christian Safran
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Styria Media Group AG
Research areas
  • Innovative Media Technologies
Start: 31.12.2004
End: 30.12.2008
AVALON - Acquisition and Validation of Ontologies
Valuable knowledge that surrounds the workflows of business entities can be extracted automatically and represented as ontological structure. The methodology is built upon a cybernetic control system to automatically align extracted knowledge with business processes, external indicators and individual expertise. The projects adaptive services are particularly useful in volatile business environments, which require dynamic reconfiguration of business processes and a flexible allocation of resources. The AVALON project applies these methodologies and technologies in two different domains, trend scouting and human resource development. AVALON introduces a radically new generation of adaptive knowledge acquisition and management services that use feedback loops to semantically align extracted knowledge with business processes, external indicators and individual expertise. Such adaptive services are particularly useful in volatile business environments, which require dynamic reconfiguration of business processes and a flexible composition of project teams. Considering the dynamically changing constraints and requirements of todays economy, the goal-oriented assignment of personnel to business processes and the planning of vocational training are crucial. As leading project in this area, AVALON demonstrates the potential of adaptive semantic technologies for optimising business processes and allocating resources, and for dynamically assigning employees to business processes based on their competencies. As outlined above, AVALON assumes that valuable knowledge surrounds the workflow of todays business entities, which can be extracted and formally represented using ontologies. Coupling dynamic questionnaires with the automated creation and validation of ontologies, AVALON will substantially reduce manual efforts required to build and maintain comprehensive and topical knowledge bases. The underlying methodology represents a cybernetic control system that monitors real-world variables and, according to an internal knowledge base, recommends a particular action. If the decision-maker accepts the systems recommendation, his or her action affects the real world. AVALON measures this change and immediately triggers an update of the knowledge base. Semantic hypotheses relate the concepts embedded in this knowledge base to business processes and real-world indicators. To test these hypotheses, AVALON (i) automatically extracts knowledge from heterogeneous, unstructured information sources, (ii) discovers semantic associations within the knowledge base, and (iii) validates the knowledge on real-world indicators. The ontology-supported testing of semantic hypotheses will help create and manage ontologies, accelerate knowledge discovery, reveal trends, and increase the credibility of the continuously evolving knowledge base.
Staff member
Project Leader
Klaus Tochtermann
Dr.rer.nat.
Participant / Staff Member
Andreas Juffinger
Dipl.-Ing.
Thomas Hermann Neidhart
Dipl.-Ing.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • EUTEMA Technology Management GmbH
  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, BMVIT
External Partners
  • Technikum Kärnten Forschungs- Gesellschaft m.b.H.
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, WU
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2005
End: 30.03.2008
DYONIPOS - DYnamic ONtology based Integrated Process OptimiSation
The DYONIPOS mission is to develop context sensitive, intelligent, and agile semantic technolgoies which provide the basis for significant productivity improvement of knowlege intensive organization. Agile semantic technologies will enable the uniform handling of structured as well as unstructured business process parts and data, thus supporting two crucial roles a knowledge worker has to fill in a business processoriented envrionemtn: Support for process executers in the efficient, standardized but still flexible execution of business processes and support for process engieners int he definition such standardized processes based on existing work practice. DYONIPOS will develop new technology suitable to cope with dynamic and agile organizational environemnts while still allowing a high levels of standadisation and control.
Staff member
Project Leader
Keith Andrews
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Martin Wohlfahrt
Bakk.techn.
Gerhard Wurzinger
Bakk.rer.soc.oec.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, BMVIT
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
Research areas
  • Information Visualisation
Start: 28.02.2006
End: 28.02.2008
EU - APOSDLE - Advanced Process-Oriented Self-Directed Learning Environment
Lifelong Learning has become an essential ingredient for success within our knowledge society. The EU project APOSDLE develops a software platform and tools to support you to learn @ work: Learn within the context of your immediate work and within your current work environment. The new Advanced Process-Oriented Self-Directed Learning Environment will provide you with practical guidance, learning content and expert advice when you need it and where you need it.
APOSDLE offers individual learning support to people working with information and contributing new content to an organisations knowledge pool. These knowledge workers may include e.g. engineers, researchers, software developers, consultants, or designers. It follows a learn @ work approach meaning that learning takes place in the users immediate work environment and context.
The key distinction to traditional eLearning systems is that APOSDLE provides integrated technological support for all three roles a knowledge worker fills at the workplace: the role of the worker, the role of the learner, and the role of the expert.

In a world of rapid change and continuous technological innovation the economy of the European Union relies heavily on the ability of their knowledge workers to learn efficiently and especially to apply new knowledge effectively within their work processes. The goal of the project is to enhance knowledge worker productivity by supporting informal learning activities in the context of knowledge workers' everyday work processes and within their work environments. The key distinction of the APOSDLE approach as to more traditional (e)Learning approaches is that APOSDLE will provide integrated ICT support for the three roles a knowledge worker fills at the professional workplace: the role of Learner, the role of Expert, and the role of Worker. As far as possible, this support will be provided within the work environment, and not in a separate learning environment. It exploits synergies between learning and knowledge management by reusing content not originally intended for learning. Finally, it will be based on sources available within an organizatin - specifically business space, (e)Learning systems, and knowledge management - and not require a switch to a new system. The outcome of APOSDLE will be a methodology and reference architecture for workplace learning. In order to ensure the general applicability of this outcome we will use an application-driven approach to cover the needs of three different organizations: a network of SMEs, a public organization, and a large corporation. The prime deliverables of the APOSDLE project will be de domain-specific APSODLE Environements embedded into theapplication partner organizations. Using these environments, we aim to demonstrate and evaluate the benefits of seamless integration of learning and working in the professional workplace. In addition to the reference architecture, we will deliver domain-independent tool frameworks which allow for the rapid creation of domain-specific environments.
Staff member
Project Leader
Ilire Hasani-Mavriqi
Dipl.-Ing.
Helmut Leitner
Dipl.-Ing.
Klaus Tochtermann
Dr.rer.nat.
Participant / Staff Member
Günter Beham
Bakk.techn.
Franjo Bratic
Arber Djerdjizi
Robert Hoffmann
Dipl.-Ing.
Nermin Kajtazovic
Peter Wilfried Krasser
Barbara Kump
Mag.rer.nat.
Felix Mödritscher
Dipl.-Ing.
Viktoria Pammer
Dipl.-Ing.
Other Functions
Frank Kappe
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Industrie- und Handelskammer Darmstadt, IHK
  • EADS Innovation Works
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Centro per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica, FBK
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung Rostock, IGD
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
  • City University London, School of Informatics, Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design
  • Universiteit Twente, Faculteit Gedragswetenschappen, Instructional Technology
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2006
End: 27.02.2010
Konzeption und Umsetzung von E-Government-Funktionen in den elektronischen Systemen der Landesverwaltung
The project "Konzeption und Umsetzung von E-Government-Funktionen in den elektronischen Systemen der Landesverwaltung" is a cooperative project between "Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Fachabteilung 1B, Informationstechnologie" and "Knowledge Management Institute (KMI), Graz University of Technology". Administrations nowadays are forced to shift their operations to electronic and particularly online platforms to improve efficiency, convenience and better accessibility of public services. In particular, "Land Steiermark" has the intention to make most of their processes and services available via Internet in the next few years. Examples of these services are: filing of application via Internet, digital signature, e-payment, central name and address registers, electronic delivery of notifications, etc. KMI/TU-Graz supports the E-Government department of "Land Steiermark" in the realisation of this plan/enterprise. With their expertise in the areas of knowledge management, knowledge transfer and E-Government and their fundamental knowledge of necessary technologies KMI/TU-Graz assists "Land Steiermark" especially in the following fields: - development of concepts for E-Government solutions - architectural design of E-Government applications and services - prototypical implementation of E-Government applications and services
Staff member
Participant / Staff Member
Ernad Besirevic
Ronald Fellmann
Bakk.techn. Dipl.-Ing.
Wilfried Lackner
Dipl.-Ing.
Helmut Mader
Dipl.-Ing.
Arian Mavriqi
Bakk.techn.
Wolfgang Prinz
Dipl.-Ing.
Funding sources
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Informationstechnik, FA1B
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2006
End: 30.12.2010
WBT-Master
The IICM provided the software (WBT-Master) for the e-Learning enviroment of the TUG - TeachCenter (including implementation, administration and servicing). Further - upon request - new features and applications will be developed and implemented.
Staff member
Contact
Nikolai Scerbakov
Ao.Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Denis Helic
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Olga Karpovych
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2006
End: 10.12.2019
EU - BERNSTEIN - The Memory of Papers
The objective of project Bernstein is to create an integrated European digital environment for the expertise and history of paper. The project will interlink all existing European databases of paper reproductions, make their content accessible to specialized image processing tools for the measurement of paper features, and provide an interface to the digital resources of domains related to paper studies or by which the knowledge about papers can be enriched and contextualized. Additionally, a strong dissemination plan including ready to deploy paper expertise software packages will ensure the sustainabiltiy of growth and interest in paper studies beyond the project's lifetime.
Staff member
Contact
Walter Friedrich Schinnerl
Dipl.-Ing.
Participant / Staff Member
Selvedin Catakovic´
André Perchthaler
Martin Ruhmer
Dipl.-Ing.
Funding sources
  • European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell'Arte
  • Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg , LABW
  • Deutsche National Bibliothek, DNB
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS
  • University of Liverpool
  • Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2006
End: 27.02.2009
EU - IWM-WODOMI - Workflow and Document Management Infrastructure towards Integrated University
The wider objective of the project is to establish a sustainable web based network system to be used as an interoperable environment for University workflow and document management and will lead towards implementation of integrated University concept and goals recommended by Bologna process. The sustainable web based network system will enable equal opportunities and multilingual approach. The appropriate ICT infrastructure will enable transparent and easy access to all University workflow activities and documents. To realize this wider objective we will learn from the experiences other EU universities have faced, how they resolved them and what new problems they have faced. The proposed activities will produce deliverables used by all beneficiary universities and will help implement the Bologna process and enter EHEA. To accomplish these outcomes we assume a good cooperation between partners and use of EU partners support and experience. This project will result with a new sustainable strategic and reform capacity system that will enable services not only for all HE institutions, but to all interested students and community at all. This project has innovative characteristics that will enable open public and multilingual access, transparency in workflow activities, compatible to EU standards. It will function as a portal that will enable dynamic database system and will give a possibility for updated structured information, document flow and tracking of workflow activities. We propose a system that will make all HE institutions meet the standards set by EU, integrated environment and easy transfer to and from other institutions, and establish an infrastructure for integrated University implementation.
