Funded Projects

The CTS initiates and supports a number of interdisciplinary projects. The following list showcases some of these endeavours.

 
AAL Best Practice Scoping Review

A Best Practice Scoping of curated national AAL studies in the last decade is created. The analysis aims at technological innovations being developed for fostering care, household and living sphere.

Best Practice Inter- & Transdisciplinary Teaching

The project explores successful interdisciplinary lectures being held at the CTS partner institutions. A Best Practice Library as way to inspire and foster orientation for all lecturers is being created, combining Social Science with Technological and Natural Sciences.

Bias in Automated Driving Systems (BADS)

Automated Driving Systems do about 100% more kilometers in simulation than in physical space. This raises questions about the quality of data sets and data records shaping the abilities of these driving systems. Currently there are about 40 accessible public data sets, which have already been briefly analyzed by the project researchers. This project aims at a systematic evaluation of this material at this early stage of technological development.

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Big Data in Smart Cities

Big Data in Smart Cities

Urban Data Space (UDS) is envisioned to serve as the technological basis for Smart City projects in managing Big Data. Our project aims to assess this emerging technology in an interdisciplinary manner and build the basis for future research projects and technology development in the field. Data Space is a technology that creates a seamless exchange, storage and utilization of data with the scale that enables the development of new products and services based on data in urban environments. The technology is currently at the level of laboratory prototype, before deployment. In order to assess …

BioNoWo

Collection and circulation schemes in the context of the automobile industry, the area of Europallets, reuseable bottles and rental linen (textiles for hotels) are being analyzed and compared.

The requirements for packaging various goods (regional vs. transcontinental, large / unwieldy vs. small, perishable vs. long-lived, etc.) are being collected. Further research probes the potential use of fleeces to protect products in transit with minimal space requirements.

Interviews of stakeholders, including ARA or similar system providers, disposal companies, service providers in the area of rental …

Creating Digital Humanism

The goals of the projects are:

  1. The creation of interactive digital interventions in the context of public traffic (buses, commuter trains, tramways).
  2. The analysis of the emerging socio-cultural discursive spaces and their inter-dependencies is one main goal. By systematic interventions the project figures out how to influence public discourse.
  3. The creation of alternative interaction spaces through the above-mentioned interventions builds beyond the framework of Digital Humanism.
  4. The translation of discourses into knowledge is done to create and develop digital technologies with humanistic …
Digital Literacy in Robotics & Informatics – for underprivileged people

Robotics and computer science are not imaginable without digital competence. Both are a possible entry into the digital world and promote the development of digital competence. However, the question also needs to be asked as to which barriers arise in the digital world and how these can be overcome. To this end, a working group with interdisciplinary members from different partner universities will be constituted to make common barriers visible and propose improvements for gender-appropriate didactic concepts.

EnviSense

In this project, best-practice research is conducted to elaborate the state of the art of technology-supported awareness building in climate change, quality of public spaces and personal mobility. The project shows which low-threshold artifacts (e.g., environmental sensors) are available, how these artifacts are used, and how the data collected by them is made available for societal use. This is done with regard to raising awareness among the general public as well as for administration and government. Central aspects in this project are best practices that use or collect parameters and …

GenderFair MT

With an increased visibility of non-binary people, strategies to overcome gender bias in language beyond a binary conception (male/female) have been proposed, such as gender-inclusive (e.g. Leser*innen) and/or gender-neutral (e.g. Lesens) language. These developments raise interesting questions for language technologies, including machine translation. To address non-binary MT, we propose to organize a three-day participatory workshop to develop translation guidelines for non-binary language use with three communities: (1) members of the non-binary and queer community, (2) human translators, …

How 2 Summer School

Financed by CTS and Land Salzburg, Summer School 21 “Zukunftsland Lungau - Innovation, Gender Arrangements and the Rural Area” took place from 15th to 29th August 2021. Along with content-related learnings regarding these topics on a scientific and practical level, experience was gained on how to run a transdisciplinary and regional Summer School. These experiences, examples and references are to be compiled in a purposeful way within the scope of this project. The final product is a digital guide that will enable prospective transdisciplinary Summer School teams to save time, …

How 2 Summer School © Tomé Hauser

How 2 Summer School

iMentality

With the increasing digitalization of society and almost all areas of life, the scope of action, the role and the responsibility of computer scientists as experts and designers of these developments are also changing. While new technologies in science and the media are increasingly subject to critical and ethical reflections, the role of engineers in this development has still not been dealt with in detail. The project iMentality aims to fill exactly this gap and to deal with current role models and engineer-mentalities in an interdisciplinary way. For this purpose, philosophical foundations …

Innovation lab for digital inclusion (IDI)

