News 2016

Nov 2, 2016 - Cooperation with Waterford Institute of Technology

A delegation from the Department of Embedded Systems visited colleagues from the School of Science and Computing at Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland, which has become an Erasmus partner of the Faculty of Communication Technologies and Electronic Engineering of FH Technikum Wien, recently. The discussions were very productive in terms of future student and lecture exchange between the two institutions as well as collaboration in the field of Embedded Automotive Systems and Internet of Things. From left to right: Aref Sarraj (PhD Student), Fritz Praus (Program Director of Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies), Andreas Puhm (Lecturer in Embedded Systems), Michael Harrison (Head of School of Science & Computing), Peter Balog (Head of Department of Embedded Systems), Brendan Jackman (Lecturer, Research Supervisor, Automotive Control Group), Frank Walsh (Lecturer in Computing).


Oct 4, 2016 - Former Student & Employee Received Award for his Master Thesis

Patrick Moosbrugger, former student and employee at our department, received the "Würdigungspreis" of the Federal Ministry of Science Research and Economy for his master thesis entitled "A Real-time, On-board System Health Management Unit for Unmanned Aerial Systems". The thesis, done in cooperation with NASA Ames Research Center deals with runtime monitoring and diagnosis for unmanned aerial systems. The thesis is also related to Patricks work in the Josef Ressel Center for Verification of Embedded Computing Systems. Congratulations!


Apr 12, 2016 - Unikate Award Winners 2015

On April 11, the award winners of the UNIKATE 2015 competition were invited to present their solutions in the UNIQA Tower (Vienna) and received a prize money of EUR 2000. All 4 winning project entries have been developed by students of the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien in course of their internship at the Department of Embedded Systems, see here for details. The "UNIKATE" prize is donated by the UNIQA insurance group and the Austrian national Council of Disabled Persons (ÖAR) to support the development of individual, customized assistive technology solutions for persons with disabilities. The following projects were honored:

  • Amadea Sophie Hiess: One-button interface for basal stimulation and communication aid
  • Cornelia Salomon: Eytracking-based musical instrument for a musician with musclular dystrophy
  • Armin Schmoldas: Alternative control system for PC-games and off-the-shelf toys
  • Christoph Ulbinger: Game and PC control via eyetracking, zero-way-joystick and ergonomic button interface


Feb 24, 2016 - Zero Project Award

The AsTeRICS Academy team received the Innovative Practice 2016 Award at the fifth Zero Project Conference on "Inclusive Education and ICT", United Nations Office Vienna. The strong efforts of promoting innovative assistive technologies internationally by implementing hands-on workshops with flexible open source assistive technology tools were honored among an outstanding selection of international projects in the sector of e-Inclusion and Assistive Technology.


Jan 25, 2016 - Open Innovation Best Practice

The AsTeRICS Academy project was choosen as best practice example for Open Innovation, an initiative of the Austrian government to support innovative processes and "thinking outside the box". One goal of this initiative is to remove existing barriers in research, development and implementation activities. Open Innovation is referred as the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation. The Open Source design approach, user centred design principles and internationalisation activities (see photo) performed in course of the AsTeRICS Academy project serve as an example to illustrate these principles of collaboration.