Staff member
Project Leader
Klaus Tochtermann
Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2006
End: 30.08.2009
IDIOM - Information Diffusion across Interactive Online Media
Recent advances in collaborative Web technology are governed by strong network effects and the harnessing of collective intelligence through customer-self service and algorithmic data management. As a result, information spreads rapidly across Web sites, blogs, Wiki applications, and direct communication channels between members of online communities who utilize these services. The IDIOM (Information Diffusion across Interactive Online Media) project will support and investigate electronic interactivity by means of a generic, service-oriented architecture. This architecture will include ontology-based tools to build and maintain contextualized information spaces, a framework for analyzing content diffusion and interaction patterns within these spaces, and interface technology that enables users switch between semantic and geospatial topologies. IDIOM introduces Knowledge Planets as a radically new interface metaphor that leverages the new generation of geo-browsing platforms such as NASA World Wind and Google Earth as a front-end for its portfolio of semantic services. Linguists define "Idiom" as an expression whose meaning is different from the literal meanings of its component words. Similarly, the study of information diffusion promises insights that cannot be inferred from individual network elements. Despite growing research interest, the Web 2.0 is still dominated by prototypes and mash-ups. At the same time, media monitoring and corporate knowledge management projects lack analytical frameworks, focus on one particular medium, or neglect the dual role of users as consumers and producers of information. IDIOM will address these gaps to reveal fundamental mechanisms of information diffusion across media with distinct interactive characteristics, providing a set of generic services to analyze the production and consumption of electronic content simultaneously.
Staff member
Project Leader
Klaus Tochtermann
Dr.rer.nat.
Participant / Staff Member
Hermann Stern
Dipl.-Ing.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, BMVIT
External Partners
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Forschungsinstitut Rechenintensive Methoden, WU
Research areas
Start: 31.10.2006
End: 30.10.2008
Report Goolge - A report on dangers and opportunities posed by large search engines, particularly Google
The aim of our investigation was to discuss exactly what is formulated in the title. This will of course constitute a main part of this write-up. However, in the process of investigations it also became clear that the focus has to be extended, not to just cover Google and search engines in an isolated fashion, but to also cover other Web 2.0 related phenomena, particularly Wikipedia, Blogs, and other related community efforts.
Staff member
Project Leader
Hermann Maurer
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
Participant / Staff Member
Frank Kappe
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer
M.Sc.
Other Functions
Gerhard Pail
Oberrat Mag.rer.soc.oec.
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, BMVIT
Research areas
  • Digital Libraries and Information Systems
Start: 31.05.2007
End: 29.09.2007
AEIOU Metadaten-Export - A General Cultural Archive of Austria
A General Cultural Archive of Austria
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Hermann Maurer
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, BMBWK
External Partners
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
Research areas
  • Digital Libraries and Information Systems
Start: 31.05.2007
End: 30.10.2007
Studie Ö-Portal - Studie eines Portals mit adaptiven Benutzerschnittstellen
Ziel des Vorhabens ist es, innerhalb eines im Entstehen begriffenen Österreichportals mehrere technische Neuigkeiten zu testen und zu evaluieren.
Staff member
Contact
Hermann Maurer
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
Participant / Staff Member
Christina Fressel
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, BMVIT
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2007
End: 30.08.2008
EU - Tempus_MSCEL - M.Sc. Curriculum in E-Learning (MSCEL)
The specific objectives of this project are: - To develop and implement M.Sc. curriculum in e-learning at Serbian partner universities according to EU practice and current e-learning specifications. - To solve needs of e-education development in Serbia recognized by The Government Strategy for information society, new Law of Higher Education in Serbia, Ministry of Education and eLearning Task Force group recommendations.
Staff member
Project Leader
Denis Helic
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Nikolai Scerbakov
Ao.Univ.-Prof.i.R. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Univerzitet u Kragujevcu, Technical Faculty Cacak, Department of Computer science, Telecommunications and Automatization
  • University of Brighton, Faculty of Management and Information Sciences, School of Computing, Mathematical and Information Sciences
  • University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, International relations office
  • Univerza v Mariboru, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, racunalnistvo in informatiko
  • Univerzitet u Nisu, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Computer Science Department
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2007
End: 30.08.2009
BMWF SCASE - Technical and Social Challenges related to Collaborative E-Learning in Central and South Eastern European Countries
One of the key issues in establishing and promoting Information and Knowledge Society in the south East Europe countries (SEE) is the question of Information and Communication Technolgoy (ICT) literacy among the citizens of these countries. As current research studies show the level of that literacy in these countres is still very low and unsatisfactory. The aim of this project is to towrk out an RTD roadmap towards a network-based educational platform as a concrete means to achieve more general goals: The platform shall be accessible to a wide basis of citizens of the Western Balkan regardless of their age, gender, prior ICT knowledge, literacy level, nationality, of social status. Such an educational platform would serve as media and content delivery platform for educational content on ICT. However, the educational purpose can be only seen as a kick-off for a wider social, networking, and community purpose. As experiences from other developing countries show network educational platforms that included community aspects attracted a larger number of users, initiated discussion and collaboration, caused network effect, and in turn resulted in improved increase in ICT literacy.
Staff member
Project Leader
Denis Helic
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft, BMWFW
External Partners
  • University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mathematics, Automated Reasoning Group
  • Univerza v Mariboru, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, racunalnistvo in informatiko
  • Univerzitet u Tuzli, University Centre for Distance Education Development (UCDED)
Research areas
  • Digital Libraries and Information Systems
Start: 30.09.2007
End: 29.04.2008
FWF - TRANSAGERE - Purpose Tagging: Capturing User Intent to Assist Goal-Oriented Social Search [Original in Deutsch: TransAgere-Agenten-orientierte Entwicklung Sozialer Software]
The terms that are used by users during tagging have been found to be different from the terms that are used when searching for resources, which represents a fundamental problem for search in tagging based systems. To address this problem, we propose purpose tagging as a novel kind of tagging that focuses on capturing aspects of intent rather than content. By capturing the different purposes a given resource can serve, purpose tags appear useful to mediate between the vocabulary of user intent on one hand, and the vocabulary of contents and tags provided by social software applications on the other. The paper at hand makes the following contributions: 1) It extends the set of known kinds of tags with a novel type and 2) it provides first empirical evidence of the principle feasibility of purpose tagging and its potential to facilitate goal-oriented social search in an exploratory case study.
Staff member
Project Leader
Markus Strohmaier
Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), FWF
External Partners
  • University of Toronto, International Relations
Research areas
Start: 16.03.2008
End: 16.09.2010
EU - MATURE - Continuous social learning in knowledge networks
The agility of organizations has become the critical success factor for competitiveness and requires that companies and their employees together and mutually dependently learn and develop their competencies efficiently. Failures of organisation-driven approaches to technology-enhanced learning and the success of community-driven approaches in the spirit of Web 2.0 have shown that for that agility we need to leverage the intrinsic motivation of employees to engage in collaborative learning activities, and combine it with a new form of organisational guidance. For that purpose, MATURE conceives individual learning processes to be interlinked (the output of one learning process is input to the other) in a knowledge-maturing process in which knowledge changes in nature. This knowledge can take the form of classical content in varying degrees of maturity, but also involves tasks and processes or semantic structures. The goal of MATURE is to understand this maturing process better, and to build tools and services to reduce maturing barriers.

MATURE's outcome will be:
1) an empirical analysis of real-world maturing practices, resulting in a sound conceptual model of the knowledge maturing process and ways to overcome barriers to it (particularly including motivational and social factors)
2) a Personal Learning and Maturing Environment (PLME), embedded into the working environment, enabling and encouraging the individual to engage in maturing activities
3) an Organisational Learning and Maturing Environment (OLME), enabling the organisation to analyse and to take up community activities, to reseed innovation processes and to apply breeding strategies
4) reusable Maturing Services for seeding and reseeding, and creating awareness of relevant activities
Staff member
Project Leader
Klaus Tochtermann
Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
  • Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
  • Centre Internacional de Métodes Numérics en Enginyeria, Edificio C-1, Campus Norte UPC
  • Pontydysgu Ltd
  • University of Warwick
  • FZI - Forschungszentrum Informatik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  • Universität Paderborn
  • Soluciones Integrales de Formactión y Gestión Structuralia, S.A
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2008
End: 30.03.2012
EU - ICT_ENSURE - European ICT environmental sustainability research
The internationally organized scientific community "Environmental Informatics" proposes a support action. The super ordinate goal is to promote and extend the European exchange of knowledge and information on environmental issues for a sustainable environmental development based on a well-established network.

The overall idea of the Support Action includes the following activities
- To identify relevant application areas for ICT for a sustainable development
- To expand the existing network with experts from EU27+
- To organise two enlarged EnviroInfo conferences


2008: "Environmental Informatics and Industrial Ecology" and 2009: "Environmental Management Information Systems: Accessing and Providing valuable Information for companies
- sustainable oriented Decision Making" (tentative)
- build a database on research literature - based on EnviroInfo proceedings
- provide a Web based information system on European environmental sustainability research
- to define requirements for a portal concept for the development of a "Single information space in Europe" and finalize with recommendation and a roadmap for inter-/transdisciplinary research to strengthen the EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA in the field of ICT for environmental sustainability.

The group "Environmental Informatics" provides in this Support Action long-standing experience in ICT application for communication, technology and environmental protection. While gaining additional information from other countries, an added value emerges from a growing network of experts and practitioner in research, industry, SMEs and administration linked with an in-deep interdisciplinary knowledge transfer. It is certain, that after this Support Action the current independent group will cross over again into an enlarged self-sufficient European network with a well-founded information basis. ICT-2007.6.3 ICT for environmental management and energy efficiency
Staff member
Coordinator
Klaus Tochtermann
Dr.rer.nat.
Project Leader
Erwin Duschnig
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Internationale Gesellschaft für Umweltschutz
  • Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, FZK
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, KIT
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2008
End: 29.04.2010
OMV 2.0 - Implementation and Investigation of Web 2.0 technologies within enterprises
The survey is about Web 2.0 software and Web 2.0 technologies within companies. Objectives are to discover the potential for Web 2.0 software and technologies in complex organizations. The thesis is based on a current state analysis of the company's KM software and usage. The development and modification of software systems are based on user's and company's needs. The main part is the observation of the development and implementation phase of new software. The output can be a framework for a successful Web 2.0-Implementation in companies.
Staff member
Contact
Klaus Tochtermann
Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • OMV Exploration & Production GmbH
Research areas
Start: 14.07.2008
End: 30.07.2009
EU - TARGET - Transformative, adaptive, responsive and engaging Environment
There is a need to reduce the knowledge worker "time-to-competence". The main aim is to develop a new genre of TEL environment that supports rapid competence development within the domains of innovation and project management.

