News 2015

Oct 10, 2015 - Fostering Internationalisation in Assistive Technology

In course of our project AsTeRICS Academy for Cross-Cultural Education in Assisitve Technology which is partly funded by the City of Vienna/MA23, a set of low-cost assistive tools has been developed and specific educational strategies have been implemented: Workshops for academic partners and user organisations were organized in the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Nepal, Bhutan and Zimbabwe, and 30 students from 13 countries participated in the first Vienna Assistive Technology Summer School in July 2015. In Oct. 2015, a preparatory funding application for the APPEAR programme (Austrian Development Agency) was accepted. This enables further expansion of our internationalisiation activities, with a main focus on the development of affordable ICT-based assistive tools for people with special needs together with academic partnes in Africa. The photo shows a workshop on assistive toolsat the National University for Science and Technology (NUST), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Sep 18, 2015 - New Study Program at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien

The new Bachelor's degree program Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies. started successfully at our university. The program focuses on the utilization of modern electronics and information and communication technology in order to help people and is closely related to the R&D activities of the Dept. of Embedded Systems in this area. Students get a well-founded, holistic, and interdisciplinary education geared towards the development and implementation of needs-oriented solutions in order to improve the quality of life in people's immediate (living) environment.

Assistive technologies support people with special needs and the elderly, allowing them to achieve a high level of autonomy in their everyday lives. Smart homes - the intelligent automation of people's immediate living environment - represent an integral core aspect of assistive technologies. Among other things, the term smart home encompasses control tasks in the areas of lighting, shading, and climate control.

Jul 17, 2015 - Funding of Two New Projects

Two new projects of our department have been selected for funding by the City of Vienna/MA23. These projects cover the development of equipment for ambient assistive technologies on one hand side and innovative platforms for the the design of mixed hardware/sofware systems on the other hand side.

Jul 10, 2015 - Keynote at the JKU University in Linz

Chris Veigl from the Dept. of Embedded Systems held a keynote talk at the IKT Forum 2015 for Disabled Persons on July 8, at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. In his talk Chris talked about assistive technologies with respect to cultural areas and presented results from the AsTeRICS Academy for Cross-Cultural Education and Research in Assistive Technologiew project.

May 18, 2015 - Oregano Systems PCB Sponsoring

Oregano Systems sponsored the production of three multi-layer printed-circuit-board panels including a professional solder-paste stencil at a value of some 1000 Euro for students of the Electronics Engineering program at the University of Applied Sciences FH Technikum Wien. That enabled several students to professionally realize their first complex electronic circuits.

"With that activity we wanted to send a clear signal by supporting students in gaining hands-on experience with modern electronic circuits and electronic design software. We need highly qualified engineers having gained practical experience during their education, to remain internationally successful in a competitive environment operating in a high-price country like Austria." - Dr. Gerhard Cadek, General Manager of Oregano Systems

"The professional implementation of practical projects and tasks incurs extra costs, which are often difficult to finance considering the tight budgets of FH degree programs. Therefore, we are very grateful that Oregano Systems agreed to take over the production costs for these multi-layer printed-circuit-board panels." - Prof (FH) Dr. Martin Horauer, Program Head of Bachelor of Electronics Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences FH Technikum Wien

May 06, 2015 - Oregano Systems joins JRC-VECS

Oregano Systems recently joined the Josef Ressel Center for Verification of Embedded Computing Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien. In the cooperation the project team intends to add the following challenges:

  1. Hardware assisted time transfer for Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) and High-Availability Seamless Redundancy (HSR) network topologies.
  2. Multilevel architecture optimization for hardware packet processing modules for PRP and HSR.
  3. Efficient verification strategies for nodes attached to redundant networks.

Mar 24, 2015 - IEEE Standards Assocation at the UAS Technikum Wien

The IEEE Standards Association held a 4 hours workshop at the UAS Technikum Wien. An overview of important IEEE standards and projects in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) and related technologies, with a focus on key technical breakthroughs, future business applications, potential impacts on the industry, and new market opportunities was given to the participants of the workshops. Attendees gained an understanding of the importance of standards, how they fit into the big picture, and why individuals from universities and businesses should consider participating in standards projects that can advance technologies, businesses and career opportunities. The welcome address was given by Peter Rössler from the Dept. of Embedded Systems which was Chair of the IEEE Austria Section from 2012-2014.