Intercultural Group Finding

Tuesday, 10th July 2018: 10:30 - 13:00
Kamilla Trubicki: Intercultural Group Finding
We regularly host participants from different countries at our summer academy. Participants will study, work, live and travel together in intercultural teams during the whole event. In order to be well prepared for the opportunities and challenges of working together with colleagues from other nations and cultures, we are hosting an intercultural orientation class. Participants will hear about basic intercultural topics and collect first experience in intercultural team working.

Project Management

Tuesday, 10th July 2018: 13:45 - 16:00
David Kronawettleitner: Introduction into Project Management
The course includes an overall introduction into the topic of project management. Main topics, processes and methods in the project management business will be shown theoretically and based on practical cases with the students.

Gender & Diversity Management

Wednesday, 10th July 2018: 09:00 - 10:30
Regina Aichinger: Universities of Applied Science in Austria and the FH Upper Austria – aspects of a special and innovative higher education sector
Regina Aichinger is Executive Vice president of the FH OOE and has 20 years of work experience in a higher education institution. In the course of her lecture she will give a brief outline of the history of the UAS sector in Austria and of the FH OOE in special. Furthermore, some deepening insight to her experiences as the only female member of the management board but also out of her work background as a higher education researcher will be presented. Let`s have a look into a fascinating world of higher education!

Project Time

Manuel Selg
Introduction to the Project: In groups of 4 – 5 students, you will be given a project dealing with the future relevance of technologies that are covered during the summer academy. In a creative process, your group will develop a scenario that predicts the relevance of this technology and also addresses moral and ethical implications on society in the year 2031.

Scientific World View

Wednesday, 11th July 2018: 13:00 - 16:00
Franz Daschil: The Development of the Scientific World View
Developments in the natural sciences cannot be separated from the developments of a philosophical world-view. Historically the natural sciences have their origin in philosophy. This lecture tries to cover the development in the natural sciences from their origin of the Greek philosophers to the modern world-view of the universe at large and the elementary particles in the small.

Wels - City Tour

Wednesday, 11th July 2018: 16:00 - 17:30
Get to know the city of Wels, the nice town in which the ISAE4W takes place. A professional guide will tell you about the great Roman history of this city and you will get to know the cultural and social hotspots of the eighth largest city in Austria.


Thursday, 12th July 2018: 09:00 - 16:00
Susan Campbell und Cynthia Rogers: Kraft Dinner and Maple Syrup
One is a pure food, harvested from sugar maples with little processing and packaging; the other is fluorescent orange, has no nutritional value, and is manufactured somewhere in the world.  Using the example of two distinctly Canadian foods, Kraft Dinner and Maple Syrup, the goal of our session is to challenge our future engineers to consider their role they have to play in designing a world that reflects values of sustainability.  Students will participate in an activity where they will contrast between the typical “cradle to grave” design process of a product to McDonough and Braungart’s “cradle to cradle” theory.   We will apply the life cycle theory to building systems, and discuss some “green” features leveraged in industry today.

Science Café

In the Science Café, you have pizza and drinks (non-alcoholic) with four or five scientists from the University of Applied Science Upper Austria. This gives you a chance to interact with them, find out about their careers and the paths they walked on to get there. Ask them questions, find out about problems they encountered and possibly even get some helpful tips for your own future.

Company Visit: Rosenbauer

Thursday, 12th July 2018: 18:30 - 21:00
Rosenbauer is the world’s leading manufacturer of systems for firefighting and disaster protection. For 150 years, the name has stood for significant innovations and ground-breaking technology in the manufacture of firefighting vehicles and extinguishing systems in accordance with European and US standards. Rosenbauer offers firefighters a full range of municipal extinguishing vehicles, aerial ladders, hydraulic platforms, airport vehicles, industrial vehicles, specialty vehicles, extinguishing systems, firefighting equipment, stationary extinguishing systems and solutions for vehicle management and operations management in the area of telematics. Rosenbauer provides maintenance, customer service and refurbishment through its service network in over 100 countries.


Friday, 13th July 2018: 09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Walter Rokitansky: Robotics Workshop
During this workshop, you will build robots using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and write programs for these robots using the graphical LEGO language. The first robot will be smiling or will look sad (depending on your distance). The second robot will be a robot moving along a wall using a system that can also help to find a way out of a labyrinth. Due to limited lab capacities, all participants will split into two groups for this course.


Friday, 13th July 2018: 17:00 - midnight
The town square and the Wels bus terminal are transferred into a concert stage. Well known Austrian artists and bands perform in a lovely and sociable open-air setting.

The World of Work in 2030

Monday, 16th July 2018: 09:00 - 12:00
Martina Gaisch: The World of Work in 2030
In this rapidly changing world “late adopter” is the same thing as “out of business.” Companies no longer have the luxury of waiting to see what happens. In this workshop, different scenarios of work will be sketched and the implications of each strand of development will be discussed. What they all have in common is that they indicate that in the future of work disruption lies ahead and that future employees need to possess a variety of skills that go way beyond narrow confines of disciplinary knowledge.

