Fields of Expertise
Modern research is a multidisciplinary mission.
Social Inclusion and Innovation
Inclusion means giving people at the margins of society, or in particularly precarious situations, access to relevant social systems such as education, work, homes, energy and mobility. The August Aichhorn Institute of Social Work examines forms of social inclusion and the innovations on which they rely.
Multimedia and Interface Development
The World Wide Web, multimedia computer systems, smartphones and smart homes: the increasingly rapid pace at which new devices and applications are being developed raises the question of how human machine interfaces should be designed and programmed to ensure that their use is not only intuitive but also fun, and appeals to as many senses as possible.
Health Management and Public Health
The experts of the Institute of Health and Tourism Management develop, implement and evaluate health promotion, workplace health management and primary health care projects for the public sector, NGOs and SMEs. They are also involved in developing innovations in participatory health research, health impact assessment and in sports science.
Overall Vehicle Engineering – Numerical and Experimental Analysis
The focus of research at the Institute of Automotive Engineering lies in innovative vehicle design and sustainable mobility, with a focus on the vehicle as a whole. Research fields include virtual system development – model development and simulation – as well as testing: from mechatronic control systems and applications through to components and entire systems.
Interaction and Learning in Real and Virtual Environments
Complex content and procedures demand new and innovative methods of interaction and visualisation. We are developing and applying new forms of input and output devices and methods, such as full-body interfaces, virtual and augmented reality displays, as well as innovative and game-based learning and training methods for specific subject areas.
Smart City Modelling and Simulation
Smart cities require interdisciplinary solutions for dealing with the core areas of energy, mobility and urban development. Due to the extensive quantities of data available, it requires state-of-the-art simulation programs to produce meaningful analyses which reveal the actual dynamic processes and complex relationships within cities and regions. The Institute of Energy, Transport and Environmental Management is taking on these challenges.
Socioecological Urban and Regional Development
Socioecological research is transdisciplinary. It takes as its starting point new and complex challenges, involves urban ecology, socioecology and environmental sociology, and recommends means of optimising people's urban or local environment – their home base.