The TARGET environment consists of a learning process supported by the TARGET platform, consisting of a main core of a serious game. Here, the learner is presented with complex situations in the form of game scenarios. Interacting with the game results in experiences that are gradually honed into knowledge.

TARGET integrates five developments:
a) Threshold Concepts, resembling knowledge gateways that transform a person's understanding of a knowledge domain
b) Knowledge Ecology, defines knowledge as a "living organism"
c) Cognitive Load Theory, a learner's attention and working memory is limited, therefore learning processes must be designed to allow effective internalization without overload
d) Learning Communities, where members of a community develop their competences by leveraging the experience of their peers
e) Experience Management, to allow learners to accumulate lessons learned through real and theoretical situations.

The TARGET aims will be realized through the following specific objectives:
a) Conceptual Framework, the conceptual blueprint of TARGET
b) Knowledge model, how the game scenarios, concept thresholds, and competences are related
c) TARGET Learning Process, supported by a pedagogical framework
d) TARGET Platform, of which the core is the Virtual Business Environment
e) Pedagogical Agents, available to assume unfilled roles within a game scenario
f) TARGET Communities, four sustainable communities revolving around the TARGET environment
g) HRM Integration, integration of TARGET within an organization h) Evaluation Framework, for assessing a learner's competence development.
Staff member
Project Leader
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Michael Bedek
Mag.rer.nat.
Paul Christian Seitlinger
Mag.rer.nat.
Participant / Staff Member
Simone Kopeinik
Dipl.-Ing.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • SINTEF
  • Giunti Labs S.r.l.
  • BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH
  • Lean Enterprise Institute Polska Sp.z.o.o.
  • Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Instituto Superior Técnico
  • Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio, School of Science
  • University College London 1
  • Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, NTNU
  • INESC-ID - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Lisboa
  • Helsinki School of Economics (Helsingin kauppakorkeakoulu), HSE
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2008
End: 30.10.2012
EU - ROLE - Responsive Open Learning Environments
ROLE's cross-disciplinary innovations will deliver and test prototypes of highly responsive TEL environments, offering breakthrough levels of effectiveness, flexibility, user-control and mass-individualisation. Our work also advances the state-of-the-art in human resource management; self-regulated and social learning; psycho-pedagogical theories of adaptive education and educational psychology; service composition and orchestration; and the use of ICT in lifelong learning. Significant benefits arise for learners, their communities, employers, TEL developers and society. ROLE offers adaptivity and personalization in terms of: (1) content and navigation and (2) the entire learning environment and its functionalities. This approach permits individualization of the components, tools, and functionalities of a learning environment, and their adjustment or replacement by existing web-based software tools. Learning environment elements can be combined to generate (to mashup) new components and functionalities, which can be adapted by lone learners or collaborating learners to meet their own needs and to enhance the effectiveness of their learning. This empowers each user to generate new tools and functions according to their needs, and can help them to establish a livelier and personally more meaningful learning context and learning experience. ROLE's generic framework uses an open source approach, interoperable across software systems and technology. Hence any tool created by an individual is available from a pool of services and tools to all learners via the internet, no matter which learning environment, operating system, or device they use, and which subject matter they learn. The consortium consists of well-renown experts covering all required pedagogical and technical competencies. Respective activities have been defined to bring the results of ROLE to the targeted international markets in higher education and corporate training.
Staff member
Project Leader
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Participant / Staff Member
Marcel Berthold
Mag.rer.nat.
Alexander Nussbaumer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • British Institute for Learning & Development
  • U&I Learning
  • The Open University
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL
  • University of Leicester
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, WU
  • KU Leuven
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH
  • Universität Koblenz-Landau, Institut für Informatik
  • Uppsala Universitet
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
  • Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, ZSI
  • Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft, BMWFW
  • Festo Lernzentrum Saar GmbH
Research areas
Start: 31.01.2009
End: 30.01.2013
EU - HABITATS - Social Validation of INSPIRE Annex III Data Structures in EU Habitats
Habitats-related spatial data is critical in the management of Europes bio-diversity. INSPIRE needs work here, particularly in its Annex III data themes: 16-19 (Sea regions, Bio-geographical regions, Habitats & biotopes, Species distribution). To address this, the HABITATS consortium of 10 partners, including content providers, users and service providers builds a trans-European social network to generate usage scenarios and requirements and assess the impact of project outcomes, to directly feed into interactive data/metadata modelling of the four INSPIRE Annex III data themes 16-19. Widespread user validation is grounded in 7 pilot services covering these data themes across Europe & led by content-providing partners. Its deeply user-driven approach to standards adoption processes permeates a 30-month workplan. The validation pilots are formed by multi-stakeholder partnerships where users actively participate in the co-design of the network services, develop on-demand for integration into the pilot service mash-up platforms. Validation pilot partnerships develop and test organisational/institutional arrangements for service sustainability and business models that underpin the projects exploitation strategy. Specific and realistic quantified indicators measure the envisaged improvements in availability, access and use. The HABITATS network of services allows users to identify, access, use/reuse, in an interoperable and seamless way, aggregated geographical information covering much of Europe and coming from a wide range of sources, from local to European level, resulting in: a) Data/metadata models for INSPIRE b) Network Service architecture, applet set & invoking service toolkit; c) Seven validated pilot services for concrete usage scenarios; d) Service/business models and exploitation plans for long-term viability; e) HABITATS user community social network to accompany the standards adoption process & spread the projects impact throughout Europe. (CIP-ICT-PSP.2009.6.2 - Public Sector information : Geographic Information)
Staff member
Project Leader
Klaus Tochtermann
Dr.rer.nat.
Contact
Erwin Duschnig
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Forest Management Institute Brandys nad Labem, FMI
  • Ente Parco delle Madonie
  • Istituto Superiore per la Prevenzione e la Sicurezza del Lavoro, Occupational Hygiene Department, ISPESL
  • Latvijas Universitātes
  • Ústav pro hospodářskou úpravu lesů Brandýs nad Labem, UHUL
  • Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, ISPRA
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2010
End: 29.09.2012
FIT-IT Lasso - Lookup & Alignment Service with Semantic Open data
Project LASSO intends to deploy, improve and extend Linked Data (LD) infrastructure in three different use cases. Central feature of all use cases is a lookup service which helps to augment already existing, formalized knowledge with facts from the Linked Open Data (LOD) cloud. These three use cases are Semantic Desktop, Enterprise Collaboration and Inspiration Services. Currently available systems in all of these application domains are sparsely using data from the Semantic Web. All systems rely on their local knowledge repositories and make no use from publicly available data like from DBpedia or other LD sources. Augmenting local knowledge repositories with additional facts from the web can improve several knowledge services in all usage scenarios in a significant way three examples: (1) Finding collaborators within an enterprise platform who will provide the right information in a given context will be more efficient. (2) Search for similar documents or resources can be done with more background information, thus will improve significantly. (3) Generating inspiring ideas from a given node can be supported by more concise associations. The crucial point in all knowledge systems built around the linked data cloud is the ability to identify resources linkable with local resources. Current lookup services are mainly based on string matching (using labels of resources), although promising approaches from other disciplines (like ontology alignment, graph matching, spreading activation, etc.) might improve such a service. The proposed project will significantly enhance the quality of mappings between local concepts and LOD concepts thus enabling the faster uptake of LOD for the benefit of the individual user as well as a group of users by developing two novel services: (i) a Context Elicitation Service including automatic context detection, context model population as well as contextual query formulation mechanisms and (ii) a LD Lookup Service including sophisticated algorithms for mapping local concepts to LD concepts, automatic query alignment and query execution as well as novel search and rank algorithms. The three proofs of concept implementations in the use case partners domains will prove the feasibility of the LASSO approach. Since LD sources evolve dynamically and quite often offer inconsistent information, detecting valuable information from the LOD cloud is like catching a fast moving horse with a LASSO .
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Stefanie Lindstaedt
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inf. Dr.
Contact
Klaus Tochtermann
Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2010
End: 29.04.2012
EU - ALICE - Adaptive Learning via Intuitive/Interactive, Collaborative and Emotional systems
Despite a great potential and some initial successes, e-learning systems do not yet have the impact that many believe is possible. Moreover, the gap seems to be increasing because of the greater expectations of the current generation (Digital Natives) who have grown up with modern technology. There are also more general problems. In particular, an over-emphasis on cost effectiveness has meant that content is often not as strong as it needs to be and this deficiency has contributed to a lack of user engagement and some high attrition rates. Studies have consistently highlighted the important relationship between engagement and learning, with students who are highly motivated being more likely to engage in the learning process. ALICE aims at building an innovative adaptive environment for e-learning combining personalization, collaboration and simulation aspects within an affective/emotional based approach able to contribute to the overcoming of the quoted limitations of current e-learning systems and content. In other words the proposed environment will be interactive, challenging and context aware while enabling learners demand of empowerment, social identity, and authentic learning experience. The defined system will be able to effectively involve learners in educational, cultural and informative activities in two specific contexts: university instruction (with particular emphasis on scientific topics) and training about emergency and civil defence (as for example the behaviour to take at a personal and collective level when the treat of a big risk shows up e.g. a natural event like earthquake, or a fraudulent one like terrorist attack). The ALICE starting point will be an already existing e-Learning platform named IWT developed exploiting experiences and know-how gained in several EC projects. ALICE results will be experimented with real users in real learning and training settings in order to evaluate the impact of the offered innovative features.
Staff member
Project Leader
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Gerhard Pail
Oberrat Mag.rer.soc.oec.
Other Functions
Martin Ebner
Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Coventry University
  • Fundació per la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Centro di Ricerca in Matematica Pura ed Applicata, CRMPA
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2010
End: 30.05.2012
EU-TEAM - Transferring knowledgE on Academic knowledge Management
The main objective of the TEAM proposal is to enable and cultivate a dynamic partnership and two-way transfer of knowledge between TUG as a public research institution with key competencies in knowledge management and semantic technologies and the two private commercial SMEs Mendeley and ELIKO with engineering expertise in developing commercial knowledge management solutions and products through the following measures: Exchange of know-how and experience through inter-sector two-way secondments of research staff of the participants in WP1-WP5. In total, there will be 138 PMs of secondments between TUG and Mendeley/ELIKO. Recruitment of experienced researchers from outside the partnership for 30 PMs to Mendeley and ELIKO in WP1 and WP3. Organisation of workshops, trainings, and summer schools to further facilitate sharing and exchange of knowledge and to cultivate the mutual partnership (T4.1, T5.1, T5.3, T7.2), Raising awareness outside of the consortium in WP6 to create complementarities and synergies with possible new partners. TEAM project is based on a research project with an objective to develop innovative knowledge and information management solutions in the form of a software and web application and an underlying database, based on semantics for automatically organizing, extracting, classifying, and discovering research papers and additional academic content.
