Team

Portrait photo of Justus Piater

Credit: Andreas Friedle

Prof. Justus Piater, Ph.D.

Head of DiSC & Professor of Computer Science

justus.piater@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-53264

Intelligent and Interactive Systems Group at the Department of Computer Science

  Personal website

Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

I seek to enable autonomous robots to perceive and act flexibly and robustly in unstructured environments, leveraging machine learning methods to build perceptual, motor and reasoning skills. Of particular interest is the ability of robots to conceptualize their environment such that they can learn on the basis of already-learned skills, transfer skills to novel tasks, and communicate with humans.


Portrait of Adam Jatowt

Credit: Grazyna Jatowt

Prof. Adam Jatowt

Professor of Data Science

adam.jatowt@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39764

Data Science Group at the Department of Computer Science

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Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

My research is related to knowledge extraction and information retrieval from unstructured text collections such as news article collections, financial/legal documents or social media posts. In particular, I am interested in novel approaches towards retrieving useful knowledge from long-term news archives and other types of temporal document collections, as well as in applications of text mining techniques for digital history.

Research Area

Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval Methods


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Dr. Joanna Chimiak-Opoka

Associate Dean of Studies
(Minor Digital Science) & Senior Lecturer

joanna.opoka@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39752

Digital Science Center

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Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

My goal is to develop an intriguing bundle of courses creating new career opportunities for our students. In line with the DiSC’s mission, I seek to promote the transfer of digitalization-related skills. To do so, I support our interdisciplinary students and instructors in all teaching and learning matters. In particular, I am engaged in finding optimal and innovative solutions and in the continuous development of our teaching portfolio. Moreover, as a senior lecturer and computer scientist, I am involved in teaching our IT-related modules. In my courses, I adapt and experiment with new methods and tools seeking to increase my effectiveness as a lecturer.

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Carina König, M.A.

Coordinator

carina.koenig@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39751

Digital Science Center

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Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

As coordinator of the Digital Science Center, I serve as the primary contact for its members in all administrative matters so they can be fully dedicated to their research. I ensure effective communication between all parties involved to allow for a lively exchange of information and knowledge. That way, I seek to contribute to the DiSC’s overarching goal: the creation of synergies across disciplines.


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Dr. Sébastien Court

Assistant Professor

sebastien.court@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39756

Department of Mathematics

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Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

My background are numerical simulations of fluid-structure interactions, elasticity theory, scientific computing, and optimal control theory. At the Digital Science Center, I will work on the mathematical foundations of Deep Learning.

Research Area

Artificial Neural Networks, Mathematical Optimization, and Dynamical Systems


Portrait photo of Reto Stauffer

Credit: Franz Oss

Mag. Reto Stauffer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

reto.stauffer@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39754

Department of Statistics & Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences

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Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

I am working on the development and refinement of statistical machine-learning methods and their application in the field of natural and atmospheric sciences: spatio-temporal regression methods to enhance climatological estimates or probabilistic decision trees to improve weather forecasts. The development of these new methods is accompanied by implementing open-source software which is able to handle vast and continuously growing amounts of data in today’s digital world.

Research Area

Data Science in Atmosphere Climate Research


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Dr. Clara Rauchegger

Assistant Professor

clara.rauchegger@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39758

Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law

  Personal website

Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

I examine the opportunities and risks of digital technology from a legal perspective. In particular, my research explores the regulation and governance of digital platforms and artificial intelligence by the European Union. My recent work focuses on EU legislation and policy that is aimed at preventing the spread of illegal or harmful online content such as hate speech, terrorist propaganda, or disinformation. I am particularly interested in the legal implications of AI-assisted filtering of online content. My other research interests include EU and comparative constitutional law, with a particular focus on the protection of fundamental rights in the digital environment.

Research Area

Law and Digital Technology


Portrait photo of Alexander Kupfer 

Credit: Tobias Haller

Alexander Kupfer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

alexander.kupfer@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39759

Department of Information Systems, Production and Logistics Management

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Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

My work focuses on information in digital business and digital markets. Online reviews, for instance, help to considerably reduce information asymmetries for consumers (e.g., hotel reviews or amazon reviews). In particular, my research investigates the effects of rewards and design aspects on online review systems. More generally, I am keenly interested in a wide variety of digital business and digital markets phenomena that employ the reduction of (information) asymmetries including crowdfunding and sharing platforms.

