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Meeting Artificial Intelligence

Published on 18. Oktober 2019
Conference to be held at Cluster of Excellence CITEC from 24–25 October

Artificial intelligence attempts to emulate human problem-solving abilities. That said, “thinking” technical systems are not automatically able to put themselves in other people’s shoes and interact with them according to the particularities of the situation. With the establishment of the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology 12 years ago, researchers began working on developing technology that adapts to the human user. At the 2019 CITEC Conference from 24–25 October 2019, re-searchers will present the fruits of their research and discuss how their approaches can contribute to future advancements in the field of cognitive interaction technology. The conference, which will be held at the CITEC Building, is called “Cognitive Interaction Technology Meets AI.” Renowned robotics researchers Professor Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro from Japan and Dr. Guilio Sandini of Italy will deliver the keynote lectures. Both talks will be open to the public.[Weiterlesen]
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Science Cinema with Robotics Expert Hiroshi Ishiguro

Published on 11. Oktober 2019

Japanese researcher on campus for 2019 CITEC Conference at Bielefeld University

Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro (li.) ist bekannt für seinen Roboter-Doppelgänger (re.). Der Robotikforscher ist zu Gast beim „Science Cinema spezial“ am 23. Oktober in der Kamera.  Foto: Universität Osaka, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory
The science fiction drama “Sayōnara” is considered to be the first film with an android as an actor. “Geminoid F” portrays a faithful robot who stays at the side of young, sick woman after a nuclear contamination. The Geminoid F robot was developed by Japanese robotics researcher Professor Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, who became known worldwide after having constructed a robot doppelgänger of himself. “Science Cinema Special” will screen “Sayōnara” on Wednesday, 23 October, which will then be accompanied by a discussion with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro. The film will be shown at 7pm the Kamera Filmkunsttheater in Bielefeld as part of the pre-program of the CITEC Conference 2019.


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Research on the good life

Published on 11. September 2019
ZiF conference on late socialist societies 

Professor Dr Minh Nguyen. Photo: Bielefeld University
In recent decades, the centrally planned socialist economy in countries such as Laos, China, and Vietnam has been replaced by a market economy that remains under the political rule of the Communist party. The resulting changes to society have had profound implications on the idea of the good life—from deliberations on housing to those around religion. This is the topic of the conference entitled ‘The Good Life in Late Socialist Asia: Aspirations, Politics, and Possibilities’ to be held from 16 to 18 September at Bielefeld University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF). The conference also marks the launch of the ‘WelfareStruggles’ project for which the social anthropologist Professor Dr Minh Nguyen is receiving an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council—one of the most important EU research grants.[Weiterlesen]
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European research grant for Bielefeld mathematician

Published on 3. September 2019
ERC Starting Grant for highly promising young scientists goes to Dawid Kielak

Mathematiker Dr. Dawid Kielak erhält einen ERC Starting Grant.  Foto: Magdalena Kielak

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded an ERC Starting Grant to the Bielefeld mathematician Dr Dawid Kielak for his innovative approaches to research on geometric group theory, a field of mathematics. The European Union uses this award to promote early-career scientists with an excellent scientific track record who also show great promise. Dawid Kielak’s research will receive roughly 1.5 million euro over a period of 5 years. He is the second young academic at Bielefeld to be awarded this special grant within a year and the fifth researcher at Bielefeld University to receive an ERC grant - one of the most important lines of EU research funding.[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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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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