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Vincent Küszter successfully defended his PhD on multi-user VR

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Our dear Crossworlds colleague and friend Vincent Küszter successfully defended his PhD thesis today. Vincent’s work is titled “Enwicklung eines mehrbenutzerfähigen projektionsbasierten VR-Systems und Untersuchung ausgewählter Aspekte der Nutzerinteraktion” (Development of a projection-based multi-user VR system and evaluation of specific aspects of user interaction).

His talk was attended very well and the organizers soon ran out of chairs. Dr. Küszter will continue his work on the prototype platform as associate member of Crossworlds. His new platform is used for further projects and psychological studies by members of the second group of graduates and also as a research tool in master’s courses of the Master of Science program “media psychology and instructional psychology”. His dissertation will be available as monograph, soon.

Congratulations from the whole Crossworlds team, Vincent!

 

Slides from Johannes Breuer’s talk

Last week Dr. Johannes Breuer visited CrossWorlds and gave an inspiring talk on Mobile Learning opportunities. He also discussed first results from a current project, where Dr. Breuer and his team develop a quiz-game application for the University of Cologne. This app is designed to help students prepare for exams and uses gamification techniques from popular apps like Quizkampen (“QuizDuell” in German).

We had a great time with Dr. Breuer and hope he enjoyed his stay in Chemnitz. Besides social activities in small groups, the workshop after the talk offered yet another chance to discuss research.

You can download the slides from Dr. Breuers talk here (PDF, 1,5 Mbyte).

 

Invited talk by Johannes Breuer on December 10th

We are happy to annouce that Dr. Johannes Breuer will be visiting Chemnitz this week. Dr. Breuer will be giving a talk in our series on “Interdisciplinary Research on Social Technologies” titled “Can smartphones make people smarter? Challenges and opportunities for the design and use of mobile educational games” on December 10th, 9.00-11.00 am in Room 2/N013 (Neues Hörsaalgebäude).

Dr. Breuer will discuss the potential of mobile games for learning in secondary and higher education, based on experiences and first results from a recently started project on the development and use of a mobile quiz game for higher education.

CrossWorlds invites all interested students and university staff to attend the talk. Please spread the word!

You can read the abstract of the talk and a short bio of Dr. Breuer after the jump.

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CrossWorlds members at Media Psychology 2015 in Tübingen

Alexander Skulmowski presenting his work

The 9th conference of the Media Psychology Division of the DGPS was held at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen at the Knowledge Media Research Center. The bi-annual conference is usually attended by mostly German media psychology scholars and researchers, but as in 2013, this year’s conference was an international event with presenters from all over the world.

CrossWorlds members and research students presented their work in Tübingen as well: Alexander Skulmowski presented his paper “Moral decision-making in virtual reality settings – An eye-tracking and pupillometry study”.

The Science Slam featured short and entertaining presentation of media psychology research

Alexander also presented a research poster with master’s student Yannik Augustin titled “A temporal model of aesthetic web site perception”. Research student Dominik Hemeli also presented work with the E-Learning Group with his poster “Mining learning and crafting scientific experiments: The use of Minecraft in education and research and what can be learned from its success for the future of educational videogames”.

Kevin Koban and Benny Liebold also presented their work in a talk titled “Newbies, Start Your Engines. Virtual Motor Skill Training and True Transfer”.

 

Crossworlds edited Special Journal Issue available

i-com_14_2_Interdisciplinary_Approaches_to_Social_TechnologyThe latest issue of the Journal of Interactive Media, i-com vol. 14(2) is a special issue titled “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social Technologies“. The issue was edited by Maximilian Eibl, Peter Ohler and Daniel Pietschmann and features peer-reviewed articles from several Crossworlds members from both the first and second group:

Michael Storz, Kalja Kanellopoulos, Claudia Fraas and Maximilian Eibl discuss Tabletops in their paper “Designing with Ethnography: Tabletops and the Importance of their Physical Setup for Group Interactions in Exhibitions”.

Benny Liebold, René Richter, Michael Teichmann, Fred Hamker and Peter Ohler investigate “Human Capacities for Emotion Recognition and their Implications for Computer Vision”.

Maria Wirzberger and Nele Russwinkel present their work in “Modeling Interruption and Resumption in a Smartphone Task: An ACT-R Approach”.

Madlen Wuttke, Valentin Belentschikow and Nicholas Müller discuss novel learning approaches in their paper “Storytelling as a Means to Transfer Knowledge via Narration”

 

Thank you for your inspiring talks, Dr. Latoschik and Dr. Bowman!

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Dr. Bowman’s talk

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Prof. Dr. Latoschik’s talk

We had a great time with our guests Prof. Dr. Marc Erich Latoschik and Associate Prof. Dr. Nicholas Bowman and hope they too did enjoy their visit in Chemnitz. Their talks were well attended from both students and colleagues from other departments, so we will continue to invite researchers to share their thoughts and work. Besides social activities in small groups, the workshops offered yet another chance to discuss research within the complete group of CrossWorld members. The exhange of new ideas already resulted in the beginning of new research collaborations which we are very much looking forward to!

You can download the slides from Dr. Bowmans talk here (PDF, 1,5 Mbyte).

 

Invited talk by Nicholas David Bowman on July 1st

nickAnother great researcher will find his way to Chemnitz in two weeks! After Prof. Latoschik, we are very happy to have Dr. Nicholas David Bowman at CrossWorlds from June 30th to July 1st. The next installment of our series of talks on “Interdisciplinary Research on Social Technologies” features Dr. Bowman with his talk “Achtung! The Technology Demands Your Attention (And We Demand the Same)” on July 1st, 9.00-11.00 a.m. in Room 2/N010 (Neues Hörsaalgebäude). He will discuss recent research on the notion of “demand” in virtual systems, focusing specifically on how the study of video games (as simulations of human behavior and interaction) can help us better understand “demand” in terms of its cognitive, affective, behavior, and social dimensions.

Again, CrossWorlds invites all interested students and university staff to attend the talk. Please spread the word!

You can read the abstract of the talk and a short bio of Dr. Bowman after the jump.

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Invited talk by Marc Erich Latoschik on June 24th

latoschik-marc-pictureWe are happy to announce Prof. Dr. Marc Erich Latoschik from the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Würzburg University will be visiting CrossWorlds on June 23-24th. As part of our guest researcher program and series of talks on “Interdisciplinary Research on Social Technologies”,  Prof. Latoschik will also give an invited talk titled “Intelligent, Interactive, Multimodal – Techniques for Future Human-Computer Interfaces” on June 24th, 9.00-11.00 am in Room 1/204 (main building in Straße der Nationen). His talk will introduce the state-of-the-art of multimodal interfaces, from scientific prototypes to computer game technology and will highlight some ongoing developments. CrossWorlds invites all interested students and university staff to attend the talk. Please spread the word!

You can read the abstract of the talk after the jump.

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Submission deadline extended to April 14, 2015

Several authors asked us if we could extend the submission deadline so they could finish up their submission properly. You ask – we listen. The new submission deadline is April 14, 2015. We are still looking forward to your submissions!

Link to CfP: http://crossworlds.info/call-for-papers/

 

Call for Papers: Special issue on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social Technologies

icom-coverWe are inviting submissions to the i-com Journal on Interactive and Cooperative Media for a special issue on “Interdisciplinary approaches to social technologies”. This issue will be guest-edited by Maximilian Eibl, Peter Ohler, and Daniel Pietschmann. All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer-review process. The submission deadline is March 31, 2015. We are looking forward to your submissions!

Link to full version of the Call: http://crossworlds.info/call-for-papers/