AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

www.ait.ac.at/
Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Institute of Technology is an Austrian application-oriented R&D company, employing more than 850 people in various locations across Austria. Its name was changed from Austrian Research Centers to the current name in June 2009.Their website states: "The ARC Group is committed to creative and efficient cooperation of natural, economic and social science experts with the ultimate aim of consolidating and extending Austria’s position as a business locatio the face of international competition." Wikipedia.


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Patent
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology | Date: 2017-02-01

The present invention discloses a method of generating subsets of methylation specific markers from a set, having diagnostic power for various diseases, e.g. cancer of thyroid, breast, colon, or leukemia, in diverse samples; identified subsets of that set, as well as methods for the prognosis and diagnosis of diseases.


Patent
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology | Date: 2015-03-13

A device for determining the condition of a persons skin includes a flat plaster sheet bindable to the skin and made of a flexible, non-conductive film with a recess for application of cosmetic or medical preparations to the skin from outside. Contact electrodes disposed on the skin as a sensor for the flat skin plaster sheet are connected by NFC technology with a voltage supply unit having an impedance and resistance and/or capacitance measuring unit. A passive communication unit with an antenna loop is supplied with measurement or skin resistance and/or capacitance data and is accessible by an NFC-enabled external communication device. The recess has a rectangular, square, circular, hexagonal or octagonal shape, pairs of diametrically opposed, associated electrodes in the flat plaster film sheet and opposite edges being rectilinear, parallel, disposed in vicinity of opposing edges of the recess and connected with the measurement unit.


Patent
Seibersdorf Labor Gmbh and AIT Austrian Institute of Technology | Date: 2015-03-09

A medication injector for dispensing liquid medications to people includes a container which is filled with the liquid and which has an opening at one end for dispensing the liquid and at least one pair of capacitive measuring electrodes disposed opposite each other in the outer region of the container, in particular on the wall, for determining the permittivity of the respective medium in the intermediate region between the measuring electrodes. The measuring electrodes are used by the injector to determine the fill level of the container. A shielding surrounds the measuring electrodes in the manner of a sheath, is disposed around the container, and reduces possible external interfering influences on the capacitive measurement, such as those resulting from contact, for example. Additionally, a contact sensor is provided which can indicate the measurement as invalid.


Patent
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology | Date: 2017-07-12

The invention relates to a method of distinguishing a thyroid cancer type or risk thereof, comprising the step of determining the DNA methylation status of thyroid cancer genes of a sample of a subject, wherein the thyroid cancer genes are selected from one or more of the genes of table 1 or 2, and comparing the methylation status of said genes with a control sample, thereby identifying thyroid cancer DNA in the sample.


Patent
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology | Date: 2017-07-19

The invention relates to a method and a device for determining the time curve of the depth of breath (T) of a person, in particular a sleeping person. Height profiles (H) of the person (1) at individual recording time points are continuously determined. Height profiles from adjacent recording time points are combined to give segments. The region which indicates the abdomen or chest region of the person depending on a corresponding reference point or reference region (21) is selected as an observation region (22). For each height profile (H) within the segment (S1,..., Sq), the corresponding average value of the distances of the points of the height profile (H), which points lie within the observation region (22), from a reference point or reference object is separately determined. For the segment (S1,..., Sq), a signal (si) is determined and for each recording time point (t1,..., tp) of the height profile (H), the average value determined for this height profile (H) is associated with said signal. On the basis of the determined signal (si), in particular on the basis of the amplitude of said signal, one or more values which characterise the time curve of the depth of breath (T) are determined.


Patent
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology | Date: 2017-08-02

The present invention provides a method for multiplex detection of target DNA. Specifically the invention provides a solid substrate comprising a plurality of DNA probes, wherein each probe contains at least two linear nucleotide chains (LNCs). The present invention is particularly useful in multiplex reactions wherein multiple target sequences are detected in one reaction. Kits useful in the multiple target detection are also provided.


InteGrids vision is to bridge the gap between citizens, technology and the other players of the energy system. The project will demonstrate how DSOs may enable all stakeholders to actively participate in the energy market and distribution grid management and develop and implement new business models, making use of new data management and consumer involvement approaches. Moreover, the consortium will demonstrate scalable and replicable solutions in an integrated environment that enables DSOs to plan and operate the network with a high share of DRES in a stable, secure and economic way, using flexibility inherently offered by specific technologies and by interaction with different stakeholders. To achieve these objectives, a complementary partnership covering the distribution system value chain has been established. The consortium includes three DSOs from different countries and their retailers, innovative ICT companies and equipment manufacturers as well as customers, a start-up in the area of community engagement and excellent R&D institutions. InteGrids concepts and approaches are based on the these two elements: 1. the role of the DSO as system optimiser and as market facilitator and 2. the integration of existing demonstration activities in three different regions allowing to move from single solutions to an integrated management at a higher scale while focusing on the scalability and replicability considering current and evolving market (and regulatory) conditions. The three conceptual pillars proactive operational planning with DER, business models for flexible DER, information exchange between different power system actors offer an opportunity to maximize the economic, societal and environmental gains from the combined integration of DRES and flexible DER. A market hub platform coupled with smart grid functions and innovative business models will open opportunities for new services and an effective roll-out of emerging technologies in the short-term.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ECSEL-IA | Phase: ECSEL-17-2015 | Award Amount: 64.82M | Year: 2016

