Value-Adding Research Since 2002

Research Studios Austria

Our Studio Directors
The Quality Concept
The History of the RSA FG

Research Studios Austria

Value-Adding Research
Since 2002

About Us

Our mission is to transfer innovation and knowledge from universities to markets in digital intelligence.

RSA FG is an Austrian research company focusing on digital technologies and the transfer of innovation from universities to markets.

Six independently operating studios research and develop digital intelligence. The competencies of these studios range from 4D geodata visualization to virtual and augmented reality applications to big data analytics. A team of 57 researchers and managers provides the necessary innovative power.


Dr. Thomas Prinz

Chief Scientific Officer for Application Research and Innovation Transfer | Studio Manager iSPACE Smart Settlement Systems

Thomas Prinz is Austria’s top expert for geographic information systems and meaningful indicators in the fields of mobility, spatial planning and sustainability. He heads the Research Studio iSPACE – Smart Settlement Systems of RSA FG located in Salzburg-Itzling.

Prof. Dr. Markus Tauber

Chief Scientific Officer for Digital Intelligence und Core Technologies

Markus Tauber joined RSA FG in 2021 as chief scientific officer. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of INSIDE Industry Association and a Visiting Professor at the Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Prior to that, he worked at FH Burgenland, where he established and managed the research center “Cloud & CPS Security” and the master program “Cloud Computing Engineering”.

Geschäftsführer Michael Tockner

Mag. Michael Tockner, MSc

Chief Finance Officer | Head of Research Management

Michael Tockner has been working for RSA FG since 2013, first as authorized representative and from 2016 as authorized signatory. Since May 2021, he has been responsible for the areas of Finance, Controlling and Project Management as Commercial Director. In his role as Head of Research Management, he guarantees the professional handling of research projects in the Research Studios.


 Univ. Prof. Dr. Alois Ferscha
Univ. Prof. Dr. Alois Ferscha
Dr. Christian Thomay
Dr. Christian Thomay
DI. Florian Kleedorfer
DI. Florian Kleedorfer
Ao.Univ.Prof.Mag. Dr. Christian Huemer
Ao.Univ.Prof.Mag. Dr. Christian Huemer


Renate Schwingshackl
Renate Schwingshackl
Human Resources
Maria Prchal
Maria Prchal
Dissemination, Communication & PR
Patrick Junghuber, BA MA
Patrick Junghuber, BA MA
Project Management & Communication
Christian Doppler
Christian Doppler
IT-Infrastructure and System Admin
Valentina Just, M.A.
Valentina Just, M.A.
Office Management & Internal Communication


Quality & New Management

In September 2020, AQ Austria certifies the internal quality management system of the RSA FG, taking into account the “Guideline for an Audit of the University’s Internal Quality Management System” of September 11, 2018.

In June 2021, after two successful decades, Prof. Dr. Peter A. Bruck hands over the management to Dr. Thomas Prinz, Dr. Markus Tauber and Mag. Michael Tockner, MSc.


Independence & Cooperations

In 2008, the RSA FG is spun off from the Austrian Research Centers GmbH in the course of its transformation into the Austrian Institute of Technology, with registration in the commercial register on April 15, 2008. The core financing of the RSA FG is secured in 2008 from the funds of the Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

In 2013, this direct funding by the BMWF expires as a result of the conversion of the federal budget to New Public Management principles and the elimination of direct funding of non-university research.

In 2014 and 2015, the core funding of the RSA FG will be provided by the BMWF via an addendum to the performance agreements with the universities of Paris Lodron Salzburg, JKU Linz, TU Vienna and Donau Krems.

Due to the new funding period in 2016, performance agreements are concluded with the universities Paris Lodron Salzburg, JKU Linz and TU Vienna.

In 2018, there is a new ownership by RiskRe Agency for Economic Risk Research, with owner representative Prof. Dr. Christian Helmenstein.

Since 2019, the RSA FG has a performance agreement with the Paris Lodron University Salzburg and the University Mozarteum Salzburg.

Foundation & Development

The RSA FG was founded in 2002 by Prof. DDr. Peter A. Bruck with the aim of acting as a flexible, agile organization to bring research and development (R&D) in the field of digital technologies closer to the speed of innovation cycles in industry, and to make their success measurement dependent on output and impact.

From its founding in 2002 as a division of ARC Seibersdorf Research GmbH and as an innovation project of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor (BMWA), the RSA FG evolves into a separate research division of Austrian Research Centers GmbH in 2004.

From 2004 to 2006, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor appoints the RSA FG as a lead project.

In 2006, an international evaluation of the RSA FG takes place by the Rheinisch-Westfälische Institut für Wirtschaftsordnung.


Forschungsbeirat RSA FG

The Research Advisory Board of Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft is a body of leading national and international experts from science and industry.

His tasks

  • It advises on RSA’s strategic direction, research goals, content priorities, and goal achievement for universities and markets.

  • It recommends activities to the general manager and studio directors to achieve the goals.

  • It comments on the work progress of the past year with regard to the achievement of objectives and the quality of the work results.



This short definition sums up the fundamental view of RSA FG to work in applied research and technology & knowledge transfer.

This is ensured by means of a learning organization that

  • is continuously evaluated internally & externally in its research work,

  • strives to constantly evolve,

  • measures the value of ideas by the results that can be achieved,

  • Reflects on the quality of the handover in exchanges with customers and at interfaces.

  • and translates this into a living CIP.

Within the RSA FG the following understanding of quality results


Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft is highly committed to equal treatment and anti-discriminatory behavior in the work-related and social environment. For this purpose, a Gender Equality Plan has been composed, which clearly defines the necessary procedures and methods.


AQ Austria zertifiziert

Internal quality management system of RSA FG AQ Austria certified

The internal quality management system of RSA FG has been certified taking into account the “Guideline for an Audit of the University’s Internal Quality Management System” dated September 11, 2018.

AQ Austria