All posts by Natalie Höpperger


VCLA International Student Awards 2018 in Memory of Helmut Veith

The Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms of TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), calls for the nomination of authors of outstanding theses and scientific works in the field of Logic and Computer Science, in the following two categories:

  • Outstanding Master Thesis Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award (Bachelor thesis or equivalent, 1st cycle of the Bologna process)

The main areas of interest are:

  • Computational Logic, covering theoretical and mathematical foundations such as proof theory, model theory, algorithmic lower and upper bounds, Boolean satisfiability (SAT), QBF, constraint satisfaction, satisfiability modulo theories, automated deduction (resolution, refutation, theorem proving), non-classical logics (substructural logics, multi-valued logics, deontic logics, modal and temporal logics), computational complexity (complexity analysis, parameterized complexity, decomposition methods).
  • Databases and Artificial Intelligence, concerned with logical methods for modeling, storing, and drawing inferences from data and knowledge. This includes subjects like query languages based on logical concepts (Datalog, variants of SQL, XML, and SPARQL), novel database-theoretical methods (schema mappings, information extraction and integration), logic programming, knowledge representation and reasoning (ontologies, answer-set programming, belief change, inconsistency handling, argumentation, planning).
  • Verification, concerned with logical methods and automated tools for reasoning about the behavior and correctness of complex state-based systems such as software and hardware designs as well as hybrid systems. This ranges from model checking, program analysis and abstraction to new interdisciplinary areas such as fault localization, program repair, program synthesis, and the analysis of biological systems.

The award is dedicated to the memory of Helmut Veith, the brilliant computer scientist who tragically passed away in March 2016, and aims to carry on his commitment to promoting young talent and promising researchers in these areas.

The Outstanding Master Thesis Award is accompanied by a prize of € 1200, and the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award by a prize of € 800.
Additionally, the winners will be invited to present their work at an award ceremony during the Federated Logic Conference (FLoC) 2018 in Oxford.

The degree must have been awarded between November 15th 2015 and December 31st 2017. Students who obtained the degree at TU Wien are excluded from the nomination.

Important dates
Submission deadline: March 15, 2018 (anywhere on Earth)
Notification of decision: End of May 2018
Award ceremony: July 2018 (during FLoC, details to be announced)

Nomination Procedures
For nomination instructions, please visit
Kindly address all inquiries to

VCLA Award Chairs 2018
Robert Ganian (committee co-chair)
Magdalena Ortiz (general chair)
Revantha Ramanayake (committee co-chair)


Siemens Strategie-Workshop “SMC Insights”

Siemens Management Consulting (SMC) ist die Top-Management-Strategieberatung des Siemens Konzerns und veranstaltet im März 2018 in Budapest den Strategie-Workshop “SMC Insights”. Das Event richtet sich an herausragende Studierende (m/w) ab dem vierten Semester und Promovierende (m/w) der Ingenieur- und Naturwissenschaften sowie der Informatik.

Die Teilnehmer(innen) werfen in der ungarischen Hauptstadt einen Blick hinter die Kulissen von SMC und Siemens. Sie lernen sowohl die SMC Mitarbeiter(innen) als auch die Unternehmenskultur und die vielfältigen Karrieremöglichkeiten kennen.

Der Workshop findet am 22./23. März 2018 in Budapest statt. Bewerbungsschluss ist der 11. Februar 2018.

Bei Fragen zum Workshop steht Frau Theresa Hollerith unter gerne zur Verfügung. Nähere Informationen gibt es  auch auf der SMC Event-Website.





Image Forensics Challenge

The EUREGIO Image Forensics Challenge is a joint teaching initiative between the Security and Privacy Lab of the University of Innsbruck and the Media Lab of the University of Trento, with the goal of providing students with first-hand training on information security topics.

The participation is free and open to all Bachelor, Master and PhD students enrolled at the Institut für Informatik. It represents a unique opportunity for interested students to get hands-on experience in the exciting field of image forensics, the science of detecting manipulations in visual data.

In fact, the competing teams will have the chance to work on a dataset of forged images and exploit existing image forensics tools to develop their own forgery detection algorithm, as shown in the figure below. A background in image processing and forensics is advisable but not necessary, as all the participants can take advantage of a collection of hints and example codes for the development of their final algorithm. Detailed information about the challenge schedule and timeframe can be found here.

After downloading the development dataset (available here), the teams will have time until February 26th 2018 to design and submit their code.

The challenge will be concluded by a final social event hosted by the University of Innsbruck on March 22nd-23rd involving students from both institutions, where the different teams will present their work and the winner will be announced. The best teams will be awarded with a GoPro camera!

Interested students should contact or for more information or clarification.




Rendering and Modeling Group TU Wien

The Rendering and Modeling Group at TU Wien is looking for
– a PhD student and
– a PostDoc
in computer graphics/geometry, with a focus on 3D spatialization
Details are here:
The research is embedded in the research cluster on “Smart Communities and Technologies” at TU Wien and offers a great opportunity for both high-quality computer-graphics research as well as interdisciplinary research.
Applications are due January 26, 2018.

PhD positions IST Austria

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is looking for highly qualified candidates to apply for our ISTScholar PhD program. We offer fully-funded PhD positions in the natural and mathematical sciences in a world-class research environment on the outskirts of Vienna. Students can pursue doctoral research within the following clusters:

– Biology
– Computer Science
– Data Science & Scientific Computing
– Mathematics
– Neuroscience, and
– Physics

Our PhD program is characterized by innovative training with a special focus on interdisciplinarity, close mentoring by outstanding faculty within small research groups, and access to first-rate facilities. Students spend the first year completing coursework and rotations before choosing a thesis group and passing the qualifying exam. Our PhD graduates have gone on to top positions in academia and industry all over the world.

Students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. We offer internationally competitive salaries co-funded by an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant, full health benefits, and subsidized on-campus housing in the first year.

For more information about the ISTScholar PhD program and application process, as well as faculty profiles, please visit our website at:

The deadline for PhD applications is January 8th 2018 for a start date in September 2018.


Tätigkeit im Bereich Audio-Mining

Für ein Projekt wird jemanden gesucht, der/die Interesse und technische Grundkenntnisse zu Audio-Mining hat. Es geht um Machbarkeitsfragen und Recherchen zur diskursanalytischen Sprachauswertung und Mustererkennung.

Kontaktaufnahme bis Mittwoch 22.11. per Mail (