Bernhard Rinner

Professor and Chair of Pervasive Computing

Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems (NES), Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

PhD defense of Jürgen Scherer

July 6, 2020

ICE Today Jürgen Scherer successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Multi-robot Persistent Surveillance with Connectivity Constraints. The committee was composed by Prof. Christian Bettstetter (chair), Prof. Angela Schoellig (Univ. Toronto) and Prof. Hermann Hellwagner.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

Self-Awareness for Autonomous Systems

June 21, 2020

ICE Autonomous systems are able to make decisions and potentially take actions without direct human intervention, which requires some knowledge about the system and its environment as well as goal-oriented reasoning. Autonomous systems will undoubtedly pervade into our everyday lives, and we will find them in a variety of domains and applications including robotics, transportation, health care, communications, and entertainment to name a few.

The Proceedings of the IEEE features a special issue - co-edited by Nikil Dutt, Carlo Regazzoni, Bernhard Rinner and Xin Yao - that covers concepts and fundamentals, architectures and techniques, and applications and case studies in the exciting area of self-awareness in autonomous systems.

PhD defense of Jennifer Simonjan

October 28, 2019

ICE Today Jennifer Simonjan successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Resource-efficient and Resilient Self-Calibration in Distributed Visual Sensor Networks. The committee was composed by Prof. Hermann Hellwagner (chair), Prof. Gian Pietro Picco (Univ. Trento) and Prof. Wilfried Elmenreich.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

Homecoming of NES alumni

October 11, 2019

ICE About 50 people participated in the PhD alumni event of our institute. It was great to talk to our former students and staff members and learn about their career developments. It was also wonderful to refresh our memories of NES over the last 13 years.

Thanks to all who helped in the organization and joined the event. NES - what an amazing place to study and to work!

PhD defense of Subhan Ullah

April 23, 2019

ICE Today Subhan Ullah successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Secure Camera Nodes for IoT Applications. Subhan participated in our Erasmus Mundus Doctoral School on Interactive and Cognitive Environements. The committee was composed by Prof. Wilfried Elmenreich (chair), Prof. Lucio Marcenaro (University of Genua) and Prof. Bernhard Rinner.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

Special Issue on Self-Awareness for Autonomous Systems

March 13, 2019

ICE Computational self-awareness is an emerging research field that studies systems, methods, techniques and algorithms that enable autonomous agent to sense its dynamic and uncertain environment, to learn internal models of its environment, to reason about its own and its environment's states, and to adapt its behavior and structure dynamically to the changing environment.

Together with Nikil Dutt, Carlo Regazzoni and Xin Yao, I will co-edit a special issue on this topic in the Proceedings of the IEEE. The submission deadline is May 1, 2019.

PhD defense of Omair Sarwar

January 8, 2019

ICE Today Omair Sarwar successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Facial Privacy Protection in Airborne Recreational Videography. Omair participated in our Erasmus Mundus Doctoral School on Interactive and Cognitive Environements and was co-supervised by Andrea Cavallaro. The committee was composed by Prof. Hermann Hellwagner (chair), Prof. Ildar Farkhatdinov (Queen Mary University of London) and Prof. Wilfried Elmenreich.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

PhD defense of Ihtesham Haider

September 25, 2018

ICE Today Ihtesham Haider successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Trustworthy and Privacy-Aware Sensing for Internet of Things. The committee was composed by Prof. Stephan Weiss (chair), Prof. Dimitrios Serpanos (Univ. of Patras) and Prof. Stefan Rass.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

Two papers at IROS accepted

July 1, 2018

The following papers from our group members have been accepted at the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Systems in Madrid

Research Visit at GaTech

April 6, 2018

Our research and teaching staff member Jennifer Simonjan returned from her research visit at Prof. Akyildiz's Broadband and Wireless Networking Lab at Georgia Tech in Atlanata, USA.

