EU Funded (14)

Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems


Goals: The FOCAS project is a coordination action which aims to integrate, coordinate and help increase visibility to research carried out in the FOCAS FET Proactive Initiative and in research fields related to collective adaptive systems. FOCAS will also provide a positive interface between scientists and the science-aware public, showing how research into collective adaptive systems can impact on society.

Status: started 1st March 2013

Funding: EU FP7 ICT-2011.9.12

Duration: 2013 - 2016

The FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator and Crisis-Relief System: Unleashing the Power of Information for a Sustainable Future

FP7 ICT, FET Flagship Initiative: FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator

Goals: The FuturICT flagship proposal intends to unify hundreds of the best scientists in Europe in a 10 year 1 billion EUR program to explore social life on earth and everything it relates to. The FuturICT flagship proposal will produce historic breakthroughs and provide powerful new ways to manage challenges that make the modern world so difficult to predict, including the financial crisis.

Status: proposal in preparation

Funding: EU FP7 ICT, FET Flagship Pilot

Duration: 2011 - 2012

Self-Aware Pervasive Service Ecosystems

FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive, Goal 8.5: Self-Awareness in Autonomic Systems

Goals: The objective of SAPERE is the development of a highly-innovative theoretical and practical framework for the decentralized deployment and execution of self-aware and adaptive services for future and emerging pervasive network scenarios. The framework will be grounded on a foundational re-thinking of current service models and of associated infrastructures and algorithms. In particular, getting inspiration from natural ecosystems, the project will demonstrate and experiment the possibility of modelling and deploying services as autonomous individuals in an ecosystem of other services, data sources, and pervasive devices, and of enforcing self-awareness and autonomic behaviours as inherent properties of the ecosystem, rather than as peculiar characteristics of its individuals only.

Status: started October 1st, 2010

Funding: EU FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive

Duration: 2010 - 2013

Human Computer Confluence Research in Action

FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive, Goal 8.4: Human Computer Confluence

Goals: HCC, Human-Computer Confluence, is an ambitious research program studying how the emerging symbiotic relation between humans and computing devices can enable radically new forms of sensing, perception, interaction, and understanding. HCC is set to produce profound technological and social impact. It is also a deeply interdisciplinary field, spanning a wide range of areas: from the cognitive sciences to computer science, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence; from traditional sensor and systems engineering to the development of novel means to interact with any type of information and the exploration of new synthetic senses.

Status: started October 1st, 2010

Funding: EU FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive

Duration: 2010 - 2013

Complex Socio-Technical System in Ambient Intelligence

FP7 ICT Call-3, FET proactive / Goal 8.4: Science of complex systems for socially intelligent ICT

Goals: There are a number of projects that acknowledge the tight entanglement between social and technical systems. SOCIONICAL differs from these project in that it jointly deals with complex systems at three levels: (i) Interacting social entities; (ii) Interacting technical entities; (iii) Interacting socio-technical entities.
It is embedded in AmI (Ambient Intelligence) environments, and it aims at providing a user feedback-loop to control global system behavior, and it relies on realistic multimodal data sources.

Partners: University of Passau (Coordinator), Beacon Tech Ltd., London School of Economics, ETH Zurich, University of Amsterdam, AGH UST, University of Würzburg, Fraunhofer FIT, SICE, SmartCare Srl, TU München, University of Halle-Wittenberg, CPD

Status: started February 1st, 2009

Funding: EU FP7 ICT Call-3, FET proactive

Duration: 2009 - 2013

Activity and Context Recognition with Opportunistic Sensor Configurations

FP7-ICT-2007-C, FET open

Goals: The project aims at developing mobile systems to recognize human activity with dynamically varying sensor setups. We refer to such systems as opportunistic, since they take advantage of sensing modalities that just happen to be available, rather than forcing to deploy specific, application dependent sensor systems.

