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SAL Science & Stories No. 6 / January 2020
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  1. TU Graz and SAL start joint research labs
  2. SAL develops micro mirrors for intelligent driving assistance systems
  3. SAL team tackles math problems with Deep Reinforcement Learning
  4. Project call for cooperative research: Safe, wireless time-sensitive networks for time and mission-critical communication in industry applications
  5. Constitution of SAL Supervisory Board
  6. Program Advisory Board Meeting in Villach



The collaboration with the TU Graz is the first one of its kind which we will start with other universities as well. Together with the university scientists we are implementing teams which will create the foundation for future innovations in the industry, SMEs and start ups in our ecosystem. At the same time we are also starting a doctoral college to facilitate high quality PhD education and thesis results on the hottest topics in our research program.
TU Graz and SAL start joint research labs
On January 10th, TU GRAZ and SAL presented their first joint research labs to the press. From now on, researchers from both TU Graz and SAL will work together and lay the foundation for groundbreaking digital products and processes with joint basic research in the field of Electronic Based Systems.

The TU Graz-SAL Dependable Embedded Systems Lab (DES LAB) under the direction of Bernhard Aichernig, Deputy Head of the Institute for Software Technology at Graz University of Technology, and Andreas Windisch, Senior Scientist at SAL, is concerned with the reliability of modern computer-based systems. Top IT specialists at Graz University of Technology work here with researchers from SAL to develop new processes to make intelligent and networked systems more secure.

In the TU Graz EMCC and Radio InterOp Lab (EMCC LAB) under the direction of Bernd Deutschmann, Head of the Institute for Electronics at the Graz University of Technology, and Bernhard Auinger, Staff Scientist from SAL, the partners are jointly researching electromagnetic compatibility of Electronic Based Systems. The aim of the joint research activities in the EMCC Lab is to research the electromagnetic compatibility of Electronic Based Systems. Already during the development phase, it should be possible to make predictions about electromagnetic interference emissions and immunity to ensure the coexistence and compatibility of future electronic systems.

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SAL develops micro mirrors for intelligent driving assistance systems

The increasing safety requirements for cars and the trend towards fully autonomous driving require the development of smaller and more efficient sensors and actuators. This is why SAL is investigating the potential of microelectromechanical (MEMS) micromirrors for use in automotive systems as part of a strategic project. The MEMS micromirrors examined are small mechanical structures based on silicon, which can oscillate around one or two axes of rotation and are scanned by a laser beam. The advantages for the use of such systems in the automotive industry include a comparatively increased performance, a reduced space requirement, and a simplified manufacturing process. 

The results of the research will be presented to a broad specialist audience at the 33rd International MEMS Conference (IEEE MEMS 2020) in Vancouver from January 18 to 22.

SAL team tackles math problems with Deep Reinforcement Learning
SAL's Andreas Windisch, Thomas Gallien and Christopher Schwarzlmüller wrote a paper on "Deep reinforcement learning for complex evaluation of one-loop diagrams in quantum field theory". While Deep Reinforcement Learning can be used to train agents to excel at playing Atari games, they use it to tackle tough mathematical problems. 

In their paper, they trained an agent to assist in solving complicated equations used in subnuclear physics to extract information about fundamental particles. "We did this to show the broad range of problems Reinforcement Learning agents can be applied to, as our agent is not really different from one that can be trained to play the Atari game pong. Using our approach, equations don't have to be derived explicitly anymore. This is our first step to applying Reinforcement Learning to challenging problems, and we are excited about using this powerful technique to solve problems in the context of electronic based systems", so Andreas Windisch. 

You can read the paper here

Project call for cooperative research: Safe, wireless time-sensitive networks for time and mission-critical communication in industry applications
Project objectives: We explore concepts to replace wired networks for the commu­ni­ca­tion of time- and secu­rity-crit­ical messages by wire­less connec­tions in indus­trial appli­ca­tions.

Partner call open until: End of January 2020

Start of the project: Q4 2019

Contact: contact@silicon-austria.com

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Constitution of SAL Supervisory Board
On January 10th this year, the Supervisory Board (SVB) of Silicon Austria Labs began its activities.

“This is the next significant step towards further development and professionalisation of SAL. The owners expect SAL to develop into an important center for development in Electronic Based Systems in Austria and Europe. This means that the company will continue to pursue an ambitious growth course”, says Ingolf Schädler, chairman of the Supervisory Board. “I can assure you that the Supervisory Board, as a link between management and owners, will accompany the company on this ambitious path with great respect but also great knowledge and expertise.”

From left to right: Christa Bock (BMF, SVB), Gerd Holzschlag (SFG, SVB), Ingrid Rabmer (UAR, SVB), Markus Hornböck (BABEG, SVB), Lothar Roitner (FEEI, Deputy Chairman SVB), Ingolf Schädler (BMVIT consultant, chairman SVB), Werner Luschnig (SAL Executive Director), Natalie Michulec (BMVIT, SVB), Martin Stutzmann (TU München, SVB)

Program Advisory Board Meeting in Villach
On December 16th-17th, SAL's Program Advisory Board met in Villach for a two-days workshop with the objective to sharpen the SAL research program and its major research topics. In break-out sessions, the board members and guest experts from both industry and academia provided their valuable inputs for the research foci and competences of all our research divisions.

After two intensive days full of excellent discussions, the board formulated concrete recommendations that will help SAL to strengthen our USP - research along the entire EBS value chain - and to achieve research excellence for fast international visibility.

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