The Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies bachelor’s degree program focuses on the utilization of modern electronics and information and communication technology in order to help people. Students get a well-founded, holistic, and interdisciplinary education geared towards the development and implementation of needs-oriented solutions in order to improve the quality of life in people’s immediate (living) environment.
Assistive technologies support people with special needs and the elderly, allowing them to achieve a high level of autonomy in their everyday lives. Smart homes – the intelligent automation of people’s immediate living environment – represent an integral core aspect of assistive technologies. Among other things, the term smart home encompasses control tasks in the areas of lighting, shading, and climate control. Students in this degree program learn:
- Well-founded knowledge and skills about embedded systems hardware and software, distributed systems, computer and automation networks, (biometric) sensors and the processing of biosignals, digital signal processing, actuators, control engineering, and human computer interfaces
- To apply this knowledge in the course of product development and system integration as well as to understand complex networked technical relationships and solve unforeseeable problems
- To test, assess, and improve system safety, security, and reliability
- To plan and realize practical smart home environments with state-of-the-art tools, taking the relevant standards into account
- To design and configure technical building systems (electrical installations) on the basis of current and open systems
- To apply existing assistive technologies frameworks, sensors, and actuators, and furthermore to independently realize software components for the practical, simple integration of specific hardware control elements
- To create specifications for and implement comprehensive solutions for assistive technologies based on functional and non-functional requirements
- To integrate and test systems that were previously operated on a stand-alone basis in a smart home environment, taking current standards, guidelines, and legal and ethical aspects into account
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What will I be able to do in the field after earning this degree?
Graduates of this degree program can work in a wide range of occupational fields.
- They are primarily employed in the electrical and electronics industry, in information and communication technology, and in healthcare and medical technology.
- They work as system programmers, in system integration, as application developers, in sales, distribution, and logistics, in consulting, or in product management.
- Their typical tasks include software development, designing embedded systems, implementing network and Internet communication, selecting elements and components, developing barrier-free user interfaces and mobile applications, and optimizing and adapting assistive technologies for people with special needs.
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What are the admission requirements?
- You must have one of the following to apply for the Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies bachelor’s degree program:
- Matriculation exam (HTL, AHS, or BHS Matura)
- Vocational matriculation exam
- University entrance qualification exam in a relevant field
- Relevant vocational training with additional qualification (an entrance exam or qualification exam at UAS Technikum Wien)
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