Partners: ETH Zurich, UoPassau, IDIAP

Status: started February 1st, 2009

Funding: EU FP7 ICT, FET open

Duration: 2009 - 2012

Pervasive Adaptation Network for the Organisation of the Research Agenda and the Management of Activities

FP7 ICT Call-2, FET proactive / Goal 8.3: Pervasive Adaptation

Goals: The goal of PANORAMA is to bring together the wide range of researchers in the Pervasive Adaptation field to build a new community of researchers in the Pervasive Adaptation field who can work together on common goals, so ensuring that the research carried out by members of that community is integrated, coordinated and informed.

Partners: Napier University, Groupe Des Ecoles Des Telecommunications, Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza"

Status: started February 1st, 2008

Funding: EU FP7 ICT Call-2, FET proactive

Duration: 2007 - 2011

Thematic Group: Pervasive Computing and Communications

Identify Information-and-Communications-Technology-related research trends and strategic areas that require support.

Key areas: Networked Societies of Artefacts, Evolveable Systems, Human Computer Confluence

Funding: EU FP 6, IST-FET

Duration: 2004 - 2006

International Cooperation Activities in Future and Emerging ICTs

InterLink aims at advancing Europe's knowledge in a number of critical S&T areas, at promoting European solutions and knowledge world-wide and at influencing the way research in these areas would evolve internationally.


Funding: EU FP 6

Duration: 2006 - 2009

Special Interest Group in Coordination (Theory, Methods, Applications)
The Network of Excellence on Coordination will establish Europe as the International scientific leader in Information Society technologies.

Funding: to be submitted as a Network of Excellence in FP6, (decision on funding expected in 2004)

Duration: 2004 - 2005

European Multimedia Research Initiative
The UMEDIA consortium aims at establishing a European Network of Excellence (NoE) in Multimedia Technology.

Funding: EU FP6 IST

Duration: 2003 - 2003

CReating Ubiquitous Intelligent Sensing Environments

The Network of Excellence (NoE) CRUISE intends to be a focal point in the planning and coordination of research on communication and application aspects of wireless sensor networking in Europe.


Funding: EU FP 6, IST

Duration: 2006 - 2007

Broadband Integrated Satellite Network Traffic Evaluation
User Modelling and Traffic Evaluation for Quality of Service Management in B-ISDN networks


Duration: 1998 - 2002

Establish Network Technologies and develop related case studies: Ethernet, Token Ring, ATM, Internet Protocols. Run-time support for Web-based collaboration.

Funding: EU Tempus

Duration: 1998 - 1999


National Funded (29)

IoT4CPS will develop guidelines, methods and tools to enable safe and secure IoT-based applications for automated driving and for smart production.

Funding: FFG, IKT der Zukunft - Leitprojekt IoT 2016

Duration: 2017 - 2020

Bei kids4wearables dient Mode als allgemeines Interessensthema von Kindern und Jugendlichen als Zugang („Vehikel“) zum Innovationsthema Wearable Technologies, wodurch SchülerInnen von fünf Pflichtschulen Einblicke in FTI erhalten und selbst gestalterisch tätig werden können. Sie werden dabei zunächst Techniken des forschenden Lernens entdecken und in der Folge gemeinsam mit den wissenschaftlichen und UnternehmenspartnerInnen selbst Ideen für Wearables entwickeln.

Funding: FFG, Ausschreibung: Talente regional 2016

Duration: 2017 - 2019

Products and Production Systems of the Future

Pro²Future ist ein COMET-Zentrum nach dem österreichischen Kompetenzzentren-Förderprogramm COMET (Competence Centres for Excellent Technologies). Den operativen Betrieb nahm es 2017 auf.

Funding: FFG COMET, 4. Ausschreibung K1-Zentren

Duration: 2017 - 2021

Projektnr. 855419

EyeControl aims to create a whole new way of human-machine interaction in complex manufacturing settings, by introducing eye-gaze as a modality of implicit and explicit interaction with industrial machines and processes performed by them.

Funding: FFG, IKT der Zukunft - 4. Ausschreibung (2015)

Duration: 2016 - 2020

This project will create the foundational, design and operational principles of future, surgeon-friendly minimal invasive surgery operating room information technologies (MIS-IT), which –given the ever growing complexity in surgical workflows, as well as instrument and equipment settings– will have to build on human attention as a scarce resource.

