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News Archive (2014 and earlier)

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2014
 
2014-12-16
Celebration event of the 30 years anniversary of OFAI and the 45 years anniversary of OSGK at the Austrian Academy of Sciences on 2014-12-16. The programme is available as PDF document .
2014-10-01
Start of the FWF-Project "HIGHDIM - High-dimensional data analysis in music information retrieval", with Arthur Flexer as project leader.
2014-09-12
Best Poster Award for "Design Pattern Canvas: Towards Co-Creation Of Unified Serious Game Design Patterns" by Gregor Žavcer, Simon Mayr and Paolo Petta (Intelligent Software Agents and New Media Group) at the Sixth International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications held at the University of Malta.
2014-09-01
Start of the FFG-Project potenziAAL - Potential and Limits of Present-Day Robotics in Ambient Assisted Living, supported by the BMVIT, with project leader and principle investigator Sabine Payr at OFAI and Franz Werner, principle investigator at our cooperating partner RALTEC, Vienna.
2014-07-16
Start of the project Cognitive-Emotive Robotics for Supporting Autobiographic Storytelling with Robert Trappl as project leader, principle investigator Sabine Payr and senior researcher Marcin Skowron.
2014-05-22
Robert Trappl gives the Keynote Speech at the Official Foundation of the Austrian Robotics Platform at the University of Linz, Austria.
2014-04-25
Robert Trappl is re-elected President of the International Academy of Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS) for a four year period. The elected Vice-Presidents are Ranulph Glanville (England), Jifa Gu (China) and Matjaz Mulej (Slovenia); Secretary-General is Pierre Bricage (France).
2014-03-26
CP&OFAI Score-Performance Alignment Technology integrated into Issue # 5 (on Beethoven's 3rd Symphony) of the e-magazine RCO Editions (iPad-based e-magazine by the world-famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam).
 
