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ICLTC as platform for CrossWorlds research

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Maria Wirzberger during the poster session at ICLTC

This year, the annual International Cognitive Load Theory Conference (ICLTC) took place in Germany at the renowned Ruhr-University (RUB) in Bochum. Organized by the International Cognitive Load Theory Association (ICLTA), from June 22nd to 24th over 100 participants from Europe, Asia and the US spent three insightful days together to discuss research related to the often quoted and widely applied Cognitive Load Theory (CLT).

Within the poster session at the first conference day, CrossWorlds researcher Maria Wirzberger presented her poster “CLT meets WMU: Simultaneous experimental manipulation of load factors in a basal working memory task”, summarizing her recently published article in Computers & Education. She had the opportunity to enjoy promoting discussions and gain beneficial feedback on her work. The second conference day featured a session on “Gestures & Motion” in which CrossWorlds researcher Alexander Skulmowski provided insights into his research on “Embodied Cognitive Load Theory: costs, benefits and resources determine embodied learning outcomes”. His approach was well-received within the community.

Taken together, our colleagues spent three exciting days filled with amazing talks and lively discussions!

 

Meeting of international scientists in Granada

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Maria Wirzberger presenting her poster

From May 5th to 8th, the second International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society took place in the marvellous scenery of Granada. Over 1000 researchers from all over the world got together to discuss topics related to human cognition. Besides of talks and keynotes from outstanding experts, the organizers offered a sophisticated selection of social events: a Flamenco show, a nightly visit to the impressing and culturally rich Alhambra and a dinner in the beautiful Alhambra Gardens. At the first day, prior to the conference beginning, a meeting organized by Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS) supplemented the conference with insights into the important topic of international collaborations.

During one of the poster sessions, CrossWorlds researcher Maria Wirzberger presented her work on “Separating cognitive load facets in a working memory updating task: An experimental approach” that raised broad interest amongst fellow scientists. As additional benefit, she could promote her recently published article in Computers & Education, doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2016.04.010, which relates to the introduced study.

Due to the rich feedback, vibrant discussions and various opportunities to enhance her professional network, the conference has been a really valuable platform for our young researcher!

 

Media researchers captured Heidelberg

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Group from the Institute for Media Research in front of the TeaP venue

From March 21st to 23rd the 58th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP) took place in the marvelous city of Heidelberg. A group of media researchers from CrossWorlds and the affiliated Chair of E-Learning and New Media participated as well and presented their work during the conference.

Right at the first day, Maria Wirzberger gave a talk on modeling load-inducing factors in instructional design within her organized symposium on enhancing experimental research with the cognitive architecture ACT-R, in which she had invited speakers from Heidelberg and Berlin as well. On the second day, within a session on multimedia learning Steve Nebel talked about the jigsaw principle in educational videogames, Sascha Schneider presented his research on politeness in multimedia instructions as facilitator of learning and motivation and Maik Beege introduced his work on the effect of addressing in multimedia learning. Furthermore, master’s degree student Laura Winkler together with her supervisor Kevin Koban presented her bachelor’s thesis on attractiveness priming in one of the exceptionally well-attended poster sessions. During the third day, Alexander Skulmowski gave his talk regarding impacts of physical demands on cognitive resource allocation in a session related to the field of embodiment.

We had a great time in Heidelberg with a lot of exciting talks and discussions! Moreover, we could enjoy vibrant conversations with our fellows from various locations and research areas and thereby enhance our professional networks.

 

Promoting young talents

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Maria Wirzberger and her scholar Katja Dittrich ©TU Berlin/Jacek Ruta

On the occasion of the Germany scholarship celebration 2015/2016 at the TU Berlin, CrossWorlds researcher Maria Wirzberger, formerly scholar and now sponsor within the scholarship program, got together with her current scholar Katja Dittrich and handed over the scholarship certificate. Being a graduate of the Human Factors master’s degree course, Maria Wirzberger dedicated her scholarship to a student enrolled in this course of studies.

The Germany scholarship program is intended to promote highly talented and socially involved students by monetary and career-related support. It receives funding in equal parts from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as private sponsors (companies, foundations or private individuals).