Staff member
Project Leader
Erwin Duschnig
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • OÜ Eliko Tehnoloogia Arenduskeskus
Research areas
Start: 30.06.2010
End: 29.06.2014
EU-Next-Tell - Next Generation Teaching, Education and Learning for Life
Our vision of the 21st Century classroom is that of a technology- and data-rich environment that supports teachers and students to use various sources of information generated in the classroom and during homework in pedagogical decision-making. Such an information infrastructure will improve instruction, diagnosis, workflow, and productivity as well as enhance collaboration and communication among students, teachers, and other stakeholders, especially parents. Teachers in particular will be supported in their function as diagnosticians who have to make constantly and rapidly decisions in a highly dynamic and complex environment. NEXT-TELL aims at bringing this vision to life.
Staff member
Project Leader
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Participant / Staff Member
Eva-Catherine Hillemann
Mag.rer.nat.
Michael Kickmeier-Rust
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • University College London, Institute of Education, UCL
  • University of Birmingham
  • Copenhagen Business School - Handelshøjskolen, Institut for Informatik, CBS
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Stiftung Medien in der Bildung, SbR
  • Verein offenes Lernen, Sektion talkademy
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2010
End: 30.10.2014
CBVI - Cross Border Virtual Incubator
With learner outside traditionanl cohorts increasing and univiersities just awakening to the LLL charter, the need to act on adult learners & workers is apparent. By years of experience, ODL institutions can flexibly act on the adult population, simultaneously a population with higher chances to succeed in entrepreneurial activities, as identified by the Kauffman Foundation. Cross Border Vitual Incubator (CBVI) flexibly reaches out to workers & learners to promote entrepreneurship and enterprise creation. It has the objective to demonstrate a social andn learner-centric entrepreneurship environment for theh acceleration of new starters and corss border knowledge exchange.
Staff member
Project Leader
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, EADTU
External Partners
  • Universitatea "Politehnica" din Timisoara
  • Miskolci Egyetem
  • Anadolu University
  • Universita Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO, UTIU
  • Tallinna Ülikool
  • Open Universiteit Nederland, OU
  • Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie, MCSU
  • Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • Swansea University
  • Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2010
End: 29.09.2012
EU - GALA - Game and Learning Alliance
The GaLA motivation stems from the acknowledgment of the potentiality of Serious Games (SGs) for education and training and the need to address the challenges of the main stakeholders of the SGs European landscape (users, researchers, developers/industry, educators). A foundational fault issue in this context is the fragmentation that affects the SG landscape. GALA aims to shape the scientific community and build a European Virtual Research Centre (VRC) aimed at gathering, integrating, harmonizing and coordinating research on SGs and disseminating knowledge, best practices and tools as a reference point at an international level. The other two key focuses of the project are (1) the support to deployment in the actual educational and training settings and (2) the fostering of innovation and knowledge transfer through research-business dialogue. The NoE organizations aim to integrate their activities and resources in a long-term view structuring the activities along 3 major axes: Research integration and harmonization. - Strong integration among leading researchers, users and business; - Strong concern on the current standards of education, in order to favour a real uptake and scaling of the educational games initiatives. - Address sustainability.
Staff member
Project Leader
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Michael Kickmeier-Rust
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Aalborg Universitet
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, NTNU
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETH
  • University of Nottingham
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH
  • Università degli Studi di Genova
  • Universiteit Utrecht
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, UNI Graz
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, UCM
  • Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier
  • Aalto-yliopisto, Tekniikan korkeakoulut
  • Open Universiteit Nederland, OU
  • Tampereen yliopisto
  • Coventry University
  • University of the West of Scotland, UWS
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR
  • INESC-ID - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Lisboa
  • BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH
  • NATO , Science & Technology Organization, Centre for Maritime Research & Experimentation, STO CMRE
  • Ministerul Apărării Naţionale
  • Centre Europeen d'Education Permanente, CEDEP
  • Association ORT France
  • Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, Laboratoire d'Electronique ENSEEIHT
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2010
End: 29.09.2014
EU-ImREAL - Immersive Reflective Experience-based Adaptive Learning
The popularity of immersive simulated environments for experiential learning is growing; they will be part of tomorrow s learning technologies in the key area of adult training. The major challenge is to effectively align the learning experience in the simulated environment with the real world context and day-to-day job practice. ImREAL provides a new class of cost effective adaptive systems adjusted to adult learners' needs: pioneering a new psycho-pedagogically sound technological approach to seamlessly link the simulated learning experience and real-world job-related experiences; developing a novel conceptual framework -augmented simulated experiential learning- enabling adaptive services to augment simulated learning by leveraging the connection with the real world; delivering a new open framework of intelligent services which can be plugged in to simulated environments to enhance self-regulated learning. The ImREAL framework exploits and significantly extends advances in distributed architectures, context modelling, dialogic systems, semantic web, and ontological reasoning, and follows pedagogical models of adult self-regulated learning to deliver: evolving model of real world job activities, linked to storytelling and semantic content augmentation; extended model of the learner and context, aligning experiences in the simulated environment and the real-world; affective meta-cognitive scaffolding to motivate and engage learners and promote self reflection, self evaluation and self awareness. Framework validation will be in the high-impact domain of interpersonal communication with multi-cultural awareness, linked to key skills increasingly required in organisations & businesses. User trials will examine how ImREAL augments learners and trainers experiences by improving the learner's interpersonal skills and abilities to set learning strategies and goals, and by enhancing trainers awareness of real job practice & training needs.
Staff member
Project Leader
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Participant / Staff Member
Christina Steiner
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Gudrun Wesiak
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • The University of Dublin - Trinity College Dublin
  • University of Leeds
  • Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2010
End: 29.09.2013
EU-CULTURA - CULTivating Understanding and Research through Adaptivity
A key challenge facing curators and providers of digital cultural heritage across Europe and Worldwide is to instigate, increase and enhance engagement with digital humanities collections. To achieve this, a fundamental change in the way cultural artefacts are experienced and contributed to by communities is required. CULTURA will pioneer the development of next generation adaptive systems which will provide new forms of multi-dimensional adaptation: personalised information retrieval and presentation which respond to models of user and contextual intent community-aware adaptation which responds to wider community activity, interest, contribution and experience content-aware adaptation which responds to the entities and relationships automatically identified within the artefacts and across collections personalised dynamic storylines which are generated across individual as well as entire collections of artefacts CULTURA advances and integrates the following key technologies: Cutting edge natural language processing, which normalises ambiguities in noisy historical texts Entity and relationship extraction, which highlights the key individuals, events, dates and other entities and relationships within unstructured text Social network analysis of the entities and relationships within the content, and also of the individuals and broader community of users engaging with the content Multi-model adaptation to support dynamic reconciliation of multiple dimensions of personalisation CULTURA will deliver innovative adaptive services and an interactive user environment which dynamically tailors the investigation, comprehension and enrichment of digital humanities artefacts and collections. Through the provision of such functionality, CULTURA can empower all users to investigate, comprehend and contribute to digital cultural collections. CULTURA will provide rigorous evaluation and validation of its adaptive services using high impact, contrasting, multicultural digital cultural heritage collections and diverse user communities and individuals.
Staff member
Project Leader
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Alexander Nussbaumer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Eva-Catherine Hillemann
Mag.rer.nat.
Christina Steiner
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Università degli Studi di Padova
  • The University of Dublin - Trinity College Dublin
  • Sofia University "St.Kliment Ohridski"
Research areas
Start: 31.01.2011
End: 30.01.2014
FWF - PoSts - Pragmatics and semantics in social tagging systems
Social tagging systems, such as delicious and flickr, have emerged as participative and scalable alternatives to traditional forms of information organization. In social tagging systems, users tag resources (such as URLs or pictures) with tags for e.g. later retrieval or re-finding. The structures emerging in such systems (e.g. the latent semantic relationships between tags) have been referred to as Folksonomies, and are in the focus of recent and current research efforts that aim to understand the role of tagging systems in ontology learning, knowledge acquisition and information retrieval. However, the current state of research offers little understanding about how these structures emerge in social tagging systems, and to what extent they are influenced by user behavior (i.e. the pragmatics of tagging). Conversely, we know little about how user motivation and behavior is influenced by emergent structures in social tagging systems. This project is concerned with the systematic exploration of mutual interactions between user behavior and motivation on one hand, and the emerging structures that can be observed in social tagging systems on the other. The first part of this project focuses on the development of methods for the automated extraction of semantics from social tagging systems, also known as ontology learning methods (tag semantics). The second part focuses on analyzing users who are collecting information in social tagging systems, and their motivations and behavior (tagging pragmatics). Analyzing user behavior will yield novel insights into how and why users use social tagging systems, and what goals they pursue by using them. The third part of this proposal focuses on the combination of the two aforementioned problems, and tries to relate knowledge about user behavior with knowledge about emergent semantic structures, to better understand mutual interactions and influences between these two perspectives. Based on preparatory work on emergent semantic structures of tags (Andreas Hotho, Würzburg) and user motivation and behavior in tagging systems (Markus Strohmaier, Graz), this project aims to identify and investigate mutual influences between those two problems. The combination of the participants research background together with the availability of a social tagging system that allows living lab experiments (http://bibsonomy.org, maintained by Andreas Hotho) puts this bilateral project in a unique position to address the defined research questions by conducting in the wild studies involving A/B testing or controlled experiments with live users. The overall contribution of this project is a better understanding about interactions between user behavior and emergent structures in social tagging systems, and opportunities to influence properties of social tagging systems.
Staff member
Project Leader
Markus Strohmaier
Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), FWF
External Partners
  • Universität Würzburg
Research areas
Start: 31.10.2011
End: 30.10.2013
INNOVRET - Innovative Online Vocational Training of Renewable Energy Technologies
The LEONARDO DA VINCI (LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME) funded project INNOVRET is developing an online e-Learning solution to train people on the subject of heat pump systems especially focusing on vocational education and training. Heat pump systems are one of the most efficient heating systems available. However, these efficiencies are only achievable as long as the systems are properly designed and installed. A recent study shows that badly installed heat pump systems have resulted in 87% of these systems under-performing. Notwithstanding heat pump systems offer the greatest reduction of CO2 emissions of any single technology. The challenge therefore is to provide state of the art training in heat pump system installation. Therefore the goals of this project are to explore competence-based training in industry-validated content; use innovative technologies for content representation and delivery and engage with a state of the art, interactive online energy facility to support different loading scenarios. The resultant toolset will support personalised learning and assure a deep penetration of high quality industry relevant content. It will be validated through the training of a number of heat pump installers.
Staff member
Project Leader
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Simone Kopeinik
Dipl.-Ing.
