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Bernstein Conference Computational Neuroscience 2012

The Bernstein Conference Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) is the largest European conference in Computational Neuroscience. This year the conference was hosted by the Bernstein Center Munich (September 12-14). It was filled with three days of stimulating presentations of international top researchers from MIT, Harvard, UCL, Stanford, or MPI, giving insights in their newest brain research and modeling. The conference provided the opportunity to present new research approaches and results in two poster sessions in the evening.

Beside the interesting contributions of many other researchers all over the world the CrossWorlds member Michael Teichmann presented its well frequented poster to “Learning invariance in object recognition”. The poster reviews his current work and gives an insight how models of the visual system could be designed and trained to obtain human-like recognition and processing abilities. The poster abstract is published in the conference proceedings by Frontiers of Computational Neuroscience (Abstract)

 

Student Symposium at the Department of Computer Science

This year the first Student Symposium of the Department of Computer Science was held at Chemnitz University of Technology on July 4th 2012. It was an overwhelming success, as many undergraduate and graduate students contributed and raised it to an very successful event. The symposium provided students the opportunity to present their latest research including their thesis or their PhD project. The contributions could be in form of posters, short or full papers. Each contribution was subjected to a peer-review process to guarantee its quality.

The CrossWorlds member Michael Teichmann took this opportunity to present his current research as a short paper. In his contribution he brought the functioning of the human visual cortex together with methods of designing object recognition systems. For the interdisciplinary character of his paper and his presentation Michael Teichmann has been awarded a honorable mention. Read the rest of this entry »

 

CrossWorlds presented research at German Society for Sociology Conference

The biennial conference of the German Society for Sociology (DGS) with the 2012 headline “Diversity and Coherence” was held during the first week of October at the Ruhr University Bochum. More than 2.100 participants listened to featured lectures, discussed in plenary meetings or learned about recent research in self organized ad hoc groups.  CrossWorlds collegiates Kalja Kanellopoulos and Andreas Bischof attended the conference. Andreas presented findings of his Master Thesis (published OpenAccess here) as part of the group “Virtual Worlds: Between Euphoria and Pathologisation – Sociological Approaches and empirical Analyses“. Read the rest of this entry »

 

9. Workshop Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität 2012 (9th Workshop Virtual and Augmented Reality 2012)

The 9th Workshop for Virtual and Augmented Reality from September 19 to 20 in Düsseldorf was an opportunity for young academics of that research field to publish their findings and get to know scientists with similar interests. The collegiate Vincent Küszter presented his paper “Erweiterung des Position-Based-Dynamic-Verfahrens für die Kollisionsbehandlung für Kleidung an animierten Menschmodellen” (Expansion to Position Based Dynamics to improve Collisions for Clothin and Virtual Humans) in a talk at the workshop.

Many attendees were showing gesture based or touch interfaces, which synergizes with our research at CrossWorlds. Socializing with the other scientists was not only possible between the presentations or demo sessions, but also at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, where the attendees took a guided tour.

 

CrossWorlds goes Social Media

For more news and activities from the CrossWorlds team, you can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter. While this website will cover most of the news regarding our research activities, we will use social media for more broader and informal news.

 

CrossWorlds switches to English

The CrossWorlds initiators and doctoral candidates decided to revise this website to use English as main language instead of German. This way, we hope to broaden our audience and keep our international colleagues up to date with this website, too. So we will switch to English effective immediately, beginning with the news. The rest of the website will be translated in the coming weeks.

 

Crossworlds auf der Konferenz „Mensch und Computer 2012“ in Konstanz

Demonstrator Multitouch-Tisch der Universität Konstanz auf der MuC 2012

Vom 9.-12. September besuchten sieben Kollegiaten des Graduiertenkollegs die Konferenz „Mensch und Computer 2012“ in Konstanz. Das diesjährige Motto lautete „Interaktiv Informiert allgegenwärtig & allumfassend!?“.

