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March 2014

10 Year Anniversary of the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM)

The Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in Linz is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. A special ceremony on Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28, 2013 will mark the occasion. One the distinguished guests in attendance will be RICAM’S founding director, Heinz W. Engl, now Rector at the University of Vienna. Rector Engl will also be celebrating a milestone birthday.

New Linz Center for Didactics in Mathematics

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz and the Pedagogical Academy of Upper Austria have signed a new cooperation agreement. The agreement will serve to institutionalize stronger collaboration in the field of subject-related didactic research as well as provide a professional development program for math teachers. The center will also continue to advance its well established cooperation with "MathemaTech - Technology in Mathematics Education" by adding new content and personnel. Last but not least, students learning mathematics will benefit most.

New Erosion Model Developed at the JKU

Climate change and its subsequent affects have contributed to more extreme weather conditions and greater risk of erosion. River and coastal erosion in particular can mean existential financial risk for those who stand to lose farming land or suffer the collapse of a shoreline home. A new model developed at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz could help in the exact calculation of these developments.

application/pdfPress Release: Erosion (89KB, German only)

Medicine Faculty: Focusing on Health System Research

Together with the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics, the new Medicine Faculty at the JKU is planning to open a Research Center for Public Health. In addition to health promotion and research on ageing, the center will focus on Health System Research (HSR). In support, a new professorship position will be created in Linz, the first of its kind nationwide. A new curriculum aimed at educating doctors in effective health care will also include incorporating the above mentioned areas of research into medical studies.

  • application/pdfPress Conference Materials: "A Focus on HSR"" (46KB, German only)
  • image/pjpegPhoto 1 (1.0 MB, l to r: Holger Pfaff, HSR expert from the University of Cologne, Josef Thaler, Oncology Clinic Wels-Grieskirchen, Franz Schramm, President of the Upper Austrian Medical Society, Elgin Drda, head of office for Governor Pühringer, Credit: LandOÖ/ Stinglmayr)
  • image/pjpegPhoto 2 (1.0 MB, l to r: Gerald Pruckner, Institute for Health Economics at the JKU, Holger Pfaff, Josef Thaler, Franz Schramm, Credit: LandOÖ/ Stinglmayr)

New Christian Doppler Lab for Monitoring and Evolution of Very Large-Scale Software Systems

Software can be the key to a company’s success but constant advances subject software systems to new demands, technologies and market conditions. Many industries find themselves significantly challenged by the long-term evolution of software systems. Together with company partners Siemens VAI, KEBA AG and Compuware Austria Ltd, Prof. Paul Grünbacher’s team (Institute for Systems Engineering and Automation) is developing methods and tools in support of the systematic evolution of software at the new Christian Doppler (CD) lab for “Monitoring and Evolution of Very Large-Scale Software Systems”.

  • application/pdfPress Release: New Christian Doppler Laboratory (34KB, German only)
  • image/pjpegPhoto (566KB, l to r: Dean Erich Peter Klement (Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, JKU), Kurt Herzog (Siemens VAI Metals Technologies GmbH), Judith Brunner and Reinhart Kögerler (Christian Doppler Research Society), Gabriele Kotsis (Vice Rector of Research at the JKU), Councilwoman Doris Hummer, Prof. Paul Grünbacher (JKU) and Franz Höller (KEBA AG).)

JKU Researcher Solves the Mystery of Steel Corrosion

As the saying goes: “Time corrodes mountains and valleys, iron and steel”. In regards to iron and steel, rust is often the culprit to blame. In order to curtail corrosion, steel is often coated. Although a commonplace procedure, it is not without pitfalls. Klaus-Dieter Bauer (Center for Surface and Nanoanalytics, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) has conducted research which takes a closer look at the problem. In the future, his work could contribute to increased auto safety.

application/pdfPress Release: Rust (24KB, German only)

Semiconductor Physics: Molecules Dance to JKU Scientists’ Tune

Organic molecules have one interesting property: they can organize themselves into crystals. This can be instrumental in many areas, including laser and nanotechnologies. Unfortunately organic molecules can often be unmanageable however, three researchers at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz have now managed to understand as well as utilize molecules’ natural self-assembly on sheet silicate surfaces. These findings have not only caused quite a stir among international experts, but have also resulted in funding awarded by the Austrian Science Fund in the amount of € 350,000 in order to continue research.

See the press release below for more detailed information.


Organic nano lasers on a substrate: By alternating applying multiple layers, organic molecules are “directed” in order to create parallel nano needlelike structures. These needles function like fiber glass cables as waveguides for the light emitted by molecules. Just as between two mirrors, the light is partially reflected at the ends of these needles and intensified. The non-reflective part of the light is visible as laser emissions at the ends of the needles (lighter dots).

Photo free of charge, credit: JKU.

New University Council at the JKU

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has reconstituted its University Council and resumed with a full agenda. Dr. Heinrich Schaller, General Director of the Raiffeisenlandesbank of Upper Austria, was elected the ninth member and chairman. Mag. Eva Belabed, MBA will serve as deputy chairperson. Dr. Schaller replaces Dr. Ludwig Scharinger, who had served as chairman since 2003.

Playlist of the Future Developed at the JKU

The Institute for Computational Perception at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is working on developing an intelligent music playlist capable of not only storing a listener’s song choices and recognizing a particular taste in music, but one that can also detect the listener’s emotional state and respond accordingly. Social networks such as Twitter play an important role.

Admissions Procedures for Two Bachelor’s Degree Programs at the JKU

At the end of February, Parliament enacted an amendment to the University Act in support of financing academic studies. The amendment affects five academic degree programs in Austria and will require students to seek admission to these programs. At the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, the new amendment will pertain to two Bachelor’s degree programs: Business and Social Economics. Admission procedures will consist of completing online registration, submitting a personal essay, and passing a written examination.