Invitation to the Next Klagenfurt Fireside Chat on Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Cooperation with the TEWI Colloquium

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Monday, December 04, 2023 | 13:15 – 14:30 pm | Room: Z.1.29 | AAU Klagenfurt

Special Guest & Input Klaus Diepold (TU München)

Welcome & Chair Martina Merz, Christian Timmerer

Klaus Diepold is a professor at the Technical University of Munich and works in the School of Computation, Information, and Technology; he holds the Chair in Data Processing since 2002. He conducted research in the field of multimedia signal processing with a focus on the design of fast algorithms; today, he concentrates on machine learning, including the development of moral machines and the modeling and simulation of emotions for cognitive systems. At the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), he is also involved in entrepreneurship education for students from all disciplines. Klaus Diepold will give a lecture on the topic „How to Connect, Educate and Empower the Innovators of Tomorrow“.

What Are the Klagenfurt Fireside Chats?

The fireside chats start with the question of how we can transfer knowledge and technology from the scientific communities into the economy and society. Special guests with experience in knowledge and technology transfer give an introductory speech. Afterward, scholars exchange ideas informally and openly in a small circle. The talks are intended to explore the potential for activities and cooperation in knowledge and technology transfer and generate surprising insights.

We are very much looking forward to your participation!
Martina Merz, vice-rector for research

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The Digital Transformation of Education: A Hyper-Disruptive Era through Blockchain and Generative AI

Monday, December 04, 2023 | 10:00 am (CET) | Room: B01.0.203 | Lakeside Park

Mag. Dr. Alexander Pfeiffer, MA, MBA | Universität für Weiterbildung Krems

Abstract: In his ignite talk „The Digital Transformation of Education: A Hyper-Disruptive Era through Blockchain and Generative AI,“ Dr. Alexander Pfeiffer delves into the intricate challenges and potential benefits associated with integrating blockchain technologies and generative AI into the educational landscape. He scrutinizes consensus algorithms and explores sustainable methods of operating blockchain systems, while also examining how smart contracts and transactions can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the educational sector. Alexander underscores the importance of establishing secure digital identities and ensuring robust data protection, while simultaneously casting a critical eye on potential risks and vulnerabilities. The topic of digital identities, facilitated through tokenization, forms a bridge between storing data using blockchain-based databases and the increasingly urgent need for content verification of AI-generated material.

Alexander explores the profound alterations occurring in teaching methodologies, assignment creation, and evaluation processes, shedding light on the hyper-disruptive impact these changes are having on both research and practical applications in education. The production of textual content by educators and students is analyzed with a focus on ensuring clear traceability of content sources and editors, and its proper citation, a critical aspect in the responsible use of AI. In addition to generative text and graphics, AI plays a crucial role in future learning and assignment practices, particularly through adaptive game-based learning and assessment. Alexander will provide a brief glimpse into his game „Gallery-Defender,“ a prototype demonstrating how AI and blockchain can be effectively implemented in serious gaming scenarios.

Furthermore, he emphasizes the imperative for ongoing education and professional development for educational personnel, advocating for a proactive stance in addressing the (legal) challenges associated with AI-generated images and text. This ignite talk aims to provide a balanced and critically reflective perspective on hyper-disruptive technologies, setting the stage for further discourse and exploration in the subsequent discussion.

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Bio: Alexander Pfeiffer, a recipient of the Max Kade Fellowship, focused on the impact of blockchain technologies on game-based education at MIT’s Education Arcade. He has returned to Austria, where he leads the Emerging Technologies Experiences Lab at the University for Continuing Education Krems. He co-founded the tech start-ups Picapipe GmbH (Winner of the Austrian Blockchain Award) and B&P Emerging Technologies Consultancy Lab.

Dr. Pfeiffer holds a doctorate and a degree in social and economic sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, a Master of Arts from the University of Krems, and an Executive MBA from Alaska Pacific University. He is eager to soon defend his doctoral thesis on smart contracts in education at the AI Department of the University of Malta.

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Lifelogging – A decade of research into interactive lifelog access & retrieval

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | 04:00 pm (CET) | Room: Z.0.18 | AAU Klagenfurt

Prof. Cathal Gurrin | Dublin University

Abstract: The capabilities of modern sensing devices to gather large volumes of personal data has given us the ability to capture detailed lifelogs of a human’s daily experience. This talk will introduce research on lifelog search and retrieval and highlight progress over the last ten years, including real-world applications and state-of-the-art lifelog retrieval systems from the annual ACM Lifelog Search Challenge. We will end by highlighting some of the societal challenges of applying lifelogs.

Bio: Professor Cathal Gurrin is the Head of the Adapt Centre at Dublin City University. His research focus is on personal media analytics, user modelling and lifelogging. He is interested in building rich multimodal user models and deploying them to solve real-world challenges using AI.

He has secured over €5M funding from SFI, Enterprise Ireland, the EU and other international sources, with global collaborations in the EU, Asia and the US. Cathal has made extensive media appearances on the BBC, Discovery Channel, NHK, and other international periodicals and print media. He has been the general chair of many leading international conferences (ECIR’11, MMM’14, CBMI’19, ACM ICMR’20, MMM’22) and will chair ACM ICMR’24 and ACM MM’25 in Dublin. He is also the founder of the annual ACM Lifelog Search Challenge.

