Archive for July, 2007
… I happened to hear this in a meeting last Friday: Chinas minister of science, Wan Gang, did his PhD at the University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, he worked at Audi and is still member of the board of directors of Thyssen Krupp. So he is a symbol of the close cooperation (in science) between Germany and China. Even more interestingly, he is the first minister that has not been a member of the communist party. See an article in Die Zeit, May 2007.
July 30th, 2007
makezine.com is a pretty cool magazine site for do-it-yourself technology freaks. For instance, they have a 10 minutes podcast on how to build yourself a geocaching hardware/software piece based on a GPS module and an LCD display. See www.makezine.com
July 24th, 2007
Prof. Radu Vasiu from the Universitatea “Politehnica” din Timisoara pointed me to a paper by Marc Prensky about digital natives, i.e., the generation born from 1975 onwards who grew up with digital technology around them.
Prof. Vasiu mentioned a study they did with students, he (himself) was astonished by the SMS-style of communicating (LOL = later online), H4T5TNT (home for tea at 5 tonight), see another article by Mark Prensky. “GTGPOS (got to go, parent over shoulder) is another important code.
July 23rd, 2007
… proposed in a study that is now public, contracted by the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development. The study itself was done by EUTEMA.
- Embedded systems, mobile computing, visual computing, knowledge-based systems (AI and semantic technologies) as well as electronics are seen as key areas
- There is need – if not today already at least midterm – for researchers
- Cooperation science industry is developed well
The study is available via http://www.rat-fte.at/UserFiles/File/Studie07_Eutema_Grundlagen-IKT-Strategie.pdf.
July 18th, 2007
…. “Hochschulvergleich.at” offers various criteria and benchmarks for Austrian Universities. Quite interesting to see that Klagenfurt is doing pretty well in computer science and Linz is apparently only “medium”.
July 11th, 2007
ALNURI = Academic Learning for non-university researchers, an initiative between FH Salzburg/Salzburg Research and University of Timisoara to promote so-called industrial PhDs. It is supported by Forschung Austria. These days, the 1st summer school is taking place in Salzburg.
July 11th, 2007
… first woman in this position of a “Rektor”. Somewhat a milestone. See Der Standard.at (and many others).
She als is chairperson of the “Salzburger Wissenschaftsrat” (scientific advisory board).
July 4th, 2007