New course in “Design of digital systems – IoT” from autumn 2020
Thanks to the hands-on approach and the many real projects, the course prepares you optimally for your future professional life and offers a wide range of job prospects. Graduates have career opportunities in all sectors affected by digitalization – be it as consultants, as developers with design skills, or – with appropriate experience – in responsible management positions, ”said Grüner.
Prof. Dr. Herbert Grüner, Rector and Managing Director of the New Design University
Vienna / St. St. Pölten (OTS) – Already thousands of IT specialists are missing in Austria. With the advancing digitalization of all areas of life and the economy, this deficiency will only increase. The requirements are also changing: In the future, there will be an increasing need for digital talents who can not only program, but also think holistically and implement projects in an interdisciplinary manner. This is where the new Bachelor’s degree in “Design of digital systems – IoT” from the New Design University St. Pölten comes in. It trains experts with technical understanding, design skills and economic thinking. The new course starts in October 2020, registrations are still possible until August 23, 2020.
Austria is at the top of the EU comparison when it comes to the shortage of skilled workers for the IT sector. At the beginning of 2020, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce alarmed that 10,000 highly qualified IT staff were missing. This shortage of skilled workers has dramatic consequences for the job market: Companies find it difficult to recruit and reduce their demands on graduates – often newcomers are employed in important positions after just a few weeks of a crash course. There is a particular shortcoming among experts for the Internet of Things. Networked computers are already determining large parts of our lives and with the advancing digitalization, IoT applications will become even more important.
Holistic experts as an interface
The design of such digital systems requires in-depth technological knowledge, extensive design skills and a basic economic understanding. Networked and interdisciplinary thinking as well as an eye for the big picture are required.
This is exactly where the new degree from New Design University (NDU) St. Pölten starts: “It focuses on the transdisciplinary and user-oriented connection of technology, design and economy and is aimed at young people who want to actively and responsibly shape technological and social change from the design perspective,” explains Prof. Dr. Herbert Grüner, Rector and Managing Director of the New Design University. Graduates of the new course “Design of Digital Systems – IoT” are the interface between programming and users. They understand the language of technology and can communicate requirements that come from the economy or from customers precisely and assess the result from the perspective of the user.
“With the hands-on approach and the many real projects, the course prepares you optimally for your future professional life and offers a wide range of job prospects. Graduates have career opportunities in all sectors affected by digitalization – be it as consultants, as developers with design skills, or – with appropriate experience – in responsible management positions, ”said Grüner.
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Smart toilets, audio games and magic wands: IoT research at NDU
The course director is Dr. Florian Güldenpfennig, who was appointed to the NDU in 2018 as a university professor and who has had his research focus since 2010 in the areas of interaction design and human-computer interaction. Most recently, he was involved in an international research project in the field of assistive technologies, which is about smart toilets for the elderly or z. B. Developing people with multiple sclerosis: The height and inclination of the toilets is variable and automatically adjustable, making it easier to use. Further information on the “iToilet project” (research project of the Vienna University of Technology with the participation of Univ.-Prof. Florian Güldenpfennig): Here and as a video.
His other research projects also include »Magic Paradigm«: How can users program simple networked systems and IoT projects themselves with an interactive “magic wand” – without a computer? The research project, which is located in the area of ”Tangible User Interfaces”, is aimed at democratizing IoT technology and bringing users into contact with the latest technological developments in a relaxed, playful way. More information in the e-paper and as a video.
Together with NDU Assistant Professor Michael Urbanek, Güldenpfennig also conducts research in the field of audio games and has the »AudiCom« platform launched: On this platform audio games can be designed, shared and played. Audio games are computer games that are based exclusively on sound and can therefore be played by people with visual impairments. More information about AudiCom is available on the website.
»The course in Design of Digital Systems – IoT connects what will be important tomorrow: smart technologies, an understanding of design and consideration for people’s needs. This enables his students to be at the forefront of technological innovations as well as social developments and to reflect, considerate and considerate in shaping the ‘world of tomorrow’ «, says Univ.-Prof. Dr. Güldenpfennig.
More information about NDU’s IoT research projects and Florian Güldenpfennig can be found on the NDU website and in his research blog and in the appendix.
About studying design of digital systems – IoT
- Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Study duration: 6 semesters, full-time
- Degree program: 113 semester hours or 180 ECTS points
- Admission requirements: university entrance qualification and entrance examination
- Cost: 3,000 euros per semester
- Admission dates: August 29 (registration until August 23, 2020) and at any time by individual agreement
- Student advisory service and information line: +43 (0) 2742 890 2418, firstname.lastname@example.org, WhatsApp: +43 (0) 676 341 2764
For those interested, there will be virtual information events and further training opportunities for students in summer 2020:
Virtual information evening – »Design of digital systems – IoT«
Univ. Prof. Florian Güldenpfennig introduces the new course
Dates: July 7, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
July 30, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Registration at email@example.com or +43 (0) 2742 890 2418
Online workshop for schoolchildren: “Understand design & IT”
The workshop is aimed at students (minimum age 16 years) of all school types, programming knowledge is not required. The number of participants is limited. There are details here.
Date: August 10 to 14, 2020, registration by July 26, 2020 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Image and text material is available for download at the following link: https://we.tl/t-ukjBLMvBYT
- Pictures of the research projects
- Images of IoT
- Image by Florian Güldenpfennig
- Factsheet New Design University St. Pölten
- Course content and facts about the course
- Selected IoT research projects by course director Florian Güldenpfennig
- Voices from business for the new course
About the New Design University
The New Design University St. Pölten (NDU) was founded in 2004 by the Lower Austria Chamber of Commerce and its WIFI. As an international and life-like place for sophisticated training in the areas of design, technology and business, the NDU trains creative minds who drive change in society and are already dealing with the work and design processes of the future.
The NDU is characterized by a high level of personal support and attaches great importance to the combination of theory and practice. The imparting of economic skills is also very important at the private university in St. Pölten.
Questions & contact:
New Design University
Sophie Kronberger, MA, email@example.com, +43 (0)2742 890 2407
The Skills Group
Viktoria Forster, MA, Forster@skills.at, +43 (0)664 883 48 292