Participant / Staff Member
Lisa-Christina Winter
Mag.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Research areas
Start: 30.11.2011
End: 29.11.2013
EU - RECOBIA - REduction of COgnitive BIAses
RECOBIA is small/medium-scale focused research project in the SECURITY challenge of 7th framework programme of the EC. Its acronym stands for REduction of COgnitive BIAses in Intelligence Analysis. The objective of the RECOBIA project is to improve the quality of intelligence analysis by reducing the negative impact of cognitive biases upon different phases of the intelligence analysis process. To this end, the project aims for an assessment of cognitive biases and on how these biases affect the practice of intelligence. Building on this initial assessment, best practices to reduce the negative impact of cognitive biases will be defined. Solutions are likely to be found in the following domains: Software tools Training of analysts Analytic techniques and methodologies Organizational and operational processes
Staff member
Project Leader
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Participant / Staff Member
Michael Bedek
Mag.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA
  • Universität Konstanz
  • EUROSINT FORUM asbl
Research areas
Start: 31.01.2012
End: 30.01.2015
EU - weSPOT - Working Environment with Social and Personal Open Tools for inquiry based learning
weSPOT aims at propagating scientific inquiry as the approach for science learning and teaching in combination with todays curricula and teaching practices. It lowers the threshold for linking everyday life with science teaching in schools by technology. weSPOT supports the meaningful contextualization of scientific concepts by relating them to personal curiosity, experiences, and reasoning.
Staff member
Project Leader
Dietrich Albert
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.
Participant / Staff Member
Michael Bedek
Mag.rer.nat.
Simone Kopeinik
Dipl.-Ing.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Open Universiteit Nederland, OU
  • KU Leuven
  • The Open University
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, FORTH
  • Sofia University "St.Kliment Ohridski"
  • IPAK Inštitut za simbolno analizo in razvoj informacijskih tehnologij
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2012
End: 29.09.2015
4 W - Was wir wissen wollen
Die Informationsmenge im Web birgt große Gefahren: z.B. kann Redundanz zu einer Art "Gehirnwäsche" führen; sie erzwingt auch die Verwendung von Systemen wie Google oder Wikipedia, die damit zu einem de facto Wissensmonopol werden. "Alles, was wir wissen müssen, steht in der Wikipedia" ist ein typischer Ausspruch dazu! SchülerInnen und LehrerInnen steigen im Projekt in die Forschung zur "Information integration" ein, die mit dem Zusammenführen von Wissenstücken neue Sichten erschließt.
Staff member
Project Leader
Frank Kappe
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Contact
Hermann Maurer
Em.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
Funding sources
  • Österreichischer Austauschdienst GmbH - Agentur für Internationale Bildungs- und Wissenschaftskooperation, OeAD
Research areas
Start: 31.10.2012
End: 30.10.2013
EU-Layers - Learning Layers-Scaling up Technologies for Informal Learning in SME Clusters
Learning Layers develops a set of modular and flexible technological layers for supporting workplace practices in SMEs that unlock peer production and scaffold learning in networks of SMEs, thereby bridging the gap between scaling and adaptation to personal needs. By building on recent advances in contextualized learning, these layers provide a meaningful learning context when people interact with people, digital and physical artefacts for their informal learning, thus making learning faster and more effective. Building on mobile learning research, we situate learning into physical work places and practices to support situated, faster and more meaningful learning. Learning Layers provide a shared conceptual foundation independent of the tools people use and the context they are in. Learning Layers are based on a common light-weight, distributed infrastructure that allows for fast and flexible deployment in highly distributed and dynamic settings. We apply these technologies in sectors that have been particularly hesitant to take up learning technologies, i.e. health care and building and construction. Involving two representative and large-scale regional SME clusters allows us to involve end users in co-design of the system and later scale up the approach to more than 1,000 learners within 4 years. By inviting a larger set of stakeholders to adapt and build on our solutions and through research in sustainable business training models, the project will generate significant impact by boosting the ability of regional innovation systems to adapt to change and thereby remain competitive, on the individual, organisational and regional level. We demonstrate the impact in the two chosen sectors, but widen the scope to other sectors and regions towards the end of the project.
Staff member
Project Leader
Stefanie Lindstaedt
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inf. Dr.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Aalto-yliopisto, Tekniikan korkeakoulut
  • Centre Internacional de Métodes Numérics en Enginyeria, Edificio C-1, Campus Norte UPC
  • Tallinna Ülikool
  • Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
  • University of the West of England
  • Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
  • Universität Bremen
  • University of Leeds, European Office
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH
  • Hochschule Karlsruhe – Technik und Wirtschaft
  • Verein zur Berufsförderung der Bauwirtschaft Nord e.V. , VBB-Nord
  • NHS Bradford and Airedale
  • Bau-ABC Rostrup
  • Pontydysgu Ltd
Research areas
Start: 31.10.2012
End: 30.10.2016
FIND - [Original in Deutsch: Flexible Daten- und Informationsvernetzung für das virtuelle Fahrzeug]
Ziel des Projektes ist die Erarbeitung eines Konzeptes, das die dezentralen User-orientierten Informationsquellen nutzt, den Zugriff ermöglicht und ohne direkte und tiefe physische Integration von Informationssystemen eine flexible Vernetzung der Informationen erlaubt. Von Anfang an sollen dabei die Aspekte Prozess, Organisation, Technologie und Mensch berücksichtigt werden. Das Ergebnis im Projekt wird eine prototypische Umsetzung eines Informationscockpits für den Zugriff auf dezentrale Information der virtuellen Fahrzeugentwicklung sein. Parallel dazu werden die nicht-technologischen Handlungsfelder (Auswirkungen, Randbedingungen) analysiert und als Leitfaden für die Konzeptumsetzung und -einführung zusammengeführt.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • Kompetenzzentrum - Das virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, VIF
External Partners
  • Kompetenzzentrum - Das virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, VIF
Research areas
Start: 31.10.2012
End: 29.04.2015
FWF - NIN - Navigability of Decentralized Information Networks
In the early days of Hypertext and the World Wide Web, navigational support for information structures has mostly been designed by small numbers of hypertext engineers, taxonomists or system engineers. The information structures that make up the fabric of todays World Wide Web however are usually the result of the interactions between a large number of users who dynamically construct these structures through some strong or weak forms of collaboration. As a result, the topological structure and navigability of decentralized information structures such asWikis, social tagging systems or recommendation systems today is usually unknown, navigational support for users is rudimentary at best, and tools and techniques for shaping navigability are mostly missing. While search has made significant progress over the last two decades, navigability of such systems is a pressing practical and an open research problem. The overall vision of this project is to study factors that shape the navigability of decentralized information networks and to equip their user interfaces with automatic and effective navigational aids that augment users in exploratory tasks. The objectives of this project are the following: (i) To study factors that shape navigability, we will model navigational behavior of users in decentralized information networks by adapting cognitive and network-theoretic theories such as information foraging, decentralized search and others. (ii) To simulate navigation, we will build on and expand a rudimentary network-theoretic simulation framework developed by our group that has been proven useful in preliminary studies. (iii) To verify and validate this framework, we will do simulations and perform human subject studies that will reveal useful parameters and contribute to theory development (through e.g. click-data studies). (iv) To devise automatic and effective navigational aids for large decentralized information networks, we will run simulation experiments of different navigation paradigms and approaches (such as hierarchies, facets, breadcrumbs, recommenders, etc) that will reveal their effectiveness from a network-theoretic perspective. (v) To validate practical effectiveness of these navigational aids, we will integrate these aids into user interfaces of real-world decentralized information networks and do studies of a range of navigational tasks involving human subjects. The results of this project will increase our understanding about the conditions under which navigability emerges in information networks, and about the ways in which navigability of information networks can be shaped through automated interventions.
Staff member
Project Leader
Denis Helic
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), FWF
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2013
End: 29.09.2016
EU-DALIA_3_FFG - Assistant for DAily LIfe Activities at Home
Assistant for DAily LIfe Activities at Home
Staff member
Project Leader
Stefanie Lindstaedt
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inf. Dr.
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Roderick Paul Bloem
Univ.-Prof. M.Sc. Ph.D.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2013
End: 30.03.2016
CONNECT - Blogmobil [Original in Deutsch: Ein Blogmobil fährt durch die Steiermark]
Students of the degree course Journalism and Public Relations of the university of applied sciences Joanneum will connect "old knowledge" with new informations spaces. Historical knowledge objects (usually scanned books) and "born digital" information elements in the Austria-Forum and Wikipedia will linked to blog posts and collected (personal) memories. For this undertaking we will develop at the Technical University Graz algorithms for information integration and for knowledge extraction from (historical) book collections and the consolidation of these objects with lexica. The transformation of text into online knowledge environments will be accomplished using semantic technologies and will implement a content authoring system for the integration of knowledge into online reference works and innovative knowledge repositories. The Connect project will focus on the growing need for effective multilingual content processing to support educational and business applications and will enable people to make sense of (historical) books through a web service.
Staff member
Project Leader
Frank Kappe
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Wissenschaft und Gesundheit, FA Gesundheit und Pflegemanagement, A8
External Partners
  • Freunde des Austria-Forums - Verein zur Förderung der digitalen Erfassung von Daten mit Österreichbezug, Fakultät für Informatik - Technische Universität Graz
  • FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Universitätsbibliothek, Forschungszentrum VESTIGIA
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2013
End: 30.01.2014
QS Unterstützung - Sourcecodereview
Review of sourcecodes
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Hyperwave GmbH
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2013
End: 29.09.2014
FWF-P 25593-G22 - Implicit and Explicit Memory in Collaborative Tagging: A Dual Process Model for Investigating Encoding and Production of Tags in Social Web Environments
This project contributes to research on knowledge organisation in social software systems from a cognitive-psychological perspective by conducting two empirical studies in the context of Collaborative Tagging (CT). CT is a functionality of social Internet environments in which users collect resources (Websites, photos, music,…) collaboratively and describe them with freely chosen keywords (so called tags) for later retrieval. CT has become very popular and has great potential for knowledge organisation in social software systems and an equally big opportunity for cognitive science research. Major research efforts are currently being undertaken to understand tagging behavior and improve the effectiveness of such environments (e.g. through tag recommendation that should improve consistency in tagging and precision in information search). For this to become a reality, a better understanding of the user behaviour and the underlying cognitive processes are essential. The projects builds on conceptions and research results of Fu (2008), Fu, Kannampallil & Kang (2009) and Held and Cress (2008) and aims to describe and explain CT from the viewpoint of cogni-tive psychology. The focus of attention lies on the imitating-behaviour of users, which several existing models consider to be essential for the emergence of a consistent tagging behaviour (Cattuto, Loreto & Pietronero, 2006; Fu et al., 2009; Halpin, Robu & Shepherd, 2007). Drawing on dual-process models of word perception and production (Barsalou, Santos, et al., 2008; Nelson, Fisher & Akirmak, 2007), we analyse implicit/automatic and explicit/controlled processes underlying imitation. Empirical data are gathered by experimental paradigms of cognitive psychology and analyzed by multinomial models (Brainerd, Wright & Reyna, 2002; Buchner, Erdfelder & Va-terrodt-Plünnecke, 1995). The first study takes up results of our own research and examines the con-tributions of implicit and explicit memory representations to the production of tags as well as interac-tions with search strategies of users and lexical attributes of tags. The second study brings together results and methods of study 1 (and our precedent research) and attempts tag recommendation mechanisms that interact with automatic and controlled word processing and should foster the imitating behaviour of users in the organizational context of an enterprise department. So far, studies in CT were constrained to unsystematically accruing data of already existing Internet environments. The emergence of the observed patterns of results have been explained in retrospect and reconstructed by means of computer simulations. In contrast, this project chooses experimental research designs for all three studies to allow systematic manipulations of independent variables, to directly measure cognitive processes and to draw valid conclusions about what causes differences in these dependent variables. The studies take place in a controlled laboratory-setting as well as in the real-world context of an enterprise department in order to achieve both high internal and high external validity.