2013
 
2013-12-01
Start of the FFG Project "ACCIA -- Automated Coding and Categorizing of Innovation Areas", in cooperation with winnovation consulting gmbh, Gertraud Leimüller, with Brigitte Krenn as project leader.
2013-10-01
Start of the EU-Project "Learning to Create" (Lrn2Cre8) lead by Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, GB, OFAI's contribution as partner carried out by Gerhard Widmer, Maarten Grachten, Stefan Lattner and Carlos Cancino Chacon.
2013-08-29 - 31
Brigitte Krenn is co-chair of the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA2013, Edinburgh,UK). See call for papers.
2013-06-26
Brigitte Krenn is invited to contribute to the Workshop "Wearing a Sound Perfume" exploring the relationships between fashion and new technologies at MAK Fashion Lab
2013-04-01
Start of the FWF Project "Spatial Memory and Navigation Ability in a Physically Embodied Cognitive Architecture" with Robert Trappl as project leader, Thomas Madl as main researcher and Paolo Petta as cooperating scientist.
2013-04-01
Start of the FFG Project "Feasibility Studie: Use of Language Technology for Targeting Innovation" with Brigitte Krenn as project leader.
2013-03-20
The book "Your Virtual Butler. The Making-of", edited by Robert Trappl, is published by Springer Publishers Heidelberg and Berlin, with contributions by several international researchers among them Sabine Payr, Stefan Rank and the Editor, all members of OFAI.
2013-02-18
Start of the Project "The Development of Behavior- and Action-Maxims for Robots in Social Environments", supported by the BMVIT, with Robert Trappl as project leader.
2013-02-01
Start of the FWF Project Automatic Segmentation, Labelling, and Characterisation of Audio Streams with Gerhard Widmer as project leader and Thomas Grill and Jan Schlüter as main researchers.
2013-02-01
Start of the EU-Project Performances as Highly Enriched and Interactive Concert Experiences (PHENICX) lead by Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, OFAI's contribution as partner carried out by Gerhard Widmer, Maarten Grachten and Martin Gasser.
2013-01-28
The ten year "Human Brain Project" Flagship Proposal is accepted by the European Commission, with Robert Trappl and OFAI as Consortium member.
2013-12-01
Start of the FFG Project "ACCIA -- Automated Coding and Categorizing of Innovation Areas", in cooperation with winnovation consulting gmbh, Gertraud Leimüller, with Brigitte Krenn as project leader.
2013-10-01
Start of the EU-Project "Learning to Create" (Lrn2Cre8) lead by Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, GB, OFAI's contribution as partner carried out by Gerhard Widmer, Maarten Grachten, Stefan Lattner and Carlos Cancino Chacon.
2013-08-29 - 31
Brigitte Krenn is co-chair of the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA2013, Edinburgh,UK). See call for papers.
2013-06-26
Brigitte Krenn is invited to contribute to the Workshop "Wearing a Sound Perfume" exploring the relationships between fashion and new technologies at MAK Fashion Lab
2013-04-01
Start of the FWF Project "Spatial Memory and Navigation Ability in a Physically Embodied Cognitive Architecture" with Robert Trappl as project leader, Thomas Madl as main researcher and Paolo Petta as cooperating scientist.
2013-04-01
Start of the FFG Project "Feasibility Studie: Use of Language Technology for Targeting Innovation" with Brigitte Krenn as project leader.
2013-03-20
The book "Your Virtual Butler. The Making-of", edited by Robert Trappl, is published by Springer Publishers Heidelberg and Berlin, with contributions by several international researchers among them Sabine Payr, Stefan Rank and the Editor, all members of OFAI.
2013-02-18
Start of the Project "The Development of Behavior- and Action-Maxims for Robots in Social Environments", supported by the BMVIT, with Robert Trappl as project leader.
2013-02-01
Start of the FWF Project Automatic Segmentation, Labelling, and Characterisation of Audio Streams with Gerhard Widmer as project leader and Thomas Grill and Jan Schlüter as main researchers.
2013-02-01
Start of the EU-Project Performances as Highly Enriched and Interactive Concert Experiences (PHENICX) lead by Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, OFAI's contribution as partner carried out by Gerhard Widmer, Maarten Grachten and Martin Gasser.
2013-01-28
The ten year "Human Brain Project" Flagship Proposal is accepted by the European Commission, with Robert Trappl and OFAI as Consortium member.
2013-12-01
Start of the FFG Project "ACCIA -- Automated Coding and Categorizing of Innovation Areas", in cooperation with winnovation consulting gmbh, Gertraud Leimüller, with Brigitte Krenn as project leader.
2013-10-01
Start of the EU-Project "Learning to Create" (Lrn2Cre8) lead by Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, GB, OFAI's contribution as partner carried out by Gerhard Widmer, Maarten Grachten, Stefan Lattner and Carlos Cancino Chacon.
2013-08-29 - 31
Brigitte Krenn is co-chair of the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA2013, Edinburgh,UK). See call for papers.
2013-06-26
Brigitte Krenn is invited to contribute to the Workshop "Wearing a Sound Perfume" exploring the relationships between fashion and new technologies at MAK Fashion Lab
2013-04-01
Start of the FWF Project "Spatial Memory and Navigation Ability in a Physically Embodied Cognitive Architecture" with Robert Trappl as project leader, Thomas Madl as main researcher and Paolo Petta as cooperating scientist.
2013-04-01
Start of the FFG Project "Feasibility Studie: Use of Language Technology for Targeting Innovation" with Brigitte Krenn as project leader.
2013-03-20
The book "Your Virtual Butler. The Making-of", edited by Robert Trappl, is published by Springer Publishers Heidelberg and Berlin, with contributions by several international researchers among them Sabine Payr, Stefan Rank and the Editor, all members of OFAI.
2013-02-18
Start of the Project "The Development of Behavior- and Action-Maxims for Robots in Social Environments", supported by the BMVIT, with Robert Trappl as project leader.
2013-02-01
Start of the FWF Project Automatic Segmentation, Labelling, and Characterisation of Audio Streams with Gerhard Widmer as project leader and Thomas Grill and Jan Schlüter as main researchers.
2013-02-01
Start of the EU-Project Performances as Highly Enriched and Interactive Concert Experiences (PHENICX) lead by Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, OFAI's contribution as partner carried out by Gerhard Widmer, Maarten Grachten and Martin Gasser.
2013-01-28
The ten year "Human Brain Project" Flagship Proposal is accepted by the European Commission, with Robert Trappl and OFAI as Consortium member.
 
