19th TU Forum: Bionics: Zwischen Mensch und Maschine (December 9)
How can technology and medicine improve each other?
Does it still make sense to draw a sharp line between living and artificial systems? Today, electrical impulses from the nerves can be passed on to prostheses. Conversely, nerves can be stimulated with electrical devices to relieve pain or promote blood circulation. With novel sensors, biological data can be monitored in real time.
Technology helps us to live healthier lives, and biology helps us to improve technology. Mechanical methods can be used to explain how bone fractures occur, and insights from biology can be used to develop new high-tech materials. The experts on the podium discussed what we can expect from bionics for technology, medicine and economy in the future.
The experts on the podium: Eugenijus Kaniusas (TU Wien), Philipp J. Thurner (TU Wien), Eva Czernohorszky (Vienna Business Agency), Winfried Mayr (Medical University Vienna), Christian Hofer (Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH)
18th TU Forum: Robots, take over! (October 22)
What tasks can robots perform in the future and what does this mean for our working world?
People who stand at the assembly line and perform the same four actions all day long are becoming fewer and fewer in Europe. Tasks that seem too dangerous, too strenuous or simply too boring to us will be automated. Industrial production would be unthinkable today without highly developed robotics. Robots squeeze through narrow sewer pipes without any argument, can exert superhuman strength and work with high precision.
TU Wien is researching further improvements - from highly optimized industrial automation to complex object recognition. What does this mean for the future? How will technology, society and the job market develop together in the face of these developments?
These and other questions were discussed at the 18th TU Forum.
The experts on the podium: Markus Vincze (TU Wien), Andreas Kugi (TU Wien), Wolfgang Netzer (taurob GmbH), Georg Aichholzer (Institute for Technology Assessment at the Austrian Academy of Sciences) und Wolfgang Holl (DS Automotion GmbH)
17th TU Forum: Rethinking mobility (June 11)
How realistic is the switch to electric cars? What can we do to make our mobility fit for the future?
We are pulling crude oil out of the ground and filling fossil fuels into cars weighing several tons to transport individual people. That's not efficient; our mobility will have to change drastically in the coming decades. Are electric cars the solution? Can our power plants and grids provide the energy needed for this? Can public transportation or car sharing be better planned? What can transport planning do to help us achieve our goals quickly, stress-free and environmentally friendly in the future, and what can we learn from past mistakes and achievements for the mobility of the future?
At the 17th TU Forum, experts from TU Wien, the Wiener Stadtwerke and the Vienna Museum of Technology will discuss how mobility will develop in the future and why technology alone cannot solve the traffic problem.
The experts on the podium: Peter Hofmann (TU Wien), Reinhard Haas (TU Wien), Harald Frey (TU Wien), Anne-Katrin Ebert (Vienna Museum of Technology), Michael Lichtenegger (Neue Urbane Mobilität Wien GmbH)
16th TU Forum: Communication of the Future (February 26)
Internet of things, quantum communication, wireless data world - where is information technology heading?
Communication technology has drastically changed our everyday life in the last decades, and the next revolutions are already looming. What does the "Internet of Things" mean for us? Will road traffic become safer when cars independently contact each other? Will we be able to communicate with each other using quantum technology in the future?
Research projects at TU Wien address many exciting research questions that deal with the communication of tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. You can get to know some of them at the TU Forum.
The experts on the podium: Veronika Shivaldova, Johannes Schleicher, Christoph Clausen (all TU Wien)