Staff member
Participant / Staff Member
Paul Christian Seitlinger
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), FWF
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2013
End: 30.03.2016
Enhanced Assessment Item Generation with Multimedia for Learning
Automatic item generation (AIG) is an emerging research topic in the domain of technology-based assessment. AIG has demonstrated extensive cost savings in item development. Automatic item generation has gained significant interest over the last years in order to overcome the adaptivity and scalability issues of the current item production model. Current approaches for AIG lack of using multimedia elements in test items, feedback elements are not generated and the generation process do not use external resources, like Open Educational Resources (OER) or educational models available on the Web. The goal of this project is to investigate the generation of assessment items with external content sources, including multimedia and educational resources in order to a) increase the diversity of test items, their authenticity, as well as their potential to attract language learners to use them, and b) to extend the generation process with a feedback element while reducing the effort and time to develop large item banks for different use cases. The new AIG approach will improve the process of variable creation in assessment items and in assessment item generation in particular by supporting the identification of semantic and multimedia variables rather than numeric and linguistic variables. Further, the AIG approach will adapt the classical three step generation process by incorporation the retrieval and reuse of multimedia elements as auxiliary information, as supporting or as contextual information in the assessment item. Finally, it mechanism are developed to retrieve and select educational resources to include them as feedback hence to support the formative assessment process. This includes OER, which are becoming widely available in a number of repositories. The new AIG is in-line with several key evolutions in the field of technology-enhanced learning, including the development of Open Educational Resources (OER) and the availability of personalized learning services, which include also computer adapted tests (CAT). Besides a qualitative evaluation of the multimedia items by assessment experts, several field studies with stakeholders will serve to detect potential quality issues and collect first psychometric properties in three scenarios: a) Language learning while shopping, b) Language learning while using public administrative online services or using services provided to tourists, c) language learning while visiting a museum.
Staff member
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2013
End: 30.12.2016
EU-S-HELP - Securing Health.Emergency.Learning.Planning
Volatile events such as disasters bring the prospect of rapid contagion and the threat of disastrous impacts for Europe. Vulnerabilities and cascading effects can result in significant injuries, illness and loss of life. Damage to health infrastructure, demand for medical attention, displacement and major outbreaks all place a strain on Health Services. Preparedness and response capabilities of Health Services will directly impact society’s ability to ‘bounce back’ to become more resilient to such devastating shocks. S-HELP will enhance the protection of public health and common grounds for interoperability by significantly ad-vancing the existing knowledge base required for the development of next generation Decision Support (DS) tools and a user-centred Decision Support System (DSS) for better Preparedness, rapid Response and coordinated Re-covery in emergency situations. It will offer evidence-based solutions to improve Health Services performance in emergency management, develop-ing a holistic framework to guide stakeholder needs analysis, and integrating an advanced DS tool-set. The project will execute multi-scenario based end user training, alongside ‘what-if’ analysis. It will simulate 3 multi-factorial and multi-agency scenarios (a chemical explosion; mass flooding; regional bio-hazard), and model the situational and projected evolution of the 3 emergencies to communicate coordinated and collaborative problem solving across agencies. S-HELP will manage end-user knowledge and validate performance in order to use project DS tools and solutions effectively in preparing for, responding to and recovering from an incident. S-HELP will disseminate and exploit the DS tools and solution to complement the role of Health Services in emergency situations. S-HELP will significantly advance the current state-of-the-art in decision support for Health Services, benefitting from an end-user driven consortium with leading health research, technolog and commercial experts.
Staff member
Participant / Staff Member
Alexander Nussbaumer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Christina Steiner
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Magen David Adom in Israel
  • Universität Wien, Büro des Senats
  • Lunds universitet
  • Health Service Executive, HSE
  • Public Health Agency, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement
  • University College Cork, UCC
Research areas
Start: 31.01.2014
End: 30.01.2017
EU-LEAs BOX - Tools for Competence-Centred, Multi-Source Learning Analytics
Learning analytics, educational data mining, formative assessment, are all recent buzz words in educational research. In principle, the idea is to find theoretical frameworks, models, procedures, and smart tools to collect, aggregate, analyse, reason on and visualize large scale educational data. LEA’s BOX aims at (a) making educational assessment and appraisal more goal-oriented, pro-active, and beneficial for students, and (b) at enabling formative support on the basis of a wide range of information about learners for teachers and other educational stakeholders.LEA’s BOX is a learning analytics toolkit and aims at a competence-centred, multi-source learning analytics methodology based on the foundations of sound psycho-pedagogical models, intelligent model-based reasoning services, innovative visualization techniques, tailored to the very concrete demands and requirements of teachers and learners. Therefore, the project is going to build upon the significant and well acknowledged body of existing work in the field of learning analytics and aims to enrich that with two distinct advancements:- Contribute reasoning algorithms and services on the basis of valid competence-centred psycho-pedagogical frameworks (Competence-based Knowledge Space Theory and Formal Concept Analysis)- Contribute novel approaches to visualizing activity/performance/achievement data by utilizing methods such as structural Hasse diagrams. Immediate benefits for educators will be the potential to link multiple sources of educationally relevant data in a simple way, automatically aggregate and analyze the data with a focus on competencies, a gain in-depth, and a competence-oriented view of learning progress. LEA’s occurs in direct cooperation with a broad basis of partner schools and teachers in the Czech Republic and in Turkey.
Staff member
Participant / Staff Member
Michael Kickmeier-Rust
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Christina Steiner
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • University of Birmingham
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2014
End: 29.11.2016
EU-VALCRI - Visual Analytics for Sense-making in CRiminal Intelligence analysis
The purpose of Project VALCRI is to create a Visual Analytics-based sense-making capability for criminal intelligence analysis by developing and integrating a number of technologies into a coherent working environment for the analyst we call the Reasoning Workspace. Conceptually, the Reasoning Workspace comprises three areas: (i) a Data Space which will enable an analyst to see what data and themes exist, (ii) an Analysis Space to which data can be brought into to carry out various computational analyses including statistical and text analysis, and (iii) a Hypothesis Space that will enable the analysts to assemble their evidence into coherent arguments that lead to meaningful and valid conclusions. The user interface will be rooted in the concepts of Visual Analytics – the emerging “… science of analytical reasoning facilitated by visual interactive interfaces" (Thomas and Cook, 2004), and specially designed to support the interactive dynamics (Heer and Shneiderman, 2012) required to enable real-time analytic interaction with data. The design of the user interface will move away from the traditional windows and list of lists views for presenting data, and instead to create information objects that may be directly manipulated and freely organised visuo-spatially by the analysts so that location and spatial groupings have meaning and can be manipulated directly by selection and dragging; or we can initiate Boolean operations on the content of the two or more clusters by dragging one cluster onto another. In addition, the presentation of multiple views of the information objects, in the form of network graphs, timelines, geo-spatial etc. can lead to further insight, especially when interactivity is enabled. This tight coupling between visualisation and computation is crucial for developing and maintaining cognitive momentum, the train of thought that enables creativity and sense-making.
Staff member
Participant / Staff Member
Eva-Catherine Hillemann
Mag.rer.nat.
Alexander Nussbaumer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
  • Universität Konstanz
  • Technische Universität Wien, TU Wien
  • Linköpings universitet
  • City University London
  • Stad Antwerpen
  • West Midlands Police Authority
  • Service Public Fédéral Intérieur, SPF Intérieur
  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Middlesex University
  • KU Leuven
Research areas
Start: 30.04.2014
End: 30.12.2017
FFG-eBusiness - The future of eBusiness
The participants and the trainers of the qualifiying seminar develop and analyse together innovative and future-oriented eBusiness solutions. The focus is especially put on the following four topics: “knowledge management”, “performer-support”, “communication” and “data-driven business”. The goal of the project is to provide the participating companies specific and tailor-made know-how on eBusiness and eBusiness solutions and promote the implementation of the developed solutions .
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2014
End: 30.03.2015
FFG-LiTech - Easy to use professional business and system control applications
Within this K-Project we gain basic and applied knowledge about natural and simple user interfaces for professional business and system control applications. Company partners of the consortium are developing the targeted professional applications mainly including control systems for machinery, presentation tools, and the complete logistic chain as well as configuration tools for cement plant control systems and medical computer equipment. Supporting these companies from the perspective of public by enhancing research in the area of human-computer interaction is a promising strategy for the enhancement of value creation for the national economy. However, due to the interdisciplinary nature of research in the more specific area of natural and simple user interfaces to professional systems it is certainly not easy to pursue common research strategy in rural regions. Since we intend to strengthen Vorarlberg as applied research location for natural and simple user interfaces to professional applications, the programme line “K-Project” is an adequate funding instrument for this type of interdisciplinary research. Vorarlberg’s industry has strong needs to gain such knowledge rurally, because this region consists of many global niche players.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH
  • Universität Salzburg, ICT&S Center - Advanced Studies and Research in Information and Communication Technologies & Society
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2014
End: 29.09.2018
IDERBLOG - Iderblog [Original in Deutsch: Individualisiertes Differenziertes Rechtschreibtraining durch Korrektur von für Schüler relevanten, selbst verfassten Texten]
The existence of computers, tablets and mobile phones allows a new access of the learners to the wirting process. Learners use both computers and the internet for writing purposes. While writing down what they have experienced they train their orthographic skills through using an intelligent dictionary. Providing that innovative access to writing is the objective of the IDERBLOG project. In the course of this 3-year-project an internet-based platform is created which enables learners to sustainably improve their orthographic skills while drafting their own texts. IDERBLOG is aimed at the primary section of schools in German speaking countries. By using the platform teychers can improve their students' writing competencies while fostering a contemporary approach to the writing process at the same time. Via the publicatin on the Internet, handling their own data safely and competently becomes part of the students' tuition of German as a school subject. The studnets' increased writing and orthographical competency entails improved performances at school in other subjects as well. Reading and writing are part of the key competencies of a successful school career.
