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The Montanuniversität Leoben or University of Leoben (MUL) is an engineering school with an excellent reputation for its research and teaching, with a commitment to both basic and implementation oriented research. The Chair for Information Technologywas founded in 2003 and is headed by Professor Peter Auer. Peter Auer has been professor at the Graz University of Technology and has been working on machine learning since 1993. The areas of research at the Chair for Information Technology are computational intelligence, machine learning, and its application to technical and cognitive processes, including incremental and online learning, reinforcement learning, and learning for cognitive vision. The Chair for Information Technology was partner in the successful EC-IST Cognitive Vision project LAVA under the EC 5th framework, applying machine learning techniques to computer vision problems. It is a member of the PASCAL network of excellenceunder the EC 6th framework program and PASCAL2 under the EC 7th framework program. Furthermore, the Chair for Information Technology is participating in a national research network on cognitive vision.

Prof. Peter Auer received his PhD in mathematics from the Vienna University of Technology in 1992. In 1995 and 1996 he was a research scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, working with Manfred Warmuth. In 2003 he accepted the position of a full professor for Information Technology at the University of Leoben. He was a member of the ESPRIT funded Working Group Neural and Computational Learning (NeuroCOLT, NeuroCOLT2), he has authored about 50 refereed publications in scientific journals and conferences in the areas of probability theory, symbolic computation, and machine learning, and he is a member of the editorial board of the Machine Learning journal.
Dr. Ronald Ortner received an MSc and a PhD in mathematics from the University of Salzburg in 1997 and 2002. Being a research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of Science of the International Research Center in Salzburg from 1996 to 1999 he also received an MSc in philosophy (with focus on logic and reasoning). From 2000 to 2002 he worked in industry on simulation and optimisation of semiconductor production, and joined the Chair for Information Technology in 2003. His current research is on reinforcement learning and Markov decision processes.
Dr. Alex P. Leung is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair for Information Technology of the University of Leoben in Austria. He was born in Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor of Science with first class honours in Information Technology from the Department of Electronic Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong in 2001. After his first degree, he decided to pursue a research degree in Astrophysics in the Department of Physics at the University of Hong Kong. He graduated with Master of Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong in 2003 and studied for his PhD in the Vision Group of the Department of Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London from 2003 to 2007.
M.Sc. Martin Antenreiter is currently a research assistant at the Chair of Information Technology of the University of Leoben in Austria. He received his M.Sc. degree in 2005 from the Graz University of Technology. He worked for the project Learning for Adaptable Visual Assistants to categorize a large number of images. His research interests are object recognition, object tracking, image categorization, multi-label classification and cognitive vision systems.
MSc. Haider Ali is currently a research assistant at the Chair of Information Technology of the University of Leoben in Austria. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bahauddin Zakariya University one of Pakistan's major universities in 1998. After that he served several multinational IT companies in Pakistan as Software Engineer and Project Consultant until 2004. Thereafter he planned to pursue a master degree in software technology from Leuphana University of Lueneburg and graduated in 2006. Since 2006 he is also a PhD candidate at Faculty of Informatics, Institute of Computer Aided Automation, Pattern Recognition and Image Processing Group, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
Dr. Shiau Hong Lim is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair for Information Technology of the University of Leoben in Austria. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. His research interests are machine learning, computer vision, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence.
M.Sc. Thomas Jaksch is currently a research assistant at the Chair for Information Technology at the University of Leoben in Austria. He received his M.Sc. degree in 2005 from the Graz University of Technology. His research interests are reinforcement learning, online and active learning, image categorization and cognitive vision systems.