Funding: FFG, Bridge 3. Frühphase (2015)

Duration: 2016 - 2019

Future ICT based manufacturing systems aim at a radical individualization of products (Lot-size 1) under the condition of highly flexible mass production environments. A key challenge towards such systems is the confluent collaborative cooperation between man and machines. This project aims at attention-aware self-adaptive machines pacing the interaction with human workers based on observed user attention and task performance, and up-to-the minute adaption of the level of assistive support provided to human workers during the manufacturing process. A reference implementation of attentive machines based on (i) formal models of human attention, (iii) multisensory recognition architectures and (iii) embedded subtle assistive support mechanisms will be empirically evaluated with two cases of Austrian manufacturing excellence.

Funding: FFG, IKT der Zukunft - 3. Ausschreibung (2014), Projekt 849976

Duration: 2015 - 2018

Goals: “Always-on, multitasking work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity, and making us unhappy”. Our society has evolved from suffering from information scarcity in the early 1990s to a society in which human attention has become one of the rarest and at the same time most valuable resources. This project has the overall ambition to reduce the information overload by initiating a general redesign of human computer interaction by making automatic information systems adaptive to human perception resources. This implies a step forward in the evolution from “classic” AI and machine learning approaches over pervasive computing, leveraging context and activity recognition, to a new abstraction layer, which can be summarized as “Cognitive ICT”. Such a proposition requires a broadly based commitment of relevant key players in the scientific community as well as in the industry and in political policy makers. Only with this scientific and industrial mobilization, it will be possible to raise the public and political awareness of the subject to the required level. In summary, the goals of this solicitation action are:

  • Unification of scientific approaches across interdisciplinary institutions
  • Vision and Roadmapping: Identify Key Research Challenges
  • Raising Awareness: Scientific and Industrial Mobilization
  • Laying Ground for an Austrian Flagship Project


Funding: FFG, bmvit

Duration: 2013 - 2014

Goals: High resolution, internet enabled, interactive display systems have become broadly deployed in public places, mostly for location specific announcement and commercial advertisement purposes - often referred to as SmartLight displays. 360Light attempts at combining cutting edge research in self-aware, adaptive and intelligent display systems, with high resolution 360° video capturing and streaming, and device free interaction principles and modalities. With a full integration of 360°, multi perspective, high resolution, high framerate video playback into standard settings of public display systems, 360Light will raise current SmartLight technology to radically new levels of sensual user experience.

Funding: FFG

Duration: 2013 - 2015

IT for Implicit Interaction based Energy Management

FFG Call: FIT-IT Embedded Systems & Semiconductors, 2nd Call

Goals: This project will investigate on potentials to reduce energy inefficiency by the development of methods and solutions based on implicit user interaction. Methodologically, it will attempt to exploit opportunistic sensor configurations to establish context information, in order to avoid standby losses of electronic equipment, machines and appliances. It will develop policies for an automatic (or implicit) switching of stand-by modes of such devices, based on the recognized or anticipated situation (rather then forcing users to explicitly switch among those modes). Clearly, such a solution is highly reliant to a reliable and robust recognition of user activities, and user situations (or contexts). Therefore, this project will also develop system architectures for energy managament, together with the methods and algorithms involved in context recognition and activity tracking.

Partners: Energie AG

Status: started June 1st, 2011

Funding: FFG FIT-IT Embedded Systems & Semiconductors

Duration: 2011 - 2014

Pervasive Display Systems

FFG Call: Research Studios Austria

Goals: The objective is the development of a highly-innovative framework for the networked, decentralized operation of heterogeneous, long-lived and adaptive DISPLAY services.

Partners: EPAMEDIA, CocaCola Österreich, Enterprise Sports Promotion, Geodan Salzburg, OÖ. Theater und Orchester GmbH

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Status: started December 1st, 2008

Funding: FFG Call: Research Studios Austria

Duration: 2008 - 2011

Implicit activity-based energy management

FFG Call: Neue Energien 2020 (klima+energie fonds)

Goals: The PowerSaver research project proposes a power management solution based on sensors for activity and context recognition, in order to avoid standby losses of electronic equipment, machines and appliances. It builds on an automatic (or implicit) switching of stand-by modes of these devices, based on the recognized or anticipated situation (rather then forcing users to explicitly switch among those modes).

