Title: ARTICONF Decentralized Social Media Platform for Democratic Crowd Journalism

Authors: Ines Rito Lima, Vasco Filipe, Claudia Marinho, Alexandre Ulisses, Antorweep Chakravorty, Atanas Hristov, Nishant Saurabh, Zhiming Zhao, Ruyue Xin, Radu Prodan

Social Network Analysis and Mining https://www.springer.com/journal/13278

Abstract: Media production and consumption behaviors are changing in response to new technologies and demands, giving birth to a new generation of social applications. Among them, crowd journalism represents a novel way of constructing democratic and trustworthy news relying on ordinary citizens arriving at breaking news locations and capturing relevant videos using their smartphones. The ARTICONF  project proposes a trustworthy, resilient, and globally sustainable toolset for developing decentralized applications (DApps) to address this need. Its goal is to overcome the privacy, trust, and autonomy-related concerns associated with proprietary social media platforms overflowed by fake news.

Leveraging the ARTICONF tools, we introduce a new DApp for crowd journalism called MOGPlay. MOGPlay collects and manages audio-visual content generated by citizens and provides a secure blockchain platform that rewards all stakeholders involved in professional news production.

Besides live streaming, MOGPlay offers a marketplace for audio-visual content trading among citizens and free journalists with an internal token ecosystem. We discuss the functionality and implementation of the MOGPlay DApp and illustrate four pilot crowd journalism live scenarios that validate the prototype.

Authors: Juanjuan Li, Rui Qin, Cristina Olaverri-Monreal, Radu Prodan, Fei-Yue Wang

Journal: IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles

Abstract: As part of TIV’s DHW on Vehicle 5.0, this letter introduces a novel concept, Logistics 5.0, to address high complexities in logistics CyberPhysical-Social Systems (CPSS). Building upon the theory of parallel intelligence and leveraging advanced technologies and methods such as blockchain, scenarios engineering, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations and Operations (DAOs), Logistics 5.0 promises to accelerate the paradigm shift towards intelligent and sustainable logistics. First, the parallel logistic framework is proposed, and the logistics ecosystem is discussed. Then, the human-oriented operating systems (HOOS) are suggested to providing intelligent Logistics 5.0 solutions. Logistics 5.0 serves as a critical catalyst in realizing the “6S” objectives, i.e. Safety, Security, Sustainability, Sensitivity, Service, and Smartness, within the logistics industry


  • CP-Steering: CDN- and Protocol-Aware Content Steering Solution for HTTP Adaptive Video Streaming
    Reza Farahani (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), Abdelhak Bentaleb (Concordia University, Canada), Mohammad Shojafar (University of Surrey, UK), Hermann Hellwagner (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Context-Aware HTTP Adaptive Video Streaming Utilizing QUIC’s Stream Priority
    Sindhu Chellappa (University of New Hampshire), Reza Farahani (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), Radim Bartos (University of New Hampshire, USA), Hermann Hellwagner (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Which CDN to Download From? A Client and Server Strategies
    Abdelhak Bentaleb (Concordia University, Canada), Reza Farahani (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), Farzad Tashtarian (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), Hermann Hellwagner (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), Roger Zimmermann (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

HiPEAC magazine https://www.hipeac.net/news/#/magazine/

HiPEACINFO 68, pages 27-28.

Autohrs: Dragi Kimovski (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria), Narges Mehran (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria), Radu Prodan (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria), Souvik Sengupta (iExec Blockchain Tech, France), Anthony Simonet-Boulgone (iExec Blockchain Tech, France), Ioannis Plakas (UBITECH, Greece) , Giannis Ledakis (UBITECH, Greece) and Dumitru Roman (University of Oslo and SINTEF AS, Norway)

Abstract: Modern big-data pipeline applications, such as machine learning, encompass complex workflows for real-time data gathering, storage and analysis. Big-data pipelines often have conflicting requirements, such as low communication latency and high computational speed. These require different kinds of computing resource, from cloud to edge, distributed across multiple geographical locations – in other words, the computing continuum. The Horizon 2020 DataCloud project is creating a novel paradigm for big-data pipeline processing over the computing continuum, covering the complete lifecycle of bigdata pipelines. To overcome the runtime challenges associated with automating big-data pipeline processing on the computing continuum, we’ve created the DataCloud architecture. By separating the discovery, definition, and simulation of big-data pipelines from runtime execution, this architecture empowers domain experts with little infrastructure or software knowledge to take an active part in defining big-data pipelines.

This work received funding from the DataCloud European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 101016835.

Every year, Carinthia celebrates its cultural and scientific greats by awarding a total of 13 prizes based on the proposal of the Carinthian Cultural Board. This year Hermann Hellwagner received one of the three appreciation prizes in the natural and technical sciences category. Congratulations! Further information: https://www.aau.at/blog/kulturpreise-des-landes-kaernten-fuer-hermann-hellwagner-roswitha-rissner-und-wolfgang-puschnig/

Christina Obmann, one of our first Game Studies and Engineering students, has been recognized as outstanding in the Carinthia region by the local newspaper Kleine Zeitung. Besides her interest and work in games, she’s teaching at the university, learning Chinese, and was awarded a scholarship from Huawei.



During the visit of our minister of education (Martin Polaschek),  Hermann Hellwagner gave an overview of drone research at the AAU and the use of the drone hall.

Read more about Mr. Polaschek´s visit here.

Over the past decade, Carinthia has developed into a hotspot in drone research. The heart of the scientific operation is Europe’s largest drone hall in Klagenfurt.

The newspaper “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” reported on our drone work with its own article (link).