Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Software Development Itself

Retrospect Software Research Day

Will the advance of artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionize software development, or is the opposite true? This question, along with the future of software engineering and the enormous potential in the application of artificial intelligence, was addressed by some 100 experts at Software Research Day on 15 May 2019 at Linz’s former tobacco factory, an event organized by Software Competence Center (SCCH). “Artificial Intelligence bears huge potential as a catalyst for economic growth. The prerequisite for this is that Upper Austria must continue to expand its leadership role in key technology areas and that its domestic innovative strength must focus specifically on strategic priorities," explained Markus Achleitner, Upper Austria's Minister for Economics and Research, in his keynote speech.
"We are currently working on the new Upper Austria Economic and Research Strategy #UpperVision 2030. Digital transformation is a core issue here. Digitalization is the major driver for new technologies. Upper Austria's innovation landscape is very well positioned in the various aspects of digitization. And Software Competence Center Hagenberg is a very important player in the research landscape and in the UAR Innovation Network," Achleitner emphasized. 

Upper Austria's Minister for Economics and Research Markus Achleitner at Software Research Day 2019: "Digital transformation will also be a focus of the new Upper Austrian Economic and Research Strategy #UpperVision 2030".

In the picture: V.l.: Bernhard Moser, SCCH, Irene Auffret, AVI Systems, Wirtschafts- und Forschungs-Landesrat Markus Achleitner, Klaus Pirklbauer, SCCH. (SCCH)

Innovation partner for business and industry

Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH (SCCH) conducts basic research in the fields of Data & Software Science for efficient data analysis and for the development of high-quality software. Artificial intelligence has become an essential aspect of software development. With its expertise in this field, SCCH is a strong R&D partner in its innovation projects. Dr. Bernhard Freudenthaler and Dr. Thomas Ziebermayr from SCCH presented a project in the field of transformer production under the motto 'AI meets Software Engineering'. On the one hand, knowledge hidden in software systems is automatically converted into technical documentation, and on the other hand, artificial intelligence is used for ongoing process optimization.

Toward AI with safety and security in focus

Artificial intelligence not only brings more efficiency and productivity, it also ensures more safety. This became clear in the presentation by DI Johannes Traxler from AVISystems, who presented the intelligent rear-view mirror, a joint research project with SCCH. The functions of the intelligent rear-view mirror for public transport vehicles such as trains, commuter trains and buses (with the product name RailEye) far exceed those of a classic rear-view mirror. This gives drivers far better insight into a vehicle’s blind spots. Integrated artificial intelligence provides information about what people and objects are in the danger zone. This provides the driver with a powerful tool for identifying dangerous situations early, assessing them correctly, and reacting accordingly and quickly. Until now, drivers often had to rely on passengers following all safety instructions, which was often not the case for reasons of thoughtlessness. "SCCH has supported us in this innovation as a strong partner, and development is progressing. A further research project will enable us to predict the movement behavior of people so that vulnerable road users can be identified even earlier," predicted Johannes Traxler.

Austria’s AI strategy: challenges for research

Dr. Markus Triska of the Federal Ministry for Digitalization and Business Location presented an overview of the standardization of AI technologies. The Research Coordinator of SCCH, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Bernhard A. Moser, is co-initiator of an Austria-wide academic platform for AI. This platform is involved in the strategy process Artificial Intelligence Mission Austria (AIM AT 2030). "In this strategy process, not only topics of technological evolution are explored, but also socially relevant issues such as legal aspects and data security. In order to ensure that AI is widely used, the appropriate framework conditions must be created," explained Moser.

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