Gas Chromatography of Aromatics

Monday, 16th July 2018: 13:00 - 16:00 and Tuesday, 17th July 2018: 9:00 – 12:00
Klaus Krennhuber and Manuel Selg: Gas Chromatography of Aromatics
Specialization "Natural Sciences"
Rose petals, vanilla, lilies and many other plants, even freshly cut grass, have smells that initiate pictures in our head. Hardly any other sense perception instigates such strong feelings and memories and often times, our sense of smell is absolutely vital for remembering occurrences of many years and even decades past. In this exercise, you will learn about the basics of gas chromatography. In addition, you will make your own aromatic extracts of specific flowers using steam distillation. These extracts will be analyzed on a Sniffer gas chromatograph with a coupled mass spectrometer. As a result, you will see how many aromatic compounds make up the specific smell of roses for example.

Exercise in Laboratory Control Systems

Monday, 16th July 2018: 13:00 - 16:00
Reinhard Gahleitner: Exercise in Laboratory Control Systems
Specialization "Engineering and Technology"
Control engineering is a discipline that focuses on modelling, analysis and control of dynamic systems. It has an essential role in things like factory automation, power stations, autonomous driving and many more. In this module the basics of control engineering are introduced. Further, the idea of model-based control is discussed. In the laboratory, a controller for a simple system is designed and implemented, and everyone can perform some experiments with the system. Finally, some topics of modern control theory are demonstrated on specific example systems in the laboratory.

Thinking machines, past, present and future

Monday, 16th July 2018: 13:00 - 16:00
Stephan Dreiseitl: Thinking machines, past, present and future
Specialization "Computer Science and Informatics"
Artificial intelligence is currently a hot topic, drawing interest not only from researchers in the field, but also from the general populance. Recent exciting developments have seemingly brought science fiction into our everyday lives: self-driving cars, super-human game-playing capabilities, uncannily accurate media recommendations, to name but a few. This workshop will provide a historic overview of the field, explore current trends, and extrapolate to future developments.

High Voltage Engineering (Lecture + Lab)

Tuesday, 17th July 2018: 09:00 - 16:45
Peter Zeller: Physics of High Voltage Engineering (Lecture + Lab)
Specialization "Engineering and Technology"
Lecture: Physics of High Voltage Engineering
- Break down mechanisms in insulations for AC/DC and Pulses (Gases, Liquids and Solids)
- Electric Fields
- High Voltage measurement engineering
Laboratory Exercise:
- AC break down
- DC break down
- Lightning Pulses

Interaction and Visualization

Tuesday, 17th July 2018: 9:00 – 12:00
Christian Jetter: Interaction and Visualization
Specialization "Computer Science and Informatics"
Interactive digital systems are a key part of present-day and future workplaces. In this course, we will talk about how to design interactive systems, so that their user interfaces are easy to use and understand. This includes more “natural” ways of interaction (multi-touch, gestural, and tangible input) and interactive data visualization.

Current Projects in Medical Technology

Tuesday, 17th July 2018: 13:00 – 17:00
Andreas Schrempf, Hubert Egger, Thomas Haslwanter,Birgit Plochberger (Linz Campus): Current Projects in Medical Technology
Specialization "Natural Sciences"
Hubert Egger: High-Tech-Prosthetics – Modern Fittings
Students acquire theoretical knowledge with respect to basics in Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Electrical Engineering and Electronic Systems. During the practical part of the lecture, students work with EMG-Signals picked up from the student’s forearm. Signals will be amplified, visualized and made audible to control artificial limbs. The lecture contributes to improved knowledge and understanding in prosthetic limbs.
Birgit Plochberger: Bio-imaging
his lecture is meant to be an introduction to biomedical imaging and will provide students with an overview of the key concepts behind the main imaging modalities used in diagnostic imaging. Besides, we will explain the physical principles of the techniques and introduce the main elements of imaging systems. Practical examples will be shown to illustrate the respective imaging modality, its use, premise and limitations.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Tuesday, 17th July 2018: 13:00 – 16:00
Christoph Antes: Augmented and Virtual Reality
Specialization "Computer Science and Informatics"
The Mixed Reality (MR) technologies Augmented (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have recently remerged as a hot topic in Human Computer Interaction.  Both user-centred and real-time interactive technologies face conceptual challenges in application development. This workshop will give an overview on the topics and provide insight in the technology and the design of MR applications.

Climbing in Practice (optional)

Tuesday, 17th July 2018: 20:00 - 22:00
In the climbing hall in Wels, you have the possibility to experience the force of gravity on you own body while hanging in the climbing wall, trying to find a way up to the finish of the climbing route – all this under the supervision of professional instructors of course.

DNA in Forensics

Wednesday, 18th July 2018: 09:00 - 16:45
Manuel Selg: DNA in Forensics (Seminar + Lab)
Specialization "Natural Sciences"
We see it on television shows every day: Crime scene investigators collect evidence at a crime scene. The broken glass on the living room floor is swabbed for traces. What are they looking for? The answer is DNA evidence. With the DNA traces left at the crime scene the criminal investigators are hoping to identify the perpetrator. How does such an analysis work? You will perform such a forensic DNA analysis with probes collected by yourself in the molecular biology laboratory.

