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Welcome at the Institute for Application-oriented Knowledge Processing (FAW).

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

More detailed our topics are:

  • 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

Starting with its foundation in 1991 - developed and initiated by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner - as a pure research Institute "Forschungsinstitut für anwendungsorientierte Wissensverarbeitung – FAW" application orientation is an important attribute of our work. More than hundred projects with partners from research and industry have been finished successfully. These cooperations are the basis for an extensive research work at FAW and practice-oriented teaching at the University.

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

Since 1990 FAW is co-organising the annual international conference event DEXA, opens an external URL in a new window (Database and Expert Systems Application) which has grown to a world wide well accepted point for publishing and sharing newest research and development result.

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,
room 0344-2


+43 732 2468 4180


Mon,Tue: 9 am - 12 pm
Thr:         9 am - 12 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.