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First steps for Hector the robot stick insect

Published 16. December 2014

Scientists at Bielefeld University apply technology inspired by examples in nature

A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University’s latest posting on ‘research_tv’. The robot is called Hector, and its construction is modelled on a stick insect. Inspired by the insect, Hector has passive elastic joints and an ultralight exoskeleton. What makes it unique is that it is also equipped with a great number of sensors and it functions according to a biologically inspired decentralized reactive control concept: the Walknet. By 2017, the walking robot will be equipped with additional abilities in a major project at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC).[Weiterlesen]
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Filtering pollutants with nanomembranes

Published 10. December 2014

Bielefeld University participating in two European research networks 

Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Physics is starting research on nanomembranes in two new projects. Both projects are investigating the use of ultrathin foils as filters. The one project belongs to the European Union’s (EU) flagship research programme on graphene – a flexible and solid material that is only one atom thick. The EU is investing roughly one billion Euros in this flagship project over the next 10 years. The other project is studying the filtering of gases with ultrathin nanomembranes that are very similar to graphene. It is being funded by the ‘M-era.Net’ initiative, a network of partners from 24 European nations and regions.

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Bielefeld University recognized for its international work

Published 9. December 2014

Certificate awarded by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK)

Bielefeld continues to be an award-winning international university. On Monday (01.12.2014) it received the certificate from the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) for participating successfully in the Re-Audit ‘Internationalization of Universities’. Professor Martina Kessel, Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Communication, accepted the award in Berlin.
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Stem cells from adult nose tissue used to cure Parkinson’s disease in rats

Published 8. December 2014
Scientists have for the first time used adult human stem cells to “cure” Parkinson’s disease in rats. The finding might someday also lead to therapy prompting a full recovery in human patients for what is considered one of the most severe neurodegenerative diseases, and one that presently has no cure.
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University of Wrocław awards honorary doctorate to Bielefeld physicist

Published 21. November 2014

Professor Helmut Satz honoured in Poland


Helmut Satz, emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Bielefeld University, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Wrocław in Poland on 14 November. He has been promoting relations between the two universities for many decades. Starting in 1980, he worked closely together with physicists at the University of Wrocław, gave lectures there, and invited young Polish physicists to come to Bielefeld University.


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Visiting migration researcher from Princeton

Published 18. November 2014
Alejandro Portes: The Niklas-Luhmann Visiting Professor for 2014

Professor Alejandro Portes, a migration researcher at Princeton University in the United States, is Bielefeld University’s Niklas-Luhmann Visiting Professor for 2014. On Wednesday 19 November, he will give a public lecture in English on ‘Immigration, Transnationalism, and Development: The State of the Question’. The programme will begin at 18.15 in Lecture hall X-E0-001 in Building X. Entrance is free.[Weiterlesen]
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New long-term research project ‘Niklas Luhmann – A passion for theory’

Published 7. November 2014
Five million Euros of funding for the project from the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts  

On the 30th of October, the Joint Science Conference (GWK) announced six new long-term research projects for the Academies’ Programme sponsored by the Federal Government and the States. The research proposal ‘Niklas Luhmann – Theorie als Passion. Wissenschaftliche Erschließung und Edition des Nachlasses’ [Niklas Luhmann – A passion for theory: Academic indexing and editing of the legacy] is a new admission to the Academies’ Programme for the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. It will receive a total of 5,050,000 Euro over a period of 16 years. As a result, the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts is now represented by 15 projects in the largest research programme for the humanities in Germany.[Weiterlesen]
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The Best Sensory Experience for Learning a Dance Sequence

Published 7. November 2014
Bielefeld University partners with the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden

How can a sequence of dance steps best be learned? This question was the subject of a project led by researchers from Bielefeld University and the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, who developed the study along with dancers and dance instructors. Together they researched whether dancers learn a dance sequence better by seeing or by listening, that is, if a dance instructor first demonstrates the sequence, or if he or she first gives a spoken explanation. The research article detailing the results of this study was recently awarded “Best Paper” at the October 2014 conference of the German Society for Cognitive Science.[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld team wins gold medal at iGEM

Published 7. November 2014
Biofuel from CO2 impresses jury  

Last weekend (31 October - 3 November 2014), ten Bielefeld Master’s degree students were rewarded for their hard work in the laboratory over the past six months. At the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition) in Boston, USA, the team received a gold medal for their project “The Transformers - from CO2 to Biofuel”. The students impressed the expert jury with their project to produce a biofuel using electrical energy and carbon dioxide. The iGEM Competition, which started out as an internal competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Bielefeld University has been participating for 5 years.[Weiterlesen]
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The hopes of Chinese education migrants

Published 4. November 2014

Bielefeld University engaging in joint research with universities in England and China

Chinese students are the most mobile in the world. At 20 per cent, they are the largest group of international students in the industrialized countries. They also constitute the majority in Germany: every tenth international student comes from China. In a new research project, Bielefeld University is asking Chinese students what they expect to gain from studying in Europe. The project is also surveying students in China who have to travel a long way from home for their studies both inside China and abroad. Bielefeld is working together with the University of Essex (England) and the University of Tsinhua (China) on the project ‘Bright Futures’ – the first project in the world to study the attitudes and experiences of Chinese students transnationally in Europe and China.

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