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March 30: U-Multirank: The JKU at the Top in Austria and Internationally

The annual U-Multirank shows that the Johannes Kepler University once again ranks extremely well. The survey was based on 29 indicators and the results are in.

Graphic: U-Multirank; image free of charge

March 22: “Teleporting” to the Alps

While there are many smartphone apps designed to plan routes and record outdoor activities like hiking mountain biking, running, backcountry skiing and paragliding, this new app lets other sports enthusiasts virtually experience someone else’s previous taken route.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photo free of charge, photo credit: JKU. Video available here.

March 21: Brain Research: Improved Learning in Virtual Worlds

Virtual worlds combined with the latest findings in brain research – a joint project with Messerli Informatik Ltd., a software company in Linz, and the Institute for Information Engineering at the Johannes Kepler University Linz create the world's first innovative software to learn new languages.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos Virtual Reality free of charge, photo credit: Messerli Informatik Ltd, photo Dr. Macedonia free of charage, photo credit: City_Foto_Linz

March 20: The JKU “Goes to the Stock Exchange”: Students Delve into the World of Finance

One of the most modern stock exchange information systems has been available to students and employees at the JKU since Summer Semester 2017. The "Thomson Reuters Eikon" system is now located at the JKU Management Center, thanks to support by the Federation of Austrian Industries.

Photo StockExch 1: The entrance to the new Trading Room

Photo StockExch 2: Univ. Prof. Teodoro D. Cocca explains how the system works.

Copyright each: JKU/Prietzel; images free of charge

March 16: Ensuring Safety: 2017 Android Security Symposium

In close cooperation with the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences, the Institute of Networks and Security (JKU), SBA Research, and the Josef Ressel Center u’smile successfully organized an Android Security Symposium in Vienna

See the press release below for detailed information. Photo free of charge, Text: Nick Kralevich from Google held the opening keynote speech. Photo credit: FHOÖ

March 16: New CD Lab at the JKU: €4.7 Million for Next Generation Mobile Communications

Researchers at the Johannes Kepler University are working together with mobile phone company DMCE to set new standards in the future of mobile communications. This includes the best possible quality of reception, minimal energy consumption, and greatly increased data transfer rates. On March 16, a "Christian Doppler Laboratory for Digitally Supported High-Frequency Transceivers for the Future of Mobile Communication Systems" was officially opened at the JKU.

Please see the press release below for detailed information. Photo free of charge, f.l.: Univ. Prof. Mario Huemer, JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas, Deputy Governor Thomas Stelzer, Univ. Prof. Andreas Springer, Dr. Markus Schutti (DMCE), Univ. Prof. Reinhart Kögerler (President of the Christian Doppler Research Association)

Phot credit: JKU/

March 15: Research at the JKU: Insects as a Model for Microstructured Surfaces

Researchers at the JKU have developed a surface on which liquids can only spread in a certain direction. Inspired by the flat bark bug’s surface structures, scientists have now published the research findings in the “Royal Society Open Science” journal.

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

March 13: Newer, Better, Cost-Effective: Advances in Manufacturing Processes

11 companies, 9 research facilities, and over 100 scientists are currently involved in the COMET K-Project “imPACts”. International experts have reviewed current research designed to improve chemical and biochemical methods in the manufacturing process and have given the project an outstanding rating, stating it is yielding “excellent results”.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photo free of charge, lasers are used to help analyze materials. Photo credit: JKU

March 10: Deep Learning: JKU Expertise in Global Demand

There is a revolution in cell phone and internet technology: IT giants rely on AI to recognize speech, describe images, analyze texts and translate. New methods in the field of "deep learning" and in LSTM (long short-term memory) networks make it possible. These neural networks were designed to store information in sequence analysis and are the brainchild of Sepp Hochreiter: professor of Bioinformatics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and a world-renowned expert in AI.

Photo: Sepp Hochreiter's development has gone around the world and can be found in just about every smartphone.

Copyright: JKU/Prietzel; images free of charge

March 8: Two JKU Projects Nominated for the 2017 Houska Award

The B&C Private Foundation’s research award, the prestigious Houska Award, is Austria’s largest, private research award. The JKU has two projects nominated for the prestigious award in the category of “University Research”.

See the press release and information below for detailed information.

Photos free of charge. Photo 3 Project wood sensor f.l.: Uwe Müller, Wood K plus; Melanie Baumgartner, Thomas Stockinger, Reinhard Schwödiauer, all of SOMAP; Franz Padinger, SCIO, Melanie Steiner, Wood K plus; Siegried Bauer, SOMAP

March 7: Rector Lukas: "High Rate of Student Satisfaction at the JKU"

JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas is pleased with the high rate of student satisfaction at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and feels this confirms his plans for advancement at the university. On behalf of the Austrian Student Union, IMAS conducted a survey of 3,176 students in January and the results showed that 84% are satisfied with study conditions at the JKU.

March 6: LIT: 13 JKU Research Projects Approved

After a detailed and in-depth international assessment, the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) at the JKU has approved 13 high-caliber research projects. New projects at LIT range from quantum computers and medical technology applications to stretchable electronics, silicon lasers and technology sequence estimation, and learning processes found within self-driving vehicles.

Photo: Researchers at the Soft Electronics Laboratory are developing a new generation of softer, more adaptable and intelligent systems. Photo: an organic solar cell.

Copyright: JKU; Images free of charge

March 1: Ethics in Medicine: “When the End Draws Near”

“When the End Draws Near” - the last in the Johannes Kepler University's discussion series “Ethics in Medicine” will be held on March 15 at the Catholic-Theological Private University Linz and will focus on palliative medicine. At the podium: Univ. Prof. Dr. phil. Michael Fuchs, Practical Philosophy/Ethics, CU, OA Dr. Bernhard Reiter, Elisabethinen Hospital Linz, and Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Josef Thaler, Wels-Grieskirchen Clinic.

Photo: JKU; image free of charge