TU Wien Informatics’ Under 30
We are proud to present nine outstanding students and alumni of TU Wien Informatics as part of “TUW Under 30”.
Following the example of the well-known Forbes Under 30 campaign, TU Wien turns the spotlight on young people from TU Wien who have achieved great things in their careers. With “TUW Under 30”, we present 30 people under 30 years of age who have proven their potential in various areas and have distinguished themselves through extraordinary achievements. In the course of the campaign, TU students, alumni, and employees were able to apply or nominate others. The top-class jury with Klaus Fiala, chief editor of Forbes DA, founder of Legitary and Forbes “30 Under 30” Nermina Mumic, and head of the Innovation Incubation Center (i2c) at TU Wien Birgit Hofreiter has carefully selected the winners, nine of which from TU Wien Informatics.
Lukas Aumayr is a PreDoc researcher at the Research Unit for Security and Privacy. His research interests are mainly in cryptocurrencies and blockchain, as well as the scalability of systems and off-chain protocols. Since fraud and data theft repeatedly occur in cryptocurrency transactions, Aumayr developed an improved transaction protocol in collaboration with the IMDEA Software Institute and Purdue University (USA). The team around Aumayr was able to present their findings last year at the Usenix Security Symposium, one of the “Big Four” IT security conferences worldwide.
Out of more than 200,000 participants in the National University, Entrance Examination in Iran, Zahra Babaiee placed a respectable 89th. She graduated with honors from Sharif UT (SUT) with a bachelor’s degree. She was then accepted to the Doctoral College for Resilient Embedded Systems at TU Wien Informatics. With her GPA of 1.0, the student is conducting research on bio-inspired, small and robust deep neural networks (cyber-physical systems). She has published her work at prestigious machine learning conferences such as the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). She was offered a research fellowship as part of her collaboration with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Luigi Berducci is a PreDoc Researcher at the Research Unit for Cyber-Physical Systems. In the first year of his Ph.D., Berducci conducted research in the area of machine learning and safety in autonomous driving. He has published his results at ICRA, a leading conference on robotics, and other top-level conferences. He is also a member of the F1TENTH team “Scuderia Segfault,” winning first prize at the 9th F1/10 Autonomous Grand Prix 2021 and 3rd prize at the 10th Grand Prix 2022 at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Berducci is actively involved in activities with industry partners in the automotive sector.
Patrick Enzenberger is president of the Space Team at TU Wien, an association with more than 100 members with technically and organizationally challenging projects and record attempts. The Space Team implements several projects in the field of aerospace; a special focus is on the experimental construction of rockets. Here, the TUW Space Team has already designed several solid and liquid rockets in the course of its work. Enzenberger studies computer engineering.
Andreas Ernhofer studies medical informatics in our bachelor’s program at TU Wien Informatics. A few years back, he broke three cervical vertebrae in a severe accident and has been paraplegic ever since. Parallel to his studies, he worked with various therapists and thus found his way into professional sports as a swimmer. His highlights were two medals at European Championships and participating in the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020. Ernhofer has been undefeated at Austrian national championships since 2017 and holds 19 Austrian records in para-swimming. In the meantime, he is about to complete his bachelor’s degree and strives for an academic career in spinal cord research.
Have you ever tried to remove the background from a picture or video on your computer? In the past, this was only possible with a lot of effort and expensive programs like Photoshop or After Effects. Thanks to the start-up Kaleido AI, it’s as simple as one click. TU Wien Informatics alumni David Fankhauser founded Kaleido in 2017 with Benjamin Grössing and gradually built it into a 40-strong company. In one of the most significant exits in Austrian startup history, Kaleido was bought by design platform Canva in 2021. But the journey continues: “In the future, we will go even further into the entire image and video processing with new products around the holistic design platform Designify,” says Fankhauser. He finished his master’s degree in Visual Computing at TU Wien Informatics in 2017.
Marcel Moosbrugger completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science at TU Wien informatics with outstanding achievements. He was also part of our “Bachelor with Honors”, which only targets the top 5% of students. If that wasn’t enough, his master’s thesis won the Distinguished Young Alumn Award for the best master’s thesis in 2020. Moosbrugger is a second-year Ph.D. student at TU Vienna and has already published three papers in top-tier computer science journals. He is also involved in teaching and public relations, for example, through podcasts. Read more about Moosbrugger’s path to informatics and why math is greater than you think in our #5QW series.
Anton Peter completed his bachelor’s degree in the field of business informatics – among the top 3% of his class. He then gained professional experience in the investment banking department of Deutsche Bank in an internship. This was followed by a master’s degree in Data Science at TU Wien Informatics. Since 2020, he has also made it his mission to revolutionize the fashion industry through sustainable technology innovation. He is also interested in hardware – at the age of 17, Peter had already developed a robot for the automated cutting of ceramics.
Although Tahel Singer was completely not into tech but active in the art industry, she enrolled at TU Wien Informatics. She completed her bachelor’s successfully and in the minimum required time. As part of her bachelor’s thesis, Singer developed a translation machine from Viennese into High German – a topic close to the 23-year-old’s heart. Now that she has completed her studies, she is taking the next step on the career ladder, starting an internship at Microsoft.