New invention at Bielefeld University and the University of Tromsø (Norway)
This summer semester, the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) will be welcoming 17 new doctoral students. Six of them – three women and three men – are being funded by the BGHS. They were awarded their scholarships after a multi-stage international selection procedure.[Weiterlesen]
Instead of having to tediously search for the right part with one hand and flip through the pages of the instruction manual with the other hand, the smart glasses from the Adamaas system display what step comes next directly in the user’s field of vision. This works for both operating a coffee machine and assembling a bird house. Professor Dr. Thomas Schack, Dr. Kai Essig, and Dr. Matthias Schröder further developed the smart glasses at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). Using “computer vision”, the system can autonomously recognize objects and steps of an activity, and based on this, the glasses show appropriate step-by-step support directly in the display of the glasses. The Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, Federal Ministry of Education and Research) is providing the project with 1.2 million Euro in funding. A film about Adamaas can now be viewed online.
Researchers at Cluster of Excellence CITEC analyze brain wavesJust how cartoonish can a character in a movie or video game look so that the audience relates to him? Researchers at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) investigated this question, analyzing how the brain responds differently to photo-realistic and more stylized characters. Their work resulted in the following finding: cartoon characters can elicit the same emotions as human actors, but they don’t do not stay in the viewer’s memory as long. Along with their teams, psychology Professor Dr. Johanna Kißler and computer science Professor Dr. Mario Botsch presented their study on Thursday, 23 March 2017 in “Scientific Reports,” a journal published by the Nature Publishing Group.[Weiterlesen]
For the sixth time in a row, Bielefeld University has been ranked as one of the best young universities in the world. In the ‘Young University Rankings’, published on Wednesday (5th of April 2017), Bielefeld University is ranked twenty-second; among German universities, it is fourth. Compared to last year, this is an improvement of one place in each ranking. The ‘Young University Rankings’, formerly called the ‘150 Under 50’, is viewed as an internationally influential university ranking carried out by the British academic magazine ‘Times Higher Education’ (THE). Following this year’s ranking, the Rektor of Bielefeld University, Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, gave an interview to the THE.[Weiterlesen]
Bielefeld University is strengthening its cooperations in medical research. In five new projects, scientists at the university are cooperating with the University hospitals of the Ruhr University of Bochum in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region. The projects are being funded by Bielefeld University’s Forschungsfonds Medizin, and the first will start this April. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia set up the fund in July 2016. Topics covered by the new cooperations range from heart and cancer research to regenerative medicine.[Weiterlesen]
Physicists at Bielefeld University develop new methods for microscopic research
How do tumours grow? And how do bacteria transform harmless substances into medical agents? When biophysicists want to understand what is happening in living cells, they have to introduce fluorescent probes or other foreign molecules. There are several ways to overcome the cell wall without causing the cell permanent harm. Physicists at Bielefeld University have developed a particularly gentle method for this: nanoinjection. In a new study to be found in ‘Scientific Reports’ published by ‘Nature’, they show that with this method, nine out of ten cells survive being injected with foreign molecules.[Weiterlesen]
Bielefeld University and University of Kassel head major academic policy project with up to 20 million Euros of funding
A new research centre with its headquarters in Guadalajara, Mexico will be studying how Latin American societies solve crises. Bielefeld University and the University of Kassel are setting up the second Merian Centre in the world in cooperation with the University of Hannover and the University of Jena. The University of Guadalajara’s inspiration when founding the institute comes from Bielefeld University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF). The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will be funding each Merian Centre for up to twelve years with up to 20 million Euros. This makes it the most highly funded research project on Latin America currently being sponsored by Germany.[Weiterlesen]
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the X-SONAR research partnership to analyse extremist activities in social networks. This new research partnership is being coordinated by Bielefeld University’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict (IKG). With a grant of 3 million Euros, the partnership will not only be carrying out basic research on how radical extremist groups communicate with, recruit, and mobilize people in virtual reality but also analysing possible forms of prevention and intervention.[Weiterlesen]
YaBiNaPA, which stands for ‘Natural Products with Antiparasite and Antibacterial Activity’, is the name of the new bilateral graduate school set up by Bielefeld University and the University of Yaounde I (Cameroon) that has now been opened in Cameroon. Representatives of Bielefeld University travelled to the opening ceremony.
Professor Dr. Norbert Sewald (Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Chemistry), Professor Dr. Gabriele Fischer von Mollard (Dean of Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Chemistry), and Dr. Thomas Lüttenberg (Head of Bielefeld University’s International Office) travelled to Cameroon for the YaBiNaPA opening ceremony that was also attended by the German Ambassador to Cameroon Dr. Hans-Dieter Stell.[Weiterlesen]