Jennifer was working on multi-camera calibration methods and explored concepts for nano-cameras, which are built upon nanoscale photodetectors, lenses and electronic circuitry.

Jennifer Simonjan, Josep Miquel Jornet, Ian Akyildiz and Bernhard Rinner. Nano-Cameras: A Key Enabling Technology for the Internet of Multimedia Nano-Things. In Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication, Reykjavik, Iceland. September 2018.

Special Session at DATE

March 22, 2018

I was organizing a special session on Smart Vision Systems as part of the Autonomous Systems Day at the flagship conference Design, Automation and Test in Europe included presentations from

  • Marilyn Wolf, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
  • Shuvra Bhattacharyya, University of Maryland, MD, USA
  • Bart Goossens, Ghent University - imec, BE
  • Ricardo Carmona-Galan, Instituto de Microelectronica de Sevilla, ES
  • Axel Weissenfeld, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbHA, AT

Karl Popper Kolleg

November 6, 2017

Our new doctoral school, the Karl Popper Kolleg on Networked Autonomous Aerial Vehicles has just started with four PhD students working on the emerging topics: (i) modular sensor fusion, (ii) decentralized mission planning, (iii) optimized data transmission, and (iv) decentralized time synchronization. Groups from robotics, pervasive computing, mobile communications systems, multimedia systems, and other disciplines join forces to create an inspiring environment in which faculty members, PhD students, international research fellows, and world-leading labs and companies closely collaborate.

Group Retreat

June 21, 2017

The Pervasive Computing group held a two day retreat in South Styria. We discussed various research and teaching topics including the deployment of new sensor and camera networks, the revision of our lab courses, and supervision of students. To strengthen our team spirit we enjoyed a climbing experience at Riegersburg.

Three conference papers accepted

June 15, 2017

During the past week, the following three conference papers have been accepted. These papers present recent research results in multi-UAV systems, camera networks and self-aware computing - three core topics of our research group.

Visit at Korea University

May 2, 2017

ICE In April 2017 I was visiting the Intelligent Signal Processing Lab and the Big Data Institute at Korea University. Both the lab and the institute are supervised by Prof. Hanseok Ko.

I gave an overview talk on our research in multi-drone systems and presented our key achievements in coordination and decision making algorithms as well as selected use cases and demos.

State Secretary Mahrer visits NES

March 2, 2017

ICE State Secretary Harald Mahrer visited Klagenfurt University and the Lakeside Park. We gave a 45-minutes presentation of our UAV reasearch activities including outdoor and indoor flight demos.

Check out our relaunched web site of the Networked Autonomous Aerial Systems.

Two journal papers accepted

January 22, 2017
Recently, the following two journal papers have been accepted:


New book on Self-aware Computing Systems

July 29, 2016

Bernhard Rinner and his team intensively contributed to the emerging book on Self-aware Computing Systems: An Engineering Approach by Springer. This book comprehensively covers the latest results from our European Future Emerging Technologies project on Engineering Proprioception in Computing Systems (EPiCS) and is the first ever to focus on the emerging field of self-aware computing from an engineering perspective.

Book description: Taking inspiration from self-awareness in humans, this book introduces the new notion of computational self-awareness as a fundamental concept for designing and operating computing systems. The basic ability of such self-aware computing systems is to collect information about their state and progress, learning and maintaining models containing knowledge that enables them to reason about their behaviour. Self-aware computing systems will have the ability to utilise this knowledge to effectively and autonomously adapt and explain their behaviour, in changing conditions.

This book addresses these fundamental concepts from an engineering perspective, aiming at developing primitives for building systems and applications. It will be of value to researchers, professionals and graduate students in computer science and engineering.

ICE Bibliographic information: Lewis, Platzner, Rinner, Torresen, Yao. (Eds.) Self-aware Computing Systems: An Engineering Approach. Springer 2016. Available as eBook (ISBN 978-3-319-39675-0) and Hardcover (ISBN 978-3-319-39674-3)

Newspaper article about our book on Self-aware Computing Systems (in German).

