Affective reactions—or gut feelings—play a key role in consumer decision-making. Researchers at the University of Passau are seeking to understand this process better and help consumers make better decisions.
The internet giants need smart regulation. At Passau University, Information Systems professor Jan Krämer and his team are developing models for this.
Dr. Martin Weibelzahl is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bayreuth and, among others, leads the large-scale SynErgie project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and focuses on the design of the German energy transition, at the Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer FIT. For his outstanding scientific achievements, Dr. Weibelzahl was honoured with the Young Researchers Award from the Gesellschaft für Operations Research e.V. (GOR). During an international conference organised by GOR, he received the award, endowed with € 2,000, on 1 September 2021, together with this year's two other winners.
The start-up Flux Polymers, which has its roots at the University of Würzburg, offers a simple and easy solution to keep plastic surfaces free of bacteria. Recently, it has found an investor and can now start its operational business.
Not all entrepreneurs who found social enterprises are driven by idealism. Some of them see societal crises as an opportunity to realize their ambition to set up a company of their own. This was one conclusion of a German-US study of social enterprises established in 2015 in response to the plight of refugees. Because the founders' motivations also impact the strategy of prosocial ventures, the insights gained in the study can help to improve efforts to support start-ups.
Linking new electrochemical processes with the production of high-value substances by enzymes and microorganisms is the goal of a still fledgling research approach, bioelectrosynthesis. Prof. Dr. Frank Hahn, head of a research group in organic chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, is seeking to advance this approach in the field of polyketides, a class of substances of significant importance in pharmacy and biomedicine. He will receive funding of approximately € 1 million from the Volkswagen Foundation over the next seven years as part of its "Momentum" initiative.
The details and conditions of participation for the "Anton Fink Science Prize for Artificial Intelligence (AI)" have now been announced. This prestigeous prize, to be awarded for the first time by the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2022, is endowed with 10,000 Euros prize money. Individuals, startups, universities, research institutes, foundations and companies can enter the competition. The prerequisite is groundbreaking achievements in the research, development or practical application of AI.
Stefan Bauernschuster from the University of Passau and Christian Traxler from the Hertie School argue that a speed limit would not only lead to fewer deaths and injuries, but also has positive effects for those living in the vicinity of highways.
How can machines and autonomous transporters collaborate independently in a smart factory? That can only work if there is a common system where information from all entities is saved and linked, and where all entities can access the information independently without being steered by an overriding central element. This is the central topic covered by the new graduate programme ‘SeReCo’ (Semantics, Reasoning and Coordination Technologies) at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), which is to be funded by the Franco-German University as of 1 January 2022. Research will focus on increasing the accessibility of online digital content for machines.
Würzburg psychologists have studied the phenomenon of impulse buying behaviour. People who focus on enjoyment act differently than people who play it safe.