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
  • Kultusministerkonferenz - Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD)
External Partners
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Wien
  • Kirchlich Pädagogische Hochschule Wien/Krems
  • Gemeindeschule Raeren
  • Albert-Weisgerber-Grundschule St. Ingbert
  • Landesinstitut für Pädagogik und Medien
Research areas
Start: 30.11.2014
End: 30.08.2017
EU-RAGE - Realising an Applied Gaming Eco-system
The EU based industry for non-leisure games (applied games) is an emerging business. As such, it´s still fragmented and needs critical mass to compete globally. Nevertheless its growth potential is widely recognised and even suggested to exceed the growth potential of the leisure games market. RAGE will help to seize these opportunities by making available 1) an interoperable set of advanced technology assets tuned to applied gaming 2) proven practices of using asset-based applied games in various real-world contexts, 3) centralised access to a wide range of applied gaming software modules, services and resources, 4) an online social space (the RAGE Ecosystem) that arranges and facilitates collaboration that underlie progress and innovation, 5) workshops and online training opportunities for both developers and educators, 6) assets-based business cases that support the games industry at seizing new business opportunities, and 7) a business model and launch plan for exploiting the RAGE Ecosystem beyond the project´s duration. Intermediary organisations and education providers anticipate a wider exploitation of RAGE results among their end-users, which add up to over 1 million, and through disseminating RAGE in their partner networks. The game companies in RAGE anticipate adding RAGE-based products to their portfolio, in order to improve their competitive advantage by opening a new product line for applied games and developing new revenue streams. Actual deployment of RAGE results will generate direct impact on the competitive positioning of the few thousand of European SMEs in the Applied Games market. Impacts from RAGE will be visible in terms of fulfilling new client needs by quicker and more challenging methods of skills acquisition, enabling new business models based on the usage of the assets repository and the Ecosystem, and in the strengthening collaboration across the entire Applied Games value chain.
Staff member
Contact
Alexander Nussbaumer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Participant / Staff Member
Matthias Thomas Maurer
BSc
Christina Steiner
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, I. P., IEFP
  • Ministério da Justiça
  • Stichting Praktijkleren
  • University of Bolton
  • Universiteit Utrecht
  • Universitatea Politehnica din Bucureşti
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, UCM
  • Hull College, HCUK
  • Open Universiteit Nederland, OU
  • INESC-ID - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Lisboa
  • FTK e.V. - Forschungsinstitut für Telekommunikation und Kooperation
  • Sofia University "St.Kliment Ohridski"
Research areas
Start: 31.01.2015
End: 30.01.2019
FWF - OMFix - Overcoming Mental Fixation by Switching the Internal Spotlight
The project "Overcoming Mental Fixation by Switching the Internal Spotlight" (OMFix) is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (P 27709-G22). The focus is on the interplay between search processes in human memory and executive processing to examine a central characteristic of creative achievements, namely overcoming mental fixation to combine previously dissociated thoughts. After testing the applicability of stochastic models of memory search in the lab, we make use of these models in field studies to explore and support peoples’ capability of creatively searching the World Wide Web.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), FWF
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2015
End: 29.09.2017
EU - LA4S - Learning Analytics and Learning Process Management for Small Size Organisations in Higher Education
The Project provides a Software platform to allow small organisations and universities to carry out learning analytics. On this basis, feasibility and effectivity studies are made.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Open Universiteit Nederland, OU
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Universität Liechtenstein
  • Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2015
End: 30.03.2018
NEON - Novel multimedia recruiting and onboarding technologies for SMEs
Onboarding processes decsribe the integration of new employees in companies or organisations in the most effective and optimal way. The NEON project addresses the problems of such social and educational complex processes by providing a technology supported serive for customers. The key idea is to support and guidance the development of digital media and learning materials in a smart way.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • create - mediadesign GmbH
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2015
End: 29.09.2016
UX Day 2015
conference
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Keith Andrews
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Research areas
Start: 14.10.2015
End: 30.01.2016
Education-STELA - Successful Transition from secondary to higher education using Learning Analytics
The main goal of the project is to enhance a successful transition from secondary to higher education by means of learning analytics. To this end the project will develop, test, and assess a learning analytics approach that focuses on providing formative and summative feedback to students in the transition. On top of the development of a student dashboard, the project will develop dashboards for the student counsellors and teachers, hereby disclosing a vast amount of information that can be used to improve counselling and teaching practices. To realize this ambitious goal the project gathers a multidisciplinary team of learning analytics researchers, educational technology experts, experts in the transition from secondary to higher education, and practitioners. Thanks to this multidisciplinary team, the project will tackle all the different steps required for the application of learning analytics: data collection, data analysis, data visualization, dashboard design, dashboard development, and last but not least the actual implementation and thorough evaluation of the learning analytics approach. By applying the developed learning analytics approach to diverse educational contexts in a variety of case studies (different countries, different admission policies, different faculties), the clear potential for mainstreaming and for extension to other fields than the transition is shown. Since the developed software and tools will be distributed under an open-source license, this potential is even further increased. Finally, the project will provide an in-depth review of the different steps needed to use learning analytics in the transition from secondary to higher education. This review is translated to concrete policy recommendations concerning the use of learning analytics to raise the quality in education.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • SEFI - European Society for Engineering Education
  • KU Leuven
  • Nottingham Trent University, NTU
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, Microelektronica en Computer Engineering
Research areas
Start: 31.10.2015
End: 30.10.2018
EU - CODALoop - Community Data-Loops for energy-efficient urban lifestyles
CODALoop aims to investigate the potential of data-driven learning and behavior adaptation feedback loops for reducing energy consumption in urban communities. Big data sets are often used to describe specific urban phenomena (e.g. mobility) in aggregate ways. Less is known regarding the capacity of data analytics to represent complex individual behavior, yielding information that activates individual, community and policy learning processes aimed at reducing energy consumption. We answer two questions: Which new insights can urban big data sets provide into the impact of urban lifestyles on energy consumption? How can urban big data analytics be performed and used to enable learning and behavior adaptation at individual and community levels, and policy innovation at the urban level? We focus on two learning and adaptation/innovation feedback loops: individual-community and community-policy. Project outputs are: a) cognitive models for shared use of big data sets, b) platforms for community learning across the city, and c) policy recommendations for city governments. CODALoop integrates different disciplines and combines qualitative and quantitative research methods. The research experiments in specific urban areas through embedded living lab approaches that are jointly run by the research institutions and public and private end-users participating in the consortium.
Staff member
Participant / Staff Member
Michael Bedek
Mag.rer.nat.
Alexander Nussbaumer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Magistrat Graz - Bezirksamt 1. Bezirk Innere Stadt
  • Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Yildiz Teknik Üniversitesi
  • District Municipality of Kadiköy
  • Universiteit Van Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Economic Board
  • PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Research areas
Start: 29.02.2016
End: 27.02.2019
DIGI4PRODUCTION - Implementation of digiitisation trends for Smart Production of small and medium sized enterprises
DIGI4PRODUCTION is dedicated to the topic "Impact of Digitalization Technologies and Innovative Trends on the Intelligent Production of the Future".
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2017
End: 27.02.2018
FWF - E-Learning - Current and future E-Learning Science
Research and Development in the field of Learning Science from different points of views becomes more and more important from a basic research point of view as well as in the light of application. The reasons are among others (a) the strong need for learning and teaching in science education (STEM) at all levels in developed countries as well as in developing countries, and (b) the great chances brought by digitalization in learning and teaching for closing the gap between current and target states. (c) Both of these objectives have to be grounded on scientific results and methods in psycho-pedagogical science and in computer science which are covered by Cognitive Science and e-Learning Science. Specific objectives: (a) presenting and exchanging current research about Learning Science, (b) discussing and planning future joint Research, Development and Innovation in the field of e-Learning Science, (c) seeking further opportunities for cooperation, e.g. a virtual doctoral seminar, joint publications.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), FWF
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
  • Fu Jen Catholic University
  • National Taichung University of Education
  • National Academy for Educational Research, NAER
Research areas
Start: 12.09.2017
End: 15.09.2017
FWF - Echo-Kammern - Facing the Threats of Virtual Echo Chambers in Schools!
Constructively dealing with societal problems requires a process of opinion formation, which is preceded by a critical search of information from different perspectives and an evaluation thereof. It is thus with concern that we observe communicative processes in social media, which co-determine the current discourse on education policy under the notion of virtual echo chambers: user behavior in Facebook, WhatsApp and Co appears to be affected by a strong tendency or inertia of drawing virtual circles around like-minded people and to cut oneself off from alternative viewpoints. Due to this development and our concerns about the public as a hub of different perspectives, the Austrian Ministry of Education e.g. considers introducing a specific subject on the acquisition of digital competences. The present Top Citizen Science (TCS) initiative takes up this consideration and aims at developing a training of pertinent competences and a design of supportive technologies in a transdisciplinary cooperation between school and university, i.e., through a combination of practical knowledge of teachers and a scientific knowledge, in particular of computer scientists and cognitive psychologists. The focus is on the acquisition of competences that enable students to (i) become aware of causes and consequences of an echo chamber and (ii) face them by means of a critical-reflective search for information. The scientific starting point of this TCS initiative is the currently running FWF project OMFix (Overcoming Mental Fixation, P27709; https://omfix.wordpress.com). It deals with memory-psychological causes of mental fixation in social Web environments and develops an innovative logic of mentally stimulating information services. The TCS-based extension by the expertise of educators in teaching and training critical thinking and search will allow us to apply, deepen and implement insights gained in OMFix to the conceptualization of interdisciplinary training measures in the context of collaborative and inquiry-based learning. Methodologically, the approach is complementary to the experimental-quantitative approach of P27709: In the course of several workshops at schools, hands-on exercises on Web-based search and social interaction will take place. Qualitative analyses of observational protocols will then serve to identify difficulties and to discuss them with teachers and students in focus groups.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), FWF
External Partners
  • Tallinna Ülikool
  • Höhere Lehranstalt f Land- u Ernährungswirtschaft d Schulvereins d Schulschwestern
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2017
End: 29.04.2018
RedUsa - Predictive maintenance for production environments
In the production of aluminum plates, due to non-identified influencing parameters, rejects are caused by non-metallic inclusions in the material. The aim of this project is to create tools for identifying prototype relevant influencing parameters for this committee. The prototype to be created should include data analytics (forecasting model) and visual analytics functions for this purpose. • To achieve the overall objective of reducing the US committee, based on a Data evaluation of existing process and quality data, a suitable classification and a predictive model are created. This predictive model is then used to predict the relationship between defined production parameters and to create product quality. In a Visual Analytics application, the various parameters of the production process are meaningfully presented to the end user.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Pro2Future GmbH
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 30.03.2021
Domus - Driving with Electric Vehicles
The project goal is to develop and test the effectiveness of a software prototype to increase efficient driving through an onboard application that provides the driver some kind of feedback based on critical competence indicators. CSS will review literature and existing work to determine appropriate computerizable structures of competencies that contribute to efficient driving. The efficient driving competence structure (EDCS) should allow the mapping of a learning driver into the structure via a set of defined indicators such as vehicle sensors or others (also part of task 1). Based on the EDCS, CSS will develop feedback strategies necessary for a learning driver to acquire the competencies needed to increase his or her driving efficiency. CSS will document the competence structures, mapping to competence indicators, and feedback plans in such a form so that a computer programmer can implement a software prototype including an interface that dynamically detects a driver’s competence state and provides appropriate feedback. CSS will provide test scenarios in the form of descriptions of driver-vehicle-context test situations that trigger the appropriate system behavior and measure the human learning responses and include a listing of the desired responses with reference to the competence structures.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Kompetenzzentrum - Das virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, VIF
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 30.12.2018
ConMon - Predictive Maintenance for Products
The goal of this project is to create a prototype for condition monitoring in test environments: Based on a data evaluation of already existing data, an appropriate classification and a prediction model will be built. This prediction model is then used to classify real-time data and to make predictions (with aquality criterion).