Ferromagnetic Materials

Wednesday, 18th July 2018: 09:00 - 16:45
Peter Zeller: Ferromagnetic Materials (Lecture + Lab)
Specialization "Engineering and Technology"
The magnetics tutorial covers the physics of ferromagnetic materials as well as the application background of ferromagnetic materials. In the corresponding laboratory tutorial, the magnetic effects in ferromagnetic materials will be visualized: By means of an oscilloscope the magnetic field strength and the magnetic flux density are measured. The results will be transferred to EXCEL and an EXCEL tool will be developed to visualize the ferromagnetic hysteresis.

Automotive Computing

Wednesday, 18th July 2018: 09:00 – 12:00
Gerald Ostermayer: Automotive Computing
Specialization "Computer Science and Informatics"
The automotive world is changing rapidly in many domains. The powertrain is changing towards e-mobility, car sharing models are becoming popular and connected vehicles enable cooperative driving. In this course, an introduction to the mentioned modern concepts will be given. In particular the potential of connected vehicles to enable a safer and more efficient road traffic will be highlighted.

Excursion to Kreisel Electric

Wednesday, 18th July 2018: 13:00 – 17:00
Gerald OstermayerExcursion to Kreisel Electric
Specialization "Computer Science and Informatics"
Kreisel Electric (www.kreiselelectric.com) is an Austrian developer and manufacturer of high-performance battery packs for electric mobility and stationary energy storage systems. We will visit the new headquarter in Freistadt, which has been opened in 2017 and contains a ground-braking battery factory. Due to its highly automated manufacturing process, it can produce batteries with a capacity of 800,000 kilowatt hours per year in its first expansion stage.

Synthetic Biology

Thursday, 19th July 2018: 09:00 – 12:00
Manuel Selg: Synthetic Biology
In Synthetic Biology, the scientist becomes a creator. What is being created? In the laboratory, scientists create biological systems that do not occur in nature that are aimed at advancing our society. Is it ok for humans to create Nature and what are the implications of this technology on our everyday lives today and in the future?

Innovation Management in Global Companies

Thursday, 19th July 2018: 13:45– 15:15
Christopher Lindinger
Christopher Lindinger is director of Research & Innovation at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Find more information on www.aec.at/futurelab/en/team/christopher-lindinger
Course description will follow.

Ars Electronica Center in Linz

Thursday, 19th July 2018: 15:15 - 17:30
The Ars Electronica Center is the Museum of the Future – the place where all the diverse blends of artistic genres, scientific domains and technological directions are displayed and processed. Biotechnology and genetic engineering, neurology, robotics, prosthetics and media art are juxtaposed here on equal terms and form experimental arrays conducive to testing ways in which we might be interacting and communicating with our surroundings and other human beings in the very near future, and getting an impression of what these changes will mean for us and our society. For more information, visit their website www.aec.at/about/en.


Thursday, 19th July 2018: 17:30 - open end
32nd International Street Art Festival in Linz (Pflasterspektakel)
For the 32nd time, the city centre of Linz will be the scene of international street performances. The Pflasterspektakel will take place from 19 to 21 July 2018, offering a variety of performing arts such as clownery, juggling and acrobatics, music of all range, dance, fire and aerial artistry, object and impro theatre. For more information, visit their website www.pflasterspektakel.at/2018/en


Friday, 20th July 2018: 13:45 - 16:00
Sonja Bäumel and Manuel Selg: CreativeScience
This session gives an introduction into the field of „arts and science“. More and more often, the classical strategies of experimental design and approaches to address scientific and technological challenges do not yield the desired results. Hence, new and creative ways to tackle these questions are required – “art scientists” show ways to cope with these struggles. In addition, the artistic approach offers a great way for the non-scientist to get acquainted with technologies today that will shape our society tomorrow.

Creative Science at the International Academy Traunkirchen

Monday, 23th July 2018: 09:00 - 17:00
Sonja Bäumel: Creative Science at the International Academy Traunkirchen
Together with Sonja Bäumel, a renowned bio-artist with a strong background in design (www.sonjabaeumel.at), you will explore new ways to think about and work on classical technological and scientific challenges. You will be free of classical, conservative problem solving strategies and will have to discover your creative side to address questions from a completely different angle.

Lake Traunsee

Monday, 23th July 2018: 17:00 - 19:00
If the weather permits, feel free to go swimming in one of the prettiest and cleanest lakes in Austria. So be prepared and bring your bathing suit and a towel.

Discussion and Presentations

Wednesday, 25th July 2018: 09:00 - 12:00
You will present your future scenarios from the projects that you have worked on to all the participants of the Summer Academy and other interested listeners.

Closing Ceremony

Wednesday, 25th July 2018: 13:00 - 14:30
In this small graduation ceremony, we will look at some impressions from the Summer Academy and you will receive your Summer Academy Diplomas.