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Awards and Distinctions


Research project at Danube University Krems was awarded a “riz up GENIUS” prize
A research team at Danube University Krems won a “riz-up GENIUS” prize for its research on new sensors to measure electric field strength, making distortion-free measurement and mobile areas of application possible


  • Future Perspectives on Novel Magnetic Materials

Alexander Kovacs, Johann Fischbacher, Markus Gusenbauer, Harald Özelt and Thomas Schrefl

Within the European NOVAMAG project a tool chain for optimizing magnet's microstructure is developed by merging synthetic microstructure generation, global optimization, and micromagnetic simulations. The simulation group recently received the best poster award for their work on microstructure optimiation at the international workshop 'Future Perspectives on Novel Magnetic Materials' in May 2018.

Work supported by funding from the European Unions Horizon 2020 NMBP23-2015 research No. 686056 (NOVAMAG).


  • Publication in „Nature Electronics“

Magnetic sensors play a key role in a number of applications, e.g. speed and position measurement in the automotive industry or in biotechnology. How to design such novel magnetic sensors which overcome the traditional technology in terms of performance and accuracy, is shown by scientists in a cooperation between the University of Vienna, Danube University Krems and Infineon AG in the frame of the Christian Doppler Laboratory "Advanced Magnetic Sensing and Materials".
"Topologically protected vortex structures for low-noise magnetic sensors with high linear range", Nature Electronics volume 1, pages 362–370 (2018)

  • Lower Austrian Innovation Award, Markus Gusenbauer et. al, November 2017

Winner of the Lower Austrian Innovation Award in the category "Innovation of  scientific research centers in Lower Austria" with his project "Entertaining the blood cells", a gentle pumping method for blood cells.


  • Lower Austrian Innovation Award, Jörg Ettenauer et. al., November 2017

Recognition award for the project "Online Escheria coli Sensor" for fast, on-site detection of E.coli bacteria.


The project „Optical protein detection in the sub-nanomolar range“ was nominated for the Lower Austrian Innovation Award. November 2016


  • World Champions at Global Conference for Educational Robotics (GCER) Botball Tournament, Michael Stifter, July 2016:

Michael Stifter and his team "Items", consisting of students of HTL Wr. Neustadt, won the International Botball Tournament 2016 in St. Augustine, Fl. Following the strict rules of GCER every participant has to design, assemble, and program their robots with a given set of materials. At the tournament the developed robots have to compete in several events, unopposed and head-to-head in double elimination rounds. "Items" is the first non-US based team to win the overall tournament, and is also the first team to win in all sub-categories (documentation, unopposed, elimination) simultaneously.


  • Best Paper Award ISPCS, Felix Ring, October 2015:

Award for the best academic paper of the renowned International IEEE Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization for Measurement, Control and Communication. Felix Ring, Thomas Bigler and Reinhard Exel were awarded for their work with the title “Synchronization robustness using Kalman-based clock servos”.


  • Invited keynote on “Micromagnetics of rare-earth efficient permanent magnets”, July 2015: Thomas Schrefl was an invited keynote speaker at 20th International Conference on Magnetism in Barcelona, Spain.


  • Invited keynote on “Finite element micromagnetics at non-zero temperature”, May 2015: Thomas Schrefl was an invited keynote speaker at the 10th International Symposium on Hysteresis Modeling and Micromagnetics, Iasi, Romania.


  • OGMA Award of the Austrian Electrotechnical Association (OVE) for the best dissertation, Wilfried Hortschitz, May 2015:

Wilfried Hortschitz was awarded the OGMA award for his outstanding dissertation in the field of measurement technology and automation.

  • Invited keynote on “Micromagnetics for rare-earth reduced permanent magnets”, March 2015: Thomas Schrefl was an invited keynote speaker at AIM 2016, Advances in Magnetism Conference, Bormio, Italy.


  • Invited keynote on “Non-zero temperature micromagnetics for rare-earth permanent magnets”, March 2015: Thomas Schrefl was an invited keynote speaker at TMS 2015 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando, USA. 


Harald Steiner was awarded with the 1st place of the RIZ Genius Idea Award for his research in the field of passive temperature threshold sensors. The new sensor is used to monitor the cold chain during transport and storage both in the medical field as well as in food. Additionally, he was awarded with the 4th place of the RIZ Genius Idea Award for his research in the field of robust temperature sensors.


  • Wissenschaf(f)tspreis des Landes Niederösterreich, Roman Beigelbeck, October 2014:

Roman Beigelbeck received the honorary award of the County of Lower Austria for his achievements in the area of analysis and optimization of sensor systems applying analytical modelling as well as computer aided numerical simulation.


  • Lower Austrian Innovation Award, Thomas Glatzl et al., October 2014:

Nomination in the category "Innovation in research facilities" of the innovation award for Lower Austrian companies. The submitted project "Flow measurement on printed circuit board technology" received 3rd place.

  • Lower Austrian Innovation Award, Martin Brandl et al., October 2014:

The project "Sensor for monitoring the quality of waste water" received the recognition award of the Lower Austrian innovation award. The developed sensor module measures the dissolved oxygen content in waste water, which is an important parameter for the operation of the biological stage of small sewage treatment plants as well as for the monitoring of river and drinking water reservoirs.


For interdisciplinary research within the scope of his doctoral thesis Wilfried Hortschitz received the Ressel-price, which is awarded once a year by the Vienna University of Technology. The price honors his work on MEMS sensors for measuring vibrations in the pico-meter regime.


Auszeichnung für die beste Veröffentlichung auf dem IEEE Workshop for Factory Communication Systems 2014 in Toulouse, der weltweit bedeutendsten Tagung auf dem Gebiet der industriellen Kommunikationstechnik.


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is the world’s leading professional association in the field of electronics engineering and computer science. One of the Association’s most prestigious honors is the elevation to the grade of Fellow, which is conferred each year to only very few scientists with an outstanding record of accomplishments. Thilo Sauter received this recognition for his contributions to synchronization and security in automation networks.


Nomination in the focal topic “Easy Living: Multi-Generation Products & Technologies” of the RIZ Genius idea contest for the research in the field of flow sensing for ventilation and air conditioning systems in building automation.

  • “Most Read Paper” of the Journal Measurement, Science and Technology, Institute of Physics, Roman Beigelbeck, 2013:

Roman Beigelbeck’s publication on micro mechanic viscosity sensors became one of the top research paper downloads ever of the journal Measurement Science and Technology of the Institute of Physics (IOP).