Artificial intelligence could help make manufacturing work safer, easier, and more productive. This is the idea behind the EU-funded PERKS research project, in which researchers from WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) play a pivotal role.
Thanks to digitalization, we now have the tools to analyze the global economy more accurately than ever before – with a map of global supply chain networks. This is exactly what WU’s Anton Pichler is working on together with other scientists from various disciplines.
Globally, 1.3 billion tons of edible food per year is wasted in retail and consumption. This equals around 35 % of food produced along the entire supply chain, from production to consumers. WU researcher Gerald Reiner (head of the Institute for Production Management) and his team are conducting research on food waste and what the retail industry can do to avoid it. In recognition of his research, Gerald Reiner has been named Researcher of the Month January.
While the Gender Pay Gap describes gender inequality on the job market, the term Gender Data Gap refers to inequalities in social development as a whole: Most socio-organizational decisions are based on data concerning men, i.e. male bodies, male preferences and prototypical male life choices. In a recent study, WU researcher Sonja Sperber (Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization) and her colleagues look into the negative effects of the Gender Data Gap and how to overcome it.
Exclusion is omnipresent in social interactions. So is the fact that we prefer to surround ourselves with like-minded people. In her new study, WU researcher Susann Fiedler from the Institute for Cognition and Behavior uncovers cognitive processes underlying our group behavior. For this purpose, she and her team use eye tracking technology, a tool known from newspaper research.
The European Research Council awards Jürgen Braunstein an ERC Starting Grant, one of the most prestigious European science awards. The award is endowed with €1.5 million. Braunstein conducts research at the WU Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience. He was granted starting capital for his research project on Energy Transitions and the Rise and Fall of Great Financial Centers (GFCs).
The World Data Lab (WDL) in cooperation with WU, announced the launch of the World Emissions Clock (WEC) on the margins of the UN Climate Conference in Egypt today. WU and WDL have developed this statistical model in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Patrick McGovern Foundation, the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, and the University of Oxford.
Jesús Crespo Cuaresma, Gabriel Felbermayr, Karin Heitzmann, and Klaus Prettner have been appointed experts to the Austrian Productivity Board. In the coming years, the WU researchers will support and advise the board on technical matters.
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