Bielefeld University Joins Global-Reaching Network

Published on 14. November 2018
The Cluster of Excellence CITEC and eight partners from four continents are working together as part of the international technology network “InterACT”

Bielefeld University and its Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) have joined the InterACT network. The partners in this network are dedicated to researching and developing technologies that will enhance global communication and cooperation. A total of nine universities and institutes from Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America belong to this network. In addition to Bielefeld University, new members of the network also include Stanford University (USA) and the Queensland University of Technology (Australia). The network is being coordinated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
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120 new offices for Bielefeld University

Published on 9. November 2018
Official opening of Building Z

At the 7th of November, Bielefeld University opened its new Building Z. Since the beginning of this year, 120 offices with an effective surface area of 2,500 square metres have been built on the street Konsequenz. ‘Bielefeld University is growing, and this means we need new space. I’m very pleased that with Building Z, we have managed to acquire such urgently needed space so quickly and so successfully,’ says Dr Stephan Becker, the Chancellor of Bielefeld University. He celebrated the opening of the building along with numerous guests from both inside and outside the university. These included Dr Sandra Scheermesser from the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Karin Schrader the Mayor of Bielefeld, and Martin Sauer the Deputy District Major from Schildesche.[Weiterlesen]
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Cooperation between ZB MED and Bioinformatics Network

Published on 26. Oktober 2018
Joint development of information services planned for life sciences

For some time now ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences and de.NBI - German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure have been planning a strategic and content-related cooperation in various areas of the life sciences. The office of the de.NBI network is located at the Center for Biotechnology at Bielefeld University. ZB MED and Bielefeld University have now signed a cooperation agreement cementing their future collaboration. The objective is to work together to provide complementary information services for the life sciences. To this end, the joint appointment of a W3 professorship is envisaged, among other things.[Weiterlesen]
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How does comparison change contact between cultures?

Published on 4. Oktober 2018
Conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1288 ‘Practices of Comparing’

When cultures meet, situations of contact are often overwhelming. How do people order the unknown cultural phenomena they encounter? Researchers at Bielefeld University assume that comparisons with the familiar play an important role in this process. They are verifying this assumption by looking at the history of European Expansion and colonization, and they will be discussing this question with international researchers at the conference ‘Contact – Conquest – Colonization: Practices of Comparing between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, from Antiquity to the Present.’ The conference will be held from the 11th to the 13th of October at Bielefeld University and is being organized by the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1288 ‘Practices of Comparing’.    [Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University seals strategic partnership with Universidad de Guadalajara/Mexico

Published on 1. Oktober 2018
Vice-Rector Angelika Epple: “One of our most important international strategic partners”

Signatories of the partnership: Gerhard Sagerer (left) and Miguel Ángel Navarro Navarro. Photo:  Universidad de Guadalajara
Bielefeld University has a new strategic partner in Mexico: the Universidad de Guadalajara. The partnership was sealed in Mexico at the beginning of September by Rektor Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Diversity, Professor Dr Angelika Epple, with the Rector General of the Universidad de Guadalajara, Dr Miguel Ángel Navarro Navarro, and the Rector of the CUCSH (University Centre of Social Sciences and Humanities), Dr Héctor Raúl Solís Gadea. “This institutionalises our cooperation beyond the long-standing contact of individual faculties. Guadalajara is one of our most important international strategic partners,” says Angelika Epple.[Weiterlesen]
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A Robot to Be Fond Of

Published on 14. September 2018
Friendly robot being developed in new project

Die Forschenden des Exzellenzclusters CITEC arbeiten in dem Projekt VIVA anfangs mit dem sozialen Roboter Pepper. Im Lauf des Projekts wollen sie einen eigenen Roboter entwickeln.Foto: Friso Gentsch/CITEC
How can robots enrich people’s private lives? A research team is investigating this question in the context of the VIVA project, in which the researchers aim to develop a strongly expressive social robot that is perceived as trustworthy and friendly. Researchers from Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), the University of Augsburg, and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld are working together on this project with three companies from the IT sector. From 19–21 September, a kick-off conference will be held in the CITEC Building, where project members will come together to discuss the research work ahead.[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld researchers to attend first German–Canadian workshops in Edmonton

Published on 12. September 2018
Next step in the cooperation with the Canadian province of Alberta  

Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Educational Science and Faculty of Health Sciences are taking the lead: Their representatives are travelling to the province of Alberta from the 14th to the 19th of September for the first two binational workshops with Canadian partners. They will also be discussing future cooperation plans and the exchange of students and interns between educational institutions in both regions – and cooperation with further faculties and academic institutes.[Weiterlesen]
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Bending Without Breaking – How Insects Feel Around Their Environment

Published on 10. September 2018
Researchers publish findings on insect antenna flexibility and structure

For hundreds of millions of years, insects have used specialized antennae to explore their surroundings. For this tactile exploration, the antennae have to stiff enough to allow for active, controlled movement, while at the same time compliant enough to prevent damage when coming into contact with objects. How do insects solve this problem? And can the solution be used for biologically inspired robots? In an interdisciplinary project, researchers from Kiel University, Bielefeld University, and the Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences are working together to get to the bottom of this question.
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Refugees: 120th certificate awarded for passing the DSH-Prüfung (German language exam for admission to a university)

Published on 7. September 2018
47 certificates for successful candidates in the current year

Passing their DSH-Prüfung is a major milestone for refugees wishing to take up university studies. The 120th DSH certificate gained since the start of preparatory German language courses for refugees at Bielefeld University in 2016 will be awarded at a small ceremony today (07.09.). Eleven of this year’s successful candidates intend to use their certificates to start studying at Bielefeld University or Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. [Weiterlesen]
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Limited reception of emails from September 7th until September 10th

Published on 3. September 2018
Exchange of email server

The email server of Bielefeld University will be exchanged from Friday September 7th noon until Monday morning September 10th.
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