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Pro2 Future GmbH, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • Pro2 Future GmbH, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 30.12.2020
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
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Wageningen Universiteit
  • Univerzitet u Beogradu, Institut za biološka istraživanja „Siniša Stanković" , IBISS
  • Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, USTL
  • Wageningen University and Research, Stichting Wageningen Research
  • Istituto Agrario di San Michele all'Adige, Fondazione Edmund Mach, FEM
  • Fundacja Art & Science Synergy Foundation, ASSF
  • VTT - Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus
  • Plant & Food Research Ltd, PFR
  • Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie, IPB
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, JKI
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnologica, iBET
  • Europese Organisatie Voor Wetenschappelijk Plantenonderzoek, E.P.S.O. IVZW, EPSO
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 29.06.2022
ELSA-GEA - Ethical, legal, and socio-economic aspects of genome editing in agriculture
ELSA-GEA investigages possible ethical, legal, and socio-economic aspects of genome editing in agriculture. The overall aim of the project is to inform the public debate and to improve the knowledge base for policy decisions. TU Graz is in charge of stakeholder engagement on technical, scientific, legal, and socio-economic aspects of gene editing.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, JKI
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF
External Partners
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institut Technik-Theologie-Naturwissenschaften (TTN)
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, JKI
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences - CELLS
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 30.10.2019
TA Genome Editing - Interdisciplinary Technology Assessment
This technology assessment investigates the prospects and challenges associated to the application of genome editing in human medicine, plant and animal breeding, microorganisms-based industrial biotechnology, and do-it-yourself (DIY) biology laboratories. The focus thereby lies on prospects for applications, risks, economic, legal and ethical implications for Switzerland.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Institut für Höhere Studien, IHS
  • Stiftung für Technologiefolgen-Abschätzung - TA-Swiss
External Partners
  • Katholisch-Theologische Privatuniversität Linz
  • Hochschule Luzern
  • Institut für Höhere Studien, IHS
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 27.02.2019
SUPCODE - Supporting Cognitive Decision Making
To support human decision making, Area 3 defines two objectives: (1) Combine data‐driven approaches with configuration management methods and simulation environments in order to provide a reliable, trustworthy (data) basis for decision making. (2) Provide this objective basis for decision making to humans in such a way that it takes into account their cognitive capabilities (e.g., information filtering in stress situations) as well as the situation/context in which the decision has to be made (e.g., within production process versus design process) in order to ensure timely and optimal decisions. This strategic project fosters these Area objectives by strategic research activities considering the following context: Industry 4.0 is considered as the “fourth industrial revolution” that either fully automatizes the production in the manufacturing industry or optimizes the collaboration of workers and machines. This is only possible when using different helping operators that facilitate the entire product life cycle, such as the decision support assistance systems. The power of the decision support systems lies on providing immediate assistance in situations where human judgment disregards the reactions times. This is considered as highly important particularly in risky and uncertain conditions where making a poor selection might cause catastrophic consequences for humans and the operating environment. What makes these systems cognitive is that they apply methods that simulate the estimation and the thinking process of the humans to choose one option from a set of possibilities (WP2 Definition of decisionmaking methods & computational decision making). In order to enable companies to utilize such assistance systems it is paramount that data collected at the production site and sent to an analytics entity is sufficiently secured. This can be achieved by providing a secure connection (WP3 Secure Data Transmission). Another concern when working with cognitive decision support systems is the transparency. The outputs of the decision‐making processes are often too complex even for the experts, to understand. Yet, this lack of transparency can be a key problem in many applications. In order to tackle this issue, there is a need on tools that can be used for e.g., to explain/explore predictions/decisions made by the applied model(s) (WP4 Visual analytics). - A secure data transmission module will be applied and extended that allows to transmit data from production site to assistive system. -To ensure that end‐user understand why the system made a particular decision, this project further focuses on state‐of‐the‐art visualization tools (2D, 3D) and visual analytics methods that are used, e.g., to explain/explore decisions made by system, the applied model(s) respectively. - The visual analytics tool can further be applied to support scheduling, performance monitoring, and anomaly detection for the manufacturing systems that might help the end‐user in her decision‐making process. - The simulation of scheduling and re‐scheduling after expected (predictive maintenance) and unexpected changes (e.g. down‐time of machines due to failures) allows for a better resiliency of manufacturing processes. The (further) development of algorithms can therefore help in optimizing the design of production systems and schedules for shop floors in cases of stochastic failures.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Pro2 Future GmbH, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
External Partners
  • evolaris next level GmbH
  • Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, JKU
  • PROFACTOR GmbH
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2018
End: 30.03.2021
MH - Modelling Health (MH) - Computer Modelling for Better Health
Technology Assessment of acceptability of computer simulation and modelling in health care technologies.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Gesundheit, Pflege und Wissenschaft, Geschäftsstelle des Zukunftsfonds Steiermark, A8
External Partners
  • Medizinische Universität Graz, Institut für Pathologie
  • IFZ - Interuniversitäres Forschungszentrum für Technik, Arbeit und Kultur
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2018
End: 30.08.2018
Zukunftswerkstatt - Organization and documentation of a future-workshop "Energy of the Furture"
One-day conference on "Conception, implementation and documentation of a future workshop".
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Günter Getzinger
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil.
Research areas
Start: 14.04.2018
End: 30.05.2018
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
Funding sources
  • Kultusministerkonferenz - Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD)
External Partners
  • Gemeindeschule Raeren
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark
  • Grundschule Saarbrücken-Dellengarten
  • Landesinstitut für Pädagogik und Medien
Research areas
Start: 31.08.2018
End: 30.08.2021
Maroon - Simulations for school use
Maroon ist ein preisgekröntes virtuelles Lernlabor mit aktuellem Fokus auf Physik.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung , BMBWF
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2018
End: 30.03.2019
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
Participant / Staff Member
Christian Gütl
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Alexander Nussbaumer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Christina Steiner
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Dublin City University
  • Ústav teorie informace a automatizace AV ČR, v.v.i., UTIA
  • The University of Dublin - Trinity College Dublin
  • Fundación Cibervoluntarios, CIBER
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
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, ÖAW
External Partners
  • University of Southern California, USC
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2019
End: 27.02.2022
VISDAT - Visual Analytics for Promoting Digital and Scientific Literacy
The high demand for employees in science, technology and information technologies is often in contrast to the low proportion of young people interested in the relevant school subjects and occupations. The aim of the project is to promote the interest and motivation of pupils at primary and lower secondary level to work with scientific and technical content and to promote computer skills. For this purpose, pupils are enabled to collect, evaluate and interpret environmental and weather data with computer systems as young researchers. The project results are to be incorporated into the education, training and further education of students and teachers at primary and lower secondary level.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Johanna Pirker
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc
Participant / Staff Member
Alexander Nussbaumer
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Christina Steiner
Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat.
Funding sources
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Gesundheit, Pflege und Wissenschaft, Geschäftsstelle des Zukunftsfonds Steiermark, A8
External Partners
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark
Research areas
Start: 28.02.2019
End: 27.02.2021
DiSpecs - Distant Spectators: Distant Reading for periodicals of the Enlightenmen
The enlightened Spectator press of the 18th century constitutes an important cultural heritage of the world, affecting the discourse system of the Enlightenment. It complied with the democratic ideal of disseminating cultural and moral issues, techniques and practices within a non-academic audience, popularizing enlightened ideas, such as cosmopolitanism, tolerance, intellectual criticism, self-reflection and social responsibility. DiSpecs aims to analyze the digitized, TEI encoded and semantically enriched texts of The Spectators in the international context (http://gams.uni-graz.at/mws), an ongoing digital edition project which has been running since 2008 (Ertler et al. 2011-2018; Ertler 2018), with quantitative methods of data analysis referred to as distant reading (Moretti 2005) and macroanalysis (Jockers 2013). Thus, the proposed project builds on existing data and investigates them with digital methods in order to open up new perspectives on the material. The main question of DiSpecs is how (and which) quantitative methods (topic modeling, stylometry, meme diffusion, sentiment analysis and community detection) prove useful and efficient for the analysis of a multilingual text corpus from the 18th century, which currently incorporates discourses in six languages (French, Italian, Spanish, English, German and Portuguese) with a total of approximately 4000 individual texts with more than 9 million tokens. In particular, the quantitative analysis of the Spectators aims to enhance and improve the studies on micro-narration regarding the repetition of motifs throughout different journals. Another focus is on the transnational-transfer and development of this literary genre based on the English prototypes The Tatler (1709-1711) and The Spectator (1711-1712 and 1714) founded by Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele, while keeping geographical, cultural and temporal specifics under constant consideration.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, ÖAW
External Partners
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung - Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Institut für Romanistik
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
Research areas
Start: 31.05.2019
End: 29.11.2020
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
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
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
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • The Open University
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Universidade do Minho, UMinho
  • 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
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) , FFG
  • Klima- und Energiefonds
External Partners
  • AEE - Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien
  • Montanuniversität Leoben, Lehrstuhl für Energieverbundtechnik
  • Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH
  • Fachhochschule Salzburg 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
Karl Steininger
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.soc.oec.
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
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