2012
 
2012-11-28
Robert Trappl's Graduation to "Master of Business Administration (MBA)" after the successful completion of a four semester master study program.
2012-11-01
Start of the FWF Project Performing Together: Synchronisation and Communication in Music Ensembles with Werner Goebl as project leader and Laura Bishop and Gerald Golka as main researchers.
2012-10-12
The paper A MIREX Meta-analysis of Hubness in Audio Music Similarity by Flexer, Schnitzer, Schlüter received the Best Paper Award at the ISMIR 2012 Conference.
2012-10-01
Start of the FEMtech FTI Project FemSMA -- Automatisierte, gendersensible Verfahren zum Ausbau von Social Media Analysen als EDV-gestützte Forschungsmethodik.
2012-09-21
OFAI hosts the First International Workshop on Language Technology for Historical Text(s) LThist 2012.
2012-09-19 - 21
OFAI supports the 11th Conference on Natural Language Processing (Konvens 2012, Vienna, Austria).
2012-06-21
Thomas Grill defends his dissertation (with distinction) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
2012-05-22
Start of the Project "Self-Awareness und User-Awareness durch TOM und Empathie" with Robert Trappl as project leader.
2012-05-14
ORF Online article on the "Wolperdinger" large scale music recommendation prototype developed by Dominik Schnitzer. A radio interview on "Wolperdinger" was aired on ORF OE1.
2012-05-14 - 15
Paolo Petta contributes to the Human-Computer Confluence Research Challenges (HC2 VISIONS) research agenda solicitation action workshop.
2012-05-11
nature.com publishes the scientific report article, Emotional persistence in online chatting communities, co-authored by Marcin Skowron in the context of the CYBEREMOTIONS EU FET project.
2012-04-25
Paolo Petta presents the results of the FP7 EU Project "Learning for Security (L4S)" at the 2nd KIRAS Symposium ("2. KIRAS Fachtagung") of the Austrian national security research programme KIRAS.
2012-04-12
Robert Trappl is elected President of the International Academy of Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS). The elected Vice-Presidents are Ranulph Glaville (England), Jifa Gu (China) and Matjaz Mulej (Slovenia); Secretary-General Pierre Bricage (France).
2012-04-11
Paolo Petta co-organises the Fourth International Symposium on Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation (ABModSim-4), held at the 21st European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR 2012) (2012-04-10 - 13) on the Campus of the University of Vienna.
2012-02-22 - 23
OFAI, together with TU Vienna, co-organizes the 5th International Conference on Cognitive Systems (CogSys2012).
2012-01-31
Dominik Schnitzer receives his PhD (with distinction) from the Johannes Kepler University Linz.
2012-02-01
Start of the FWF-Project "Preventing Hubness in Music Information Retrieval (Hubology)" with Arthur Flexer as project leader.
2012-01-01
Start of the ZIT "From Science to Products" project quiew - Entwicklung eines multidomainfähigen Online-Bewertungs- und Feedbacksystems with Brigitte Krenn and Johannes Matiasek as scientific collaborators.
 
2011
 
2011-12-31
Flagship Projects of the EU: OFAI scientists involved in the preparation of three flaghsips: Robert Trappl in "Human Brain Project (HBP)", Neurorobotics Pillar, at present leader of three workpackage tasks; "Robots as Companions (RoboCom)" with Paolo Petta leading the sub-group on "Emotion and Personality" of the "Mind" working group, plus Brigitte Krenn and Sabine Payr; "Future ICT (FutureICT)" with Marcin Skowron in the preparatory group.
2011-12-01
"Fourth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) in Vancouver, Canada: Paolo Petta co-organised the ICIDS 2011 Workshop: "Sharing IDS technologies"; short paper: Szilas N., Boggini T., Axelrad M., Petta P., Rank S.: Specification of an Open Architecture for Interactive Storytelling.
2011-10-22
TEDx Vienna: Presentation "Are we sheep when we dream of electric androids?" by Robert Trappl
2011-10-01
Start of the EU-Project "Roadmap for Music Information Research (MIRES)", Coordination and Support Action, lead by Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, OFAI's contribution carried out by Gerhard Widmer and Arthur Flexer
2011-09-14
Brigitte Krenn gives the talk "Speak to me and I tell you who you are! A language-attitude study in a cultural-heritage application" at the workshop "Culturally Motivated Virtual Characters" co-locted with IVA2011
2011-08-31
FFG-Project "Computers for UserInnen (C4U)" with Brigitte Krenn as leader and cooperating scientists Stephanie Schreitter, Gregor Sieber and Sabine Payr successfully completed.
2011-07-31
EU-Project "Learning for Security (L4S)" with Paolo Petta as activity leader, Sabine Payr, Bernhard Jung, Christoph Hermann, Laszlo Kiraly, Ali Nikrang-Mofad and Heiner Micko as cooperating scientists successfully completed.
2011-07-14-15
Brgitte Krenn gives the invited talk "Social Companions" at the "RoboCom Body and Tools Workshop" in Munich.
2011-07-01
"Social Engagement with Robots and Agents": Special Issue of "Applied Artificial Intelligence: An International Journal" edited by Sabine Payr published.
2011-06-09 - 10
Brigitte Krenn delivers an invited talk on "Virtual Butlers, Artificial Companions, Robot Collaborators" at the Round Table Research Retreat "Implanted Smart Technologies" in Prague, Czech Republic
2011-04-11
"Cognition for Technical Systems (CoTeSys)" Workshop at the Technical University of Munich, Invited Presentation "Cognitive Agents and Robots: Also Emotional and Social?" by Robert Trappl.
2011-03-05
Robert Trappl elected Full Member of the "European Academy for Sciences and Arts".
2011-02-28
EU-Project "Social Engagement with Robots and Agents (SERA)" with Sabine Payr as coordinator and Stefan Rank, Paolo Petta, Brigitte Krenn and Gregor Sieber as cooperating scientists, all of OFAI, sucessfully completed.
2011-01-26
Brigitte Krenn presented the talk "Vitalmonitoring mit VitaSmart: Eine Erweiterung zu Beko's. HOMEBUTLER" at the 4. Deutscher AAL-Kongress, Berlin, 25.-26. 1. 2011.
2011-01-21
The Language Technology group of OFAI organizes the First Workshop on Modelling of Dialects and Language Varieties, to be held in conjunction with the 2011 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) in Edinburgh, UK on July 31, 2011.
2011-01-01
Start of the project "Machine Learning Techniques for Modeling of Language Varieties", in cooperation with the University of Edinburgh and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, sponsored by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF).
 
