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February 2014

An Energy Consumption Monitor that Fits on your Wrist: the PowerIT-SmartWatch

When designing “intelligent” systems, automatic recognition and analysis of human behavioral patterns are a crucial part of the design. The joint PowerIT project between the Institute for Pervasive Computing and Energie AG of Upper Austria uses mathematical methods of pattern recognition to not only see how electrical energy is consumed at home or at the office but also look at the user’s behavior. These patterns are then combined to create an automatic, optimized, sustainable – meaning ‘intelligent’ – way to monitor energy consumption

Medical Faculty in Linz: A Project of the Future Becomes a Reality in Upper Austria and for the JKU Linz

A project of the future for Upper Austria and at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is now a reality: On February 24, the Austrian National Council approved the establishment of a medical school in Linz. The Federal Council followed suit on February 26. Applicants interested in pursuing medical studies in Linz can begin the registration procedure on Saturday, March 1. The JKU is Austria’s first university to offer the medical degree program in a Bachelor-Master’s format. At the moment, the pre-clinical part of studies (the first 4 semesters of the program) will take place at the Medical University of Graz. The program will begin in Fall 2014/2015 and sixty applicants will initially be accepted.

JKU Researcher Wins Two Renowned Awards for International Study on Innovation in Social Housing

Discussions on subsidized urban housing construction have led to a shifting focus on community housing models. As part of an international comparative study, Dr. Richard Lang (IFI Institute for Innovation Management, JKU) has been exploring the civil society potential of community housing. Dr. Lang’s multi-year research project has received enormous recognition and has earned him two renowned fellowships: the APART Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Marie Curie Fellowship awarded by the European Union.

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Admission Procedures for Two Undergraduate Degree Programs at the JKU

In February 2013 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 an online registration procedure, submitting a personal essay, and passing a written examination.

“Women in Engineering”: 2014 FIT Information Fair

The 15th annual FIT Information Sessions will take place at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz from February 10 – 11, 2014. Female students from the 9th class and up as well as women interested technology and engineering will have the opportunity to learn more about the academic degree programs in engineering and natural sciences offered at the JKU, the University of Applied Sciences in Upper Austria, as well as at the University for Health Professionals in Upper Austria. There is no charge to attend.

Search for New Department Head for “Integrated Quality Design” at the JKU

The Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is planning to create a new interdisciplinary institute for “Integrated Quality Design”. As the only research center of its kind in Austria, the institute will focus on quality assurance factors and aim at boosting Austria’s growing economy. Quality Austria and the Upper Austrian government have agreed to finance the institute for the first five years. The search for a department head will get underway at the end of February. The institute is expected to be operational by 2015.

No Coincidence: 4 Million Euros for Research in Probability

Although they are called "Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods", these methods have nothing to do with luck: Prof. Gerhard Larcher (Institute for Financial Mathematics, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) and his team are exploring highly complex problems in mathematical probability theory. Application fields range from banking to insurance and physics to biology and medicine. The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has now awarded Prof. Larcher and his team 4.1 million Euros in funding to support research for the next four years.

Peter Rummel Awards Presented to Victoria Zeppitz and Ludwig Nordmeyer

For the second time, the Peter Rummel Study Fund Awards were presented to gifted law students on January 30, 2014. The awards are accompanied with prize money designed to aid and assist students during their studies of Civil Law at the Faculty of Law, Johannes Kepler University (JKU). This year’s awards were presented to Mag. Victoria Zeppitz and Mag. Ludwig Nordmeyer.

Faculty of Medicine: JKU Attracts Prof. Michael Foerster as Academic Advisor

The Johannes Kepler University Linz is pleased to announce that internationally renowned physician Prof. Dr. Michael H. Foerster will provide his experience and expertise to help establish the university’s Faculty of Medicine. Prof. Dr. Foerster will not only serve as an advisor to help lay the foundations for the JKU’s fourth faculty, he will also assist in strategic planning to support the faculty’s growth and development.