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May 2014

Faster or Just Confusing: JKU Study Explores Self-Service Checkout Systems

A number of Austrian stores are continuing to add self-service checkout systems. In Taiwan, self-service checkout is a part of everyday life. In cooperation with Yen-Ting Helena Chiu, JKU alumni and professor at the National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology in Taiwan, Prof. Katharina Hofer (JKU-Institute for Marketing) explores the differences in consumer acceptance.

Expert Panel Discussion “Becoming International – What’s Next?”

Together with the JKU alumni association KEPLER SOCIETY, on May 15, 2014 the Department of International Management at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz organized a joint expert panel discussion titled “Becoming International – What’s Next?” The discussions focused on the challenges faced by Austrian companies in regards to internationalization efforts and becoming a “global player” as well as what kinds of risks they can expect to encounter.

EU Uni Ranking "U-Multirank" Allows for Quality Comparisons, but no Ranking for "Best" and "Worst" Universities

The first EU academic ranking “U-Multirank” was presented this week. Austrian universities were ranked according to calculations made by the APA (Austrian Press Agency) and due to a variety of reasons, the resulting list of “best” and “worst” universities is incorrect.

EU Ranking: JKU Top of the Field in Hands-On Research and Teaching

Educational rankings can be controversial and because different institutions around the world operate under different conditions, drawing direct comparisons can be difficult. “U-Multrank” is a new, EU funded multidimensional, user-driven approach that covers more than 1,000 faculties and 5,000 academic degree programs from 70 countries around the world. Over 850 higher education institutes have taken part, including the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. The result: In regards to different characteristics, the JKU is very well positioned.

JKU Computer Program: Joint Concert with the Royal Orchestra

The Institute for Computational Perception at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is taking on a pioneering role in the field of "musical perception by computers". In other words, under the direction of Prof. Gerhard Widmer, computer scientists are teaching computers to "understand" music. Although his research in musical perception earned him the Wittgenstein Award in 2009, Prof. Widmer and his team are not resting on their laurels. Meanwhile, research at the institute has shown that programs can "understand" music in real-time. This research is a milestone that was honored in London with the Best Demonstration Award at the Audio Engineering Society's "International Conference on Semantic Audio".