Both Studio iSPACE and SDIS took the numerous visitors of the “Long Night of Research” (Lange Nacht der Forschung) into the world of their research, from geoinformatics to vertical indoor food production.

Day after day, the experts in the six studios of the RSA FG (Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft) throughout Austria are busy finding solutions and strategies for current challenges. At the Long Night of Research, the teams from St. Pölten and Salzburg gave insights into their work.

The SDIS Studio (Smart Digital Industries & Services) at the St. Pölten campus presented its EU project “AgrarSense” at a hands-on station in the auditorium of the St. Pölten UAS (FH St. Pölten). Green thumbs on the bookshelf: can artificial intelligence grow plants effectively? Gave an insight into the world of industrial production of plants used in medicine with the help of artificial intelligence. Thanks to AI, the growth of plants can be optimized using light control and sensors. The team presented their mini version of a hydroponic system in which intelligent light control, temperature and humidity are regulated. In real operation, the plants grow on top of each other in bookshelf-like structures, which in turn saves valuable space.

Experience geoinformatics systems up close

In Salzburg, the motto of the Paris Lodron University (PLUS) was “Uni up close” (Uni hautnah). Together with the experts from the RSA Research Group for Geoinformatics in the iSPACE studio, the PLUS shared the fascination of geoinformation systems (GIS) with visitors at “What is the  value of GIS and 4D applications?” The visitors were able to experience a 4D campus map and a virtual game environment of Science City Itzling similar to a computer game.

The RSA FG was also represented in Science City Itzling through its participation in . There, visitors were given an insight into research into sustainable mobility in Salzburg. Furthermore, iSPACE researchers provided information about the Zentrum Alpines Bauen project at the Salzburg Federation of Industry from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Information about the Long Night of Research

The Long Night of Research is Austria’s largest event on science, research and innovation and is aimed at all age groups. 250 locations with over 2,000 program points across Austria invited visitors to a diverse program with free admission.

Salzburg/Studio iSPACE c: Maria Prchal/RSA FG

St. Pölten/Studio SDIS c: SDIS/RSA FG

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