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Silicon Alps Cluster GmbH
Project Management

 Contact data
StreetEuropastrasse 12 
ZIP, City, Region 9524 - Villach (Carinthia) 
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 Contact person

Dr. Phil. Oana Mitrea (Project Manager)
 Employees (Total)
Total: 1-10  number of researches: 22

 Central aim of organisation
microelectronic cluser in South Austria

 Briefly describe your organisation
IThe Silicon Alps cluster regards itself as a network initiative, and directly supports the »Silicon Austria« initiative by the bmvit – the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology – and the technology platform ECSEL-Austria.

 Core Competency

Service & Usage

 ICT sectors:
- ICT Applications     
   - E-Government     
   - E-Commerce     
   - E-Inclusion     
   - E-Learning     
   - Cultural Heritage     
   - Ambient Assisted Living (Services for the Elderly)     
   - ICT Applications for Tourism     
   - ICT Applications for Health      
   - ICT Applications for Traffic and Logistics     
   - Geographical Information Systems (GIS)     
   - IT Security and Encryption     
   - Standardisation     
   - Smart Cards and Access Systems     
   - ICT Application for Environment Management     
   - Industrial Application     
- Multimedia, Pattern Recognition     
   - Application Service Provision (ASP)      
   - Databases, Database Management     
   - Knowledge Management     
   - Process Management     
   - Digital Systems     
   - Archiving, Documentation     
   - Information and Multimedia Retrieval     
   - Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Middleware     
   - E-Publishing, Digital Content     
   - Usability Engineering     
   - Semantic Systems     
   - Internet Technologies     
   - Network and Broadband Technologies     
   - Advanced Systems Architecture     
   - GRID Computing     
   - Network Security     
   - Pervasive Computing     
   - Automation     
   - Robotics     
   - Man-Machine Interaction     
   - Artificial Intelligence     
   - Speech Technology     
   - Sensor Technology     
   - Data Mining     
- Micro- and Nanoelectronics, Embedded Systems     
   - Systems-on-Chip, Systems-on-Package     
   - Integrated Circuits     
   - Electronic circuits, components and equipment     
   - Embedded Systems and Real-time Systems     
   - Design & Methods for Nanoelectronics     
   - Equipment & Materials for Nanoelectronics     
   - MEMS Technologies     
   - Semiconductors     
   - Reliability     
- Photonics and Quantum Technologies     
   - Optical Systems     
   - Quantum Technologies     
   - High Frequency Technology, Microwave Technology     
 RTD Experiences & Publications

 Austrian Research and Development Projects
  Coordinator  Partner 
Non-cooperative Projects (Single projects)        
Cooperative Projects
Education Projects (Thesis, ..)
Stimulation and Support Projects

 RTD Experience
Team- Research Department ICT
Hajo Greif, Ass.Prof. Dr. phil.(greif@ifz.tugraz.at)
Dr.Dr.Phil Oana Mitrea (mitrea@ifz.tugraz.at)
Mag. Matthias Werner (werner@ifz.tugraz.at)
Gerd Schienstock, Prof. Dr.(schienstock@ifz.tugraz.at)

Current and past projects:

- Knowlegde Intensive Business Services (KIBS) and their Role in the Austrian Innovation System (2008-2010).
Client:Jubiläumsfonds der Österreichischen Nationalbank
Contact: Gerd Schienstock, Matthias Werner

The capability of companies to innovate has become the key competition factor on both the firm level and the level of national or regional economies. Innovation studies have shown the need for close cooperation and interaction between various knowledge carriers in innovation processes, and, accordingly, knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) have recently been recognised as crucial actors in innovation systems, as they contribute significantly to the production, re-combination and diffusion of knowledge. The research project shall contribute to a better understanding of the role and potential of the KIBS sector in the Austrian innovation system by analysing the processes and structures inside KIBS firms as well as their interactions in innovation systems. As the Austrian KIBS sector is comparatively underdeveloped, the project will also investigate into the specific properties of the Austrian KIBS sector and assess measures for its development.

