Alois Ferscha, Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.

Institutsvorstand Pervasive Computing

Institut für Pervasive Computing
Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
A-4040 Linz

Room: S3 0633
Phone: +43-732-2468-4762
Fax: +43-732-2468-4765
E-Mail: ferscha ät pervasive döt jku döt at

 Curriculum Vitae: Short Biography, Download CV [.pdf, 361 KiB]

 EU FP7 FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) History

Research Interests
Networked Embedded Systems and Architectures
Pervasive, mobile, ubiquitous and wearable computing; autonomic computing and wireless embedded systems; wireless multisensor platforms; context aware and adaptive systems; information appliances; ambient intelligence.
Cooperative Embedded Systems
Coordination models, languages and formal methods; ad-hoc interaction; self-organization and self-management; cooperative sensing, opportunistic sensing; goal-oriented cooperative systems; -ensembles of digital artefacts, networks of things.
Development of Embedded Systems Software
Distributed software and algorithms (specification, correctness, termination, complexity analysis), programming paradigms (OO distributed software models), component technologies/frameworks, embedded and real-time software, service oriented architectures, multiagent (software) systems.
Awareness, Attention, Interaction
Context awareness, group/workspace awareness; peripheral displays, ambient information systems; embedded interaction, tangible interfaces; implicit interaction, activity and mobility recognition; auditory, vibrotactile and olfactory interfaces.
Parallel and Distributed (Interactive) Simulation
Parallel/distributed discrete event simulation (generating models, experimental design, verification, validation, and confidence analysis), distributed interactive simulation, web-based simulation, agent-based simulation, OO simulation, real-time simulation, simulation-aided multiuser environments.
Scientific Career
since 09/2020Scientific Director of the COMET K1 Centre "Pro2Future GmbH"
2017 – 2020CEO and Scientific Director of the COMET K1 Centre "Pro2Future GmbH"
2015 – 2017Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Johannes Kepler University Linz
since 2000Full Professor and Head of Department, Institute of Pervasive Computing, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Head of the RSA FG Research Studio "Pervasive Computing Applications" (Linz, Vienna)
Head of the Excellence Initiative "Pervasive Computing" at the University of Linz
Head of the Research Institute for Pervasive Computing (RIPE, Hagenberg)
since 2000Guest Professorships the Dipartimento di Informatica, Universita di Torino, Italy, at the Dipartimento di Informatica, Universita di Genoa, Italy, at the Computer Science Department, University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, Maryland, and at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
1996 – 2000Associate Professor, Institute of Applied Computer Science and Information Systems, Division of Advanced Computer Engineering, University of Vienna (Austria)
1986 – 1996Assistant Professor, Institute of Applied Computer Science and Information Systems, Division of Advanced Computer Engineering, University of Vienna (Austria)
1990 – 1995Venia docendi (Habilitation) in Computer Science, University of Vienna (Austria)
1986 – 1990Doctoral degree Informatics, University of Vienna (Austria)
1981 – 1984Mag. rer. soc. oec. degree Business Informatics, University of Vienna (Austria)
Awards and Honors
2018Ö-WGP Zukunftspreis 2018, Projekt: Attentive Machines, FFG, Projektnummer 849976
2018Best Paper Award, PhyCS 2018 (Gollan, B., Haslgruebler, M., Ferscha, A., Heftberger, J.: Making Sense: Experiences with Multi-Sensor Fusion in Industrial Assistance Systems.)
2018Best Student Paper Award, PETRA 2018 (Amrouche, S., Gollan, B., Ferscha, A., Heftberger, J.: Activity Segmentation and Identification based on Eye Gaze Features.)
2016Best Paper Award, FUTURE COMPUTING 2016 (Gollan, B., Ferscha, A.: SEEV-Effort - Is it Enough to Model Human Attentional Behavior in Public Display Settings.)
