Bielefeld University launches online surveyHow do football fans show their love for their club? Researchers at the Institute for In-terdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at Bielefeld University are trying to find that out. The Institute’s new nationwide project called “Bielefeld football fans survey” (BiFans), led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Zick, investigates fan cultures and how fans identify with football clubs from the First to Third German Leagues. For this study, the researchers are looking for football fans who attend stadium games played by teams in these Leagues to complete an online survey. The German Football League and the German Football Association are supporting the project, but it remains scientifically independent. The online survey is now open.[Weiterlesen]
Federal Ministry for Education and Research funds project of Bielefeld University and 13 regional partnersA new project, ‘KogniHome’, has been launched to develop a networked home that supports the health, quality of life and safety of families, people living alone and senior citizens. Fourteen project partners from Ostwestfalen-Lippe will be collaborating in the new regional innovation cluster ‘KogniHome’ over the next three years. The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting the project until 2017 with eight million Euros of funding. KogniHome is led by CITEC, the Cluster of Excellence at Bielefeld University. Further partners include white goods manufacturer Miele, the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation and the company Hella, Lippstadt. The total amount of funding, including contributions from these project partners, amounts to 11.3 million Euros.[Weiterlesen]
Bielefeld University is high up in the 2014 Humboldt Rankings: In the overall ranking of German universities, Bielefeld University comes 11th out of 79. It is now number two in North Rhine-Westphalia behind Bonn University.
On Friday 18 July 2014, members of the university community dined at the canteen for the last time in almost 39 years. That following weekend, the canteen moved to its new location in Building X. On Monday, 21 July, the new canteen opened its doors to hungry students and staff. In addition to providing a wider selection of meal options, the new cafeteria offers a new style of serving in which guests can largely put their own meals together.[Weiterlesen]
Various academic faculties and departments of Bielefeld University as well as the “it’s OWL” Cluster of Excellence are organizing summer school programmes for students and international researchers at the end of the term and during the semester break. Around 300 participants will take part in continuing education and exchange activities. The spectrum of topics offered ranges from mathematical economics to literary studies, all the way to intelligent technical systems. Additionally, summer language courses in German will also be offered to international students and doctoral researchers.[Weiterlesen]
Depending on their cultural background, people react differently to a robot’s appearance. What this is implies for robot design was the topic of a lecture given by Social Informatics researcher Selma Šabanović, Ph.D., at Bielefeld University’s Center of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) on 14 July. In her talk, Dr. Šabanović presented her approach to designing robots whose functions can be understood independently of the user’s cultural background. Šabanović was invited by the CITEC Center of Excellence and is currently a Visiting Professor for Gender Studies at Bielefeld University. In another lecture, she examined the issue of how social robots can intensify gender stereotypes depending on whether they look “female” or “male.” This lecture was held on 16 July at Bielefeld University. Both lectures were open to the public.
Meeting of the EDEEM international doctoral programme atBielefeld University / Award of first degrees
Around 30 doctoral students of the international EDEEM (“European Doctorate in Economics – Erasmus Mundus”) doctoral programme are coming together at Bielefeld University from Wednesday to Friday (9-11 July). At their Summer Meeting, the economists will be presenting the latest results of their research. The topics of the presentations range from risk-taking by banks to discrimination on the job market, and to the costs incurred by companies as a result of the brain drain, i.e. the resignation of talented employees. EDEEM is a doctoral programme in economics involving seven European universities. The programme is coordinated by Bielefeld University with Professor Dr Herbert Dawid as EDEEM coordinator.[Weiterlesen]
One party considers that the legal restrictions on copying don’t go far enough; the other party takes advantage of the available copying technologies without any sense of wrongdoing. What could be a fair balance between these two positions? From July 8–11, an international conference entitled ‘The Ethics of Copying’ will be addressing this issue at Bielefeld University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF).[Weiterlesen]