Science Prizes of the Province of Lower Austria

Awards for Head of Research Institute Wolfgang Aigner and project for Knowledge Transfer

For his habilitation, Wolfgang Aigner Head of the Institute for Creative\Media/Technologies at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences was awarded the Recognition Prize for Science of the Province of Lower Austria. The prize was presented yesterday evening at the Lower Austrian Science Gala in Grafenegg Auditorium.

Also awarded a prize was a Science Fair project for which students in the Department of Rail Technology and Mobility at St. Pölten UAS provided research.

Habilitation and international experience

Wolfgang Aigner studied computer science at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Vienna University of Technology and San Jose State University in the USA. Since 2013 he has been a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Digital Technologies at St. Pölten UAS, where he has since 2015 together with Markus Seidl headed the Institute for Creative\Media/ Technologies.

Aigner is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications in professional journals, books and conference papers. He wrote his habilitation at Vienna University of Technology on the subject of "Interactive Visualization and Data Analysis: Visual Analytics with a Focus on Time". In his research work at St. Pölten UAS he deals with the analysis and visualization of large amounts of data.

Application-oriented research

In his research projects, Aigner applies these methods in various areas: from IT security to cancer research or physiotherapy to data journalism. The jury paid tribute to Aigner for his application-oriented and interdisciplinary research, his extensive publication activity and the frequency of citations from his scientific texts. "This prize means a lot to me and is a great honour for my team and myself", said Aigner.

"We are pleased to have an expert like Wolfgang Aigner at St. Pölten UAS with his extensive and international experience. With his work, he is contributing to further strengthening  the role of science at one of Austria's most research-oriented universities", said UAS Executive Director Gabriela Fernandes.

Youth brought closer to science

At yesterday evening's Science Gala, in the framework of the Science Fair, a project of the Research, Technology and Innovation Programme of the Province of Lower Austria was awarded first prize. This project was carried out by the Mistelbach Polytechnic School together with the Department of Rail Technology and Mobility at St Pölten UAS.

Supported by the technical expertise of Thomas Preslmayr and UAS Associate Lecturer Andreas Randacher from the Department of Rail Technology and Mobility, the students have developed a concept for battery pads to reduce the charging times of electric vehicles; using an intermodal approach the regenerated braking energy of trains is used to charge the battery pads.

In the framework of the Science Fair initiative, secondary school classes develop classroom research projects together with research sponsors and present them in a series of events. Science Fair is an event of the Department of Science and Research of the Lower Austrian Provincial Government, which is implemented in cooperation with the Board of Education for Lower Austria. The Science Fair is organized by the Verein Science Pool VIF.

Science Prizes of the Province of Lower Austria

The province of Lower Austria annually awards appreciation and recognition prizes for special scientific achievements. Scientific works accomplished by Lower Austrians in Lower Austria which affirm the scientific independence of Lower Austria, or are in the interest of the province can be submitted.

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