HEAL @ Home-Office

Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemia all employees from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria are forced to work from home. 

Also our members of research group HEAL stay at home, but as you can see on the photo: we are still going strong!

Our appeal to all of you out there: please stay home and stay safe!


Tea Time Science Talk @ Welios in Wels with Michael Affenzeller

On Sunday, 9th February Michael Affenzeller is invited to the "Tea Time Science Talk" in the Welios Science Center in Wels. 

Artificial Intelligence has changed our world already and will still continue to do so. Many everyday objects already contain them so naturally that we no longer perceive them consciously. This issue and further topics will be discussed in Michael Affenzeller's talk about "Von lernfähigen Systemen: Wie gescheit ist künstliche Intelligenz schon?". 

Find out more informations here:






Michael Affenzeller in the "Krone"

Michael Affenzeller was interviewed by the newspaper "Krone".

The interview is about artificial intelligence, algorithms and industry in Austria.

Stefan Wagner received Researcher Award 2019

The Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (FH OÖ) honors outstanding scientists and scholars actively engaged in research in an annual award ceremony. The most successful among them were acknowledged with the Researcher Award of the FH OÖ on December 18th 2019 by LR Achleitner, FH-OÖ-Managing Director Gerald Reisinger and R&D director FH-Prof. Priv. Doz. DI Dr. Johann Kastner.

In the field of R&D the FH OÖ has been particularly successful since 2003 and over the years has developed into Austria's No. 1 university of applied sciences and one of the front runners in German-speaking countries. Research & Development at the four faculties is carried out by around 400 FH OÖ professors and scientific staff in more than 400 projects on 17 key topics and 6 excellence fields: Smart Production, Medical Technology, Energy, Food, Automotive and Logistics - practice-oriented with and for companies and institutions Economy and society.

We are delighted to announce that a prize went also to our research team this year: Stefan Wagner received the Researcher Award 2019 for his contributions in the field of heuristic optimization and artificial intelligence. Congratulations!

Picture (fltr): R&D director FH-Prof. Priv. Doz. DI Dr. Johann Kastner, FH-Prof. DI Dr. Stefan Wagner and FH-OÖ-Managing Director Gerald Reisinger

Josef Ressel Center for for Adaptive Optimization in Dynamic Environments

On 27th November 2019, the Josef Ressel Center for Adaptive Optimization in Dynamic Environments (JRC adaptOp) was officially opened in Hagenberg. The JRC adaptOp conducts research on methods to meet challenges in dynamic production systems, as for example uncertainties, disruptive events and limited time. Partners of the project are the companies voestalpine Stahl, Industrie Logistik Linz, LogServ and LiSEC, which fund the center together with the Federal Ministry for Digital an Economic Affairs.

Within JRC adaptOp, the researchers of HEAL and the University of Vienna are challenged with solving dynamic optimization problems in domains such as warehousing, production, and transportation. A framework of adaptive methods is developed which react to observed changes in the environment swiftly. Machine learning techniques are integrated to predict the occurrence of future events, devise potential future scenarios, and select and configure adequate optimization algorithms.

As keynote speaker Prof. Thomas Bäck was invited. He is the head of the Natural Computing Group at the University in Leiden, Netherlands, and discussed the topic „ Prescriptive Analytics für dynamische Optimierung im industriellen Kontext: Methoden und Anwendungen“ as a keynote at the opening. 

Also lots of media reported about the new Josef Ressel Center adaptOp:

Oberösterreichische Nachrichten - Ressel-Institut: "Den Geist in der Maschine wecken"

ORF OÖ - Neues Forschungszentrum an FH Hagenberg

Industriemagazin -  Neues Ressel Zentrum an der FH OÖ will den "Geist in der Maschine wecken"

Factory - Viertes Ressel-Zentrum wird eröffnet

TIPS - Neues Josef Ressel Zentrum: FH OÖ forscht an lernender Optimierungssoftware für produzierende Industrie

Regionews - Neues Josef Ressel Zentrum in Hagenberg eröffnet: FH OÖ forscht an lernender Optimierungssoftware für produzierende Industrie

Photocredit: FH OÖ/foto-pils




Stefan Wagner - Head of the JRC
Michael Affenzeller testing simulation
Thomas Bäck and Stefan Wagner
project partners, LR Achleitner, Dr. Irschik
Team of the JRC adaptOp - FH OÖ and Uni Vienna


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