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Softwarepark Hagenberg team of experts

The Softwarepark Hagenberg event series - by experts for experts

In 2016, a group of experts formed from representatives of the companies, research institutes and educational institutions of Softwarepark Hagenberg to realize the idea of a new Hagenberg event series as a common forum for inspiration, presentation, cooperation and communication internally and externally.

The six-member team, consisting of DI Thomas Führer, MSc (STIWA Group), MMag. Irmgard Gmachl (Porsche Informatik GmbH), DI (FH) Thomas Kern (FH OÖ Campus Hagenberg), DI Theodorich Kopetzky (Software Competence Center Hagenberg – SCCH), a.Univ.-Prof. Dipl-Ing. Dr. Josef Küng (Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW) at JKU), and FH-Prof. PD DI Dr. Stephan Winkler (Softwarepark Hagenberg and FH OÖ Campus Hagenberg), pursues this idea. Since the year 2017, the series of events for IT experts has been implemented with several successive open events. In the course of lectures by invited renowned experts from business and science, the participants should learn more about current trends and the resulting IT requirements, in order to deepen selected topics in subsequent discussions and to discuss possible solutions together.

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Softwarepark Hagenberg expert team

FH-Prof. PD DI Dr. STEPHAN WINKLER is a university professor at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Hagenberg, where he heads the Department of Medical and Bioinformatics and leads the Bioinformatics Research Group. Since 2022, Stephan Winkler has been serving as the Scientific Head of Softwarepark Hagenberg, aiming to support and coordinate the scientific activities in Hagenberg while communicating to society the research endeavors taking place in the region.

Stephan Winkler studied computer science at Johannes Kepler University Linz and earned his habilitation in the field of "Data-Based Modeling" in 2018. His research and teaching focus on bioinformatics and artificial intelligence.

A. UNIV. PROF. DI DR. JOSEF KÜNG is Associate Professor for Applied Computer Science at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and Deputy Head of the Institute for Application-Oriented Knowledge Processing (FAW). Since the foundation of Softwarepark Hagenberg, he has been active in various functions, both in the scientific field and in technology transfer and cooperation with the economy. His research, teaching and cooperation topics are information systems and knowledge-based systems, including security aspects in such systems.

DI (FH) THOMAS KERN has been active in research, development and teaching at the FH Upper Austria Campus Hagenberg since 2000. Initially, he was responsible for the establishment and expansion of the Research Center Hagenberg and subsequently developed the concept for the TIMed CENTER, which he has managed since its foundation in 2016. In this cross-faculty centre for technical innovation in medicine, research groups from the four Upper Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg, Linz, Wels and Steyr, together with partners from science and industry, are developing new technologies to solve medical problems in numerous interdisciplinary projects. It is of particular importance to him to make the strengths of the region and its institutions as technology and research partners widely visible and to develop them further together. This is one of the reasons why he is very happy to be part of the team of experts at Softwarepark Hagenberg.

The computer scientist and energy management expert DI THOMAS FÜHRER has been working for the internationally active automation specialist STIWA Group since 1988. Today he is responsible for the management of the STIWA location in Hagenberg im Mühlkreis, which he significantly built up in 1992. Here the company develops intelligent software solutions and services in the areas of production automation, laboratory and building automation and employs more than 100 people. Thomas Führer combines his many years of experience and know-how in the fields of energy-efficient building and industrial automation, energy management, product and software development and building automation. In addition, he is employed as a lecturer at the FH Wels for the courses of study in green energy technology, civil engineering and building construction.

DI THEODORICH KOPETZKY has been area manager for Services and Solutions at the Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH) since the beginning of 2020. From 2014 to 2019 he was executive head of the „Knowledge-based Vision Systems“ research focus. He studied computer science at the Johannes Kepler University Linz with focus on software engineering and compiler design. He joined the Database Technology group of the SCCH in the year 2004 as project manager for a multi person-year project in the area of SOA based enterprise application platform systems.

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