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Welcome to the Institute for Application-Oriented Knowledge Processing (FAW).

Data – Information – Knowledge are our global domains in education, research, and development.

In particular, we focus on:

  • Intelligent Information Systems
  • Integrated Information Systems
  • Semantic Information Integration, Ontologies
  • Semantic Web
  • Knowledge-Centered Systems
  • Web Engineering and Web retrieval
  • Information Engineering, Data Modeling
  • Data Mining, Text Mining
  • Quality in Information Systems
  • Business Intelligence, Data Warehouses
  • Decision Support
  • Process-Aware Information Systems
  • Similarity Queries

Initiated and established by Univ. Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner in 1991, the "Forschungsinstitut für anwendungsorientierte Wissensverarbeitung – FAW" focuses primarily on research with real-world applications, an important attribute of our work. We have successfully completed over one hundred projects together with research and industrial partners. These partnerships form the basis to pursue extensive research at FAW and offer practice-oriented courses at the university.

Since February 1992, FAW has been located at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) and at the Softwarepark Hagenberg (25 kms north-east of Linz in Upper Austria).

Since 1990, FAW has been involved in co-organizing the annual international conference DEXA, opens an external URL in a new window (Database and Expert Systems Application). The conference has become a well-recognized, global event to support publications and sharing the latest R&D findings.

Logo Institut Anwendungsorientierte Wissensverarbeitung

Institute for
Knowledge Processing


Univ. Prof. Dr. Johannes Fürnkranz


Johannes Kepler
University Linz
Altenberger Straße 66b
4040 Linz


Science Park 3, 3rd floor,
Rm. 0344-2


+43 732 2468 4180


Monday,Tuesday: 9.00 AM - 12.00 PM
Thursday:         9.00 AM - 12.00 PM

In 1997 the research institute was integrated into our university's core organisation and is now a regular institute of  Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU). But, we kept our meanwhile very well established abbreviation and the corresponding logo (FAW).

Since 1999 FAW is academic partner of the SCCH, opens an external URL in a new window.

In 2005 FAW GmbH, opens an external URL in a new window was founded - a spin-off company in the Softwarepark Hagenberg, opens an external URL in a new window that closes the gap between research results (among others coming from FAW-Institute) and their successful application in industry, administration and education.