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Twenty Years of Successful Translational Research: A Case Study of Three COMET Centers

Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS,volume 1633)


The term ‘translational research’ is traditionally applied to medicine referring to a transfer of scientific results into practice, namely from ‘bench to bedside’. Only in recent years there have been attempts to define Translational (research in) Computer Science (TCS), aside from applied or basic research and mere commercialisation. In practice, however, funding programs for academia-industry collaboration in several European countries – like the Austrian COMET Program and its predecessors which include opportunities for Computer Science institutions – already provided a unique framework for TCS for over two decades. Although the COMET Program was initially set up as a means of temporary funding, a majority of the partaking institutions have managed to stay in the program over several funding periods – turning it in a de facto long-term funding framework that provides a successful structure for academia-industry collaboration. How to (i) identify the key factors to the success of individual Competence Centers and (ii) maintain fruitful relationships with industry and other academic partners are the main aims of this paper.


  • Computer science
  • Translational research
  • Technology transfer
  • Research centers
  • Academia-industry collaboration

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The research reported in this paper has been funded by BMK, BMDW, and the State of Upper Austria in the frame of SCCH (865891), part of the COMET Programme managed by FFG. VRVis is funded by BMK, BMDW, Styria, SFG, Tyrol and Vienna Business Agency in the scope of COMET - Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies (879730) which is managed by FFG. SBA Research is a COMET Centre within the COMET - Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies Programme and funded by BMK, BMDW, and the City of Vienna. The COMET Programme is managed by FFG.

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Bühler, K. et al. (2022). Twenty Years of Successful Translational Research: A Case Study of Three COMET Centers. In: Kotsis, G., et al. Database and Expert Systems Applications - DEXA 2022 Workshops. DEXA 2022. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1633. Springer, Cham.

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