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Why Chess Masters Win

Published 23. Dezember 2016

Bielefeld University analyzes chess behavior

Chess is one of the oldest – and most popular – board games. On Christmas Eve, the classic game is given as a gift several hundred thousand times over, whether as a chess set, computer game, or chess computer. Yet what is the secret of successful chess players? Cognitive scientists at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University have been investigating this question for the past year in the project “Ceege” by recording players’ eye movements and facial expressions. Now, the researchers are revealing their preliminary results and explain why Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen again earned the title of world chess champion at this year’s tournament.

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Speeding Up Comprehension with Grasping Actions

Published 21. Dezember 2016
Researchers at the CITEC Cluster of Excellence discover a catalyzer for cognition 

Hearing or seeing a word doesn’t mean that it is immediately understood. The brain must first recognize the letters as such, put them together, and “look up” what the word means in its mental lexicon. In an experiment, cognitive psychologists at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) have shown how word comprehension can be sped up – namely by having study participants grasp objects while reading at the same time. Privatdozent Dr. Dirk Koester and his colleagues reported the findings of their discovery in the research journal “PLOS One.” According to the researchers, the method could offer an approach for new therapies, such as treating stroke patients.    [Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University Hosts Three Threatened Scholars

Published 14. Dezember 2016

Vice-Rector Angelika Epple: “Freedom of academic and scientific inquiry is an ultimate good”

 For the first time, Bielefeld University is taking in three threatened academics facing danger in their home countries to contribute to research projects at the university. Two of these researchers are being funded with fellowships from the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, and one scholar is receiving funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

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Optical tractor beam traps bacteria

Published 13. Dezember 2016
Physicists from Bielefeld University report on new methods in ‘Nature Communications’

Up to now, if scientists wanted to study blood cells, algae, or bacteria under the microscope, they had to mount these cells on a substrate such as a glass slide. Physicists at Bielefeld and Frankfurt Universities have developed a method that traps biological cells with a laser beam enabling them to study them at very high resolutions. In science fiction books and films, the principle is known as the ‘tractor beam’. Using this procedure, the physicists have obtained superresolution images of the DNA in single bacteria. The physicist Robin Diekmann and his colleagues are publishing this new development this Tuesday (13.12.2016) in the latest issue of the research journal ‘Nature Communications’.[Weiterlesen]
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Thinking Technology

Published 12. Dezember 2016
Publication of latest issue of BI.research

For nearly ten years now, Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Center in Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) has been carrying out basic research on smart technical systems that adapt their behaviour autonomously to the expectations and needs of their human interaction partners. The main theme of the latest issue of BI.research – Bielefeld University’s research magazine – is the innovative projects with which CITEC wants to improve our lives in the future, the researchers who are working there, and how the Cluster of Excellence has grown over the years.[Weiterlesen]
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New Collaborative Research Center at Bielefeld University

Published 21. November 2016
German Research Foundation approves new Collaborative Research Center “Comparative Practices” 

Beginning in January 2017, “Comparative Practices,” the new Collaborative Research Center 1288 (CRC, Sonderforschungsbereich) at Bielefeld University, will be funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), first for the next four years. The German Research Foundation announced its decision to provide nearly 9 million Euro in funding on 21 November 2016. The CRC, which was evaluated in September, is an interdisciplinary research group of scholars from the fields of history and literary studies, art history, Romance studies and English-language studies, philosophy, law, and political science, as well as inter-American studies. The Center also works closely with the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung). History Professor Dr. Angelika Epple serves as speaker of the CRC.[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld iGEM Team awarded Gold Medal

Published 7. November 2016
Students entered international competition in Boston 

Eleven Bielefeld University students have developed a system that could, for example, be used against viruses like Zika. They recently (27-31 October 2016) showcased their project at the finals of the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) in Boston, USA. The team was awarded a gold medal for realising their project “Evobodies – molecular speed dating” and nominated for a further prize. All in all, around 300 teams from all over the world took place.[Weiterlesen]
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UNIplus Staffing Initiative: More Than 40 Additional Professors for Bielefeld University

Published 17. Oktober 2016
Significant investment in personnel to be made in the next two years

“In the next two years, we will be hiring more than 40 additional professors,” announced Rector of Bielefeld University Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer in his speech at the annual university reception held on Friday, 14 October 2016. “We will mostly be accelerating tenure appointments, which is the core of our comprehensive staffing initiative known as UNIplus. With this initiative, we will ensure the quality of university teaching while at the same time enhancing our research profile.” This initiative is being made possible the university’s financial situation in the medium term, which has become more predictable. “I am pleased that Bielefeld University is using the financial resources for a strategic staffing initiative,” says Minister of Science Svenja Schulze. [Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University sets up clearing house for refugees

Published 10. Oktober 2016
The 2016/2017 winter semester will also offer language courses, learning support, tutorials, and sponsorships

‘A year and a half ago, we had the first queries from refugees interested in studying at Bielefeld University,’ explains Professor Dr. Angelika Epple, Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Diversity. ‘We are now offering refugees a comprehensive programme based on three pillars: clearing, orientation, and language.’ In the coming 2016/2017 winter semester, more than 80 refugees will be taking orientation and language courses at Bielefeld University.[Weiterlesen]
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Chinese Friendship Award for Bielefeld chemist

Published 30. September 2016
Second award winner at Bielefeld University 

The Chinese government has conferred the highest national honour for foreign experts, the National Friendship Award of the People’s Republic of China, on the Bielefeld chemist Professor Dr. Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus. The award is traditionally conferred in Peking to commemorate the 1st of October, the National Day celebrating the founding of the People's Republic of China. Together with eight further Germans, Kohse-Höinghaus received the award in the seat of government Zhongnanhai.[Weiterlesen]
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