August 14, 2018

New interactive machine learning tool makes car designs more aerodynamic

The new software instantly shows stream lines as well as pressure on the surface (color-coded) of interactively deformable shapes. Image credit: Nobuyuki Umetani When engineers or designers want to test the aerodynamic properties of the newly designed shape of a...

August 13, 2018

New water simulation captures small details even in large scenes

A frame from a real-time animation. The simulation covers a huge area with hundreds of floating objects, but can still include tiny details visible only at close range. Image: Stefan Jeschke When designers select a method for simulating water...

July 30, 2018

New process in root development discovered

Root cap peeling off at the tip of an Arabidopsis rootCredit: Ivan Kulik As the plant root grows, a root cap protects its fragile tip. Every few hours, the old cap is lost and a new one replaces it. This...

July 27, 2018

ERC Starting Grant for Dan Alistarh

In this round of awards, two Starting Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) go to professors at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria). One of the awardees is Dan Alistarh, a computer scientist who joined IST...

July 27, 2018

ERC Starting Grant for Mikhail Lemeshko

In this round of awards, two Starting Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) go to professors at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria). One of the awardees is Mikhail Lemeshko, a theoretical physicist who has been...

July 24, 2018

IST Austria participates in the KinderuniWien for the second time

KinderuniWien at IST Austria. (c) by Joseph Krpelan After last year's great success, the Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) has now participated in the well-established Vienna Children's University for the second time, doubling the number of...

July 16, 2018

Plant mothers talk to their embryos via the hormone auxin

Image (click to enlarge): Arabidopsis developing seed: Auxin (here visualized in green) is produced and accumulates in the maternal tissue close to the young embryo. © Chulmin ParkWhile pregnancy in humans and seed development in plants...

July 13, 2018

First machine learning method capable of accurate extrapolation

Image (click to enlarge): A robot needs to learn about his body and the environment. It tries a few different motions and uses the algorithm. It can then predict what will happen with larger movements and at higher speeds. Credit: IST Austria/Birgit...

July 12, 2018

Recognizing others but not yourself: new insights into the evolution of plant mating

Photo (click to enlarge): The stigma of Petunia contains a toxin that stops pollen growth. Pollen in turn has a team of genes that produce antidotes to all toxins except for the toxin produced by the "self" stigma. © Lewis Collard Self-fertilization...

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...

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