Reduced opening hours on May 1, 2018 (National Holiday)

Öffnungszeiten Bibliothek | Foto: Andrea Bem

Tue, May 1, National Holiday, the library will be CLOSED!

members have unrestricted access to the library‘s reading rooms.

Registration for the 24-hour library is possible via the campus system under “My settings” >> 24-hour library.
Please register at least one day before you plan to use this service for the first time. Accounts are activated every day at midnight.

Der Beitrag Reduced opening hours on May 1, 2018 (National Holiday) erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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Current exhibition near circulation desk: “literary awards’ winners 2018”

Icon Ausstellungen | Grafik: Andrea Bem (UB)

In May, the show case opposite the loan desk presents some of this year’s most prestigious literary awards’ winners:

  1. Pulitzer Prize for fiction: Andrew Jean Greer for “Lost”
  2. Günther-Andreas-Preis for critical thinking: Dietmar Dath
  3. Kasseler Literaturpreis for grotesque humour: Eckhard Henscheid

Der Beitrag Current exhibition near circulation desk: “literary awards’ winners 2018” erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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Austria Cyber Security Challenge 2018 – National Open Championship

The Research Group System Security would like to inform you about the Austria Cyber Security Challenge 2018

  • have a look
  • register
  • do it !!!!

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Der Beitrag Austria Cyber Security Challenge 2018 – National Open Championship erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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Guest lecture by Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Friederike Klippel “On the history of learning and teaching English”


In the more than 300 years of learning and teaching English in German-speaking countries we find evidence of innovative methods, customized teaching materials, a wide range of practices as well as examples of theoretical and empirical research. Some developments have been forgotten, others exert an influence on the field of ELT to this day. Knowing about the multi-faceted past may help us to better understand the present and recognize the constant and universal elements of language teaching and learning.




 Friederike Klippel held the Chair of English Language Education (ELT/TESOL) at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich from 1993 to 2015 after her PhD (1979) and her postdoc degree (1992) at Dortmund University (Germany). During the academic year of 2016/17 she was guest professor for TEFL at the University of Vienna. In the summer semester of 2018 she is Expert in Residence at Heidelberg University.

She has published on a wide range of aspects concerning English language teaching and language teacher education. Her research areas comprise the history of language teaching and learning, language teaching methodology, classroom research, intercultural education, teacher education and professional development. Her many publications include Keep Talking (CUP 1984) and a comprehensive historical study of learning and teaching English in 18th and 19th century Germany (Englischlernen im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert. Die Geschichte der Lehrbücher und Unterrichtsmethoden. 1994). At present she serves on the editorial boards of the journals Language Teaching (CUP) and Zeitschrift fuer Fremdsprachenforschung (ZFF). She is an active member of professional organisations like IATEFL, DGFF, Henry Sweet Society and Anglistenverband.


Date and place:

May 9, 2018

HS 3, 10-11:30

Der Beitrag Guest lecture by Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Friederike Klippel “On the history of learning and teaching English” erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Pete Porter “Screen Stories and Moral Codes: It Happened One Night and Get Out”

Screen stories enact and express moral codes, moral codes that audiences can accept, reject or even ignore in the name of entertainment.  It Happened One Night (Capra 1934) and Get Out (Peele 2017) offer perspectives on how different eras negotiate moral codes within a context of heterosexual romance.  In IHON, a working class newspaper reporter meets a wealthy heiress on a cross-country bus ride and converts her to his way of life.  In Get Out, an African-American photographer meets the wealthy family of his white girlfriend and barely retains his identity.  Although vastly different in terms of affect, genre, and narrative, both films resonated in American culture in part because of their moral politics revolving around masculinity, class, and race.  This talk will show how both films negotiate moral values to embody as well as transcend their historical moments.  We will consider IHON and Get Out against a background that considers how scrutiny of movie content has gone from local to national, from explicit to implicit, and how moral codes that were once enforced by industry are now scrutinized on social media.


