FAW was initiated by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner as a research institute and is now an independent institute of the Johannes Kepler University of Linz. It is located at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and at the Softwarepark Hagenberg.
The major domains of its education, research and development work are:
* Advanced Information Systems
* Data- and Knowledge Modelling
* Data- and Knowledge Centered Systems
* Web Engineering
* Decision Support