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Themen aus dem Bereich Systemwissenschaften

Univ.-Prof. Manfred Füllsack

Bachelor, Master oder Dissertation:

  • Predicting transitions in dynamic systems with Early Warning Signals
  • Empirical, theoretical and model-based analysis of equilibria/resilience/transitions in dynamic systems
  • Empirical, theoretical and model-based analysis of complex systems (e.g. cooperation, collaboration, trade, production, predator-prey, pollination, etc.)
  • Empirical and model-based analysis of diffusion in networks (e.g. diffusion of ecological relevant innovation, rumors, viruses …)
  • In general: model-based investigations – in case of non-systems-scientific research field, with co-supervision
  • Applied analyses with machine learning or text mining methods - in case of non-systems-scientific research field, with co-supervision
  • Social, economic or ecological dynamics of labor and labor markets (digitalization, crowd-working, future of work and income …)

Ass.-Prof. Georg Jäger

Bachelor:

  • Identifying Critical Nodes in Traffic Networks
    Idea: Investigate if the methods presented in [2], [3] or similar papers can be applied to traffic networks
    [2] https://doi.org/10.1186/s40649-015-0010-y
    [3] https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5081098
     
  • Forecasting using Prophet
    Prophet [4] is an AI-driven method to generate forecasts for time series based on trends and trend changes. The goal of this thesis is to apply this method to time series relevant for sustainability (e.g. emissions of a certain sector) and analyze  and compare the validity of those forecasts.
    [4] https://facebook.github.io/prophet/
     
  • Early-warning Signals: Isolated disturbances
    Early-warning Signals (EWS) [5,6] can be used to predict imminent critical transitions in various systems. In this thesis we want to look at a simple two state system and investigate if we can find a better method of predicting such a critical transition by creating local, isolated disturbances.
    [5] Scheffer, M. et al. Early-warning signals for critical transitions. Nature 461, 53–59 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature08227
    [6] Jäger G. et al. (2017) Hidden early-warning signals in scale-free networks. PLOS ONE 12(12): e0189853. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0189853

Master:

  • Neural Networks as a Framework for Agent-based Models - Thinking ahead
    Idea: Expansion of the framework presented in [1] to include thinking ahead several time steps
    [1] Jäger, "Replacing Rules by Neural Networks" https://doi.org/10.3390/bdcc3040051

Dr. Marie Kapeller

Bachelor:

  • Emission Calculation for Austrian holiday travel - Automatization of aviation distances used for transport emission calculation
    [1] Kapeller et al. 2019 Kapeller, Marie Lisa, Manfred Füllsack, and Georg Jäger. "Holiday travel behaviour and correlated CO2 emissions—Modelling trend and future scenarios for austrian tourists." Sustainability 11.22 (2019): 6418.
    [2] Knörr, W.; Höpfner, U. TREMOD—Schadstoffe aus dem motorisierten Verkehr in Deutschland. In 20 Jahre ifeu-Institut; Springer: Heidelberg, Germany, 1998; pp. 115–128.

Master:

  • Emission Calculation for Austrian holiday travel​ - Conception and programming of an interface between an emission calculation model and a transport emission calculator
    [1] Kapeller et al. 2019 Kapeller, Marie Lisa, Manfred Füllsack, and Georg Jäger. "Holiday travel behaviour and correlated CO2 emissions—Modelling trend and future scenarios for austrian tourists." Sustainability 11.22 (2019): 6418.
    [2] Knörr, W.; Höpfner, U. TREMOD—Schadstoffe aus dem motorisierten Verkehr in Deutschland. In 20 Jahre ifeu-Institut; Springer: Heidelberg, Germany, 1998; pp. 115–128.

Simon Plakolb, MSc

Bachelor:

  • Agent-based modelling
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Graph theory (Especially transport network related problems)

    You should be interested to pick up on the Python programming language. (If you consider working in NetLogo I suggest other colleagues be asked first as they are more experienced in that realm.)

Annelies De Meulenaere, MSc.

Bachelor:

  • Vehicle routing problem
  • Graph and network theory

Possible research questions could be:

  • How do the car and bike transport network in Graz differ (comparison on the graph-theoretical level)?
  • Parcel delivery by drones: How can this be modeled? Would it be profitable already for Graz?

Themen aus dem Bereich Innovations-und Transitionsforschung

Univ.-Prof. Tobias Stern

Bachelor:

  • Bioeconomy clusters across Europe – in cooperation with the Chamber of Agriculture Styria and the COOPID project
    Potential research questions: What is a Bioeconomy cluster? Comparing Bioeconomy clusters across Europe? How could e.g. a Styrian Bioeconomy cluster look like? What strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats could be associated to such a cluster?

Master:

  • Resilience in forest-based value chains
  • Bioeconomy clusters across Europe – in cooperation with the Chamber of Agriculture Styria and the COOPID project
    Potential research questions: What is a Bioeconomy cluster? Comparing Bioeconomy clusters across Europe? How could e.g. a Styrian Bioeconomy cluster look like? What strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats could be associated to such a cluster?

Institutssekretariat

Tanja Untergrabner

Merangasse 18/I
8010 Graz

Telefon:+43 316 380 - 3238

Mo - Fr 09:00 - 12:00 Uhr, Mo, Mi 13:00 - 15:00 Uhr

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