Pervasive Computing group: "Out of the Box"

May 22, 2016

ICE The Pervasive Computing group of NES!

We wanted to show the people of the Pervasive Computing group and some of their research objects in an unusual setting. We had to crawl into the wooden boxes first, before we could break out.

Hope you enjoy the result, as much as we have enjoyed the "making of".

PhD defense of Melanie Schranz

January 12, 2016

ICE On January 12 Melanie Schranz successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Design Space Exploration for Coordination and Control Strategies in Visual Sensor Networks. The committee was composed by Prof. Andrea Tonello (chair), Prof. Faisal Qureshi (Univ. of Ontario) and Prof. Bernhard Rinner.

Melanie Schranz is the first female PhD graduate of NES and the tenth PhD graduate of the Pervasive Computing group!

PhD defense of Asif Khan

October 22, 2015

ICE On October 22 Asif Khan has passed his PhD defense with distinction. His thesis entitled Coordinated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Surveillance of Targets was conducted as part of our Erasmus Mundus Doctoral School on Cognitive and Interactive Environments (ICE). Asif was co-supervised by Andrea Cavallaro. Michael Hofbaur (Joanneum Research), Hermann Hellwagner and Bernhard Rinner were on the thesis committee.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

UAV Media Coverage

July, 2015


Austrian Robotics Workshop 2015

May 8, 2015

ICE Our team at NES has organized and hosted the Austrian Robotics Workshop (ARW) on May 7-8, 2015 in Klagenfurt. With more than 80 participants and speakers from eight different countries this workshop has now grown into an international event where people from academia and industry meet to present and discuss work in the various fields of robotics. Two keynote speakers gave inspiring talks on their thrilling research in robotics. Sabine Hauert from Bristol Robotics Laboratory and University of Bristol explained the development of nano-robots and how they may support medical treatment. Werner Huber from BMW Group Research and Technology presented the self-driving cars, which have received a lot of media coverage lately.

Mathias Schörghuber received the best student paper award. Let's meet again at the ARW 2016 in Wels!

2 US Patents granted

February 18, 2015

ICE The US patent office has recently granted the following two patents:

Both patents have resulted from our Collaborative Drones (cDrones) research project which has been funded by Lakeside Labs.

ICIP Top 10% Award

December 08, 2014

ICE The paper titled Trajectory clustering for motion pattern extraction in aerial videos by T. Nawaz, A. Cavallaro, B. Rinner has been awarded as top 10% paper by the organizing committee of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2014). Congratulations to all the authors.

PhD defense of Lukas Esterle

July 21, 2014

ICE On July 21 Lucas Esterle has passed his PhD defense with distinction. His thesis entitled Autonomous Distributed Tracking in Networks of Self-Organised Smart Cameras was conducted as part of the EPiCS research project. Janusz Konrad (Boston University), Laszlo Böszörmenyi and Bernhard Rinner were on the thesis committee.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

Privacy-Protecting Cameras

June 10, 2014

ICE In the TrustEYE project our group investigates methods for privacy protection in camera networks. Thomas Winkler and Adam Erdelyi developed an adaptable cartooning filter which converts the captured video into a cartoon-like movie onboard of our TrustEYE camera platform. The advantage of this approach is that behaviors in the scene can still be detected while the identities of persons are protected

To learn more of our approach

Smart Camera Network in IEEE Computer

May 22, 2014

ICE The May 2014 issue of IEEE Computer features six articles on various topics of smart camera networks. Camera networks are a fascinating area for current research--the nature of cameras and the information-rich data they generate calls for an increase in specialized attention to this area. This issue has been edited by Martin Reisslein, Bernhard Rinner and Amit Roy-Chowdhury.

