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How does comparison change contact between cultures?

Published on 4. Oktober 2018
Conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1288 ‘Practices of Comparing’

When cultures meet, situations of contact are often overwhelming. How do people order the unknown cultural phenomena they encounter? Researchers at Bielefeld University assume that comparisons with the familiar play an important role in this process. They are verifying this assumption by looking at the history of European Expansion and colonization, and they will be discussing this question with international researchers at the conference ‘Contact – Conquest – Colonization: Practices of Comparing between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, from Antiquity to the Present.’ The conference will be held from the 11th to the 13th of October at Bielefeld University and is being organized by the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1288 ‘Practices of Comparing’.    [Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University seals strategic partnership with Universidad de Guadalajara/Mexico

Published on 1. Oktober 2018
Vice-Rector Angelika Epple: “One of our most important international strategic partners”

Signatories of the partnership: Gerhard Sagerer (left) and Miguel Ángel Navarro Navarro. Photo:  Universidad de Guadalajara
Bielefeld University has a new strategic partner in Mexico: the Universidad de Guadalajara. The partnership was sealed in Mexico at the beginning of September by Rektor Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Diversity, Professor Dr Angelika Epple, with the Rector General of the Universidad de Guadalajara, Dr Miguel Ángel Navarro Navarro, and the Rector of the CUCSH (University Centre of Social Sciences and Humanities), Dr Héctor Raúl Solís Gadea. “This institutionalises our cooperation beyond the long-standing contact of individual faculties. Guadalajara is one of our most important international strategic partners,” says Angelika Epple.[Weiterlesen]
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A Robot to Be Fond Of

Published on 14. September 2018
Friendly robot being developed in new project

Die Forschenden des Exzellenzclusters CITEC arbeiten in dem Projekt VIVA anfangs mit dem sozialen Roboter Pepper. Im Lauf des Projekts wollen sie einen eigenen Roboter entwickeln.Foto: Friso Gentsch/CITEC
How can robots enrich people’s private lives? A research team is investigating this question in the context of the VIVA project, in which the researchers aim to develop a strongly expressive social robot that is perceived as trustworthy and friendly. Researchers from Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), the University of Augsburg, and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld are working together on this project with three companies from the IT sector. From 19–21 September, a kick-off conference will be held in the CITEC Building, where project members will come together to discuss the research work ahead.[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld researchers to attend first German–Canadian workshops in Edmonton

Published on 12. September 2018
Next step in the cooperation with the Canadian province of Alberta  

Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Educational Science and Faculty of Health Sciences are taking the lead: Their representatives are travelling to the province of Alberta from the 14th to the 19th of September for the first two binational workshops with Canadian partners. They will also be discussing future cooperation plans and the exchange of students and interns between educational institutions in both regions – and cooperation with further faculties and academic institutes.[Weiterlesen]
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Bending Without Breaking – How Insects Feel Around Their Environment

Published on 10. September 2018
Researchers publish findings on insect antenna flexibility and structure

For hundreds of millions of years, insects have used specialized antennae to explore their surroundings. For this tactile exploration, the antennae have to stiff enough to allow for active, controlled movement, while at the same time compliant enough to prevent damage when coming into contact with objects. How do insects solve this problem? And can the solution be used for biologically inspired robots? In an interdisciplinary project, researchers from Kiel University, Bielefeld University, and the Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences are working together to get to the bottom of this question.
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Refugees: 120th certificate awarded for passing the DSH-Prüfung (German language exam for admission to a university)

Published on 7. September 2018
47 certificates for successful candidates in the current year

Passing their DSH-Prüfung is a major milestone for refugees wishing to take up university studies. The 120th DSH certificate gained since the start of preparatory German language courses for refugees at Bielefeld University in 2016 will be awarded at a small ceremony today (07.09.). Eleven of this year’s successful candidates intend to use their certificates to start studying at Bielefeld University or Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. [Weiterlesen]
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Limited reception of emails from September 7th until September 10th

Published on 3. September 2018
Exchange of email server

The email server of Bielefeld University will be exchanged from Friday September 7th noon until Monday morning September 10th.
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Bielefeld University creates more than 800 teaching places

Published on 29. August 2018
Design of the new lecture hall building unveiled

Das neue Hörsaalgebäude der Universität Bielefeld wird südlich des Hauptgebäudes errichtet. Visualisierung: Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten

A lecture hall and three seminar rooms housed in a new building, spread over more than 1,000 square metres of main usable floor area, will complement the campus in future. Today (29 August), Bielefeld University presented the winner of the competition for the new lecture hall building. The design features a bright spacious foyer, a lecture hall with daylight, and a façade in which wood is a distinctive feature. The building on “Konsequenz” road is to be completed in 2020.[Weiterlesen]
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How can randomness be made more controllable?

Published on 22. August 2018
International conference on the initiative of the Collaborative Research Centre 1283

Professor Dr. Michael Röckner leitet die Tagung. Foto: Universität Bielefeld

Mathematics can describe dynamic processes such as weather patterns and stock prices with equations. If a sudden volcanic eruption disrupts the weather or a war unexpectedly upsets stock prices, mathematics speaks of a random incident. Researchers, especially in the field of stochastic analysis, want to better understand, describe and use this randomness. This is also a focal topic at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1283 “Taming uncertainty and profiting from randomness and low regularity in analysis, stochastics and their applications” at Bielefeld University. From 3-7 September, researchers will be welcoming around 100 mathematicians from all over the world to the International Conference on Stochastics and Its Applications (ICSAA) in Bielefeld.[Weiterlesen]
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Children Put on by Robots

Published on 16. August 2018
“Science Robotics” journal: Study by CITEC researcher and international colleagues

Wie wirkt sich die Anwesenheit von Ro-botern auf das menschliche Denken aus?

Can robots induce the same social influence and peer pressure as humans do? A new study shows that children adopt a false claim when this is expressed by a group of robots. Conducted by computer scientist Anna-Lisa Vollmer of the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University as well as her colleagues from Plymouth University (United Kingdom), the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin) and Ghent University (Belgium), this study appeared on Wednesday (15.08.2018) in the scientific journal “Science Robotics.”
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