Research Institute for Symbolic Computation
Institut für Symbolisches Rechnen
What is RISC
The Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (Institut für Symbolisches Rechnen, RISC) is an institute of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz, Austria. RISC is part of the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (TNF) of the JKU. On the other hand, RISC is part of the Softwarepark Hagenberg, an innovative center for research, education, and industrial cooperations focussed on "Software" founded around 1990 by Bruno Buchberger, who is also the founding chairman of RISC.
Between 1999 and 2008 the chairman of RISC was Franz Winkler, since 2009 the director of RISC is Peter Paule.
The main site of RISC is the Bruno Buchberger Campus in the Softwarepark Hagenberg consisting of two main buildings, the medieval Castle of Hagenberg ("Schloss Hagenberg") and, since 2013, the RISC Extension Building near the pond. The Bruno Buchberger Campus hosts the permanent offices of all RISC members including the secretaries' office. When teaching at JKU, some RISC members may also be found in the non-permanent RISC offices in the Science Park at the JKU campus.
What is Symbolic Computation
Symbolic Computation is a sub-area of computer mathematics and deals with the algorithmic processing of mathematical symbols that describe for instance numbers or geometrical objects. Today's advanced mathematics is based heavily on symbolic representations. Therefore, Symbolic Computation is at the heart of modern mathematics. Moreover, Symbolic Computation shows numerous links to Computer Science.
Symbolic Computation at RISC encompasses research, teaching, and applications in areas such as
- computer algebra,
- computer logic, and
- mathematical software
in all its facets. These areas are reflected in the research areas of RISC.
A Brief History of RISC
1987: Prof. Bruno Buchberger founds RISC
1989: RISC moves to the Castle of Hagenberg
1999: New director Prof. Franz Winkler
2005: New full professor Prof. Peter Paule
2008: RISC celebrates its 20th anniversary
2009: New director Prof. Peter Paule
2013: Opening of the new RISC building
2017: RISC celebrates its 30th anniversary
Initiatives of RISC
Journal of Symbolic Computation (JSC)
Springer Book Series in Symbolic Computation
RISC Software GmbH
University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg
Software Competence Center Hagenberg