To give you an idea of the many possibilities of working together with external partners, we have compiled some interesting case studies for you in this section.
“Radlkarte 2.0” Cycling Map
On behalf of the City and Province of Salzburg and supported by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (KLIEN), the Department of Geoinformatics of the University of Salzburg developed an interactive street map of Salzburg as part of the exciting “Radlkarte 2.0” project. Based on the graph integration platform GIP, cyclists can use their browser or a special app to get information on their planned route. What’s more, the map also offers up-to-date information on weather conditions, public transport connections or street inclines. Data management as well as development of models and algorithms was handled by the GI Mobility Lab of the University of Salzburg. Sounds interesting? Then hop on your bike and plan your next route here: http://www.radlkarte.info
Many of us get that queasy feeling when they see a syringe. The University of Salzburg’s Department of Molecular Biology and Liechtenstein-based medical engineering company Pantec Biosolutions are currently working together on an exciting research project to make this unpleasant feeling before a vaccination a thing of the past. The “P.L.E.A.S.E. Vaccinate” project is based on the fact that most of today’s vaccinations are applied via intramuscular injection although muscles aren’t considered a particularly immunogenic route. Studies have shown that skin vaccinations (e.g. by way of intradermal injection) not only lead to better antigen transport to the lymph nodes, but at a lower dosage also show the same immunogenicity as intramuscular injections. In their joint project, the University of Salzburg and its industry partner are developing a new painless infrared laser to create micropores in the uppermost skin layer and apply vaccinations transcutaneously.
Instrument Collection in Salzburg and Innsbruck
University meets museum – this could be the catchphrase for the university project “Instrument collection in Salzburg and Innsbruck”, carried out by the Mozarteum University Salzburg together with the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg, the Paracelsus Medical Private University of Salzburg, the renowned Salzburg Museum and the Ferdinandeum Innsbruck. The project focuses on a long-term concept for successful collaborations between universities and museums and currently works with two of Austria’s most valuable instrument collections. Select historic instruments from the Salzburg Museum and Ferdinandeum museum are explored, re-built and eternalized by way of sound and video recordings. In addition to museum concerts by students and teachers, the project also involves joint lectures and excursions. It’s a well-known fact that music connects people, but this interesting project shows that it also connects universities and museums!
Supported by the FFG, the “LiTech” project focuses on the development of easy-to-use industry appliances and the future implementation of natural user interfaces (e.g. control and interaction via language, gestures or eye movement) for the configuration, operation and communication of highly complex professional applications. To achieve this task, the University of Salzburg has joined forces in a consortium together with the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, the Technical University of Graz, AlphaGate GmbH, Dorner Electronic GmbH, Gebrüder Weiss GmbH, System Industrie Electronic GmbH and WolfVision Innovation GmbH. This competence centre addresses scientific questions and technical challenges of alternative user interfaces and their use in industry applications, ranging from tool control for real-time data presentation to the interaction with medical computer equipment and the installation, adjustment and supervision of packaging machines in cleanrooms. The developed technologies and interaction concepts are designed to support users in their daily operation and interaction processes. Key research areas of LiTech include complexity reduction of user interfaces in professional applications, research and user-friendly design of natural and alternative methods of interaction between man and machine and the ad hoc integration of user feedback into industry applications.
SALTO is short for “SAlzburg Together against Obesity” and is a regional prevention project for kindergardens and municipalities carried out by the Interfaculty Department of Sport and Exercise Science of the University of Salzburg together with the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, SALK and the Paracelsus Medical Private University. The aim of the initiative is to increase the number of Salzburg’s children with a healthy weight at school enrolment. By working together with kindergarden teachers and parents, the projects tries to encourage children to eat healthier and do more sports. This is achieved by way of interdisciplinary and theory-based methods and profound evaluation of the kids’ motor skills as well as the nutrition and activity preferences of children and parents. In addition, the project collects anthropometric and demographic data from all participating kindergardens.
SALTO is run as a PPP project (public-private partnership), meaning that public and private organizations are working together, contributing their expertise as well as materials and funding to the project. While the public sector creates adequate conditions for the implementation of the project and protects the interests of common welfare, private partners use their expertise to ensure the project’s economic feasibility and promote a healthy lifestyle. SALTO also works closely together with educational institutions for kindergarden teachers (BAKIP and ZEKIP) in order to integrate the latest research findings and ensure sustainability of the project. As all partnerships are focused on maintaining project integrity, SALTO developed a Code of Ethics for all private partners. For more information, visit www.salto-salzburg.at.
Christian Doppler Laboratory for “Contextual Interfaces”
Every day, we are surrounded by technical systems. Their success is largely based on the interfaces between technology and users that we interact with every day at our workplace, on the way there or in our leisure time. Unfortunately, these interactions aren’t always satisfying, efficient or fun but often characterised by problems. That’s why the Christian Doppler Laboratory for “Contextual Interfaces” of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (Department of Computer Sciences, University of Salzburg) explores technologies in certain contexts of our lives, such as factory and automobile settings.
In a nutshell, “Contextual Interfaces“ refer to the fact that interfaces between people and technical systems should be suited to the use in certain environments. For instance, using a computer at work is often very different to the way we would use the same device at home. The same is true for cars: when interacting with our sat nav system, we should actually be doing something more important – concentrating on the street ahead.
The aim of the Christian Doppler Laboratory is to gain scientifically sound research results on interfaces in different contexts in order to improve interaction. To do so, the project explores interactions between people and technologies in factory and automotive contexts with the help of new, context-relevant methods. In addition, the project focuses on recommendations for improvement and the development of new, sometimes unusual forms of interaction. Future users are then experimentally confronted with these approaches in different situations in the laboratory as well as in the field. For research to be as close to our reality as possible, the CD Laboratory is working together with industry partners such as AUDIO MOBIL Elektronik GmbH from Ranshofen for the automotive context and Villach-based Infineon Technologies Austria AG and Linz-based KEBA AG for the factory context. The Christian Doppler Laboratory for “Contextual Interfaces” is supported by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the Austrian National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development.
Today’s industry is characterised by increased automatization and networking. More and more steps of the productions process are being automated and machines are exchanging a growing amount of information. This development labelled “Industry 4.0” brings with it new challenges and opportunities for man and machine. In this context, the FFG-supported “Assist 4.0” project focuses on the development of assistance systems to support the work of production and service staff with the help of new information and communication technologies. In addition, the project aims to develop strategies on how people and machines can interact in an improved way. To work on “Assist 4.0”, the University of Salzburg has formed a consortium with Knapp AG, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, AVL List GmbH, evolaris next level GmbH, Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, and XiTrust Secure Technologies GmbH. The consortium has joined forces to develop a new assistance system that should be mobile as well as context-sensitive, meaning that the system is not limited to use at a certain location and can react to present conditions in different environments (e.g. display brightness). In addition to a wide range of functionalities, the system comes with high usability, user experience, acceptance and security. As a real-world scenario, the assistance system could be used to support maintenance works for industry machines.
An important research aspect of “Assist 4.0” is the processing of information, which should be up-to-date and include environmental data to support production workers in (partly) automated production processes. To achieve this, the “Assist 4.0” project focuses on the development of concepts to enable man-machine interaction on different levels (touch and screen-based interaction, intuitive visual surfaces, navigation and controls, language and gesture control, eye tracking, automated recognition of facial expressions and body language,…). In general, aims of “Assist 4.0” include the user-friendly design of technologies to support people in their decisions as well as the user acceptance and security (safety, security, privacy) of the developed solutions.