The aim of this participatory research project is to address the issue of when, where and why ‘one-size-fits-all’ premises, i.e. the assumption that the same digital solutions could solve everyone’s challenges to inclusion, will reach limitations in an inclusive context. In terms of content, based on theoretical considerations on inclusion and digitization, taking into account various dimensions (including legal, economic, political), a practice-relevant model for inclusive digitization for different fields of application (e.g. including school or economy / labor market) will …

Lectures for Future 2nd level

“Lectures for Future” is an interdisciplinary series of lectures that started in the 2019 academic year and is already being offered at ten Austrian universities. In their commitment as Scientists for Future, researchers give insights into their scientific work on the climate crisis, the environment and society. The further development of the new, hybrid teaching and communication format is to be scientifically supported in the “Lectures for Future 2nd level” project. The aim is to examine the impact of the “Lectures for Future” on research and teaching and to work out parameters …

Mental, Social & Digital Resilience – Mental eHealth & Telepsychiatry

The Corona crisis is a worldwide crisis, and for a wide range of people a highly individual one. A personal Corona infection, but also the circumstances of the crisis – such as lockdown, precarious and unstable working conditions, individual anxieties, fears and mental load – all of this raises questions concerning psycho-social care and efficacy. Hopes are high for eHealth and mHealth solutions, as well as so-called “Mental Health” Apps, which App-Stores have been flooded with. Questions about their functionality, feasibility, their (therapeutic-/medical) efficacy, but also a lack of …

muco

The muco project is a proof-of-concept case study in the area of STEAM eduction, which combines STEM and the Arts. The aim of muco is to conceptualize, implement and evaluate an educational music computing web application that features a gamified digital learning environment. The resulting application is intended to be used in non-formal settings for self-directed learning. The goal of the project is to make programming concepts more accessible and comprehensible to a broader public: the developed application is intended to attract more interest and attention to the field of computer science, …

New Mobilities of post-traditional communities: P2P carsharing in rural and urban neighbourhoods

Shared mobility is considered as an important component of multimodal sustainable mobility to reduce dependency on individual car by offering users new options to fulfil their transportation needs. Carsharing in neighbourhoods might be a promising solution not only for urban areas, but also for less populated areas highly dependent on individual cars. To investigate the most important influencing factors and conditions which facilitate and boost the usage of P2P car sharing in neighbourhoods and motivate people to share their own private cars, we conduct a comparative study in Austria and …

Participation and Visibilty in Hybrid Realities

This transdisciplinary project explores how socio-technical realities are negotiated and (re)produced in digitally augmented public spaces.

Starting from questions of social participation and visibility, we design digital interventions in transient physical spaces that allow participants to explore both “layers” of data in terms of digital realities, as well as their mutual relations through them. In selected compartments of commuter trains, changing social groups of participants have the opportunity to interact through projections and use an augmented reality app to explore and …

Participation in the Digital Space

The project aims at the creation of participative digital platforms and artifacts which provide fair and non-selective access to digital spaces for all citizens independent of socio-economic background, demographics or other social-structural features.

Patient Documentation

The projects aims at multiple users with different needs and concerns (nurses vs. doctors vs. patients vs. families, etc.). The project aims to determine what role patient documentation takes and how it differs depending on stakeholder involvement. It designs alternative ways to provide access to information and documentation for every person in need of recent data.

Further Information

Blog post ‘Linked Care’

Podcast

SAVEing SPACES

The trans-disciplinary workshop series SAVEing SPACES sees itself as an activating, process-led project in the university’s research field. Students and teachers of architecture, planning, computer science, education and social work, supported by the Center for Technology and Society, dedicate themselves to the urgency: The new (non) normal at the university, to reflect and speculate on our practices, formats, tools and theories. How do we teach / learn? Why, where and when? Who with whom for whom and what?

Together we want to look at, document and actively shape the new (not) normal at …

Skill-Sharing

The thematic-content framework of the project is to explore ways in which youth and young adults with disabilities can be supported in passing on their skills. In doing so, the perception of one’s own digital competencies is to be built up and further developed in a strength-oriented manner, and these competencies are to be transmitted to other people who do not yet have them. In this way, the self-confidence, self-esteem and communication skills of the young people concerned should also be developed and support provided for career orientation. In the course of the research project, …

Summer School Countryside

The summer schools “Women Create Future in the Countryside” and “Mobile Women - What do they need?” focuses on the global trend of urbanization and defines the educational, research and technology development needs for rural areas. In a wide consortium, master thesis topics will be formulated and research funding shall be gained.

Tradition in Transformation: The Cultural Landscape of Cellar Lanes

The project explores the cultural landscape of the cellar lanes, their potential for future development and the options for long-term preservation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Said aspects concern questions of the historical, social, cultural, ecological, economic and touristic importance of these forms of vernacular architecture as well as the technical possibilities in the area of innovative, transdisciplinary surveying methods (3D laser scanning, quadrocopter, radon measurement, soil analysis). The focus is placed on networking activities between various research disciplines as well as …