Although several conferences, journals, and books on this topic have appeared in the past decade, almost all focused on research from specialized areas, such as computer vision, networks, embedded systems, and so on. In contrast, this issue offers a more general computing and engineering overview and brings together a collection of advances in different fields to foster novel applications for future developments.


March 15, 2014

ICE On March 13th and 14th, the CROSMOS team organized the first GameJam at Lakeside Labs in Klagenfurt. More than 30 people participated in this exciting 2-day event and developed creative computer games in five teams. The teams presented their games, and a committee selected the winner: STeWie. Our cooperation partner Stadtwerke Klagenfurt handed over annual passes for Wörthersee Strandbad to all team members.

Thanks to the organizers and all participants. Hope to see you again at the next GameJam!

Next successful PhD defense

Dec 10, 2013

ICE On December 10 Daniel Wischounig-Strucl has passed his PhD defense with distinction. His thesis entitled Resource aware and incremental mosaics of wide areas from small-scale UAVs was conducted as part of the cDrones research project. Gian Luca Foresti (Univ. Udine), Hermann Hellwagner and Bernhard Rinner were on the thesis committee.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

Bernhard Dieber - successful PhD defense

Nov 28, 2013

ICE Today Bernhard Dieber has passed his PhD defense with distinction. His thesis entitled Resource-aware Reconfiguration of Visual Sensor Networks was conducted as part of the SRSNet and EPiCS research projects. Andrea Prati (Univ. Venice), Mathias Lux and Bernhard Rinner were on the thesis committee.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

Upcoming Papers on Security and Privacy Protection

Nov 21, 2013

TrustEYE There are two upcoming papers on security and privacy protection im smart cameras and visual sensor networks from our TrustEYE project:

AAAI Video Contest

July 18, 2013

ICE Our video Flying High was nominated as best student video at the Twenty-Seventh AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-13).

This video is part of our multi-UAV research which is supported by Lakeside Labs.

Umair Ali Khan defended his Dissertation

June 6, 2013

ICE Today Umair Ali Khan has passed his PhD defense with distinction. His thesis entitled Online Learning of Timeout Policies for Dynamic Power Management was conducted as part of the Mobile Traffic Checker (Mobi Trick) research project. Marco Platzner (Univ. Paderborn), Hermann Hellwagner and Bernhard Rinner were on the thesis committee.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

Over 10 years research on smart cameras

Apr 24, 2013

SmartCam-1 I've been involved in smart camera research for more than a decade. So time to look back and celebrate the progress which has been achieved.

Check also our recent publications (e.g., in IEEE Signal Processing magazine and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks), videos and the CFP on Smart Camera Networks in IEEE Computer.

Saeed Yahyanejad - our most recent PhD graduate

Apr 17, 2013

ICE Today Saeed Yahyanejad has passed his PhD defense with distinction. His thesis entitled Orthorectified Mosaicking of Images from Small-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicles was conducted as part of the Collaborative Microdrones (cDrones) research project. Gian Luca Foresti (Univ. Udine), Mario Huemer and Bernhard Rinner were on the thesis committee.

Let's congratulate our most recent PhD graduate!

UAV Research Project Kickoff

Jan 14, 2013

ICE Our new Lakeside Labs research project on Self-organizing Intelligent Network of UAVs (SINUS) has recently started with a kickoff meeting. This joint research project of the groups at Klagenfurt University aims at coordination, networking and sensing aspects in small-scale multi UAV systems runs for a period of 30 months. It is funded by Lakeside Labs with an overall budget of 760 kEUR. Our UAV research is also supported by our Erasmus Mundus ICE doctoral school.

Birthday Surprise

Dec 5, 2012

ICE Today, the pervasive computing group surprised me with a very nice birthday present. I received a birthday cake drawn up in the air with one of our autonomous aerial vehicles (UAVs). The UAV was equipped with an LED light and autonomously followed GPS waypoints switching on and off the LED appropriately. The entire flight was composed of 149 waypoints, took about 20 minutes and was captured by long exposure photography.