Partners: Energie AG

Status: started December 1st, 2008

Funding: FFG Call: Neue Energien 2020

Duration: 2008 - 2011

SPECTACLES project aims at creating a autonomous computing platform that is integrated into the frame structure of glasses. The system includes components for communication, interaction and sensing to support different applicatoin areas.

Funding: bm:vit FIT-IT Embedded Systems

Duration: 2005 - 2008

Establishing wireless networking infrastructure at the university campus
Wireless Campus concentrates on establishing wireless networking infrastructure for the whole university campus.

Funding: BMBWK

Duration: 2002 - 2003

Media informatics any-time any-where
This nationally funded research project provides a platform for electronically supported learning- and teaching-processes in tertiary education facilities.

Funding: BMBWK, Neue Medien in der Lehre

Duration: 2002 - 2004

This nationally funded research project investigates ICT support for context-aware learning in mobile teams at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Funding: eLearning Offensive JKU

Duration: 2004 - 2005

Recommendation for a national scientific advance research programme
The Embedded Systems action of BMVIT is dedicated to integrating disciplines into a research programme that carries computer, physical, chemical and biological sciences and engineering from the laboratory bench to the Austrian information technology production line, and industrial insight from the production line to the bench.

Funding: BMVIT

Duration: 2001 - 2002

Speech recognition unit for natural interaction with immersive and pervasive multi-user cooperative environments

Funding: Industry

Duration: 2002 - 2003

Development and implementation of simulation model partitioning techniques for parallel execution (Meiko CS-2)

Funding: BMWF/British Council Academic Research Collaboration

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Simulation of workflow models of complex business organizations with more than 106 objects of work, 103 agents and 102 organizational units.

Funding: Jubiläumsfondprojekt Nr. 5069, Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Design and implementation of a distributed simulation engine for Petri nets on distributed (Intel iPSC/860, Transputer) and shared memory (Sequent Balance) machines.

Funding: Research Project BMWF GZ. 613.525/2-26/90, (Austrian Center for Parallel Computation) Initialförderung

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Computer Aided Parallel Software Engineering
Tools supporting performance oriented parallel program development with focus on model based performance prediction.

Funding: R&D project, public funding

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Modelling and Analysis of Time Constrained and Hierarchical Systems
Applicability of parallel and distributed discrete event simulation techniques to timed Petri net models. Workflow modelling using high level nets. Tools for the rapid prototyping of parallel and distributed applications. Responsible for the Chapter

Funding: EU - Human Capital and Mobility

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Distributed Discrete Event Simulation of Timed Petri Nets (CM-5)

Funding: Scientific-Technical Cooperation Austria–Italy

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Performance Analysis of Parallel Systems
Tools for Performance Oriented Parallel Program Development.

Funding: FWF Research Grant No. S5303-PHY, (Austrian Center for Parallel Computation)

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Measurement and Monitoring of Parallel Processing Systems
Event Driven Software Monitoring of Parallel Programs executing on Distributed Memory Machines.

Funding: BMWF

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Central European Initiative (CEI-): Work Package 3:
Development of Workload Modelling Methods for Parallel Systems

Funding: Research Project BMWF GZ. 308.926/1-IV/3/93

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Central European Initiative (CEI-): Work Package 6:
Parallel Visual Programming: Requirements AnalysisDevelopment of Visual Programming Tools.

Funding: Research Project BMWF GZ. 308.926/1-IV/3/93

Duration: 2003 - 2003

Funding: British Council

Duration: 1998 - 1999

Development of courseware in the authoring system AUTOOL
Development of supplementary teaching material

Funding: Research Project BMWF GZ. 52.979/1-6/86

Duration: 2003 - 2003


Industrial Funded (13)

Goals: The objective of this project is the research and development of crowd safety solutions in the domain of (urban) mass events. It was found that many crowd disaster - such as the 2012 Duisburg Loveparade disaster - could have been avoided given better management structures and warning systems. The project aims to develop a complete solution to support event organizers and rescue forces in detecting and counteracting potential dangerous situations in the domain of (urban) mass events.