2010
 
2010-11-18
Robert Trappl elected Vice-President of the Science Conference Austria, for a two-year period
2010-11-10
Brigitte Krenn invited guest speaker on engineering of intelligent artefacts at the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Conference at the European Parliament on "Making Perfect Life. Bio-engineering in the 21st century"
2010-09-14
Sabine Payr presents a paper, resulting from the EU-project "Social Engagement with Robots and Agents (SERA)" which she coordinates, at the 19th IEEE International Symposium in Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) in Viareggio, Italy
2010-09-10
Gregor Sieber and Brigitte Krenn present a paper on "Towards an episodic memory for companion dialogue" at the 10th International Intelligent Virtual Agents Conference (IVA) in Philadelphia, USA
2010-08-09
Robert Trappl appointed Honorary Fellow of the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC)
2010-05-01
Start of 2 projects: "Expert Seeking Support System (ExpertSeek), in cooperation with ATC Consultants GmbH (ATC) and partially sponsored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), and "Ontology-based Information Extraction and Search (OREX)" in cooperation with Web Integration IT Service GmbH and partially funded by the Bridge Program of FFG and FWF
2010-04-06 - 09
20th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research at the University of Vienna (EMCSR 2010), with papers by 212 authors from 30 countries, worldwide, organised by OFAI and chaired by Robert Trappl. Among the 13 Symposia were four of them chaired or co-chaired by Ernst Buchberger, Gerhard Chroust, Brigitte Krenn, Paolo Petta, and Sabine Payr, all of OFAI
2010-02-22
Robert Trappl is invited speaker at the Festsymposium in Honor of the 90th Birthday of Prof. Dr. Heinz Zemanek at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, with the presentation "From Cybernetic Machines to Emotional and Social Robots"
2010-01-01
Start of two projects: "Audiominer - Mathematical Signal Analysis and Modeling for Manipulation of Sound Objects", sponsered by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), and "Feasibility Study: Interactive Entertainment of Elder Persons with Intelligent and Emotional Personality Agents", partially sponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
 
2009
 
2009-12-14
Festveranstaltung ("Anniversary Celebration") anlässlich 25 Jahre OFAI und 40 Jahre OSGK in der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Programm als PDF.
2009-11-13
Stefan Rank, Researcher at OFAI since 2004, graduates to Dr. techn. in the Presence of the Federal President of the Republic of Austria ("promotio sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae"). This special graduation where also a special ring is given to the new Dr. techn. by the President, is awarded to students who passed all exams with the best possible marks.
2009-10-19
Gerhard Widmer is awarded the "Wittgenstein-Preis", the most prestigious scientific award in Austria. The sum of 1.5 Mio Euro for research during the next 5 years comes with this award. Gerhard Widmer is head of OFAI's Intelligent Music Processing and Machine Learning Group and professor at the University of Linz, Austria.