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Researchers at CITEC Develop Design Optimization Software

Published 25. August 2015
An algorithm controls motor vehicle shape in virtual wind tunnel 

Automotive manufacturers use wind tunnels to test the aerodynamics – and thus the gas efficiency – of their new vehicle models. Engineers today also use virtual wind tunnels during the early stages of design conception. With a virtual wind tunnel, computer software calculates how the components on the vehicle must be changed in order to make it more aerodynamic. The software, however, often takes the goal of improving the aerodynamics of a vehicle to such an extreme that it becomes so misshapen that a normal engine no longer fits inside the car. Researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University have developed an algorithm to prevent this from happening. Their research findings are now appearing in the respected journal Computer Aided Design.[Weiterlesen]
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Programming Assembly Robots Made Easy

Published 18. August 2015

With the SARAFun project, users learn to intuitively operate assembly robot  

Until now, programming assembly robots was something reserved for experts. This is beginning to change with the project SARAFun, the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) is contributing to. Researchers want to enable assembly workers to be able to re-programme a robot within a single day – without having expert knowledge.  SARAFun stands for “Smart Assembly Robots with Advanced Functionalities.” The project will run through February 2018 and is funded by the EU programme Horizon 2020 with approximately 4 million Euro.[Weiterlesen]
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Scent matters to fur seals

Published 11. August 2015

Antarctic fur seals have unique ‘scent profile’ to recognise their pups

Researchers studying Antarctic fur seals have discovered their scent has a unique ‘profile’ which enables them to recognise their offspring and family members. Until now researchers thought voice recognition was mostly important for finding their young, but now it is proven that scent also plays a crucial part. The results are published this week (Monday 10 August) in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Photofuel – Biocatalytic solar fuels for sustainable mobility in Europe

Published 29. July 2015

A new European research project is tackling the direct production of transportation fuels from sunlight, CO2 and water with biocatalysts in closed systems

The Photofuel project will develop a next generation technology for the sustainable production of alternative, liquid transportation fuels. The challenge is to advance the base technology of microalgae cultivation in closed bioreactors by enabling phototrophic algae or cyanobacterial microorganisms to produce alkanes and alcohols, which are excreted to the culture broth for direct separation without cell harvesting. This thereby turns the microbial cells into self-reproducing biocatalysts allowing the process to directly convert solar energy, water and CO2 into engine-ready fuels as shown in the figure above.

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Bielefeld Students Develop Rapid Tests to Test Drinking Water Quality

Published 27. July 2015
Bielefeld Students Develop Rapid Tests to Test Drinking Water Quality  

In Boston, the iGEM team will compete with this research project against universities from around the world
What am I actually drinking here? Is my drinking water contaminated with heavy metals? Or can I test if my drink has been laced with knock-out drugs? Ten students from Bielefeld University are working on developing test strips that would allow anyone to quickly test the quality of their drinking water or drink. With this research project, the student team will compete at this year’s iGEM competition in Boston, USA. iGEM stands for “international genetically engineered machine” and is the most important student competition in synthetic biology. From 24-28 September in Boston, the team will present their findings and compete against other research projects by teams from universities around the world.
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Dracula – Dental dangers in the dark

Published 16. July 2015
From July 20 until July 25 always at 8 pm at lecture hall 7

The English Drama Group of Bielefeld University presents William McNulty’s adaptation of the horror classic Dracula, produced by Angie Starczyk. Performances will take place every night from Monday, July 20 to Saturday, July 25, at 8 p.m. at lecture hall 7. The performances will be in English. Admission is free.[Weiterlesen]
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ToBI Competes for the Title of World Champion in China

Published 10. July 2015

Bielefeld University participates in the RoboCup World Championship for the seventh time

From 19–22 July 2015, robots will compete against each other at RoboCup, the largest robotic exhibition in the world, held this year in the Chinese city of Hefei. The team from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) will again participate in the event. For the seventh time in a row, the Bielefeld University team will battle it out together with the service robot ToBI in the household service league “RoboCup@Home” for the title of world champion. Previously, ToBI made it into the top eight, and at the 2012 competition in Mexico City, it even took third place. The robot “ToBI” is named after its team: Team of Bielefeld.

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Seeing the World through Assistive Glasses

Published 2. July 2015

Researchers at the Cluster of Excellence are developing a new mobile assistance system

A new research project at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) in Bielefeld University focuses on the development of a mobile adaptive assistance system  in the form of intelligent glasses that provide unobtrusive  and intuitive support  in everyday situations. The technology platform is being provided by eye tracking specialist SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) (www.smivision.com). The system will be able to identify problems in actual action processes, to react when mistakes are made, as well as to display situation and context dependent assistance in textual, visual or avatar based formats superimposed on a transparent virtual plane in the users’ field of view. The project is called ADAMAAS, which stands for “Adaptive and Mobile Action Assistance in Daily Living Activities.” The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research is funding the project with 1.2 million Euro.[Weiterlesen]
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New Visiting University Chair attracts major academics to Bielefeld from all over the world

Published 29. June 2015
Named after Harald Weinrich, the father of German as a second language (DaF)

Bielefeld University is setting up a new Visiting University Chair for top-ranking international academics. The chair is being named after Harald Weinrich, the founder of German as a second language (DaF) who worked in Bielefeld for many years. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is funding the initiative by the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies for a maximum of four years as part of its visiting fellows programme. As the first Harald Weinrich Visiting Fellow, Professor Dr. Claire Kramsch from the University of California, Berkeley, USA will be coming to Bielefeld in the summer semester of 2016. Professors from Belarus, Italy, Cameroon, Turkey, and the United States should follow.[Weiterlesen]
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‘Events don’t have an existence independent from the media’

Published 26. June 2015

Communications expert Hans Mathias Kepplinger to lecture at Bielefeld conference   

Does an event exist for its own sake or because it looks good in the media? ‘Many of the events reported by the media are consequences of prior reporting,’ says Professor Dr. Hans Mathias Kepplinger. The communications expert is addressing an international conference being held by the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) at Bielefeld University from Monday, 29 June to Wednesday, 1 July. Roughly 30 young academics will be discussing such issues as how events occur and proceed and which structures are effective in their backgrounds (the title of the conference is ‘Structures and Events – A Dialogue between History and Sociology’). [Weiterlesen]
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