Funding: Industrial Cooperation

Duration: 2011 - 2013

Goals: This industrial research project with RECTICEL Schlafkomfort GmbH -Schlaraffia addresses the problem of getting the right sleeping product according to the body shape. The aim of the project was to develop a body classifier. The approach that is used in this project is depth image sensor data as input for body classification algorithms. This contact free body measurement solution is steering the product recommendation for the customer. The research and development effort got integrated into an interactive public display system. Finally the project outcome was a batch production of public display (recommender) systems of this kind. The finished product was delivered in several European countries.

Funding: Industrial Cooperation

Duration: 2011 - still in progress

Flexible Autonomic Context Technologies
This industrial research project with Siemens AG Germany aims at developing systems which are able to manage themselves and adapt to their environment.

Funding: Industrial Cooperation

Duration: 2007 - still in progress

This industrial research project with Siemens AG Germany provides a basis for situated spontaneous interaction of mobile devices in decentralized ad-hoc scenarios.

Funding: Industrial Cooperation

Duration: 2001 - 2007

Telekom Austria Cube
Aims at creating a protoype of a universal remote control for aonDigitalTV in cooperation with the Research Studios Austria and the Telekom Austria.

Funding: Industrial Cooperation

Duration: 2006 - 2007

"Digital Aura" proposes a "spontaneous interaction" thought model, in which things start to interact once they reach physical proximity to each other

Duration: 2004 - 2004

With DigiScope, the user is handling a holographic display tablet just like a six degrees of freedom window that opens a view into the virtual world. The tablet is an optical see-through display which allows for a very natural viewing and scene inspection.

Duration: 2003 - 2003

This industrial research project with Siemens AG Germany deals with the encapsulation of heterogeneous context information in a generic framework for mobile context-aware applications.

Funding: Industrial Cooperation, Adaptivity is a key issue when dealing with mobile devices and multimedia data.

Duration: 2001 - 2007

Digital Graffiti are messages that can be placed at any location in the real world and addressed to any recipients who are not only identified by (phone) numbers. They specify their visibility by time and are only perceivable in a given context.

Duration: 2003 - 2005

Information and Navigation Through Augmented Reality
The Johannes Kepler University of Linz, the Future Lab of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz and Siemens Munich are developing an innovative approach for future car navigation systems.

Funding: Industrial Cooperation

Duration: 2001 - 2006

Communication via shared public displays
WebWall is a framework that enables anonymous n:n communication via shared public displays. By employing a strict separation of I/O technologies from the underlying framework architecture, the system enables access for a range of devices (GSM, Web, eMail)

Funding: Industrial Cooperation

Duration: 2001 - 2002

Web Based Community Information Systems
Web Based Community Information Systems

Funding: Industry

Duration: 1999 - still in progress

A generic architecture for Notification Services
Framework for SMS-Services all sorts of SMS based interactions among cellular network operators and their subscribers.

Funding: Industrial Cooperation

Duration: 2000 - still in progress


Coordination Projects (5)

Research Institute for Pervasive Computing
The Research Institute for Pervasive Computing, enabled and funded by the Upper Austrian Government, will act as an applied research center involving the Institute for Pervasive Comupting and the IT related Upper Austrian industry.

Funding: Upper Austrian Government

Duration: 2003 - still in progress

Concept and Feasibility Study for a center for IT Leadership

Funding: Government

Duration: 2000 - 2002

Distributed Multiuser Cooperative Work Environments (Reference Project)
COOPERATE investigates new ways of cooperative work and aims at providing know how and infrastructures for multimedia enhanced distributed multi user cooperative work environments.

Funding: Industrial PartnersFunding: BMWV

Duration: 1998 - 1999

Initiative “Virtuelle Realität” für die Österreichische Informationsgesellschaft
Evaluation of Economical, Cultural, Social and Political Impacts of Virtual Reality Technology on the Austrian Information Society

Funding: BMWV

Duration: 1997 - 1998

Forschungsschwerpunkt Fachbereich Informatik, Universität Linz
New challenges and paradigms for the interaction among users and mobile and embedded computing devices.

Funding: BMBWK, UMF 2002

Duration: 2002 - 2004