Pete Porter is Visiting Scholar at University of Amsterdam and Chair and Professor of Theatre and Film at Eastern Washington University.  He also serves as Film Review Editor for Society & Animals.  He is currently working on the manuscript Moving Animals: Screening the Nonhuman in the Age of Bioinclusivity, which explores how motion pictures of the 21st century are fulfilling their promise of affording more inclusive understandings of nonhuman nature. His publications include “Engaging the Animal in the Moving Image” in Society & Animals, “Teaching Animal Movies” in Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies across the Disciplines, and “It’s a Complicated Case: on the Modest Menippeanism of The Big Lebowski” in Lebowski 101.


Date and place:

May 9, 2018

HS 10, 12-13:00

Der Beitrag Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Pete Porter “Screen Stories and Moral Codes: It Happened One Night and Get Out” erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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Artificially intelligent metal detector for the needle in the haystack of knowledge

Patrick Rodler | Foto: KK

There are individuals who are immensely knowledgeable. And yet, as Maria von Ebner-Eschenbach tells us, “knowledge expands when it is shared.” But does knowledge that has been gathered in vast knowledge bases always remain free of errors? And how does one go about drawing accurate conclusions from collected knowledge? Patrick Rodler, Post Doc at the Department of Applied Informatics, is working on artificially intelligent error detection and error correction in knowledge bases.

One of his current projects is a collaboration with Stanford University, which revolves around keeping the knowledge bases of the National Cancer Institute in New York as free of errors as possible. These medical data bases contain hundreds of thousands of logical sentences referring to various forms of cancer, recorded by medical professionals, from which researchers aim to deduce correlations between symptoms, genes, causes and treatment options.

It stands to reason, Patrick Rodler observes, that such a vast amount of data, entered in the form of logical sentences, will inevitably produce discrepancies. “In fact, there are even instances of tiny knowledge bases, containing as little as three sentences, which are contradictory in themselves, where yet experienced knowledge engineers or experts are unable to identify the error, still less to remedy it. This is the point where our methods provide assistance.” Following an automated process, these methods reduce the complicated problem of error detection to a sequence of true-false questions, such as “Does every tumour cause pain?” These questions are submitted to a qualified expert for evaluation; in this case it would be a doctor who interacts with the system. The expert’s responses subsequently prompt a gradual limitation of possible errors. For this process to work as intended, it is essential to provide the user with an optimal level of support accompanying the interaction with the diagnosis tool. “Our newest procedures permit the highly efficient generation of easily comprehensible expert questions, and automatically adapt the content of these questions to the available expert knowledge. What conventional methods do in hours, our system can achieve in a fraction of a second”, Rodler elaborates. This saves valuable time for the experts, and reduces the amount of effort required on their part. “One way of picturing our systems is to imagine a metal detector that is searching for the famous needle in a haystack.”

Knowledge bases of this type are formulated with the help of logical languages. Although these cannot be used to express quite as much as in a natural language, their formal character nonetheless allows systems to automatically draw conclusions, establish correlations, extract relevant information, or answer complex questions. “They offer a way to realise artificially intelligent medical systems.” To give an example: If the availability of data about the symptoms, genetic dispositions and treatment methods for a particular type of cancer is good, it is possible to calculate what the best recommendation for a new patient might be. “The sum of knowledge thus creates enormous added value – provided that the underlying knowledge base is flawless.”

Knowledge generated at the Department of Applied Informatics is gaining currency across the globe: Working in collaboration with his colleagues, Patrick Rodler has developed a plug-in for the “Protégé” programme, the most widely used Open Source tool for knowledge base engineering worldwide, which boasts around 330,000 users. The plug-in has already reached a download tally of roughly 37,000.

Error detection in knowledge bases is only one of several practical applications, which Patrick Rodler is working on. He is generally interested in “artificially intelligent error detection in the broader sense”. This means that the technologies developed are endowed with broad applicability – be this in hardware systems (i.e. computer chips or cars), in software programmes or in planning systems (for transport logistics, for instance). The methods can be applied to any system that can be appropriately modelled, where errors need to be detected and remedied.

