6. Summer School Doc+ 2023

TU Austria Summer School Doc+
18. – 22. September 2023, Leoben


TU Austria: In 2010 the three Austrian Universities of Technology – the Vienna University of Technology, the Graz University of Technology, and Montanuniversität Leoben – founded "TU Austria". This association, which focuses on the field of science and engineering, has more than 46.500 students, 5.500 graduates and 9.600 members of staff. The TU Austria universities join forces and use synergy effect in order to accomplish more in research, teaching and higher education policy and to be convincing as a strong partner in the industrial and economic sectors with their cumulative expertise.

TU Austria Summer School Doc+ Program

TU Austria Summer School Doc+ 2023 will focus on different aspects of networks. offers a great opportunity to get in touch with methods for Network Design. You will look at networks from different perspectives, technical, systemic, social. You will learn how to address design questions systematically and develop creative solution approaches for various challenges. Additionally, you will increase your team skills and benefit from exchanging information and experience with fellow students from the TU Austria universities.

Target group: PreDoc students from the three Austrian universities of technology (TU Wien, TU Graz, Montanuniversität Leoben)

During the summer school the concepts of several Network Design approaches will be elaborated. The working language is English.

Overview of the Program:

Dates & Location:

18. – 22. September 2023
Montanuniversität Leoben, Franz-Josef-Straße 18, 8700 Leoben



Starting with a warm welcoming and an introduction to what to expect in the upcoming days, we will have our first Get-Together on Monday morning.

A special keynote will introduce to the characteristics of networks, and the challenges in designing and maintaining networks.

Another highlight of the agenda is our field trip to the Zentrum am Berg (ZAB). With the ZAB at the Styrian Erzberg the Montanuniversität Leoben operates a unique and independent research infrastructure focused on the construction and operation of underground facilities.

Challenges of today´s industries


Networks are essential for modern industry as they enable communication, collaboration, and the exchange of information and resources. The importance of networks has grown in recent years due to the globalisation of value chains and the widespread adoption of digital technologies, such as the internet, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The use of networks can provide companies with greater flexibility and agility, and can furthermore lead to faster and more effective decision-making, as well as increased productivity and profitability. Supply chain networks enable businesses to coordinate the production and delivery of goods and services, while social networks can help to promote products and services and engage with customers.

With the advent of big data analytics, companies can use networks to collect and analyse vast amounts of data from various sources, such as customer feedback, social media, and IoT sensors. This can help them identify patterns and trends, gain insights into customer behavior, and improve their products and services.

Networks have become critical for modern industry, enabling businesses to connect, communicate, and collaborate in ways that were previously impossible.

What networks mean for modern industries and which challenges lie ahead will be discussed in presentations on Neural Networks (Elmar Rückert), Energy Networks (Thomas Kienberger), and Supply Chain Networks (Helmut Zsifkovits)

These presentations should serve as an input for the workshops on the following days.

Workshop days


The focus on these days is to understand the concepts and the use of the design approaches described below for proper design of any kind of networks. Through team exercises, group work and case studies as well as theoretical input you will develop the ideas of Engineering Design and learn how to use them in your future work.

Axiomatic design:

Axiomatic Design proposes a systematic approach for the design of products, processes, components, software etc. Axiomatic design applies a scientific approach for designing products according to customer needs. It is based on a process defining the following four levels:

  • Customer Requirements (Customer Domain)
  • Functional Requirements (Functional Domain)
  • Design Parameter (Physical Domain)
  • Process Variable (Process Domain)

Following the two Axioms (Independence and Information Axiom) participants will learn how to reduce complexity in large design projects like large systems or networks. Participants learn also how Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) software can be used for using Axiomatic Design and Systems Engineering in general.

Course leader:


Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Erwin Rauch
Professor for Smart and Sustainabe Manufacturing
Head of Sustainable Manufacturing Lab und Head of Smart Mini Factory Lab
Free University of Bozen, Faculty of Engineering

After his studies at Free University of Bolzano and the Technical University of Munich he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Stuttgart with summa cum laude. Currently he is an Endowed Professor for Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing at the Free University of Bolzano. He is the Head of the Smart Mini Factory laboratory for Industry 4.0 and the Sustainable Manufacturing Lab. Erwin Rauch is also author of over 200 scientific contributions and an expert/member of various associations and organisations (Associate Member EuroScience, Expert Group World Manufacturing Forum, EPIEM Steering Board). In his research he focuses on Sustainable Production, Industry 4.0/5.0, Smart Manufacturing, Human-Robot Collaboration in Assembly as well as Axiomatic Design (AD) and Design of Complex Systems.

Dr. Ali Bataleblu
Senior research associate
Sustainable Manufacturing Lab
Free University of Bozen, Faculty of Engineering

Ali is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology (KNTU) in 2012 and 2018 respectively. He has more than ten years of work experience in the Space System Design Institute (SSDI) at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at KNTU and Industry since 2010. He has a broad sight in three separate fields of engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. His research specifically focused on systems engineering and MBSE, MDO, probabilistic design optimization, and machine learning areas such as surrogate-assisted design optimization, intelligent optimization, Monte-Carlo simulation, co-simulation, and co-design.

Design Thinking:

Design Thinking is both a methodology and an approach. It aims to release as much creative potential as possible among all stakeholders of an innovation project in order to systematically solve complex problems or tasks. Design thinking uses various methods to make the user's view with its wishes, needs and goals visible to the innovation team and therefore perfectly suitable to answer network-based questions.
It refers to the methodological aspect: creative thinking should be encouraged, promoted and used in a goal-oriented manner through methodical setting.

Course leader:

DI Hemma Bieser, MSc
Geschäftsführerin |Managing Partner Innovation Company avantsmart

Hemma Bieser founded the innovation company avantsmart in 2011, with the aim of making innovation and sustainability profitable for businesses. Together with her clients, she develops new business models for the energy market of the future and thus co-shapes the energy transition.

She is an expert on new methods and tools in management: design thinking, business model innovation and lean startup strategies. As a consultant, moderator and speaker, she shares her know-how with entrepreneurs, innovation managers, product managers, service designers, researchers and students.

Hemma is lecturer for innovation, entrepreneurship and transformation at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna and University of Applied Arts, and Authorized IC Agile Instructor. Since 2022 she is member of the management board of Austria’s first energy-cooperative OurPower.

Organisational matters


Applicants must submit a motivation letter, answering the following questions:

  • Why would you like to participate in the TU Austria Summer School Doc+?
  • How do you see the importance of networks for your future work?
  • What experience do you have in the field of networks?

All application documents should be submitted in English and must be received no later than no later than 21 July 2023. Please send the documents the contact person at your university.

  • Please note that the number of participants is limited (16 participants).


The respective university will carry the costs for TU Austria Summer School Doc+ as well as accommodation, arrival, and departure (public transport only). For details please speak to the contact person at your university.

Contact persons:

TU Wien

Dipl. -Päd. Stefanie Madsen
Human Resource Development
T:  +43 1 58801 - 410 868

TU Graz

Claudia Holzmann, MA
Human Resource Development
T: +43 316 8734592

Montanuniversität Leoben

Sigrid Schmoll
Human Resources
T: +43 3842 402 7144