Technische Informatik (Computer Engineering)
offer a profound academic education in the field of dependable embedded/cyber-physical systems. We are hence dealing with computing systems that directly interact with real-world systems, including critical ones such as spacecraft and cars.
Designing computing systems for such applications is both scientifically and technologically challenging: Control computers for aircraft cannot just stop operating in case of failures, "trial-and-error-style programming" is not an option in many applications, asserting system correctness by means of testing may be insufficient for the required reliability level, etc.
Key characteristics of our field are (i) an integrative view of a multitude of system aspects like hardware/software interface, continuous/discrete systems, communications, dependability, real-time processing, energy/resource efficiency etc., and (ii) interdisciplinarity: Core computer science knowledge and skills like programming, modeling and analysis, and formal verification must be complemented by a sound background in other disciplines, in particular, (continuous) mathematics, electrical engineering and physics.
Our Bachelor and Master curricula have been specifically designed to meet these challenges: A fully-fledged computer science core, with a specific focus on establishing the scientific foundations for rigorous systems engineering, is complemented by solid engineering basics, both foundational (physics, electrical and control engineering) and more practical (digital design, microcontroller programming, embedded systems engineering). We are not aware of many universities that offer comparable programs.
Bachelor Technische Informatik (Studienplan BTI, Übergangsbestimmungen)
- Advanced development of embedded/cyber-physical systems (VLSI design, microcontroller software development, network programming)
- Applications engineeging
- Research assistance
BTI is enrolled by something like 50-70 beginners per year, with typically 40-50 active students entering the 3rd semester, and produces 30-40 graduated Bachelors per year. Note that it is in German only.
Master "Technische Informatik" (Studienplan MTI, Übergangsbestimmungen)
- Analysis and development of complex embedded/cyber-physical systems, with particular emphasis on dependability and systems engineering
- Scientific and industrial research
- Entering PhD program
MTI is enrolled by something like 30 beginners per year and typically produces 20 graduated Masters per year. Although it is in German per default, many courses can be switched to English on demand.
- Technische Informatik is definitely not "reserved" for students coming from a HTL, despite persistent rumors saying the opposite: Experience tells that, over the years, the obvious headstart of good HTL graduates in engineering-related courses is often outweight by superior abstraction and language skills of good AHS graduates.
- Except for the course Grundlagen Digitaler Systeme, all other courses in the first semester of the BTI (and also two major courses of the second semester) are also present in the other Bachelor programs of the Faculty of Informatics. It is hence possible to switch from the BTI to another such Bachelor program with minor loss of efforts.
- Except for the first and second semester BTI courses shared with other Bachelor programs, all courses in the BTI and MTI can offer student-to-staff ratios which are comparable to first-rate international universities.
- The BTI is probably the most challenging among the Bachelor programs of the Faculty of Informatics, as it requires mastering both core computer science and additional fields like electrical engineering and systems & control theory. However, owing to this:
- We can offer excellent job perspectives for our graduates, both internationally and nationally. In fact, Austria has a surprisingly rich industry (TTTech, RUAG Space, Frequentis, to name just a few) who are usually desperately looking for excellent graduates.
- Working in a field as rich as Technische Informatik is not only intellectually challenging - it is also fun and very satisfactory. Live-long interest [and employment ...] is usually guaranteed!