You can learn more details about our UAV research and this "nightscribe" in one of our recent papers. Click here for a larger version of the image. If you look carefully, you can recognize my current age :-).

New Research Project: TrustEYE

Aug 24, 2012

ICE Our recently started research project on Trustworthy Sensing in Visual Sensor Networks (TrustEYE) address important questions in increasing security and protecting privacy in resource-limited camera networks. The TrustEYE is a key component of this research; it identifies sensitive image data and secures all data delivered by the image sensor exploiting a hardware-based secure element. The research objective is to expand trust from the sensor over the camera node and to the entire camera network. The TrustEYE project has been acknowledged funding by the Austrian Science Fund; financial support is provided by the Carinthian Economic Promotion Fund (KWF).

We are happy that Adam Erdelyi has joined our team as PhD student.

Best Demo Award at ICME-2012

July 12, 2012

ICE Roland Tusch and Felix Pletzer received the Best Demonstration Award at the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo. They presented LOOK2 - A video-based system for real-time notification of relevant traffic events which has been developed in the SOMA project in collaboration with ASFiNAG and Lakeside Labs.

Both researchers also presented another paper entitled Efficient Level of Service Classification for Traffic Monitoring in the Compressed Video Domain which describes the developed algorithms for traffic video analysis in more detail.

NES is celebrating its first five years

June 13, 2012

Heading for the Future (check our new brochure)

ICE Information and communication technology is one of the most significant forces driving technical and economic progress throughout the world. ICT systems are part of our daily lives both at work and at home: We communicate via mobile phones, enjoy multimedia entertainment via the Internet, and share digital photos and videos with our families and friends. The world has become increasingly networked. A latest trend is that ICT systems are more and more hidden in objects in daily use - they are literally "embedded" and make these gadgets smart. Tiny sensors, for instance, are embedded into clothes to monitor vital signs. It takes highly trained and creative engineers to generate such innovations. They develop new ideas, products, and services to make life simpler and more comfortable.

The Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems (NES) at the University of Klagenfurt contributes toward this trend by performing cutting-edge research and teaching in this domain. Research and teaching areas include wireless communications and networking, sensor and camera networks, signal processing, and autonomous aerial robot systems. A special focus is set to self-organizing systems, where Lakeside Labs clusters the expertise on this emerging topic in Klagenfurt.

We are indeed proud of our development: Since its foundation in 2007, the NES institute has grown to almost 50 staff members - now being the largest research and teaching unit in Klagenfurt. With more than 40 % of researchers from abroad, we offer a truly international and multicultural environment. Our research portfolio includes both basic science and applied research, where the annual third-party volume reaches two million Euros, and the number of publications exceeds 40 journal and conference articles per year. Staff members received best paper awards and were short listed and offered positions by international top universities.

Teaching takes into account the fast and continuous changes typical for the world of ICT, where knowledge is quickly outdated. Students enjoy wide and wellfounded education and are trained to think analytically and grasp complex interrelationships. NES offers core courses of the bachelor program Informationstechnik and the follow-up master and programs in English. It also participates in the international program Interactive and Cognitive Environments, Austria's first Erasmus Mundus doctorate program.

Survey on Security and Privacy Protection in VSN

March 29, 2012

We have recently completed the following survey: Thomas Winkler and Bernhard Rinner. Security and Privacy Protection in Visual Sensor Networks.

Science minister Töchterle visits Lakeside Labs

March 7, 2012

ICE The Austrian federal minister for science and research, Karlheinz Töchterle, visited Lakeside Labs in Klagenfurt. He and his delegation received an overview of research activities and a short demonstration of aerial robots. A press conference concluded the meeting.

Patent applications for generating mosaicks

March 1, 2012

Researchers of the Pervasive Computing group developed a method to generated an overview image -- a so-called mosaick -- from a set of individual aerial images. The novel mosaicking methods were filed as patent applications at the European and US patent offices. The manuscripts have recently been published and are available for download using identifiers EP 2423871 and EP 2423873.

