Following nature's example: animals are prototypes for robotics

Published on 11. Juli 2018
The natural way in which living beings orient themselves and move in their environment, avoid obstacles, and find their way home again without their brain consuming much energy is a model for scientists who also want to equip robots with such complex abilities. Because in this field there is a wide gulf between the brain and electronics. The exchange of expertise between behavioural neurologists and robotics scientists is the focus of a symposium at the FENS Forum 2018 in Berlin (7.-11.7. 2018).
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DFG Funding Atlas: Excellent Results for Bielefeld University

Published on 9. Juli 2018
Outstanding: computer science, mathematics, psychology, and sociology

Die Universität Bielefeld ist im deutschlandweiten Vergleich überdurchschnittlich erfolgreich beim Einwerben von Drittmitteln.
Bielefeld University’s researchers are particularly successful in obtaining third-party funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). This is one of the findings presented in the 2018 DFG Funding Atlas published today (5/7/2018). The Atlas compiles DFG funding awarded to universities for the years 2014 to 2016.[Weiterlesen]
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One Year “Lehrkräfte Plus”: Minister Gebauer Visits Programme

Published on 9. Juli 2018
First year of the programme for refugee teachers in its final phase

Organisatoren und Teilnehmer freuten sich über den Besuch der Schulministerin Yvonne Gebauer (2.v.l.): Layal Kabass, Suhaila Nazari, Rektor Gerhard Sagerer, Prorektorin Claudia Riemer, Ulrich Kober (Bertelsmann Stiftung) und Sekou Doumbouya. Foto: Universität Bielefeld
For almost a year now, 24 refugee teachers from Afghanistan, Armenia, Guinea, Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria have been taking part in the “Lehrkräfte Plus” programme at Bielefeld University with the aim of qualifying to work in German schools. Today (2/7/2018), Yvonne Gebauer (FDP), Minister of Schools and Education for North-Rhine Westphalia, visited the pioneer project in Bielefeld. In the final phase of the first year, she spoke with participants, coordinators, representatives of Bielefeld University, the cooperation partner, the Bertelsmann Foundation, contacts from schools offering internships, representatives of the Detmold and Arnsberg district governments, and other cooperation partners about successes, challenges and prospects.[Weiterlesen]
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“Being a Mom Helps Me in My Research”

Published on 2. Juli 2018
Three questions for Dr. Olga Abramov, researcher at the Cluster of Excellence CITEC

Olga Abramov

For Dr. Olga Abramov, Bielefeld University was the starting point of her academic career: she started here as a student in the fields of linguistics, text technology, German studies, and Slavic studies while also learning computer programming. She then earned her doctorate in computer science and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Cluster of Excellence CITEC, where she is working on the EcoGest project, investigating how gestures contribute to childhood language development. In addition to this, Dr. Olga Abramov is also a mother to three children – a role that enriches her research.
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Bielefeld Robot Wins World Championship in Canada

Published on 25. Juni 2018
Team from Cluster of Excellence CITEC prevails in RoboCup finale

Das CITEC-Team erreichte mit Pepper bei der RoboCup-Weltmeisterschaft den ersten Platz in der Haushaltsliga. Foto: Universität Bielefeld/CITEC

A team of students and researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University won the RoboCup World Championship in Montreal, Canada. RoboCup is the leading, and largest, competition for intelligent robots in the world. The “Team of Bielefeld” (ToBi) showed its skills with Pepper the robot in the household service league. More than 400 teams from around the world competed in the various leagues of the competition from 18-22 June 2018. The researchers are now back in Bielefeld.[Weiterlesen]
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Survey: Use of the central university hall

Published on 20. Juni 2018
Project on the central university hall launched

How do students and staff use the central university hall in the main university building? How do they rate the services on offer? With a short survey, the University wishes to find answers to these questions. All students and staff members are invited to take part. The online survey takes about five minutes. Participation is possible until 8 July.[Weiterlesen]
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Innovations from Bielefeld at Automatica Trade Fair

Published on 12. Juni 2018
Cluster of Excellence CITEC to present intelligent technical systems at industry trade fair for automation in Munich
Die maschinellen Hände tasten und greifen mit Hilfe zusätzlicher Sensorik. Der Roboterkopf Floka gibt währenddessen ein direktes Feedback. Foto: CITEC/Universität Bielefeld

Mechanical hands that feel like human hands. A robot head that attentively monitors its surroundings. And agile mini robots that maneuver around obstacles. The Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University shows how flexibily technical systems can adapt to human living environments in order to provide assistance in both daily life and in the workplace. Research prototypes will be on display from 19–22 June in Munich at Automatica, the largest international industry trade fair for automation (Hall B4, Booth 313).[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld University again among the 50 best young universities in the world

Published on 7. Juni 2018
29th place worldwide in the "Times Higher Education" ranking

For the seventh time in a row, Bielefeld University has been named one of the world's best young universities by the British academic magazine Times Higher Education (THE). In the "Young University Rankings 2018" Bielefeld University ranks 29th worldwide. Among the German universities evaluated, it ranks fourth, and second in North Rhine-Westphalia. The ranking compares universities worldwide that are not older than 50 years.
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Two new double degrees with Mexico and Italy

Published on 7. Juni 2018
Bielefeld University’s international range of study courses extended

Despina Arnold (Projekteinrichtung International Office), Dr. Saskia Fischer (Mitarbeit bei der Programmeinrichtung), Dr. Jan Andres (Studiendekan Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft), Prof. Dr. Kai Kauffmann (Dekan Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft), Prof.‘in Dr. Angelika Epple (Prorektorin für Internationales und Diversität), Dr. Vito Gironda (Italienbeauftragter Universität Bielefeld), Anna Lenz (Mitarbeiterin Fakultät Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft) und Karin Kruse (International Office)(hinten v. l.), sowie die Programmkoordinatoren Dr. Gabriele Guerra (Sapienza Universität Rom) und Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Braungart (Universität Bielefeld) (vorne v. l.). Foto: Universität Bielefeld

Two new double degree programmes make it possible to obtain an international double degree from Bielefeld University and a university in Mexico or Italy. Starting next winter semester, students can enrol in the German-Mexican Master's programme InterAmerican Studies/Estudios InterAmericanos in cooperation with the Universidad de Guadalajara, and in the German-Italian Master's programme in Literary Studies in cooperation with the Sapienza Università di Roma. The German-Italian partnership contract was presented at a ceremony at Bielefeld University yesterday (4/6/2018).[Weiterlesen]
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Award-Winning Glasses Help with Building and Baking

Published on 4. Juni 2018
Project from CITEC researchers wins prize in “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition

Die Adamaas-Brille unterstützt beispielsweise beim Backen. Dafür werden die Schritte virtuell eingeblendet. Foto: CITEC/Universität Bielefeld

Today, 4 June 2018, researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University and their cooperation partners were awarded a prize for their intelligent glasses (Adamaas system) in Berlin. An independent jury selected the Bielefeld submission from among 100 submissions from approximately 1,500 applications submitted to the nationwide innovation competition “Ausgezeichnete Orte im Land der Ideen” (“Landmarks in the Land of Ideas”). On the topic of “Connecting Worlds – Strengthening Unity,” the project puts forth an answer to the question of how intelligent technology can provide assistance to elderly people as well as individuals with cognitive disabilities. This is already the second success for researchers from the Cluster of Excellence in this competition.[Weiterlesen]
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