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A Game of Chess is Like a Swordfight: Melee Combat and the Dramatical Ideal in Contemporary Tabletop Gaming

Friday, June 30, 2023 | 07:30 pm (CET) | Room: O.0.01 (Stiftungsgebäude) | AAU Klagenfurt

Sen.-Scientist Dr. Felix Schniz, BA MA | AAU Klagenfurt

Abstract: The simulation of melee combat is central to many contemporary and traditional strategic games and simulations. In order to elevate this element of play from mere exercises of stats-comparison and dice rolling to a meaningful experience of play, strategy games rely on a rich plethora of cultural motives as deciding factors of their mechanic design. On the example of Samurai-themed skirmishing games, my talk elaborates on the impact that (popular) culture and other inspirations have on gaming experiences. It provides concrete examples from Japanese history, its traditional cinema, and postmodern Western reflections of Japanese cultural practices. Based on these insights, it compares four tabletop strategy games, muses on which phenomena they have adapted in their mechanics, and asks why or why not they may succeed in capturing a cultural essence via their rules.

Ultimately, this comparative approach shall serve to decipher the interplay of dice mechanics and aesthetic properties as the longing for a dramatic ideal in tabletop gaming and encourage participants to reflect on the idea in a subsequent, shared gaming experience.

Bio: Felix Schniz is the co-founder and programme director of the master’s programme Game Studies and Engineering at Universität Klagenfurt, Austria. His research focuses on experiences in virtual worlds, promenadology, genre theory, and the subjective quality of the medium videogame.

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Miniatures Design for Tabletop Games

Friday, June 30, 2023 | 07:00 pm (CET) | Room: O.0.01 (Stiftungsgebäude) | AAU Klagenfurt

Ben Calvert-Lee

Abstract: Exploring the development and production pipelines for miniatures in the tabletop wargaming industry. Including a look at the career route taken by the speaker, a case study on developing anatomical archetypes for consistent design outcomes, and a brief look at the various production methods available to the industry.

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From mind to Meta. How to Expand on a Game while Breaking the Mold

Friday, June 30, 2023 | 06:30 pm (CET) | Room: O.0.01 (Stiftungsgebäude) | AAU Klagenfurt

Skerolf Dickinger | Implementation Lead @ Takeda Manufacturing AG

Abstract: How does a development team expand on an already existing game?
We will look at the two community driven and committee led expansions to the abandoned Tabletop game ‚GuildBall‘ and explore the stages of development that the game went through. The art and lore driven approach employed will show us how rough sketches and concept ideas become a fully fledged ruleset and ultimately miniatures that can be put on the table. We will also explore pitfalls in rules design like over complicating abilities, the lack of streamlining across the game or simply creating expansions who break the game instead of the mold.

Bio: Computer and Information Sciences at Paris Lodron University of Salzburg.

Programmer and Business Analyst at KHG Software Regau and DBA / Local IT Support Lead at Infoscore Austria GmbH.

After 9 years Systems Analyst and development to Senior Systems Analyst (Baxter / Baxalta / Shire / Takeda) Implementation Lead (Digital Quality & EHS / Lab Systems) at Takeda Manufacturing AG since 2021 responsible for Agile Leadership for ongoing implementation projects, Implementation Coordination, Technical review of AWS environment and Onboarding of external agile project management resources.

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Beyond NP: Reasoning with Quantified Boolean Formulas

Friday, June 16, 2023 | 12:30 pm (CET) | Room: S.2.69 | Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt Martina Seidl | Institute for Symbolic Artificial Intelligence | JKU Linz

Abstract: As the prototypical NP-complete problem SAT, the decision problem of propositional logic, is considered to be hard. Despite this hardness, SAT is very successfully applied in many practical domains, because very powerful reasoning techniques are available. There are, however, problems that cannot be efficiently encoded in SAT. For such problems, formalisms with decision problems beyond NP are necessary. One of such formalisms are quantified Boolean formulas (QBFs), the extension of propositional logic with existential and universal quantifiers over the Boolean variables. The QBF decision problem is PSPACE-complete, making QBF well suitable for encoding and solving many problems from formal verification, synthesis, and artificial intelligence. In this talk, we give a short tour through recent developments in QBF solving.

Bio: Martina Seidl is a full professor of artificial intelligence at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz. She obtained her PhD from TU Wien where she worked several years in the Business Informatics Group. In 2010,  she became assistant professor and in 2016 associate professor at the Institute for Formal Models and Verification of the JKU.  Since 2020 she is head of the Institute for Symbolic Artificial Intelligence. In her research, she develops symbolic reasoning techniques based on computational logic. She especially focuses on the theory and practice of quantified Boolean formulas (QBFs) and their applications in the context of formal verification and artificial intelligence.

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Analysis of Photovoltaic Systems‘ TVET in Palestine

Thursday, June 22, 2023 | 10:00 am (CET) | Room: HS 9 | Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt

Priv.Doz. Tamer Khatib, MSc. PhD.

