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SAL Science & Stories No. 8 / March 2020
  1. Gerald Murauer succeeds Werner Luschnig as Executive Director
  2. QSense4Power project implements novel sensing techniques for diagnostics on (power) electronic devices
  3. iLIDS4SAM: Integrated LiDAR Sensors for Safe & Smart Automated Mobility
  4. SAL Roadshow kicks off in Vorarlberg
  5. Scientific Advisory Board Meeting
  6. SAL holds industry workshops to discuss future research
  7. Fresh off the press: SAL Annual Report 2019
Gerald Murauer succeeds Werner Luschnig as Executive Director
"Today I’m handing over my Executive Director assignment for SAL to Dr. Gerald Murauer, who will lead SAL from tomorrow onwards. It was quite a journey since October 2017, when I started as the Project Leader for the foundation of SAL, which had been done in October 2018. Today we have established teams in all 3 locations Graz, Villach and Linz with almost 160 employees altogether. As a team we succeeded in merging CTR into SAL in July 2019 with seamless continuation of all projects and the ASSIC program. We also have started 12 larger cooperation projects with industry partners in a new business model. Joint research projects with universities had been initiated for key topics in the SAL research program.

I’d like to thank all partners and the members of our supervisory and advisory boards for their support to make all this happen. In particular, I want to cheer the whole SAL team for their outstanding spirit and endurance to get to this point! Nevertheless, this was just the start-up of SAL and there are lots of efforts which need to be done to make things better. I wish Gerald and the SAL team an exciting job in making SAL a great story after all!”
- Werner Luschnig

"I thank Werner and the entire SAL team for the work and effort they have invested in growing SAL to the current status. It is a marathon to build an international first-call research institute for Electronic Based Systems (EBS). We need to hire excellent researchers, build up resources and research infrastructure, increase cooperative projects with industry and SMEs, collaborate with universities and RTOs, and deal with several chicken-and-egg challenges on the way. I am looking forward to running this marathon, together with the team, the boards, partners and friends of SAL. It will be a challenging journey for all of us, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build and grow an EBS research center."
- Gerald Murauer 

QSense4Power project implements novel sensing techniques for diagnostics on (power) electronic devices
Together with Infi­neon Tech­nolo­gies Austria AG, T.I.P.S. Messtechnik GmbH and University of Vienna, SAL is working on the new FFG funding project QSense4Power, which will – for the first time - utilize point defects in Silicon Carbide as intrinsic quantum Sensors for diag­nos­tics on real-world power elec­tronics devices. Poten­tial appli­ca­tions will span all stages of devel­op­ment, fabri­ca­tion up to elec­trical test oper­a­tion. 

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iLIDS4SAM: Integrated LiDAR Sensors for Safe & Smart Automated Mobility
Current Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) focus on compara­tively simple scenarios with objects behaving in predictable ways, such as highway traffic or parking assistance. Yet, there is an urgent need to extend ADAS and Automated Driving (AD) to handle urban traffic scenarios and situations involving Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) such as adult pedestrians, children and cyclists. In the iLIDS4SAM-project, a consortium of 11 Austrian partners, including SAL, will address this by developing novel LiDAR-based systems for predictive assessment of hazardous situations involving VRUs in an urban setting.

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SAL Roadshow kicks off in Vorarlberg
Together with the Austrian Association for the Electrical and Electronics Industry FEEI, SAL is touring through Austria to present its unique cooperation opportunities to companies along the EBS value chain. The first stop for the SAL Roadshow took place in Dornbirn, Vorarlberg. Representatives from companies that work with Electronic Based Systems were invited to learn more about SAL and how we can cooperate to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. Visits to all Austrian states are planned for the future. 

Scientific Advisory Board Meeting
On March 11th and 12th, SAL's Scientific Advisory Board met at Schloss Seggau, Styria. The Scientific Advisory Board consists of Univ. Prof. Dr. Andreas Kugi (TU Wien, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board), Prof. Dr. Clivia Sotomayor Torres (ICREA Barcelona, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Deputy Chairwoman), Prof. Dr. Hermann Eul (Independent Board Member & Investor), Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Walter Kolar (ETH Zürich), Em. O. Univ. Prof. Dr. Dr. Hermann Kopetz (TTTech Computertechnik AG, TU Wien) and Univ. Prof. Dr. Willy Sansen (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

After two intensive days full of fruitful discussions, the board formulated concrete recommendations that will help SAL to strengthen its programs and competences and to achieve research excellence.
Scientific Advisory Board
SAL holds industry workshops to discuss future research
In order to best understand how SAL can help industrial partners, we are regularly conducting workshops on various topics. Recently, SAL held a workshop on System Integration Technologies at the premises of ams AG in Premstätten. More than 25 participants, who are leading R&D experts of major semiconductor equipment manufacturers, device manufacturers and system integrators, discussed future needs and requirements of SAL’s system integration research.

During the workshop "Power Electronics 2025+", organized by FEEI, members of SAL and industry partners discussed relevant power electronics issues of the future. The focus was on how SAL can further develop and strengthen its Power Electronics division and core competences and how the needs of the Austrian electronics industry can be further accomodated. In addition to medium-term questions, forward-looking research topics were also discussed.

Fresh off the press: SAL Annual Report 2019
2019 was a pioneering year for SAL and Austrian research in the field of electronic based systems: We started the first cooperative projects along the EBS value chain, expanded our team with dedicated researchers and thus created the basis for innovations that will impact research, economy and society. We have now summarized all these accomplishments in our annual report. On 40 pages we would like to show you what drives us and how we want to develop the future together.

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