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Anticipatory Smart Glasses for Assembly Work and Logistics

Published on 5. August 2019
Bielefeld University and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld working on “Avikom” project with eight regional partners

The new “Avikom” research project is innovating an intelligent, assistive audiovisual system for workers in the fields of manufacturing and logistics. The system is designed to provide assistance via a visual display with spoken instructions, which could also be useful for providing on-the-job training. The smart glasses, with a specialized headset, provide information precisely at the time it is needed. Bielefeld University and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld are working on the project with four regional companies: the  v. Bodelschwinghsch Bethel Foundation, the Handelskammer Ostwestfalen zu Bielefeld (Chamber of Industry and Commerce Bielefeld, Ostwestfalen) and two trade associations. The Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) are funding the new research with a total of 2.4 million Euro through April 2022.[Weiterlesen]
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Unmasking Social Bots

Published on 30. Juli 2019
Research project at Bielefeld University being funded by Volkswagen Stiftung

Social Bots are believed to have influenced public opinion in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. And before the European Parliamentary election, an EU Commissioner warned of disinformation campaigns being waged with Social Bots. Social Bots are specialized computer programs made specifically to communicate over social media. What impact are Social Bots having on societal discourse? And how might technical systems be used to combat these Bots? Researchers from Bielefeld University, the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, and the Australian National University are working on these questions as part of a research project that is being funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung (Volkswagen Foundation).[Weiterlesen]
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A Center for Big Data Information Services

Published on 29. Juli 2019

Institute for Bioinformatics Infrastructure founded by Faculty of Technology

Prof. Dr. Jens Stoye, who specializes in genome informatics, serves as acting director of the new Bielefeld Institute for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (BIBI). Photo: Bielefeld University
Prof. Dr. Jens Stoye, who specializes in genome informatics, serves as acting director of the new Bielefeld Institute for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (BIBI). Photo: Bielefeld University
“The quantities of data that we in the life sciences work with are constantly growing. This has made analyzing and storing data a big challenge,” says Professor Dr. Jens Stoye, member of the Genominformatik (“Genome Informatics”) research group in Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Technology. Dr. Stoye is the acting director of the new institute.[Weiterlesen]
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A peek at the birth of the Universe

Published on 24. Juli 2019
University researchers publish study on new telescope

Prof. Dr. Dominik Schwarz und Dr. Aritra Basu von der Arbeitsgruppe Astroteilchenphysik und Kosmologie. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is set to become the largest radio telescope on Earth. Bielefeld University researchers together with the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) and international partners have now examined the SKA-MPG telescope—a prototype for the part of the SKA that receives signals in the mid-frequency range. The study, published today (24 July) in the journal ‘Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society’, shows that the telescope is not only a prototype to test the SKA design, but can also be used on its own to provide insights into the origin of the Universe. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the work on the SKA-MPG through a joint research project coordinated by Bielefeld University.[Weiterlesen]
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From climate change to earthquakes: Calculating uncertainties

Published on 11. Juli 2019
Bielefeld University participates in Helmholtz Association project

Prof. Dr. Christiane Fuchs leitet ein neues Projekt, in dem die Unsicherheiten von Prognosen berechnet  werden. Foto: Helmholtz Zentrum München
How will the climate change, how certain is our energy supply, and what are the potentials of molecular medicine? Through statistical analyses, large amounts of data on the greatest variety of issues can be processed in ways that permit new knowledge and predictions. Nonetheless, predictions are always accompanied by uncertainty. The new project ‘Uncertainty Quantification’ is applying methods from probability theory to integrate uncertainty into analyses appropriately in order to calculate the reliability of predictions. The project is headed by Professor Dr Christiane Fuchs from Bielefeld University and Professor Dr Martin Frank from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. A total of four million euros is being invested in this research, and it is receiving funding from the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.[Weiterlesen]
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Refugee health as a magnifying glass for inequalities

Published on 8. Juli 2019
Funding for new research group at Bielefeld University

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is providing a research group at Bielefeld University with around three million euros in funding to investigate health inequalities as exemplified by the health of refugees. Their findings should help to improve the health system for other disadvantaged groups as well. The group’s spokesperson is Professor Dr Oliver Razum, his deputy is Professor Dr Kayvan Bozorgmehr; both are from the School of Public Health.[Weiterlesen]
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International THE-Ranking: Bielefeld University among the TOP 20 young universities in the world

Published on 27. Juni 2019
Rector Gerhard Sagerer: ‘A highlight in our anniversary year’

Bielefeld University is one of the world’s 20 best young universities. This is the result of the new Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, published yesterday (26/6/2019). The British academic magazine THE compares 350 universities worldwide that are not older than 50 years. Bielefeld ranks third among the German universities evaluat-ed, and second in North Rhine-Westphalia.[Weiterlesen]
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Phantom Sensations: When the Sense of Touch Deceives

Published on 13. Juni 2019

Study by researchers at Bielefeld University, University of Hamburg, and New York University

Wie täuschen sich Menschen, wenn sie ihren Körper wahrnehmen? Das unter-sucht der Psychologe Prof. Dr. Tobias Heed vom Exzellenzcluster CITEC. Foto: Universität Bielefeld

Without being aware of it, people sometimes wrongly perceive tactile sensations. A new study in the scientific journal “Current Biology” shows how healthy people can sometimes misattribute touch to the wrong side of their body, or even to a completely wrong part of the body. The study was conducted by researchers at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence CITEC, the University of Hamburg, and New York University.

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High-ranking international guests visit Bielefeld University

Published on 20. Mai 2019
University encourages strategic cooperations

International scientists in Bielefeld: Andrea Esperanza González Torres (University of Guadalajara), Bert Verveld (Amsterdam University of Arts), Maiko Yamaguchi (Osaka University), Cinthya Alejandra Navarro Pantoja (Universidad de Guadalajara), Héctor Raúl Solís Gadea (Universidad de Guadalajara), Angelika Epple (Bielefeld University), Antoine Cazé (Université Paris Diderot), Greta Cummings (University of Alberta), Toshiharu Hase (Osaka Daigaku) und Doug Weir (University of Alberta), Stefano Cavazza (University of Bologna). Photo: Bielefeld University/S. Sättele
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Bielefeld University sent out invitations to important international partners. Last week, representatives of international strategic partner universities visited the university and the city. The guests met their cooperation partners and held talks on the topic of ‘international networking’. On Friday, they attended an evening event at the Rudolf Oetker Hall.
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Climate change has long-term impact on species adaptability

Published on 20. Mai 2019
Analysis of the alpine marmot’s genome

Photo: Carole and Denis Favre-Bonvin
Photo: Carole and Denis Favre-Bonvin
Historic climate change events can have a lasting impact on the genetic diversity of a species, reveals a new study published in Current Biology. This unexpected finding emerged from an analysis of the alpine marmot’s genome. An iconic animal known to tourists and mountaineers, the alpine marmot is a large rodent exquisitely adapted to cold climates. Since the disappearance of its ice-age habitat, the alpine marmot has resided in high-altitude meadows in the Alps. In this new study co-led by the Francis Crick Institute, an international team of scientists sequenced the genomes of alpine marmots living in three sites in the French and Italian Alps, and found that the animal’s genetic diversity is among the lowest of wild mammals. By reconstructing the marmot’s genetic past with the help of fossil records, they discovered that it lost its genetic diversity during the last ice age as a consequence of multiple climate related adaptations. Toni Gossmann is first-author of the paper and researcher at the University of Sheffield and Bielefeld University in Germany.[Weiterlesen]
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