2016Nomination: VERENA Award of the national Innovation Award, Project: PowerIT mit EnergieAG
2013Best Paper Award, AutomotiveUI 2013 (Riener, A., Ferscha, A., Bachmair, F., Hagmueller, P., Lemme, A., Muttenthaler, D., Puehringer, D., Rogner, H., Tappe, A., Weger, F.: Standardization of the In-Car Gesture Interaction Space)
2013Best Paper Award, ADAPTIVE 2013 (M. Kurz, G. Hoelzl, Ferscha A.: On the Utilization of Heterogeneous Sensors and System Adaptability for Opportunistic Activity and Context Recognition)
2013Best Paper Award, ICAS 2013 (G. Hoelzl, M. Kurz, Ferscha A.: Goal Processing and Semantic Matchmaking in Opportunistic Activity and Context Recognition Systems)
2012Nomination: Mercur Award (Innovation Award, WKO Vienna), Project: Vienna City Marathon Sport Community Token mit Enterprise Sport Promotion GmbH
2012Best Paper Award, ADAPTIVE 2012 (M. Kurz, G. Hoelzl and Ferscha A.: Dynamic Adaptation of Opportunistic Sensor Configurations for Continuous and Accurate Activity Recognition)
2011Nomination: World Summit Award
2011Innovation Award of the national multimedia award (Innovationspreis des Staatspreises für Multimedia und e-Business)
2009Upper Austrian Innovation Award (OÖ Landespreis für Innovation)
2009Cross Border Award (Grenzüberschreitende Technologieplattform Oberösterreich-Niederbayern-Südböhmen
1992Heinz Zemanek Award (Thesis: Modelling and Performance Analysis of Parallel Systems with PRM-Nets)
Recent and Current Projects
FFG: COMET K1 Centre Pro²Future, start 2017. centre website
FFG: IoT4CPS: Trustworthy IoT for Cyber-Physical-Systems, 2017-2020. more ...
FFG: kids4wearables: SchülerInnen entwickeln intelligente Mode, 2017-2019. more ...
FFG: Attention Management in Minimal Invasive Surgery, 2016-2019. more ...
FFG: Attentive Machines: Man and Machines in ICT based Production Systems of the Future, 2015-2018. more ...
FFG: EyeControl: Eye-Controlled Machines, 2016-2019. more ...
EU FP7: FoCAS (Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems), 2013-2016. more ...
FFG: 360Light: Experiencing panoramic content in public spaces, 2013-2015. more ...
EU FP7: HC2(Human Computer Confluence Research in Action), FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive, 2010-2013. more ...
EU FP7: Sapere (Self-Aware Pervasive Service Ecosystems), FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive, 2010-2013. more ...
EU FP7: OPPORTUNITY (Activity and Context Recognition with Opportunistic Sensor Configurations), FP7-ICT-2007-C, FET open, 2009-2012. more ...
EU FP7: SOCIONICAL (Socio-Technical Ambient Intelligence Systems), FP7-ICT call 3, FET proactive, 2009-2013. more ...
EU FP7: PANORAMA (Pervasive Adaptation Network for the Organisation of the Research Agenda and the Management of Activities), FP7-ICT call 3, FET proactive, 2008-2011. more ...
FFG: SPECTACLES (Autonomous Wearable Display Systems), 2005 - 2009. more ...
Selected Publications
A. Ferscha. A Research Agenda for Human Computer Confluence. In A. Gaggioli et al (2016) Human Computer Confluence: Transforming Human Experience Through Symbiotic Technologies. De Gruyter Open. DOI: 10.1515/9783110471137-001.
F. Zambonelli, A. Omicini, B. Anzengruber, G. Castelli, F. De Angelis, G. Di Marzo, S. Dobson, J. Fernandez-Marquez, A. Ferscha, M. Mamei, S. Mariani , A. Molesini, S. Montagna, J. Nieminen, D. Pianini, M. Risoldi, A. Rosi, G. Stevenson, M. Viroli, J. Ye. Developing pervasive multi-agent systems with nature-inspired coordination, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Vol. 17, Part B, Feb 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2014.12.002.