 

CrossWorlds retreat at IBS Laubusch

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CrossWorlds team at IBS Laubusch

To consolidate their dissertation topics and further develop existing cooperation ideas, members of the current group of CrossWorlds researchers and their supervisors met in conclave at the IBS (international centre of computer science and encounters) in Lauta-Laubusch from November 9th to 10th. Topics and ideas were first discussed vividly in plenum, and afterwards refined in interdisciplinary study groups. Prospective cooperation projects deal for instance with joint educational and linguistic multi-user settings at shared haptic devices, moral dilemmas in virtual reality or novel applications of facial recognition parameters. Altogether, we spent two busy days filled with intense conversations and focussed work that really brought forward our ideas!

 

Aaron Marcus visited CrossWolds and gave a very inspiring talk

On October 12th, Mr. Aaron Marcus visited CrossWorlds and gave a talk on “Mobile Persuasion Design”. He presented his perspective and experience on the theories and practice of User Centered Design, Experience Design, the Science of Persuasion, and the merging of these developments in current and future applications for phones, tablets and wearables. Thereby, he gave insight in some of the work he performed during his long and successful career: Mr. Marcus is President of Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc. (AM+A), in Berkeley, California, and an internationally known expert in Mobile User-Experience Design, Mobile Persuasion Design, Information Design, Visualization and Cross-Cultural Design. In a subsequent workshop, we presented our own projects to Mr. Marcus and got some very valuable feedback.

 

Thank you for visiting Chemnitz, Verena Nitsch!

As already announced, within the last two days Jun.-Prof. Dr. Verena Nitsch, Assistant professor of Cognitive Ergonomics at the Universität der Bundeswehr München, visited CrossWorlds. We really enjoyed a workshop filled with enlightening discussions on our respective fields of research, and spent a nice evening in one of the most sophisticated restaurants in Chemnitz. To our great pleasure, yesterday’s talk was attended by a considerable amount of students and colleagues from various disciplines and departments. It provided fascinating insights in the role of multimodality in human-machine interaction, and taught us that even robots can express a sense of humour! Thank you Verena Nitsch for two great days, and we hope you enjoyed your stay with us as well!

 

CrossWorlds at 11th Berlin Human-Machine Workshop

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Maria Wirzberger presenting her work

From October 7th to 9th, the 11th Berlin Human-Machine Workshop took place in the beautiful historic builiding of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. It comprised a variety of talks and posters from different areas of research related to human-machine interaction, and offered exhibitiors the opportunity to present the latest developments in physiological measurement to an interested audience.

Within the conference, CrossWorlds member Maria Wirzberger introduced her PhD project in her talk “Cognitive modeling meets instructional design: Exploring Cognitive Load Theory with ACT-R”. The arising discussions with colleagues from various fields provided valuable feedback in further developing her approach. Besides that, interesting contacts were built and cooperations got started as well.

 

Invited talk by Verena Nitsch on October 27th

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Right with the start of the new semester, CrossWorlds proudly annouces the visit of Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Verena Nitsch, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Ergonomics at the Universität der Bundeswehr München, from October 26-27th. Within our series of talks on “Interdisciplinary Research on Social Technologies” she gives an exciting lecture on “Natural Human-Machine Interaction: is multimodality the key feature of the Natural User Interface?” at October 27th, 9.30-11.30 a.m. in Room 1/305 (main building, Straße der Nationen 62). The talk will provide fascinating insights into research on the design of multimodal human-machine interfaces and discuss challenges arising from this approach as well.

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 Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Verena Nitsch after the jump.

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CrossWorlds@Summer School Human Factors in Berlin

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Maria Wirzberger introducing her PhD project within a focus group

CrossWorlds member Maria Wirzberger attended the 2nd Summer School Human Factors in Berlin at July 24th. The one-day event has been organized by the Institute of Psychology and Ergonomics at TU Berlin and offered PhD students, working within various fields of human-machine interaction, the opportunity to gain feedback on their research.

Projects could be introduced either within conventional talks or in an interactive manner within focus groups. The latter gave the chance to discuss the current stage of work more broadly and get valuable input from the attending professors and fellows. Besides of strenghtening existing connections, new contacts were built up during the day and the exciting social event in the evening!