Best Student Demo Award @ SenSys 2011

November 12, 2011

Our master student Gerald Stanje received the Best Student Demo Award for his presentation entitled "Organic Solar Cell-equipped Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tag (EnHANT) Prototypes" at ACM SenSys 2011. Gerald Stanje is currently working on his master thesis at Columbia University in New York.

Best Paper Award

September 26, 2011

ICE Saeed Yahyanejad received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Symposium on Robotic and Sensor Environments (ROSE 2011) in Montreal. In the awarded paper Incremental, Orthorectified and Loop-independent Mosaicking of Aerial Images Taken by micro UAVs, the authors Saeed Yahyanejad, Markus Quaritsch and Bernhard Rinner survey challenges of incremental image mosaicking and improve orthorectification by migitating identified errors. This work was part of the cDrones project funded by Lakeside Labs.

IEEE/ICE Summer School on Networked Embedded Systems

September 7, 2011

ICEThe Pervasive Computing Group organized the first summer school of the Erasmus Mundus doctoral school on Interactive and Cognitive Environments. The IEEE/ICE Summer School on Networked Embedded Systems took place from September 3-7, 2011 in Klagenfurt and attracted 35 participants from 17 different countries.

The summer school included 8 lectures, 2 tutorials, student presentations, a lab tour and an excursion to Infineon Austria in Villach. The lectures were given by world experts in the field including Ian F. Akyildiz (GaTech), Kay Roemer (Univ. Luebeck), Carlo Regazzoni (Univ. Genua) and Andrea Cavallaro (QM Univ. London). On Sunday, the participants enjoyed a hike on top of Dobratsch.

Paper on resource-aware coverage and task assignment in VSN accepted

July 19, 2011

Our paper entitled Resource-Aware Coverage and Task Assignment in Visual Sensor Networks has been recently accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. In this paper we formally introduce the coverage and resource allocation problem in visual sensor networks, present an approximation method based on an evolutionary algorithm and discuss experimental results achieved on embedded camera nodes.

Thomas Winkler successfully defended his PhD Thesis

July 5, 2011

ICEWe are happy to announce that Thomas Winkler has passed his dissertation defense with distinction! His PhD thesis entitled Security and Privacy in Smart Camera Networks introduces a new approach to security and privacy protection in camera networks based on Trusted Computing. The PhD committee was composed by Prof. Hellwagner (chair), Prof. Bloem (TU Graz) and Prof. Rinner.

Let's wish our most recent alumni all the best for his future!

Paper on Privacy Awareness accepted

May 23, 2011

Our recent paper entitled "User Centric Privacy Awareness in Video Surveillance" by Thomas Winkler and Bernhard Rinner has been accepted in the Springer Multimedia Systems Journal.

Open Research and Teaching Staff position

May 6, 2011

We are currently looking for a highly-motivated researcher for a 4-year research and teaching staff member position ("Universitäts-AssistenIn") starting in August 2011. Please check the official call for applications (in German) for more details. Application deadline is June 15, 2011.

IEEE/ICE Summer School in Klagenfurt

April 6, 2011

ICE The ICE team at our university is organizing the IEEE/ICE Summer School on Networked Embedded Systems from September 3 to 7, 2011 in Klagenfurt. This summer school aims to provide both a clear overview and an in-depth presentation of state-of-the-art research in networked embedded systems. The summer school is part of the Erasumus Mundus PhD Program on Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE) and is also open to interested students not enrolled in the ICE PhD program.

The summer school is supported by IEEE as part of the Seasonal Schools in Signal Processing (S3P) initiative. The lectures will be delivered by world renowned experts in the field from both academia and industry, and will cover theoretical and practical aspects of these networks of the future. Check the school's web site and submit your application by May 15, 2011

Keynote lecture at PECCS 2011

March 5, 2011

Bernhard Rinner held a keynote lecture on "Pervasive Smart Cameras" at the International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems (PECCS 2011).