- Risk and Precaution in Banking Information Systems
Client: „Jubiläumsfonds“, Austrian National Bank
Partner: Department of Economics, University of Klagenfurt

The project is designed as an inquiry into the nature, perception and governance of operational and related systemic risks in banking information systems. While the debates about technology-related risks and their governance often remain deadlocked between the poles of technological fixes vs. strong, restrictive interpretations of the Precautionary Principle, in the case of the regulatory mechanisms for the banking sector established in the Basel II framework, that strict dualism seems to be resolved in a particularly interesting way: Under conditions of uncertainty of knowledge about the ultimate consequences, attempts to quantitatively assess operational risks related to information systems (i.e. risks of failure, intrusion, or misuse) are used to avert more far-reaching, yet uncertain secondary risks on the systemic level (i.e. trade disruption, financial crisis).
The study includes qualitative empirical surveys of the perception, assessment, and policing of operational risks by actors in financial institutions. Particular attention is being paid to wholesale payment systems (such as TARGET2). The findings will be compared with the results of established studies on risk and precaution in other technological fields, especially genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and electromagnetic field emissions in mobile telecommunications (EMFs).
As a result, a graded notion of risk and precaution will be established that promises to be useful in adapting risk governance to the specific conditions in different fields of application.

Hajo Greif, Matthias Werner

- Mobile Broadband - Design, Applications, and User Experience
Client: „Zukunftsfonds“, Government of the Province of Styria, Dept. 3: Science and Research
Partner: evolaris research lab, COST Action 298
Time period: 2007

As the dissemination of so-called “smartphones” increases, the promise of broadband access to web-based services anytime, anywhere, seems to come true. While a large variety of innovative applications is integrated in those small and handy devices, real-world usage of the new functions lags behind the providers high hopes, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
In order to strengthen the users perspective in the development of mobile broadband technology, our study has been designed to elucidate their perceptions and practices of using those technologies. Findings from an on-line survey were critically compared with different established design concepts and their preconceptions of users’ needs. The results were presented so as to be compatible both to corporate concerns and to innovation research and policy.

Contact: Hajo Greif, Oana Mitrea, Matthias Werner

Kontakt: Hajo Greif, Oana Mitrea, Matthias Werner

- The Sustainable Development of Information and Communication Technologies in Carinthia (2006)
Kärntner Sparkasse Foundation, Research Council of the Klagenfurt University

A regionally embedded sustainable development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is of key importance to the long-term positioning of the Austrian province of Carinthia as a location for innovative high-tech industries in this sector.

The project aimed at, firstly, gaining insights into the connection between sustainability and ICT design, and, secondly, at exploring possible strategies of anchorage and diffusion within the region of innovative structural measures that could support cooperation between engineers and social scientists in the sustainable design of ICTs.
The study employed qualitative and quantitative methods: 10 in-depth interviews and an additional online survey among 75 engineers and software developers from Carinthian companies were conducted. Cognitions and perceptions about goals, processes, consequences of technology development, sustainability and ICTs; representations of possible collaboration strategies; and reactions to cooperation forms were analysed in connection with specific products and production ways of the selected companies.
Contact: Oana Mitrea

- Innovative networks, learning organizations and regional support institutions
Client: Jubiläumsfonds der Österreichischen Nationalbank
Duration: 2005-2007

Fundamental changes such as the globalizing economy, the deregulation of markets, a rapid diffusion of modern ICT and a scientific revolution have contributed to the fact that accumulation of knowledge and innovativeness have become the most important competition criterion for companies as well as for regional economies. Due to the changing competition environment companies are forced to fundamentally restructure their production processes and organizational practices by applying new organizational model such as the learning organization or innovative networks. Concerning regional innovation policy it becomes important to establish an institutional and infrastructural environment that supports companies in their attempt to improve their innovation capabilities.
The aim of the project is to research whether companies in the region of Styria and in Austria are exposed to increasing innovation competition and to what extent they react to such a changing environment by introducing organizational innovations and knowledge management practices. It will also be analyzed whether the institutional setting established by policy makers opens up new opportunities to innovate or whether it actually contains new risks and how companies are reacting to these challenges.
Contact: Gerd Schienstock

- Kyamakya K., Mitrea O.: Rethinking Urban Mobility Services and Operations. An Enhanced Individual and User Specific Service for Urban Mobility, in Jualia Düh, Hartwig Hufnagl, Erhard Juritsch, Reinhard Pfliegl, Helmuth-Klaus Schimany , Hans Schönegger (Eds.) Data and Mobility- Transforming Information into intelligent Traffic and Transportation Services, Springer Verlag, In Veröffentlichung - (2011)

- Mitrea O., Werner M., Greif H.: ICT Sustainability Visions and their Embedding in Technology Construction. In: Journal of Information, Communication and Society - Special Issue on ICTs & Sustainable Development, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, Volume 13, Issue 1 February 2010, pages 48 - 67

