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From Avatar Assistants, to Robots as Therapy Aides

Published 16. Oktober 2017
“Human Agent Interaction” Conference held in Bielefeld with 150 researchers

The HAI conference deals with artificial agents – systems that are capable of autonomous behavior such as Flobi, which is used as both an avatar (pictured) and as a robot. Photo: Bielefeld University

Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and the Google Assistant are all examples of agents – artificial systems capable of autonomous behavior. Humanoid robots and avatars also belong to these types of agents. Human interact with these agents as if they had their own needs and intentions. The international “Human Agent Interaction” (HAI) conference brings together researchers from cognitive robotics and artificial intelligence, as well as cognitive science and neuroscience to discuss research on agents. After having been held in Japan (2013 and 2014), South Korea (2015) and Singapore (2016), the conference is now being held in Europe for the first time, from 17–19 October. 150 researchers from 12 countries will attend the conference at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC).[Weiterlesen]
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Excellent ratings for Erasmus+ at Bielefeld University

Published 10. Oktober 2017
Evaluation by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Successful introduction of seven dual degree courses with partner universities in Europe, excellent promotion of young academics, and exemplary financial management – the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) evaluation of the Erasmus+ Programme from 2015 to 2017 has awarded Bielefeld University 97 out of a possible total of 100 points. As a result, the Bielefeld implementation of Erasmus+ will serve as a future example of best practice in Germany for both the European Union and European partners.[Weiterlesen]
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What do we actually do when we compare?

Published 5. Oktober 2017
Kickoff conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) ‘Practices of Comparing’

Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple.
Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple. Bielefeld University/P. Ottendörfer
People compare their skills with those of others, companies compare their financial performance, countries compare their gross domestic – comparing is being done everywhere. Nonetheless, research has yet to analyse what it means when comparing is used to order and understand the world. The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) ‘Practices of Comparing. Ordering and Changing the World’ at Bielefeld University has been taking an interdisciplinary approach to this issue since the beginning of the year. From the 5th to the 7th of October, it is holding its kickoff conference with international guests.[Weiterlesen]
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‘Networked research and an innovative range of study courses’

Published 29. September 2017
Interview with Rektor Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer on the founding of the Faculty of Medicine

Rektor Gerhard Sagerer: „Wir werden Qualität in der Lehre sichern und gleichzeitig unser Forschungsprofil intensiv schärfen.“ Foto: M. Brockhoff/ Universität Bielefeld

Where will the new building go? How many study places will there be? What is the time plan? The Rektor answers questions on the current state of planning.[Weiterlesen]
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Dancing electrons lose the race

Published 22. September 2017

Bielefeld physicists publish in the research journal ‘Science’

Um Elektronen aus dem Halbleiter-material auszulösen, beschießen die Bielefelder Forscher es mit ultrakurzen Laserpulsen. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
Atoms emit electrons when a material is irradiated with light at a sufficiently high frequency. Previously, physics had assumed that the motion of these photoelectrons is determined by the properties of the material. In a new study, physicists at Bielefeld University have shown that it is the interplay of the electrons within the atom that is decisive. ‘Dancing’ electrons orbit the nucleus of the atom and require more time than other electrons that shoot out in straight lines. The Bielefeld researchers are the first in the world to confirm the existence of this delay mechanism  in a solid. The study has been published this Friday (22.09.17) in the scientific journal ‘Science’.[Weiterlesen]
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Filtering molecules from the water or air with nanomembranes

Published 14. September 2017
Bielefeld physicists producing and carrying out research on extra-thin foils

Free-standing  carbon membranes that are a millionth of a millimetre thin: these are a special research field of Professor Dr. Armin Gölzhäuser from Bielefeld University and his research group. The nanomembranes can serve as ultrafine filters and as a protective layer. The Bielefeld physicists have registered several patents for manufacturing such molecular foils. In their research, they are analysing which properties the nanomembranes possess – as a basis for future applications. In a new film produced by Bielefeld University’s ‘research_tv’, Armin Gölzhäuser explains what makes the membranes such multi-talents and assesses how significant they may become for the purification of water.  [Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University signs the Magna Charta Universitatum

Published 13. September 2017
Vice-Rector Angelika Epple: ‘a logical step’

At the end of August, Angelika Epple, Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Diversity, signed the Magna Charta Universitatum on behalf of Bielefeld University during a festive ceremony in the Hungarian city of Pécs. The Magna Charta is a manifesto. By signing it, an institution agrees to abide by fundamental principles such as academic freedom and institutional autonomy. This year, eleven universities have signed; up to now, more than 800 universities have signed worldwide.[Weiterlesen]
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New honours at Bielefeld University

Published 12. September 2017
To be awarded to Kohse-Höinghaus, Goldbeck, Soufi, and Hoyer

Four individuals who have rendered outstanding services to Bielefeld University are to be honoured at the 2017 Annual Reception on the 29th of September. The University is introducing two new honorary categories: the Badge of Honour and the Medal of Honour. These join the existing Honorary Senators and Honorary Citizens of the University. ‘Up to now, we have exclusively honoured the founder generation. Now, however, we are getting ever closer to the 50th anniversary of the University in 2019, and we realize that it is time to honour a new generation of individuals who have been rendering outstanding services to the University for many years,’ explains the Rektor, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, who is proposing to honour these individuals together with Dr. Matthias Buschmeier, the Deputy Head of the Senate.[Weiterlesen]
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Students aim to extend the genetic code

Published 11. September 2017

Bielefeld’s project at the international iGEM Competition in Boston  

Yannic Kerkhoff und Daniel Bergen identifizieren mit UV-Licht DNA-Fragmente. Foto: Universität Bielefeld

The genetic code forms the basis for all life on our planet by regulating the formation of proteins. Extending this code makes it possible to form new proteins. This can produce organisms with new functions that can be used in, for example, medicine. Fourteen students attending different courses at Bielefeld University have taken on the challenge of extending the genetic code for this year’s iGEM Competition in Boston, USA.

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Healthy aging: New EU project on the human liver

Published 7. September 2017
Bielefeld University to coordinate programme with partners from nine countries

Der Physiker Prof. Dr. Thomas Huser koordiniert das Programm „DeLIVER“. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
At roughly 3.7 million Euros, the European Commission has now confirmed funding for a new programme in physics and biomedicine. Fourteen young scientists will be studying healthy aging under the microscope: They will be developing new optical procedures to study the liver with high-resolution microscopy. The goal is to find out how medical drugs affect the liver and how the organ changes with advancing age. The project DeLIVER, coordinated by Bielefeld University, will start in January 2018. This is now the seventh Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (European training network for young academics) at Bielefeld University.[Weiterlesen]
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