In this talk, Bernhard Rinner introduced smart cameras and their potential for various applications. He then focused on the fundamental challenges of performing real-time vision on distributed embedded platforms. A presentation of case studies of distributed smart cameras concluded this talk.

GeoBashing - a new dimension in mobile gaming

February 2, 2011

Geobashing A group of our students has developed GeoBashing - a location-based mobile massive multiplayer online game (MMMOG). Bernhard Dieber, the project leader, explains: "You play GeoBashing outdoors in the real world as a single player or together with others. In GeoBashing you compete against other players in challenges and fights."

GeoBashing has already been demonstrated at various events such as Technik-Live or our recent OpenLab@NES. All participants were really excited. So let's play and have fun! Check out the GeoBashing site, but also our publications.

Tutorial at SPIE Electronic Imaging

December 2, 2010

Embedded Systems Week Bernhard Rinner is organizing a half-day tutorial on Smart Cameras and Visual Sensor Networks at the SPIE Electronic Imaging in San Francisco.

The motivation for this tutorial is to bring together researchers and students working on the various fields related to smart camera networks and to introduce this topic to embedded systems people. This half-day tutorial provides a unique opportunity to get introduced to the state-of-the-art and open problems in smart camera networks and to get to know the work and the people conducting research in this field. This tutorial should leverage a fruitful exchange of ideas and stimulate future research among the smart camera and embedded systems communities.

AVSS Conference in Klagenfurt

September, 2010
ICE Klagenfurt will host the 8th IEEE Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-based Surveillance from August 30 to September 2, 2011. AVSS-2011 will feature workshops, challenge sessions, a dedicated Industrial Surveillance Day and is co-located with the ICE Summer School on Networked Embedded Systems.
Together with Gian Luca Foresti, Bernhard Rinner serves as general conference chair. Andrea Cavallaro serves as technical program chair. Check the AVSS-2011 site for updates.

cDrones Demonstration at Fire Fighter's Practice

September 11, 2010
ICE Our cDrones team successfully demonstrated our collaborative microdrones at a large fire fighter's practice in Wietersdorf, Carinthia. We tested two scenarios: autonomous generation of a large "Google Earth like" overview image and real-time video streaming and distribution from the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Check the cDrones site for more details including images and videos.

Paper Award

September 3, 2010
ICE Thomas Winkler and Bernhard Rinner received the best paper award (runner up) at the IEEE Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-based Surveillance for their paper entitled "TrustCAM: Security and Privacy-Protection for an Embedded Smart Camera Based on Trusted Computing". This paper presents our TrustCAM -- a security-enhanced smart camera which realizes integrity protection, authenticity and confidentiality of image data.

New European project (FET IP) funded

April 18, 2010

Our proposal for the project on Engineering Proprioception in Computing Systems (EPiCS) within the European framework of Future Emerging Technologies (FET Proactive) has been accepted for funding. Eight partners - Univ. Paderborn (coordinator), Imperial College London, Univ. Oslo, Univ. Birmingham, EADS Munich, ETH Zurich, AIT Vienna and Klagenfurt University - will perform research on self-awareness in computing systems. EPiCS is planned for a period of four years and will receive funding of about 5 million Euros.

The EPiCS project aims at laying the foundation for engineering the novel class of proprioceptive computing systems. Proprioceptive computing systems collect and maintain information about their state and progress, which enables self-awareness by reasoning about their behaviour, and self-expression by effectively and autonomously adapt their behaviour to changing conditions. The Pervasive Computing group will contribute research in the self-organization of visual sensor networks. Thus, EPiCS also nicely fits into the research agenda of Lakeside Labs.