ENABLE-S3 will pave the way for accelerated application of highly automated and autonomous systems in the mobility domains automotive, aerospace, rail and maritime as well as in the health care domain. Virtual testing, verification and coverage-oriented test selection methods will enable validation with reasonable efforts. The resulting validation framework will ensure Europeans Industry competitiveness in the global race of automated systems with an expected market potential of 60B in 2025. Project results will be used to propose standardized validation procedures for highly automated systems (ACPS). The technical objectives addressed are: 1. Provision of a test and validation framework that proves the functionality, safety and security of ACPS with at least 50% less test effort than required in classical testing. 2. Promotion of a new technique for testing of automated systems with physical sensor signal stimuli generators, which will be demonstrated for at least 3 physical stimuli generators. 3. Raising significantly the level of dependability of automated systems due to provision of a holistic test and validation platform and systematic coverage measures, which will reduce the probability of malfunction behavior of automated systems to 10E-9/h. 4. Provision of a validation environment for rapid re-qualification, which will allow reuse of validation scenarios in at least 3 development stages. 5. Establish open standards to speed up the adoption of the new validation tools and methods for ACPS. 6. Enabling safe, secure and functional ACPS across domains. 7. Creation of an eco-system for the validation and verification of automated systems in the European industry. ENABLE-S3 is strongly industry-driven. Realistic and relevant industrial use-cases from smart mobility and smart health will define the requirements to be addressed and assess the benefits of the technological progress.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-02-2016 | Award Amount: 22.78M | Year: 2017

Five DSOs (CEZ distribuce, ERDF, EON, Enexis, Avacon) associated with power system manufacturers, electricity retailers and power system experts, propose a set of six demonstrations for 12 to 24 months. Within three years, they aim at validating the enabling role of DSOs in calling for flexibility sources according to local, time-varying merit orders. Demonstrations are designed to run 18 separate use cases involving one or several of the levers increasing the local energy system flexibility: energy storage technologies (electricity, heat, cold), demand response schemes with two coupling of networks (electricity and gas, electricity and heat/cold), the integration of grid users owning electric vehicles, and the further automation of grid operations including contributions of micro-grids. The use cases are clustered into three groups. Three use cases in Sweden and the Czech Republic address the enhancement of the distribution network flexibility itself. Five use cases in France, Germany and Sweden demonstrate the role of IT solutions to increase drastically the speed of automation of the distribution networks, which can then make the best use of either local single or aggregated flexibilities. Ten use cases in Czech Republic, France, The Netherlands and Sweden combine an increased network automation and an increased level of aggregation to validate the plausibility of local flexibility markets where both distributed generation and controllable loads can be valued. Replicability of the results is studied by the DSOs and industry with an in-depth analysis of the interchangeability and interoperability of the tested critical technology components. Dissemination targeting the European DSOs and all the stakeholders of the electricity value chain will be addressed by deployment roadmaps for the most promising use cases, thus nourishing the preparation of the practical implementation of the future electricity market design, the draft of which is expected by end of 2016.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ECSEL-IA | Phase: ECSEL-15-2015 | Award Amount: 65.27M | Year: 2016

The EU has set the stage to empower semiconductor manufacturing in Europe being one of the key drivers for innovation and employment and creator for answers to the challenges of the modern society. Aim of IoSense is to boost the European competitiveness of ECS industries by increasing the pilot production capacity and improving Time-to-Market for innovative microelectronics, accomplished by establishing three fully connected semiconductor pilot lines in Europe: two 200mm frontend (Dresden and Regensburg) and one backend (Regensburg) lines networking with existing highly specialized manufacturing lines. Focus is the availability of top innovative, competitive sensors and sensor systems Made in Europe for applications in Smart Mobility, Society, Energy, Health and Production. Today competitors are already involved in the development of sensor systems for applications in the emerging Internet of Things. But there is a significant gap between those forces and the capabilities to bring ideas into the high volume market fast enough. IoSense will close this gap by providing three modular flexible pilot lines being seamless integrated in the IoT value crating networks and ready to manufacture each kind of sensor system prototypes. IoSense will increase the manufacturing capacity of sensor/MEMS components in the involved pilot lines by factor of 10 while reducing manufacturing cost and time by 30%. IoSense is designed to enable focused development work on technological and application oriented tasks combining with market orientation. Design to Market Needs will be accomplished by customer involvement, embedding all required functionality besides sensors. Finally, the time for idea-to-market for new sensor systems is intended to be brought down to less than one year. As a result, semiconductor manufacturing will get a new boost in Europe enabling the industry with competitive solutions, securing employment and providing answers to the upcoming challenges in the IoT era.

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