July  5, 2018

Engineering cooperation

Illustration (click to enlarge): A social dilemma with a variable resource: If the lumberjacks work together to plant as well as fell trees, the natural resource remains valuable. If they are selfish, and log without replanting, the forest is ruined, earning them...

July  3, 2018

IST Austria celebrates 18 graduates

Photo credit: IST Austria/Roland Ferrigato (click to enlarge) On Friday, June 29, the Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) celebrated 18 new graduates of the Institute’s PhD program. This is the largest class yet, and brings the total number of PhD...

July  2, 2018

Statement from IST Austria on the EU Commission’s Proposal for “Horizon Europe”

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) welcomes, in principle, the figures presented by the European Commission for the EU budget plans for the years 2021 to 2027 in the area of “Research and Innovation”. These plans show clear support for the expansion of funding in this area....

June 25, 2018

New mechanism for the plant hormone auxin discovered

Auxin is a hormone that is essential for the development of plants as it controls a wide range of processes from shaping the embryo in the seed to branching of the growing plant. Previously, it was believed that auxin’s main signaling mechanism operated in the cell nucleus and acted...

June 12, 2018

IST Austria welcomes expansion of the European Research Council (ERC)

The Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) warmly welcomes the EU’s financial plans for research and innovation for the years 2021–2027; the numbers were presented last week by EU-Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas in Brussels. Of note is the planned...

June 11, 2018

Two bilateral French-Austrian research projects start at IST Austria

Two joint projects between labs at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and at French research institutes, funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche ANR, are kicking-off. The lab of Carl-Philipp Heisenberg at IST Austria, together with the lab of Alex MacDougall...

May 28, 2018

The logic of modesty - why it pays to be humble

Why do people make anonymous donations, and why does the public perceive this as admirable? Why do we downplay our interest in a potential partner, if we risk missing out on a relationship? A team of scientists, consisting of Christian...

May 15, 2018

Explanation for puzzling quantum oscillations has been found

Recently, researchers from Harvard and MIT succeeded in trapping a record 53 atoms and individually controlling their quantum state, realizing what is called a quantum simulator. Their experiments in this system, presented in July 2017 at a conference in Trieste,...

May 11, 2018

IST Austria supports EU plans to strengthen European research

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) warmly welcomes the EU’s financial plans for the years 2021 to 2027, presented last week by EU Budget Commissar Günther Oettinger. The expansions in the areas of research and innovation are of particular import, and represent a timely and positive signal...

May 11, 2018

Video of Moving Discs Reconstructed from Rat Retinal Neuron Signals

Reconstructing a video from the retinal activity. Left: two example stimulus frames displayed to the rat retina. Middle and right: Reconstructions obtained with two different methods (sparse linear decoding in the middle and nonlinear decoding on the right). Green circles denote...