-Mitrea O.: Mobile Learning Visionen - Mobiltelefonie als Dispositiv zur orts- und zeitunabhängigen Kollaboration in Lernsystemen. In: Christina Schachtner (Hg.), Angelika Höber (Hg.): Learning Communities. Das Internet als neuer Lern- und Wissensraum, Frankfurt, New York: Campus 2008

-Mitrea O.: Wireless Communication Technology - A Structure-Forming Dispositif for Mobile Communication and Communicative Mobility, In: Bammé A., Getzinger G. and Wieser B. (Hg.) Yearbook 2006 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society Munich, Vienna 2006: Profil Verlag

- Greif H., Mitrea O., Werner M.: Information und technologische Handlungsfähigkeit. In: dies. (Hg.): Information und Gesellschaft. Technologien einer sozialen Beziehung. Wiesbaden: VS Research 2008, S. 49-71.

- Greif H.: “Vom Nachahmungsspieler zum Handlungsträger: Formen maschineller Intelligenz”. In: Berger W. und Getzinger G. (Hrsg.): Handlungsträgerschaft und Partizipation, Wien: Profil 2009

- Greif H., Mitrea O., Werner M.: “Usability vs. Functionality? Mobile Broadband Technologies and User Agency”. In: Fortunati L. et al. (Hg.): Experiencing Broadband Society, Berlin: Peter Lang 2009.

- Greif H.: Versuche, die Welt zurückzugewinnen. Die Kontroverse über die ‘Handlungsfähigkeit der Dinge’ in den Science and Technology Studies. In: Zittel C. (Hg.): Wissen und soziale Konstruktion in Geschichte, Kultur und Wissenschaft. Auseinandersetzungen mit dem Sozialkonstruktivismus, Berlin, Akademie-Verlag 2002.

- Bux K.-U., Greif H.: Ja, Der Da hat es gesagt. Über den dekonstruktiven Umgang mit Texten, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 50/1, 2002: S. 17-34.

- Greif H.: Dawkins and Latour. A Tale of Two Unlikely Fellows. In: Bammé A. et al. (Hg.): Yearbook 2005 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Profil Verlag München/Wien 2005.

- Greif H.: Wer spricht im Parlament der Dinge? Über die Idee einer nicht-menschlichen Handlungsfähigkeit, Paderborn: mentis 2005.

- Greif H.: On the Very Idea of an Information Society. In: Hrachovec H. et al. (Hg.): Beiträge der Österreichischen Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft, Bd. XV, Kirchberg am Wechsel: ALWS 2007, S. 75-77.

- Werner M.: Verwaltungsinformatisierung, Vernetzung und kommunale Planungsprozesse. Eine Mikro-Analyse des Electronic Government, in: Bora A. u.a. (Hg.): Technik in einer fragilen Welt. Die Rolle der Technikfolgenabschätzung, Berlin: edition sigma 2005 (Gesellschaft – Technik – Umwelt. NF 7).

- Werner M.: Effects of Informatization and ICT-Networks on Practices of Planning and Decision Making in Local Government. A Micro Analysis of “Electronic Government”, Paper presented at the Biennial European Conference “ICT, the Knowledge Society and Changes in Work”, The Hague, June 2005, http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_6D4B5C/$file/ICT_Werner.pdf

- Bechmann M. und Werner M.: Digitales Rathaus zwischen Angebot und Bürgernutzung, in: Technikfolgenabschätzung. Theorie und Praxis, 11. Jg., Nr. 3/4, 2002, S. 68 – 81.

- Schienstock G.: Organizational Innovations: Some Reflections on the Concept, in: Bammé A., Getzinger G. und Wieser B.(Hg.) Yearbook 2004 of the Institute of Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, München/Wien 2004, Profil Verlag, S. 137-180.

- Schienstock G.: Embracing the Knowledge Economy: The Dynamic Transformation of the Finnish Innovation System, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publication LTD, 2004.

- Schienstock G.: Reflexive Learning, the Net Organisation and Employment, in Bammé A., Getzinger G. und Wieser B. (Hg.) Yearbook 2003 of the Institute of Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, München/Wien 2003, Profil Verlag, S. 111-146.

- Schienstock G.: Risiken sozialer Ausschliessung in der Informationsökonomie, In: Soziale Technik 2/2002, Zeitschrift für sozial- und umweltverträgliche Technikgestaltung, IFF/IFZ, S. 12-14.

- Schienstock G.: Neue Perspektiven einer Technik- und Innovationspolitik, In: Wachter C. u.a. (Hg.) Technik Gestalten. Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zur Technikforschung und Technologiepolitik, München, Wien 1999, Profil Verlag.

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