The notion that knowledge as a commodity expands when it is shared is a belief that Patrick Rodler also holds as a teacher: “I love teaching. In my courses, I endeavour to treat complex content in such a way that everyone can understand it. Because I also had to learn these things in the past, I pay particular attention to providing good explanations for aspects I once struggled with myself. I consider the objective achieved, when my students are quicker to grasp things than I once was.” Originally, Patrick Rodler wanted to study languages, but decided to tackle Technical Mathematics first, and later added Informatics. He currently holds Master’s degrees in both Mathematics and Informatics, as well as a doctorate in Informatics – having achieved top grades in all subjects in all these studies. In January he received a “Recognition Award 2013-2016 of the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence” for his Master thesis “A Theory of Interactive Debugging of Knowledge Bases in Monotonic Logics”. Any person treading a path of this level of intensity also needs to find the right kind of balance. “My family provides the best environment that I can possibly imagine. I’m also a regular and keen sportsman.” As such, Patrick Rodler has two Carinthian Academic Football Championship titles to his name. To him, his work in teaching and research “feels a lot like a hobby. I hardly ever mind getting stuck in, even if it’s the weekend.” Quite often, he finds himself reading specialist literature in his leisure time. “There are simply so many interesting things to discover and to know”, Rodler explains.

When asked about the many bleak future scenarios involving artificial intelligence as depicted on TV, he responds as follows: “I firmly believe that the number of scientists who strive to advance artificial intelligence for the benefit of mankind will always be greater than the number aiming to exploit it for criminal purposes. Thus, ‘good AI’ should hopefully always manage to keep a step ahead of ‘bad AI’. That is why I am pretty optimistic about the future developments in this field.”

A few words with …Patrick Rodler

What would you be doing now, if you had not become a scientist?
Presumably something that I find rather less fascinating.

Do your parents understand what it is you are working on?
Not in detail, but at the abstract level, yes they do.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive at the office in the morning?
I don’t really go in for rituals, I enjoy variety.

Do you have proper holidays? Without thinking about your work?
Absolutely! That’s often when I have the best ideas…for my work. 🙂

What makes you furious?
Injustice, deceitfulness, attention-seekers and grandstanders.

What calms you down?
Good music (though rarely of the calm kind), sports and a round or two of Memory with my young son.

Who do you regard as the greatest scientist in history, and why?
It’s difficult to pick a single person, particularly as history is so rich, with many brilliant minds. Basically, I appreciate any scientist who places emphasis on excellent research, especially in times such as these, when appearance often outweighs what truly is, and when quantity in science is a highly regarded aspect.

What are you afraid of?
Right now, nothing.

What are you looking forward to?
Many things, but at this moment I am especially looking forward to the summer.

Der Beitrag Artificially intelligent metal detector for the needle in the haystack of knowledge erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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Degree ceremony for graduates of the Alpen-Adria-Universität, 18th May 2018

AbsolventInnen werfen Rollen in die Luft | Foto: aau/

On Friday, 18th May 2018, the degree ceremony for graduates of the Alpen-Adria-Universität takes place in the Hans-Romauch-Lecture Hall (Lecture Hall A).

Degree ceremony Time Information
Faculty of Management and Economics and
Faculty of Technical Sciences
09:15 a.m. Invitation
Programme & graduates
Faculty of Humanities and
Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF)
12:15 p.m. Invitation
Programme & graduates

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Der Beitrag Degree ceremony for graduates of the Alpen-Adria-Universität, 18th May 2018 erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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Conflict as part of a European democracy

Long Kesh Maze | Foto: Martin Krenn, Aisling O’Beirn (online: TRACES Website),

The EU H2020 project TRACES combines the spheres of the arts and science to encourage the joint development of new discussion spaces dedicated to contentious and painful historical events, the effects of which continue to unfold, even today. The project, which has now entered the second of three stages, has been awarded the “European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) label”. In this interview, project co-ordinator Klaus Schönberger, professor at the Department of Cultural Analysis, talks about the insights that have been gained so far.

What are you hoping to know by the time you reach the end of the project?

We are dealing with aspects of our cultural heritage that are contentious, painful, problematic, and that continue to affect our co-existence to this very day. The term for this is “contentious heritage”. This label describes events that aren’t necessarily proudly displayed as badges of achievement on the basis of which one might confidently state: ‘This is who I am. Or: This is who we are.’ Very often, artists and performers are invited to create interventions addressing such events. In our view, this is an unsatisfactory approach as, in many cases, it has no lasting effects. However, we are convinced that it is possible, using art, to create a space for hostile parties or opposing sides, with a language that permits communication about the event, without everyone immediately taking up their position in the trenches. That, at least, is our noble aim.

