TU Graz Summer Research
- Work with faculty at a leading research university in Europe.
- Variety of research projects available.
- Experience the student-friendly city of Graz, Austria.
- Earn 3-6 EECS 690 credits while gaining valuable research experience.
- No foreign language experience necessary.
- Also available as a virtual program option.
- Now accepting applications for Summer 2021!
This program offers KU Engineering students the opportunity to collaborate with international researchers at the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) on a variety of on-going research projects. TU Graz is known for its cutting-edge scientific research, innovative use of technology, and high quality academics. Students will gain valuable research experience and deepen their knowledge in a specific scientific area, while enjoying the beautiful and vibrant city of Graz, Austria.
Graz is a student-friendly city of approximately 300,000 in the southeast corner of Austria. Located near the borders with Slovenia and Hungary and two hours south of Vienna, Graz is Austria’s second largest city and the capital of the province of Styria. Graz was previously named the European Cultural Capital and its well-preserved Old Town is on UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage sites.
Graz is home to four different universities and a large student population, lending the city a vibrant and youthful atmosphere and many student-friendly amenities. The beautiful Mur River runs through the city center and there are numerous architectural, historic, cultural, and outdoors features to explore. Each year the city hosts numerous festivals. Students will enjoy the many green spaces, its well-preserved medieval city center, the lively arts scene, and the relaxed feel of this hidden gem in Austria.
Multiple research projects are available each summer. Students will indicate their ranked project preferences during the application process. The list of available projects for the upcoming summer term will be posted here when available. Sample projects from previous terms are listed below as additional examples of the types of projects students have participated in.
Summer 2021 Research Project List (Click to view complete project descriptions.)
1. Agent Based Simulations for the Investigation of Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools - Agent-based simulation framework written in Python and developed to investigate the spread of COVID-19 in small communities such as nursing homes or schools. Project will investigate modelling and comparing different prevention strategies in schools, with a focus on testing frequency and testing technologies.
2. Intelligent Energy Systems - Project focuses on development of an IoT platform and different energy services for the TU Graz campus. The cloud-based framework captures operational data and hosts data analytics services.
3. Maroon - Maroon is an interactive virutal laboratory and experiment environment that allows students to explore various experiments and phenomena in an immersive and engaging way. Implemented in Unity, this project seeks to extend the "Maroon" framework, enhance the virtual reality experiences, and add new experiences to Maroon.
Students will receive 3 KU credit hours for EECS 690. Additional credits may be possible depending on the number of research hours completed. Most students should plan to spend at least one month in Graz, although a longer duration is also possible. It is also possible to combine participation in a research project with semester study abroad at TU Graz. Contact Jenna in KU Study Abroad for more information.
Student applications are reviewed by the appropriate research professor/project director at TU Graz. The dates for the research projects are flexible and will be arranged between the student and the project director after they are selected for a project. The opportunity to contribute to research publications may be possible.
Previous Reserach Projects
Sample projects from previous years include:
- Artificial Intelligence in Smart Energy Systems
- DigitalEnergyTwin – Optimised Operation and Design of Industrial Energy Systems
- Integration of a STATCOM into an Analog Grid Model
- Compositional Embedded Operating Systems
Technische Universität Graz (Graz University of Technology)
Technische Universität Graz (or TU Graz) has a 200+ year history of providing high quality, innovation-oriented education in the fields of science and technology. Founded by Archduke Johann in 1811, today the university is an international leader in scientific research and collaboration.
Students are housed in student residence halls within walking distance or a short bus or tram ride of the TU Graz campus. Several rooming options are available, including single or double bedrooms with a shared kitchen, dining area, and bathroom, or single apartments with private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette. All facilities offer basic amenities such as WiFi and laundry.
All students will have access to kitchen facilities in their apartment or suite. Students can also purchase inexpensive meals at the TU Graz cafeteria (“mensa”), with many options including vegetarian and vegan selections. Restaurants near the university also offer student specials with inexpensive meal options.
Open to KU Engineering students sophomore level and above, although exceptions will be considered based on experience. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 required (exceptions also considered).