Monday, November 26, 2012

Advent Programming Contest

Welcome, Advent Programmers!
An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. Advent calendars typically begin on December 1 and provide a window to open until December 24. Usually they have windows, which you can open each day containing some chocolate or other stuff. But what is better to kill some time until Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Boxing Day, etc. than an Advent calendar giving you a programming problem every day?

The Advent Programming Contest, being organized by the newly formed IEEE Student Branch Klagenfurt will provide a new problem every day from December 1st to December 24th. You can submit solutions any day until the contest ends on December 26. You can choose to use C, C++, Java, Python or Perl as programming language. The programming tasks can be solved with short programs (typically less than 100 lines of code). Until a solution is correct you can submit your program as often as you want (but please don't spam our server). The number of tries will not be a criterion for determining your score. The idea is to do it just for fun, but we will try to announce a winner after the contest is closed.

The event is open to everyone as long as our server can handle the load. There are separate categories for pupils, university students and others.

If you want to participate, please register at http://mooshak.nes.aau.at/
This is an individuals competition, not a team contest - be fair!
(Registration will be still possible after 1st December)

See also: Sixth IEEE Xtreme Programming Contest: Bunnies in the Forest

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Open PhD/Postdoc Positions at Alpen-Adria-Universit├Ąt Klagenfurt, Austria

It could be you!

PhD researcher on Complex Systems Engineering (full-time)

We are offering a position for a researcher within the MESON (Modeling and Engineering of Self-Organizing Networks) project. We are a highly motivated international team of researchers situated at the Lakeside Science & Technology Park/University of Klagenfurt, Austria. We offer best work conditions, a beautiful campus with a pleasant, intercultural work environment, and a highly competitive salary. Potential candidates should have a master's degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, physics or related studies and should have skills in creative problem solving, Java programming, the use of the English language and knowledge in at least one of the following subjects: Complex systems, Machine Learning, Multi-agent systems, Smart Grid. Further information about the MESON project can be found on the project webpage: http://meson.lakeside-labs.com


1 Postdoc and 1 PhD researcher on Smart Energy Systems (full-time)

We work on integrating energy generators and consumers into a smart electricity grid. The goal is to build up a microgrid lab and perform applied research with industrial partners. One PhD and one Senior Researcher will be hired. We are a highly motivated international team of researchers situated at the Lakeside Science & Technology Park/University of Klagenfurt, Austria. We offer best work conditions, a beautiful campus with a pleasant, intercultural work environment, and a highly competitive salary. Potential candidates should have a master's degree (for PhD position)/a doctoral degree (for postdoc position) in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, physics or related studies and should have skills in creative problem solving, energy systems, and the use of the English language. Further information about the project can be found on: http://smartmicrogrid.blogspot.com


Information for Applicants

Research will be conducted at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems under the supervision of Professor Wilfried Elmenreich. Working language is English. The institute cooperates with national and international partners from industry and academia and is part of the research cluster Lakeside Labs. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Please mail applications containing a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates and courses, list of publications, and contact details of two references in a single PDF file to applications@lakeside-labs.com by deadline of January15th, 2013.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Labside Lakes

Road to Lakeside Park (Foto: K. Schweiger)
Klagenfurt got some bad weather. My workplace there is usually known as the Lakeside Labs at the Alpen-Adria-Universit├Ąt Klagenfurt, where we do research on self-organizing networked systems. But the last rainfall left really large puddles, so that we have the Labside Lakes instead (sorry for the terrible pun). But our researchers are excellent swimmers and in the worst case we will submit our papers as message-in-a-bottle to the next conference!
Pathway beside University (Foto: S. Mak)