Can you provide an example?

One of our sub-projects takes place in Northern Ireland. The point of origin for this sub-project is Maze Prison, also known as Long Kesh. Between 1971 and 2000 this was a maximum security prison, and during the civil war its prisoners included both Republican and Protestant activists, who had been accused of acts of terrorism. The now vacant prison complex, with all the conflicts that were carried out in that location, represents what we refer to as a site of “contentious heritage”. Each side projects its own experiences and recollections onto this site. Today, two artists (Martin Krenn and Aisling O’Beirn) are working there to establish communications between parties involved on either side of the conflict. When Marion Hamm and I held a lecture there, a certain reservation amongst the people in attendance was obvious even to us. But they were all sitting in the same room. The aim of the artistic interventions is not to resolve the conflict, but to open up a space in which the distinct positions are recognised, without going for each other’s throat. TRACES hopes to contribute to allowing conflict to be carried out as a difference of interests that avoids violent eruptions. We refer to this as the re-politicization of the conflict.

Why do you believe that the arts are better suited to this job?

At first, I was not at all convinced that this is the case. But I always asked myself: What is it that the arts know, and I don’t? For me, the difference between the arts and ethnographic research is that the former obscure, while the latter uses scientific procedures to enlighten. We perceive obscuration as an opportunity, because it generates other associative spaces. In other words, we are searching for ways in which the obscuration produced by the arts can yield valuable new insights.

You want to argue about controversial issues, but you want this to happen in a non-violent manner. Is constant argument really necessary?

Yes, that is a primary premise of our approach. We are confident that it is not possible to have democracy without conflict. Conflict itself is not the problem, neither in Northern Ireland, nor in Europe in general. It is impossible for us to imagine Europe as anything other than a conflict-laden space, in which different interests are perpetually fought out. Our aim is not to create a European identity, but to contribute to a shared European imagination. That is a more nebulous proposition, but it is also more realistic, because many can join in the imagining. The EU, in its role as contracting entity, encourages us to experiment and to be radical in our explorations. This freedom and flexibility in terms of content is sometimes at odds with the strict administration, which can be a tremendous challenge for all of us, particularly at the intersection of science and the arts.

How many of these local projects are there in total?

All in all, there are eleven partners in ten countries, though they all feature quite distinct set-ups. Five art projects operate as so-called “creative co-productions”. In addition to the prison example in Northern Ireland, an exhibition is due to open in Edinburgh in June, which takes a look at how we deal with “Human Remains” from colonial times. In Krakow, a team comprised of artists, performers, and scientists is addressing Holocaust “folk art”, Ljubljana has hosted an exhibition featuring death masks, and a project in Romania is dedicated to remembering the Jewish cultural heritage in Transylvania and the mass emigration after 1945. To mark the end of the project we aim to put together a compendium of all the experiences here in Klagenfurt – and therein lies the particular challenge for the co-ordinator of such a giant project. This will involve the reflection of the different operating logics of science and the arts, and the European local dimension. It is our hope that this will serve to safeguard insights and allow them to unfold a sustained impact.

How do you intend to proceed?

We will reflect on the results analytically and through the use of examples, and we will consolidate our experiences. One of the challenges we face is to somehow simultaneously satisfy the scientific requirements and also the specific application-oriented expectations of the EU Commission.

The project

“TRACES. Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts – From Intervention to Co-Production” is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. Detailed information is available from the project website at

Der Beitrag Conflict as part of a European democracy erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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Universitätsassistentin / Universitätsassistent am Institut für Informatik-Systeme (Forschungsgruppe Information and Communication Systems) – Kennung 248H/18

Vortrag an der Universität | Foto: kasto,

Die Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt schreibt gemäß § 107 Abs. 1 Universitätsgesetz 2002 folgende Stelle zur Besetzung aus:

Universitätsassistentin / Universitätsassistent

am Institut für Informatik-Systeme (Forschungsgruppe Information and Communication Systems), Fakultät für Technische Wissenschaften, im Beschäftigungsausmaß von 100 {c8db3f4443fb2f1c80e20e2e8420a201d47393e6b007c83f4847286f4b955a35} (Uni KV: B1). Das monatliche Mindestentgelt für diese Verwendung beträgt € 2.794,60 brutto (14 x jährlich) und kann sich auf Basis der kollektivvertraglichen Vorschriften durch die Anrechnung tätigkeitsspezifischer Vorerfahrungen erhöhen. Voraussichtlicher Beginn des auf vier Jahre befristeten Angestelltenverhältnisses ist der 1. Juli 2018.

