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Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)



The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria's largest research and technology organisation. Among the European research institutes, AIT is a specialist in the key infrastructure issues of the future. As an Ingenious Partner to industry and public institutions, AIT is already researching and developing the technologies, methods and tools of tomorrow ‑ paving the way for the innovations of the day after tomorrow.

The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system and a key role in Europe as the RTO focusing on the key infrastructure topics of the future.

AIT provides research and technological development to realize basic innovations for the next generation of infrastructure related technologies in the fields of Energy, Mobility Systems, Low-Emission Transport, Health & Bioresources, Digital Safety & Security, Vision, Automation & Control and Technology Experience. These technological research areas are supplemented by the competence in the area of Innovation Systems & Policy.

As a national and international network node at the interface of science and industry AIT enables innovation through its scientific-technological expertise, market experience, tight customer relationships and high-quality research infrastructure.

An in-depth understanding of the challenges of crisis and disaster situations represents an essential prerequisite in order to protect the citizens, the environment as well as public and private infrastructures. With the advent of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the last decades, the domain of Crisis and Disaster Management (CDM) has gained the opportunity to greatly increase the efficiency and efficacy of its operations based on the real-time exchange and management of the relevant information.

AIT's CDM group in the Center for Digital Safety & Security has in recent years made substantial contributions to the evolution of ICT paradigms and solutions for crisis and disaster management both on the Austrian national and at the international level.

AIT's CDM activities and its portfolio of solutions is comprised of the following three areas:

  • IoT - Sensor Network Management for fixed station environmental measurements, remote observations and measurements (satellites, drones) as well as hybrid application scenarios for the use cases of environmental protection, climate change, and the detection of hazardous substances.
  • Command & Control Systems including the civil-civil and civil-military (civil CDM use cases) interoperability with the objective of creating a Common Operational Picture (COP).
  • Community Interaction & Engagement, with a focus on systems for the management and self-organization of volunteers in the wake of crises and disasters.

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Disaster Competence Network Austria (DCNA)


Disaster Competence Network Austria as a scientific collaboration platform between universities, research institutes and their stakeholders is organized as an open and non-profit association under university management. The basic idea behind the network is to bundle the scientific expertise in Austria in the field of security and disaster research and to act as an academic contact and cooperation partner for the public and private sector.

DCNA is strengthening security and disaster research by:

  • · Improving the Coherence of Security and Disaster Research in Austria
  • · Increasing the efficiency of security and disaster research by improving the networking of all stakeholders and by cooperatively creating and exploiting synergies
  • · Improving the national and international visibility of security and disaster research in Austria
  • · Sharpening and strengthening the understanding of the social relevance of security and disaster research in Austria
  • · Promotion and expansion of cooperation with other, influential research areas


  • Presentation of DCNA in the Austrian and European area
  • Constant extension of the existing network of 12 ordinary and 3 associate members and strategic partnerships
  • Organization of the Austrian Disaster Network Days in October 2018 in Vienna
  • Kick-Off of DCNA Working Groups with the focus on transferring research results to practice, developing research topics, providing expertise and infrastructure
  • Attendance of DCNA at different international events (e.g.: Hydraulic Engineering Symposium Graz in September 2018, Understanding Risk Balkans Conference Belgrade in September 2108, AGIT - Symposium and Expo for Applied Geoinformatics Salzburg in July 2018, 3rd Annual Scientific Seminar DRMKC Sofia in April 2018 etc.)

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis is a scientific research institute located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria.

Founded in 1972, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline.

IIASA is sponsored by its National Member Organizationsin Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. Its research is independent and completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest.

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