Team

Jörg Petrasch acted as the director for the Ressel Center from 2015 to the end of 2016. He received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zürich in 2002. After working as an R&D engineer in the chemical Industry, he returned to ETH to pursue a PhD in the field of solar thermochemical production of fuels, focusing on multi-scale modeling of reactive flows in porous media. Subsequently he worked for Pöyry, a global engineering consultancy. Between 2009 and 2011 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, working on the solar thermochemical production of fuels. Since 2012 he holds the position of illwerke vkw Professor for Energy Efficiency at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. Jörg Petrasch’s research interests are in the field of numerical simulation of heat and mass transfer phenomena in micro-structured materials, tomography based methods, renewable energy carriers, and the dynamics of renewable energy systems in particular for demand side management.

Steffen Finck acts since the start of 2017 as the director for the Ressel Center. He obtained his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, USA in 2004 and his Dipl.-Ing. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany in 2006. In 2006 he joined the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences and began his research on Evolutionary Algorithms. In 2011 he was awarded the degree Dr.-Ing. from the Institute of Applied and Experimental Mechanics of the University of Stuttgart. His reasearch interests are in the field of Evolutionary Algorithms and in the field of Financial Mathematics.

Thomas Breuer received his M.S. in theoretical physics from ETH Zürich in 1988. Between 1988 and 1989 he was a research fellow at Mathematics Department of Princeton University. From 1991 until 1994 he carried out his doctoral research on Classical Observables, Measurement, and Quantum Mechanics at the University of Cambridge. In 1996 he completed his Habilitation at the University of Salzburg. Thomas Breuer has held positions at the University of Cologne, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Austrian National Bank before joining the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences as a Professor for Mathematical Statistics in 1999. He is currently the Director of PPE, the Research Center for Product and Process Engineering.

Thomas Feilhauer is a professor for Computer Science at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria. He has been involved in setting up the Diploma program iTec, the bachelor-program Computer Science (ITB), and the master-program Computer Science (ITM). He became a founding member of the Research Center ”Process and Product Engineering”. His research interests are in areas of Distributed Systems, Grid & Cloud computing. Thomas Feilhauer is the work package leader for WP2 – Distributed execution framework (DEF) and a leading member of the DEF development team.

Peter Kepplinger received his Mag. (M.S.) in Mathematics at the University of Vienna in 2012. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked as an application analyst for UC4 software and as a self-employed software developer. Since 2013 he has been a research assistant at the the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences and a doctoral student in the Engineering Sciences Department at the University of Innsbruck. He is a core member of the DEF development team (WP2) and WP4 (Energy Model Library), in addition he works on models and optimization algorithms for DSM using thermal systems.

Bernhard Fässler received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechatronics from the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. His research within the present Ressel Center is focused on DSM using batteries. He is a core team member of WP4 – Energy Model Library.

Martin Sobotka received his B.S. in Computer Science from the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in 2015. He currently is a master student in computer science at FHV. Martin Sobotka is a core member of the DEF (WP2) development team and has been instrumental for the rapid development of the DEF prototype.

Peter Reiter has been an associate researcher and lecturer at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences since February 2011. He graduated from the University of Vienna, with doctoral degree in Business Information Technology in November 2010. Peter Reiter’s background is in Operations Research and Computer Science. Currently he is working on novel algorithms and strategies for solving dynamic and large-scale scheduling and routing problems. His research interests are high performance algorithms for hard combinatorial optimization problems including stochastic and dynamic problems, as well as the development of software frameworks that ease the development of decision support systems for real-world applications. Dr. Reiter is the work package leader for WP6 – Logistics Library

Martin Jandacka received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Comenius University, Bratislava, in 2010 with a thesis on “The Application of Risk Measures in Portfolio Selection”. He also holds a Master’s degree and the degrees of Dr. rer. nat. from Comenius University. Since 2002 he works at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, first as a Research Assistant, now as a Senior Researcher, and his work is primarily concerned with WP5 – Finance Library.

Michael Schuler received his B.S. in system technology with focus on electrical and control engineering at NTB Buchs in 2014 and his M.S in mechatronics at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in 2016. In parallel he pursues a second M.S. in energy technology also at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences and will finish the program by the end of 2017. Currently Michael Schuler is a research assistant and core team member of WP4 – Energy Model Library.