A. Ferscha, J. Paradiso, R. Whitaker. Attention Management in Pervasive Computing, IEEE Pervasive Computing, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 19-21, 2014.
A. Ferscha. Attention, Please! IEEE Pervasive Computing, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 48-54, 2014.
A. Ferscha, S. Vogl. Wearable Displays for Everyone! IEEE Pervasive Computing, Editors: Paul Lukowicz, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 7-10, 2010. more ...
A. Ferscha. Implicit Interaction. The Universal Access Handbook (Human Factors and Ergonomics), Editors: Constantine Stephanidis, CRC Press, ISBN: 978-0-805862-805, 2009. more ...
A. Ferscha, S. Resmerita. Gestural interaction in the pervasive computing landscape. e & i Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Springer-Verlag Wien, Vol. 124, No. 1-2, pp. 17-25, 2007. more ...
A. Ferscha, S. Vogl. Pervasive Web Access via Public Communication Walls Pervasive Computing, Springer LNCS 2414, (Best Paper Award), Zurich, Switzerland, 84-97, August 2002. more ...
A.Ferscha. Adaptive Time Warp Simulation of Timed Petri Nets, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Vol. 25, No. 2, March 1999. more ...
Invited Speaker
  • Invited Talk, Cognitive Products, KC Treffpunkt Digitalisierung #4, Online, A, 2020-11-10.
  • Invited Talk, Technology Matters!, IV OÖ: Industrie im Dialog: Corona als Technologieturbo, Online, A, 2020-11-05.
  • Invited Keynote, Aware Systems: Reversing Interaction Principles, International Workshop Conference on Digital Intelligence and Aware Systems: Interactive Music Technologies, St. Gilgen, A, 2020-01-23.
  • Cognitive Load in Laparoscopic Surgery, 5th Kepler Science Day, Linz, A, 2019-11-20.
  • Invited Talk at Jubiläumssymposium 400 Jahre Keplers Buch, Linz, A, 2019-10-24.
  • Invited Keynote, Ich bitte um Ihre Aufmerksamkeit! Wahrnehmungsgesteuerte Selbstanpassung zukünftiger IT-basierter Produktionssysteme, Production & IT Konferenz, Linz, A, 2019-06-18.
  • Moderation, IT-Kolloquium: Intelligente Roboter in Interaktion mit Menschen, Vienna, A, 2019-05-14.
  • Invited Keynote, Cognitive IT: The Dawn of the Age of Machine Thinking, ComputationWorld 2019, Venice, I, 2019-05-08.
  • Paper Presentation, Cognitive Products: System Architecture and Operational Principles, Cognitive 2019, Venice, I, 2019-05-07.
  • Invited Talk (with F. Bleicher), Smarte Produktion, SMARTE PRODUKTION: Was die Vernetzung von Maschinen, Services und Menschen bringt (DBT), Vienna, A, 2019-01-31.
  • Invited Talk, Shaping the cognitive productions systems of the future, INDustrial TECHnologies 2018, Vienna, A, 2018-10-31.
  • Invited Talk, The Future of Products and Production Systems is Cognitive, Pro²Future in Progress, Linz, A, 2018-09-18.
  • Invited Talk, IoT in a Nutshell, Future in a Nutshell, Sattledt, A, 2018-06-20.
  • Invited Talk, Pro²Future (5 minutes/1slide), FFG Forum Produktion 2018, Graz, A, 2018-05-29.
  • Invited Talk, Spotlight 5 - IoT, the thinking things, ECSEL-Austria Conference 2018, Linz, A, 2018-04-26.
  • Invited Talk, Common Research Program, Opening Event ACDP, Vienna, A, 2018-03-15.
  • Invited Talk, Produkte und Produktionssysteme der Zukunft werden denken!, 2. JKU Transfertag, Linz, A, 2018-02-08.
