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...

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...