Abstract: This talks presents a mapping of technical vocational education and training (TVET) for photovoltaic (PV) systems in Palestine. A comprehensive analysis of PV system TVET courses as well as PV system market in Palestine will be presented in this talk. This analysis covers the content of PV TVET courses, the ability of courses’ trainers, training tools and labs, required skills as well as the ability of TVET graduates.  Moreover, feedback from photovoltaic system’s experts as well as owners and users of PV systems (corporate size) will be presented. Finally future required topics for training are predicted based on market analysis. Moreover, future jobs in the field of photovoltaic system are predicted as well.

Bio: Tamer is researcher in photovoltaic power systems. He holds a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from An-Najah National University (ANNU), as well as a M.Sc. degree and a Ph.D degree in electrical, electronic and systems engineering from National University of Malaysia (UKM). In addition he holds Habilitation degree in renewable and sustainable energy from Alpen Adria Universitat (AAU).

Currently he is an Associate professor of renewable energy and Director of Scientific Centers at ANNU. In addition to that, he is the director of An-Najah Company for Consultancy and Technical Studies (sister research company of ANNU). So far, he has 2 patents, 4 books and 140 research articles, while his current h-index is 40. He has supervised 4 Ph.D researches, 22 master researches and 60 bachelor researches.

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App-Entwicklung als Karriere: Was kommt nach dem Abschluss?

Dienstag, 20. Juni 2023 | 10:00 Uhr | HS 10 | Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Kevin Chromik | iOS Entwickler bei

Abstract: In diesem Gastvortrag wird Kevin über seine persönliche Karriere als Absolvent des Studiengangs Informations-management an der Universität Klagenfurt sprechen. Er teilt seine Erfahrungen als Mobile Entwickler in der Praxis und gibt Einblicke in seine Arbeit als Teilzeit-YouTuber. Die Zuhörer erwartet eine interessante Reise durch Kevins Karriere und ein tieferer Einblick in die Welt der mobilen Entwicklung bei verschiedenen Unternehmen, wie die Zukunft der Softwareentwicklung aussehen kann und wie er parallel einen YouTube-Kanal für IT-Interessierte aufgebaut hat.

Bio: Kevin Chromik ist ein engagierter IT-Fachmann, spezialisiert auf iOS-Entwicklung. Nach seinem Masterabschluss in Wirtschaftsinformatik an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt im Jahr 2016, arbeitet er seit 10 Jahren in der IT-Branche, aktuell als Senior iOS Entwickler bei, einem etablierten TV Streaming Anbieter.

Außerhalb seiner Haupttätigkeit ist Kevin als YouTuber aktiv, wo er Tutorials zur Softwareentwicklung erstellt und tiefe Einblicke in die IT-Karrierewelt bietet. Darüber hinaus produziert er Videos für große Marken als Auftragsarbeiten und hat sich eine Social-Media-Followerschaft von rund 50.000 Menschen aufgebaut. Kevin lebt und arbeitet in München und ist stets darauf bedacht, seine Expertise und Erfahrungen zu teilen.

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Best of both worlds: Combining deep neural networks with statistical state estimators

Thursday, June 22, 2023 | 09:00 am (CET) | Room: B04.1.06 | Lakeside Science & Technology Park

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jan Steinbrener | Department of Smart System Technologies (Control of Networked Systems group) at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Abstract: Deep neural networks (DNNs) have become an important tool in many fields of applications from image recognition to natural language processing and beyond, often outperforming human experts in their domains. Compared to heuristic, expert algorithms or shallow machine learning models, DNNs benefit from better prediction accuracy and better generalizability to unseen data. This comes at the cost of resource and data-intensive training of these models and a black-box-like behavior that does not provide information about underlying reasoning or uncertainty of the predictions. In robotics, DNNs have been successfully applied to diverse tasks such as state estimation, path planning, and control for various different platforms. This talk will explore the application of deep neural networks for sensor data processing with a particular focus on state estimation for robotic applications. End-to-end trainable deep neural networks that directly predict the desired state based on raw sensory inputs as well as hybrid models where the predictions of the DNNs are fused with other sensor data in a statistical state estimator will be discussed. Finally, strategies how to quantify model and task-based uncertainties of DNN predictions with the goal to improve the consistency of DNN-based state estimators will be presented.

Bio: Jan Steinbrener is an assistant professor on a tenure track position in the Control of Networked Systems group (CNS) at the University of Klagenfurt. He obtained his PhD in Physics in 2010 from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY USA. After his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for medical research in Heidelberg, Germany, and then spent 5 years working in industry developing medical x-ray machines at Siemens Healthcare in Erlangen, Germany. Before joining CNS in 2019, he worked as a senior researcher at the Carinthian Tech Research Centre (now Silicon Austria Labs) in Villach Austria.

His current research focuses on combining machine learning approaches with classical methods for state estimation and navigation of autonomous systems. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer reviewed publications on novel imaging systems, image processing and reconstruction techniques, applied machine learning, machine learning algorithm development, and combination of machine learning with classical filters for state estimation. He currently holds 2 patents on image processing techniques.

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