  • Invited Talk, Socio-Inspired ICT, Reinventing Society - CSH Workshop, Vienna, A, 2017-05-09
  • Invited Keynote, Tatort Digitalisierung: Menschliche Motive und ihre symbiotischen IT-Systeme, Tiroler IT-Day, Innsbruck, A, 2017-05-04
  • Invited Talk, Industrie 4.0 – Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelt, Industrie 4.0 – Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelt, Linz, A, 2017-04-06
  • Invited Talk, Future & Emerging ICT – Innovationen mit dem Ziel, Menschen zu dienen, Taking Innovation from Universities to Markets, St. Gilgen, A, 2017-02-09.
  • Invited Keynote, Business and Technologies Going Green, OSCE Chairmanship Business Conference, Vienna, A, 2017-01-25.
  • Invited Keynote, Cognitive Collective Adaptive Systems, ANDRITZ Global Talent Program, Vienna, A, 2017-01-18.
  • Invited Talk, Trends in der Digitalisierung, IndustryTech 2016, Zell am See, A, 2016-11-09.
  • Invited Talk, Cyberphysische Produkte und Produktionssysteme, Salzburg Business Opening, Salzburg, A, 2016-10-04.
  • Invited Keynote, Verschränkte Welt: Die Separierung der "Physischen" von der "Digitalen" Welt ist obsolet!, 30 Jahre VÖSI, Vienna, A, 2016-09-15
  • Invited Talk, SKF Führungskräfte-Dialog, Steyr, A, 2016-08-30.
  • Invited Keynote, May I Have Your Attention, Please?, ICCHP 2016, Linz, A, 2016-07-15.
  • Invited Keynote, Cyber-Physical Systems - Towards Aware IT, Siemens Executive Summit: On the way to Industrie 4.0 - Driving the Digital Enterprise, Mondsee, A, 2016-06-08.
  • Invited Keynote: Cyber-Physical Industrial Systems. TechTrend, AVL List GmbH Research & Technology, Graz, A, 2016-05-12.
  • TV program, OOE Heute, Computer überwachen Aufmerksamkeit, ORF OOE, Austria, 2016-04-28.
  • FoCAS WP5 Presentation, Final Review, Brussels, Belgium, 2016-04-19.
  • Panel discussion, Virtual Reality, AEC/ Die Presse, Linz, Austria, 2016-04-14.
  • Invited Keynote, Cyber-Physical Products and Production Systems. Industrie 4.0 - N 4.0 vernetzt wirtschaften, St. Poelten, Austria, 2016-04-13.
  • Invited Conference Keynote: Cyber-Physische Produkte und Produktionssysteme, Internationales Forum Mechatronik, Augsburg, Germany, 2016-04-07.
  • Panel discussion: FutureTalk, Academia Superior/ Die Rundschau, Linz, Austria, 2016-04-06.
  • Invited talk: Vortrag zu Industrie 4.0, TU Munich, Munich, Germany, 2016-04-04.
  • TV program: OOE Heute: Computer erkennt menschliche Absichten, ORF OOE, Austria, 2016-02-11.
  • Invited Keynote: Attentive Things, WARM 16, Graz, Austria, 2016-02-04.
  • Invited Talk: Foundations and Engineering of Collective Adaptive Systems, Workshop on Research Challenges in Modeling & Simulation for Engineering Complex Systems, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 2016-01-13.
  • ATTENTION – Aufmerksamkeits-sensitive minimal-invasive Chirurgie, Science Days 2015, Linz, A, 2015-11-11.
  • Menschenbewusste Maschinen - Was Maschinen über uns wissen sollten, 4. Redtenbacher Symposium, Steyr, A, 2015-10-22.
  • Aware Systems: Findings and Challenges, Austrian Computer Science Day 2015, Vienna, A, 2015-10-15.
  • Cyberphysische Produkte und Produktionssysteme - eine Forschungsherausforderung, Symposium Industrie 4.0, Konferenz der Nationalen Clusterplattform Österreich, Linz, A, 2015-10-08.
  • Cyber-Physical Products, European Forum Alpbach 2015, Alpbach, A, 2015-08-28.