NES third-party funding exceeds 6 million Euro

March, 2010

Since the foundation of our institute in the year 2007, the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems (NES) has acquired 6.4 million Euro of third-party research funding, corresponding to a monthly rate of 50.000 EUR per professor. The grants and contracts include about 1.5 million from the EU, 1 million from national funds, 1 million from industry, and 2.5 million via the Lakeside Labs research cluster. By the end of this year, NES will provide 40 full-time jobs for ICT researchers, where 3/4 of them are funded externally.

Talk Prof. Nardi on Feb. 24, 2010

February 10, 2010
Prof. Daniele Nardi (Sapienza Univ. Roma) will visit our group and Lakeside Labs on February 24, 2010. He is well known for his work in artificial intelligence and robotics. During his visit he will give a talk on the potential of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for emergency response applications.
More information can be found here.

Open Lab 2010

January 14, 2010

ICE The Pervasive Computing group invited students, colleagues and friends to its first "Open Lab" on January 14, 2010. The goal of this event was to demonstrate ongoing student's work, to inform about our teaching activities and to provide a platform for social interaction. More than ten students pesented their project and thesis work.
The Open Lab was much fun! Thanks to all who made it possible! Some impressions can be found here.

Joint Doctorate on Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE)

December 25, 2009

ICE We are currently preparing our Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Interactive and Cognitive Environments which starts in the fall semester 2010. This 3-year joint programme provides a top research education with a specialization in the various fields of computer science, electronic and telecommunication engineering. Students will study in at least two of the five universities of the ICE consortium.

We are currently soliciting applications from top qualified and highly motivated students from all over the world. Selected students will receive a three year contract with competitive compensation. Please check the ICE web site for the online application. The call for applications will close on February 15, 2010.

Tutorial at Embedded Systems Week

September 20, 2009

Embedded Systems Week We are organizing a half-day tutorial on Smart Cameras and Visual Sensor Networks at the Embedded Systems Week in Grenoble. The lecturers are Francois Berry, Dominique Ginhac, Joel Falcou and Bernhard Rinner.

The motivation for this tutorial is to bring together researchers and students working on the various fields related to smart camera networks and to introduce this topic to embedded systems people. This half-day tutorial provides a unique opportunity to get introduced to the state-of-the-art and open problems in smart camera networks and to get to know the work and the people conducting research in this field.

New European PhD program

July 21, 2009

Erasmus Mundus Our proposal for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate school Interactive and Cognitive Environments has been accepted for funding. This new training and research program will be offered by the University of Klagenfurt in cooperation with the University of Genoa (coordinator), UPC Barcelona, TU Eindhoven, and Queen Mary (University of London). It is expected to start in fall 2010, offering about 15 PhD scholarships per year.

Erasmus Mundus promotes scientific excellence and mobility in higher education in Europe. The selection process of the doctoral schools was very competitive: Out of about 150 proposals, 13 proposals have been selected. Klagenfurt is the only Austrian university participating in an Erasmus Mundus doctorate program.

SENIOT Summer School

July 20, 2009

We are actively participating in the International CONET Summer School SENIOT: From Sensor Networks to Networked Intelligent Objects. This summer school takes place at the Bertinoro International Center for Informatics (BiCi) from July 26 - August 1, 2009. Thomas Winkler is attending the summer school as student while Bernhard Rinner is giving a lecture on Smart Cameras and Visual Sensor Networks.

CLIC Project awarded

March 4, 2009

CLIC Award Our research project "Closed-Loop Integration of Cognition, Control and Communication (CLIC)" has been awarded as the best research proposal in the FIT-IT [embedded system] program line in 2008. The project team received the award from the federal minister of transportation, innovation and technology Mrs. Doris Bures.

cDrones Night Flight

March 4, 2009

CLIC Award At Austria's long night of research on November 8, 2008, several night flights of our microdrones were presented to a large audience. This station won the runner up price for science communications out of 55 competitors in Klagenfurt.