Der Aufgabenbereich umfasst:

  • Mitwirkung an Forschung- und Lehre der Gruppe Information and Communication Systems
  • Selbständiges wissenschaftliches Arbeiten mit dem Ziel einer Promotion
  • Engagierte Mitarbeit an administrativen und organisatorischen Aufgaben des Instituts
  • Mitwirkung bei PR-Aktivitäten des Institutes bzw. der Fakultät

Die Forschungsgruppe Information and Communication Systems beschäftigt sich mit der Lehre und Forschung von Methoden, Techniken und Tools zur Entwicklung von Informationssystemen. Die aktuellen Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen in den Bereichen Workflow und Business Process Engineering, Interoperability, temporale Aspekte, Semantik, Qualität und Evolution von Informationssystemen. Die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter sind in einem engagierten, kollegialen und internationalen Team an der Universität Klagenfurt tätig. Die Forschungsgruppe kooperiert mit nationalen und internationalen Partnern aus Wissenschaft und Industrie.

Voraussetzungen für die Einstellung:

  • Abgeschlossenes Master- oder Diplomstudium an einer anerkannten in- oder ausländischen Universität im Fach Informatik/Computer Science
  • Fundierte Kenntnisse in einem oder mehreren der folgenden Bereiche
    • Design und Implementierung von Informationssystemen
    • Workflows und Business Process Management
    • Application Interoperability
    • Datenbanken und verteilte Systeme
    • Fließende Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift

Alle Voraussetzungen für die Einstellung müssen bis spätestens 15. Juni 2018 vorliegen.

Erwünscht sind:

  • Soziale und kommunikative Kompetenz
  • Lehrerfahrung und didaktische Kompetenz
  • Überdurchschnittlicher Studienerfolg
  • Kenntnisse der deutschen Sprache bzw. die Bereitschaft die deutsche Sprache zu erlernen

Diese Stelle dient der fachlichen und wissenschaftlichen Bildung von AbsolventInnen eines Master- bzw. Diplomstudiums mit dem Ziel des Abschlusses eines Doktorats-/Ph.D.-Studiums der Technischen Wissenschaften. Bewerbungen von Personen, die bereits über ein facheinschlägiges Dokto-rat/Ph.D. verfügen, können daher nicht berücksichtigt werden.

Die Universität strebt eine Erhöhung des Frauenanteils beim wissenschaftlichen Personal an und fordert daher qualifizierte Frauen zur Bewerbung auf. Frauen werden bei gleicher Qualifikation vorrangig aufgenommen.

Menschen mit Behinderungen oder chronischen Erkrankungen, die die geforderten Qualifikations-kriterien erfüllen, werden ausdrücklich zur Bewerbung aufgefordert.

Allgemeine Informationen finden BewerberInnen unter Auskünfte erteilt o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johann Eder (E-Mail: johann.eder [at]

Bewerbungen sind mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Bewerbungsschreiben, Lebenslauf, Diplomarbeit, Zeugnisse und Nachweise) bis spätestens 23. Mai 2018 unter der Kennung 248H/18 an die

Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Dekanatekanzlei / Recruiting, ausschließlich über das Online-Bewerbungsformular unter zu richten.

Es besteht kein Anspruch auf Abgeltung von Reise- und Aufenthaltskosten, die aus Anlass des Aufnahmeverfahrens entstehen.

Der Beitrag Universitätsassistentin / Universitätsassistent am Institut für Informatik-Systeme (Forschungsgruppe Information and Communication Systems) – Kennung 248H/18 erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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How much you can find out about a person with an email address

Peter Schartner, data protection expert at the Institute of Applied Informatics, shows how much you can find out about a person using an e-mail address.

Find out more here!

Der Beitrag How much you can find out about a person with an email address erschien zuerst auf Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

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