Über die vier Konferenztage gab es ein breites Angebot an Fachvorträgen, Workshops, Diskussionen, Tutorien und Demonstrationen zum Themenbereich „Mensch-Computer-Interaktion“. Höhepunkte der Konferenz waren unter anderem die Keynotes von Miriam Meckel und Giles Colborne. Ebenso boten die Abendveranstaltungen gute Möglichkeiten mit anderen Wissenschaftlern unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete in Kontakt zu kommen.

Im Rahmen der Demo-Session „inter | aktion“ konnten interaktive Demonstrationen aus 20 Projekten genauer unter die Lupe genommen und mit den beteiligten Wissenschaftlern und Unternehmensvertretern diskutiert werden. Viele der vorgestellten Projekte basierten auf touchempfindlichen Oberflächen wie Tablets und Multitouchtischen oder auf gestenbasierter Interaktion mit Hilfe der Microsoft Kinect. Diese und andere Projekte boten den Kollegiaten Denkanstöße und Inspirationen für ihre eigenen und gemeinsamen Vorhaben.

 

3rd International Symposium on Facial Analysis and Animation

The 3rd International Symposium on Facial Analysis and Animation (FAA) was held on September 21 at the Museum of Young Arts in Vienna. According to the organizing committee the FAA is the only international conference that solely focusses on the analysis of animation of faces. The field of participants ranged from social scientists who analyzed the perception of different animation techniques to companies that presented their newest tracking algorithms. Therefore the talks as well as the poster presentations gave a good overview of this very interesting field of research with multiple relations both to professional applications (e.g. entertainment industry) and interdisciplinary research.

One of the currently investigated research topics is performance driven animation, i.e. facial animation controlled by facial movements of human actors. Despite the fact that the state of development of the presented animations seems intriguingly spohisticated the research community aims at even more robust methods for both tracking and animating for professional applications. Another interesting topic are facial analysis and animation tools with live support that do not require professional 3D-tracking hardware but rely on consumer hardware like simple webcams (Image Metrics Live Driver) or the Microsoft Kinect (Face Shift) instead.

At the conference CrossWorlds made some interesting contacts to both professionals and researchers resulting in research collaborations with Image Metrics and intense information exchange with researchers from different backgrounds.

 

Graduiertenkolleg zu Gast auf dem Technologie-Festival Campus Party

AlSoy1 mit integriertem emotionalem Modell auf der CampusParty 2012 in Berlin

Anke Tallig und Kai-Uwe Martin vertraten das Graduiertenkolleg auf der vom 21.-26. August 2012 stattgefundenen Campus Party Europe in Berlin, dem größten europäischen Technologie-Festival mit Themen rund um Computertechnik, Software sowie Internet und daraus entstehender sozialen Interaktion und Verantwortung.

Mehr als 10.000 Forscher, Innovatoren und Technikbegeisterte aus 77 Ländern trafen sich zum ersten Mal in Deutschland zum intensiven Wissensaustausch und zur Bildung von gemeinsamen Interessennetzwerken. Mehr als 200 Vorträge präsentierten den aktuellen Stand der Technik (sowohl aus informatischer als auch aus sozialwissenschaftlicher Perspektive) und luden anschließend zum Meinungsaustausch und zu Fachgesprächen ein. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Erste Paper und Konferenzvorträge

Inzwischen bearbeitet das Kolleg in Tandemgruppen Promotionsprojekte und in gemischten Fachgruppen verschiedene übergeordnete Teilbereiche des Forschungsvorhabens. Daraus folgen nun erste konkrete Publikationen aus den Arbeitsgruppen: Andreas Bischof stellt im Oktober auf dem 36. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in der Gruppe “Virtuelle Welten: zwischen Euphorie und Pathologisierung. Soziologische Zugänge und empirische Analyse” das theoretische Framework (Interaktionsanalyse-Goffman-Techniksoziologie) seines Dissertationsprojekts vor. Vincent Küszter trägt Ende September seinen Ansatz zur “Erweiterung des Position-Based-Dynamic-Verfahrens für die Kollisionsbehandlung für Kleidung an animierten Menschmodellen” auf dem 9. Workshop Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität 2012 der Gesellschaft für Informatik vor.