  • What is "Industrie 4.0"?, voestalpine Synergieplattform, Linz, A, 2015-06-25
  • Open Space Themenrunde: Entwicklung der Informatik (Moderation und Kurzvortrag), OCG Jahrestagung 2015, Vienna, A, 2015-06-09.
  • Awareness as a Mechanism of Coordination in Planetary Scale Distributed Systems, DisCoTec 2015, Grenoble, F, 2015-06-02.
  • Big Data – Neue Erkenntnisse für Innovation, PFI Innovation Lounge, Perchtoldsdorf, A, 2015-04-22.
  • Towards Real World 360, Wals/Sbg., A, 2015-03-31.
  • Social Physics – How Information Spreads, Media & Lifestyle Summit 2015, Zuers, A, 2015-03-15.
  • Produkte der Zukunft, Innovations-Tag 2015, Linz, A, 2015-03-10.
  • Aware ICT, PECCS 2015: 5th International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems, Angers, F, 2015-02-12.
  • Endoskopie und Aufmerksamkeit, ENDO Linz 2015, Linz, A, 2015-01-23.
  • FoCAS WP5 PY2, FoCAS Exec, Amsterdam, NL, 2015-01-13.
  • Pervasive Computing Applications - A Cognitive Computer Science Perspective, RSA Forschungsklausur, St. Gilgen, A, 2015-01-10.
  • Big Data – Neue Erkenntnisse für Innovationen, RSA Forschungsklausur, St. Gilgen, A, 2015-01-09.
Service to the community
Editorial BoardsPervasive and Mobile Computing (Elsevier) , Simulation (SCS), ..
Program CommitteesHCC Summer School 2012, 2013
IoT 2017 (Conference Co-Chair)
PERVASIVE: 2004 (Program Chair), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
UBICOMP: 2003, 2006, 2007, 2013
ARCS: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
ISWC (International Symposium on Wearable Computers): 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009 (PC chair), 2011, 2013, 2014
ACM MobiWac: 2006, 2007, 2008
ACM Int. WS on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
ADAPTIVE: 2014, 2016
Annual Simulation Symposium, (IEEE, ACM, SCS): 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Automotive UI: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
DS-RT: 2006, 2007, 2008 (PC chair), 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
FET´11 (European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition)
ICSNC’06 Conference on Systems and Networks Communications
IEEE Int. WS on Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 (PC chair), 2009, 2010
IUI (Intelligent User Interfaces): 2006, 2007, 2009
MASCOTS, (IEEE, ACM): 1998, 1999 (PC chair), 2000, 2001, 2002
PerComp, Int. WS on Intelligent Environments, ICMB (International Conference on Mobile Business): 2005, 2006
SASO (IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems): 2014
Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Simulation (PADS´99): 1999 (PC chair), 2000, 2001, 2002
PerDis (ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays): 2016
ANT (International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies): 2016
International Conference on Web-Based Modelling & Simulation, ACM Sigmetrics, PERFORMANCE, IWSOS, etc.
since 2000Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen I (about 370 students each term, starting 2020)
  • Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen II (about 220 students each term)
  • Embedded and Pervasive Systems (about 130 students each term)
  • Pervasive Computing: Design and Development (in English, about 35 students per term)
  • Pervasive Computing: Systems and Environments (in English, about 35 students per term)
  • Softwareentwicklung I (about 380 students each term, 2000-2019)
(Founder for the first international Master's Degree on "Pervasive Computing" offered to international students at JKU in cooperation with Prof. Widmer (Computational Perception), Prof. Kotsis (Cooperative Systems), Prof. Bimber (Mixed Media Systems), Prof. Lukowicz (System Development) and Prof. Albrecht Schmidt (HCI)
1990-2000University of Vienna
  • Distributed Systems
  • Parallel and Distributed Software Engineering
  • Parallel and Distributed Computer Architecture
1990-Universita di Torino, Universita di Genoa, UoMaryland, UoOregon, KTH Stockholm
  • Discrete Event Simulation
  • Parallel and Distributed Systems