Research Area

Digital Business - Information System Design and Economic Behavior


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DDr. Joseph Wang-Kathrein

Assistant Professor

joseph.wang@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39760

Research Institute Brenner-Archiv

  Personal website

Universität Innsbruck, Brenner Archiv, Josef-Hirn-Straße 5-7, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

My work field covers the philosophy of Wittgenstein’s and digital editing including related fields in the Digital Humanities. My research focus lies on the interface between philosophy and computer science: How can the insights gathered in philosophy help us in our daily work using computers?

Research Area

Text Modeling, Digital Editing, and Archival Science


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Gerald Hiebel

Senior Scientist

gerald.hiebel@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39755

Department of Archaeologies

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Universität Innsbruck, Institut für Archäologien, Langer Weg 11, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

My work focuses on research on methodologies that can be used to represent the complex knowledge arising from a (pre-)historic reality and the scientific research about this reality. They are from the fields of ontology engineering (in particular CIDOC CRM), knowledge graph creation, geoinformation systems, and computational linguistics (Named Entity Recognition, Named Entity Linking). While my main work field is archaeology, I also apply these methodologies in several projects from various fields of the Digital Humanities. My goal is to create e-infrastructures that can be used for research and the dissemination of knowledge about our past and how it was gained.

Research Area

Semantic and Space-Oriented Information Technology in Archaeology


Portrait photo of Luis Miguel Rodriguez-Rojas

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Luis Miguel Rodríguez-Rojas

Assistant Professor

Miguel.Rodriguez@uibk.ac.at

  +43 512 507-39761

  Department of Microbiology

  Personal website

Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

My main research interest is the understanding of eco-evolutionary principles governing microbial communities: primary evolutionary and ecological forces shaping populations and their metabolic potential, their interactions with other microbial species, their hosts and the environment, and the role of stochasticity. I develop computational and statistical techniques aimed at answering these questions as well as advancing standards and data quality evaluation methods in the field of environmental genomics.

Research Area

Microbial Ecology, Environmental Genomics, and Bioinformatics


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Mag. Dr. Matthias Schurz

Assistant Professor

Matthias.Schurz@uibk.ac.at

  +43 512 507-39762

  Department of Psychology

  Personal website

Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

Humans are a highly social species, and complex societies rely on mutual understanding, cooperation, and trust. In my work, I am studying how central social abilities are implemented in the human brain. In particular, I would like to understand how we can represent another's perspective while at the same time keeping track of reality. Comparative work from other species as well as patient studies show us that this high-level skill is not easy for the brain. Presumably, it requires the interplay of several large-scale networks. To deepen our understanding of these mechanisms, I study functional brain activity and connectivity with statistical and machine learning methods.

Research Area

Computational Neuroscience, Brain Networks, and Human Cognition


Portrait photo of Gabriel Rojas-KopeinigCredit: Gabriel Rojas-Kopeinig

Mag. Dr. Gabriel Rojas-Kopeinig

Assistant Professor

gabriel.rojas@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39766

Unit of Energy Efficient Building at the Department of Structural Engineering and Material Sciences

Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

My academic work centers on energy-efficient construction. Specifically, I explore how we can design buildings in such a way that they provide a comfortable and healthy indoor climate while conserving energy and resources. To answer this question, I use both experimental and computational simulation methods, such as building performance and air flow simulations. My research focuses on indoor air quality, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency. In addition, I also seek to improve the aforementioned simulation methods by combining and enhancing them with data-driven methods, for example data-driven modeling or model calibration.

Research Area

Digital Methods in Indoor Environment and Building Energy Research


Francesca FinotelloCredit: David Bullock

Francesca Finotello, PhD

Assistant Professor

francesca.finotello@uibk.ac.at

+43 512 507-39757

Computational Biomedicine Group at the Department of Molecular Biology

Universität Innsbruck, Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

Statement

My research focuses on the bioinformatic analysis of bulk and single-cell multiomics data and on the development of new computational methods to inform precision and personalized medicine. I have a special focus on cancer immunology: I integrate bioinformatics, systems biology, and machine learning techniques to shed light on the rules governing tumor-immune cell interactions. By characterizing the landscape of cancer neoantigens, the composition of the tumor immune contexture, and the intricate crosstalk governing cell-cell interactions in the tumor microenvironment, I aim at extracting mechanistic rationale to improve cancer immunotherapy.

Research Area

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology



 

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