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Mental Training for Soccer Tactics

Published 22. Juni 2016
CITEC researchers have developed a new mental training technique for athletes    

It’s not only controlling the ball, physical endurance, and dexterity that matter when it comes to playing soccer. Members of a soccer team also have to be at the top of their game when it comes to tactical strategy. Researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University have developed a mental training technique that helps soccer players improve their tactical action. The “kicker” here is that the players can practice with this method without actually being on the playing field. [Weiterlesen]
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Service Robot Floka’s Big Debut

Published 22. Juni 2016
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology presents its “Home with a Brain” at the Automatica trade fair in Munich

What must an intelligent apartment provide in order to make everyday life safe, healthy, and comfortable? The Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) will give a glimpse into the home of the future from 21–24 June 2016 at Automatica, the international trade fair for automation and mechantronics held in Munich. Under the banner “A Home with a Brain,” CITEC will exhibit its new research developments at Stand 315 in Hall B4. Here, the service robot Floka will be debuted to the public for the first time. Floka is fitted with a new “social” robotic head that was also developed at CITEC whose facial expressions can signal happiness, worry, interest, or anger.     [Weiterlesen]
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How the brain merges the senses

Published 6. Juni 2016
Scientists from Cluster of Excellence CITEC unveil the mechanisms of multisensory processing in a new publication in “Nature Communications“ 

Utilizing information from all the senses is critical for building a robust and rich representation of our surroundings. Given the wealth of multisensory information constantly bombarding us, however, how does our brain know which signals go together and thus need to be combined? And how does it integrate such related signals? Scientists from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics have proposed a computational model that explains multisensory integration in humans utilizing a surprisingly simple processing unit. This research, funded by the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, appears in the current issue of “Nature Communications”.
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A Mirror that Knows Your Schedule and a Door that Knows the Bus Timetable

Published 1. Juni 2016
Bielefeld University welcomed the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to CITEC  

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall…” The mirror of the future can answer questions, help out with brushing one’s teeth, or remind one of upcoming appointments. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University is developing a “thinking” home entrance area equipped with a smart mirror and intelligent door as part of the Cluster of Innovation KogniHome. CITEC is working with 13 regional partners on this project. As the project is reaching its halfway point, representatives from the BMBF visited CITEC and the PIKSL Laboratory of the v. Bodelschwingh Bethel Foundation on 30 May 2016 to experience for themselves the technologies being developed for KogniHome.   [Weiterlesen]
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New Marie Curie Network in economics

Published 9. Mai 2016
Bielefeld University to coordinate the ExSIDE programme; six nations participating  

With roughly 3.8 million Euros over the next four years, the European Commission is funding a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network in the field of economics at Bielefeld University. The topic: How do expectations come about and what role do they play in economic decisions and economic policymaking? An example: I’ve been offered a job, but it does not pay that well. Should I take the job anyway? Or do I expect to find a job elsewhere that will pay better? The name of the programme ExSIDE stands for ‘Expectations and Social Influence Dynamics in Economics’.
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A Search Engine for Arguments

Published 9. Mai 2016
Bielefeld University leading new priority program in cooperation with universities from Bremen Duisburg-Essen, Leipzig, and Weimar  

Discussions on the Internet are hard to analyze, whether it is controversy over the trade agreement TTIP (Transatlantic Treaty and Investment Partnership between Europe and the United States), or the debate on refugees. These conversations sometimes take place over the course of years, and millions of participants may have their say. A new priority program funded by the German Research Foundation is working to shed light on this problem: starting in 2017, researchers from across Germany will work on a search engine for arguments. These technical systems will be designed to analyze, for instance, how groups such as PEGIDA, the far right, anti-Islamic movement, or anti-globalization activists, argue in online discussions. Bielefeld University is leading the program “Ratio” in cooperation with the Jacobs University Bremen, the University of Duisburg-Essen, Leipzig University, and the Bauhaus University Weimar.[Weiterlesen]
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Humboldt Professorship awarded: ‘Excellent mathematician’ coming to Bielefeld

Published 6. Mai 2016
William Crawley-Boevey will be doing research at the university for five years 
 
The 2016 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship – the most highly endowed research award in Germany – was awarded yesterday (03.05.2016) in Berlin, and Bielefeld University was present. The mathematician Professor Dr. William Crawley-Boevey, one of a total of six award winners, will start carrying out research at Bielefeld University in October. He will be moving to Bielefeld from the University of Leeds in Great Britain. The Humboldt Professorship is endowed with 3.5 million Euros over five years for theoretical scientists such as Crawley-Boevey.
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Doing research in the home of Luhmann

Published 27. April 2016
Argentinian sociologist as Georg Forster Fellow at Bielefeld University

The Argentinian academic Dr. Santiago Gabriel Calise is spending two years carrying out research at Bielefeld University with the help of a Georg Forster research scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. From February 2016 to January 2018, he will be specializing in the sociology of law and the sociology of regulation at the Faculty of Sociology. More specifically, he is studying how Luhmann’s systems theory can be used to characterize the social structure of Latin America.[Weiterlesen]
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“The countries taking in migrants invariably benefit”

Published 21. April 2016
Migration researcher Thomas Faist in research_tv interview

Migration poses challenges for nations, but it also opens up opportunities – especially in the migrants’ destination countries. “In the history of the Federal Republic up to now, migration has always been linked to a net benefit for German taxpayers and especially for German companies.” Expressed in figures for the year 2012: the average migrant paid 3,300 Euro more in taxes than their immigration cost the state. Sociologist Thomas Faist conducts research at Bielefeld University on how international migration affects education and the labour market. In his interview with “research_tv” at Bielefeld University, he speaks about the causes of migration, the challenges it creates, and the impact of where people live on their opportunities in life[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University Ranks among the World's Best Young Universities

Published 11. April 2016
23rd place in the international Times Higher Education Ranking   

For the fifth time in succession, Bielefeld University has been rated among the world's best young universities. The East Westphalian university takes 23rd place in the “THE 150 Under 50” ranking, which was published on Wednesday evening (6/4/2016). This is its best ranking ever and a huge improvement over last year’s 57th place. Since 2012, the “Times Higher Education” (THE), a British magazine for higher education, has been comparing the world’s leading universities founded less than 50 years ago.[Weiterlesen]
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