Fields of Expertise
Modern research is a multidisciplinary mission.
- Applied Production Sciences
- Architecture & Management
- August Aichhorn Institute of Social Work
- Automotive Engineering
- Banking and Insurance Industry
- Biomedical Science
- Construction Design & Economics
- Design & Communication
- Dietetics and Nutrition
- Electronic Engineering
- Energy, Transport and Environmental Management
- Health and Tourism Management
- Industrial Management
- Information Management
- International Management
- Internet Technologies & Applications
- Journalism and Public Relations
- Occupational Therapy
- Product & Transportation Design
- ZML – Innovative Learning Scenarios
Development and Evaluation of Evidence-Based Innovative Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures
The institutes at the Department of Health Studies develop innovative evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, as well as evaluating existing ones. They consider physical, psychological and social influences. Their focus is on activity, functionality, nutrition and participation in a variety of settings.
Health Promotion and Prevention Strategies
The various occupational groups of the Department of Health Studies work together in close, interdisciplinary cooperation to develop and evaluate public health strategies for health promotion and preventive healthcare. Current focuses include healthy aging and obesity research.
Integrated Development of Innovative Protein Sources for Food and Feed Production
Supplying populations with high-quality protein has been recognised as a key issue in Europe. One approach to ensuring the economically, environmentally and socially sustainable supply of protein is to turn to alternative food and feed sources, such as insects, fungi, algae and local legumes.
Active (Ambient) Assisted Living
For many people, having assistive technologies within their own four walls can offer an alternative to residential care. The research fields in this area range from smart home applications which provide support in carrying out day-to-day activities, to sensor-based and remote monitoring of the chronically ill, through to care robots.
Documentation Standards and Data Management in the Health System
The quantity and complexity of data generated in routine hospital operations, local practices, and clinical studies is growing rapidly. To this we can add the recent volumes of health data generated by quantified self devices such as fitness wristbands and similar. One important area of research is the development of electronic health records (ELGA).
Sustainable (Health) Tourism
The research team at the Institute of Health and Tourism Management uses scientific methods to manage, analyse and devise sustainable tourism projects in communities, regions and health tourism establishments. Health tourism is an increasingly important factor in businesses operating at the interface between health, leisure and management.
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.