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February 2016

February 26: Attention Please! – JKU Project Analyzes Attention Level in the OR

In recent years, minimally-invasive surgical procedures have dramatically changed medical technology and the landscape of surgery.. The JKU Institute for Pervasive Computing under the management of Univ. Prof. Alois Ferscha and prestigious cooperation partners are taking on a pioneering role in the field.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, photo credit: Alois Ferscha

Photo 1: Surgeon with eye-tracker,binaural audio sensor, acceleration sensors
Photo 2: Surgeon/Assistant larascopic surgical image depth sensor
Photo 3: MinIAttention Team Kick-Off Meeting: from l: DI Michael Haslgrübler (IPC JKU), Prof. Dr. Andreas Shamiyeh (KuK), Monika Fattinger (IPC JKU), Dr. Bettina Klugsberger (KuK), Prof. Daniel Roggen (Univ. Sussex), Andreas Beier (STORZ), Prof. Kristof van Laerhoven (Univ. Freiburg), Christoph Hiltl (STORZ), Prof. Alois Ferscha (IPC JKU)
Photo 4: from l: Vice-Rector Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Petra Apfalter, Univ. Prof. Dr. Alois Ferscha

February 25: Security Breaches: JKU Researchers Protect Pacemakers from Hackers

Pacemakers today are nothing more than small computers implanted inside the body. What could happen, though, if someone maliciously hacks into these devices? Scientists at the Institute of Business Informatics/Software Engineering (dept head: Univ.-Prof. Gustav Pomberger) at the Johannes Kepler University are working on defensive approaches and technology to ensure this does not happen.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, photo credit: photo Pacemaker: JKU; photo Sametinger: Paul Hamm.

February 22: Online Registration for Admission to the Bachelor's Degree Program in Human Medicine and Dentistry Begins March 1, 2016

In the future, computer chip signals will not only be transmitted electrically but will use more light. However, the silicon in computer chips is not compatible for light sources and this is a problem for chip developers. JKU scientists have come up with a promising solution: the world’s first silicon-germanium quantum dot laser.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, photo credit: JKU.

Photo 1: Dr. Martyna Grydlik
Photo 2: Dr. Moritz Brehm
Photo 3: Germanium quantum dots grown on silicon with locally disturbed crystal lattice. In the background a schematic diagram of a microdisk laser with germanium quantum dots (red) as a reinforcing material. Illustration: Florian Hackl

Prospective applicants can now register online for admission to medical universities in Vienna, Innsbruck, Graz, and the Faculty of Medicine at the JKU (Human Medicine).

February 19, 2016: JKU Researcher among the World’s Most Influential Scientists

Top honors for Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci (Institute for Organic Solar Cells LIOS): The JKU scientist was ranked in the “Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Ranking 2015” as one of the most internationally influential researchers.

See the press release below for more information. Photo free of chrage, photo credit: JKU.

Microsoft Ranking: Software Engineering at the JKU Ranked 16th Worldwide

The first degree program in Computer Sciences in Austria was offered by the Johannes Kepler University Linz in 1969. Computer Sciences at the JKU continues to enjoy international standing: A recent ranking in the field of Software Engineering by Microsoft placed the JKU 16th from among 4,000 organizations worldwide.

See the press release below for details. Photo Vice-Rector Univ. Prof. Alexander Egyed free of charge, photo credit: JKU.

February 8, 2016: Fraternity League Ball: JKU’s Commitment to Pluralism and a Critical Awareness of History

February 10, 2016: Partnership Agreement with Namik Kemal University, Tekirdag

The partnership agreement between the JKU and Namik Kemal University was signed in 2013. During a ceremony at the JKU, the successful collaboration was extended on February 10, 2016, for an additional three years.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, photo credit: JKU/Atzmüller.

Photo 1: from l: Univ. Prof. Alpay Hekimler, Vice-Rector Univ. Prof. İsmail Yılmaz, Vice-Rector Univ. Prof. Andreas Janko, Univ. Prof. Reinhard Resch
Photo 2: from l: Vice-Rector Univ. Prof. Andreas Janko, Univ. Prof. Alpay Hekimler, Dean Univ. Prof. Katharina Pabel, Linz Mayor Klaus Luger, Univ. Prof. Reinhard Resch, Vice-Rector Univ. Prof. İsmail Yılmaz, Dean Univ. Prof. Johann Bacher, Deputy Governor Thomas Stelzer

JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas’ opening remarks at the recent Fraternity League (=Burschenbund) Ball called for a commitment to pluralism as well as critical awareness of history.

See the press release and copy of the full speech below for more information.

February 5, 2016: JKU Researchers Discover New Immune Protein Structure

Proteins are organic molecules that are essential for many things, including the body’s immune defense system. By using the latest computer technology and with a touch of luck, scientists at the Institute for Biophysics have uncovered that the “Orai1” immune protein has been harboring an important secret.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, photo credit: JKU

Photo 1: Priv. Doc. DI Dr. Rainer Schindl
Photo 2: Dr. Irene Frischauf
Photo 3: The immune protein’s amino acids (highlighted in red, blue, and green) bind 3 calcium ions (yellow balls).

February 3, 2016: FIT - ´"Women in Technology": 2016 FIT Info Session at the JKU

It's that time again: from February 8-9, 2016, the 17th annual FIT Info Session will take place at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz. Female school students from the 9th class onwards and women interested in learning about degree programs in engineering and natural sciences at the JKU as well as health professions at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Upper Austria can come and learn more about the choices available. Admission is free.

See the press release below for detailed information.