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CrossWorlds at the URPP Summer School ‚Language and Space‘ in Kloster Kappel (CH)


The perfect place to think and talk about language and space.

Combining various methods and perspectives within a research project is an ambitious approach – one that we take very seriously. From September 4th to 9th, CrossWorlds joined the summer school of the URPP “Language and Space” at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Due to the relatively small participant group, we were able to work very productively through each of the three daily sessions. A great selection of invited scholars introduced us to their different angles and methodological approaches in dealing with virtual, social, and physical space. In the end, we wrapped it up into a large picture of relationships and differences between the discussed concepts. In order to give an overview of their current research every participant performed a pecha kucha at Tuesday and Thursday night. These sessions have been highlights of the week.
It seems very likely that this summer school served as a great kickoff for further collaborations and thought processes. Apart from enjoying the sun and the surroundings in Kappel am Albis, the event certainly inspired new insights into our data; reminding us that research is an amazing thing, being demanding and fun at the same time.

Thanks a lot to Prof. Dr. Andreas Jucker and his colleagues who made this event happen.


CrossWorlds researcher visited ICCM at PennState University


Maria Wirzberger presenting her poster at ICCM

With over 100 researchers from various countries, the 14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM) was held at the amazing campus of PennState University from August 4th to 6th. Besides a schedule enriched with sophisticated keynotes and talks on various theoretical and methodological issues related to modeling and simulating human cognition, the organizers arranged an exciting social program including a mentoring lunch at the first day and a barbecue with sports activities like go-cart, baseball or golf in the evening of the second day.

In particular the poster sessions at the first and last conference day offered various opportunities for lively discussions. Related to this point in schedule, the organizers had invented a new format called “poster boaster”, a short session in which each presenter had to “advertise” his or her poster in advance, to arouse peoples’ curiosity in the presented work. Right within the first poster session, CrossWorlds researcher Maria Wirzberger introduced her project entitled “Examining load-inducing factors in instructional design: An ACT-R approach”, gained rich feedback on her model concept and could discuss current construction yards with experts from the community. Moreover, she had the opportunity to become aquainted with fellow researchers from all over the world and got surprising insights into the American way of life!


CrossWorlds at the ICC


The participants of the ICC 2016 © Stadt Fulda

The International Colloquium on Communication (ICC) was founded in 1968 and takes place every other year. It’s general aim is to discuss new results of research on communication. CrossWorlds is glad on having been part of the 2016th edition, wich took place in Fulda last week. This year’s specific focus was ‘communication and tragedy‘. Our fellow Ingmar presented a paper titled “The escape button as the only way out – when human-computer-interaction breaks down” as a spotlight on his current research.

A specific feature of the ICC is it’s small size with only about 25 participants. This year, 20 scholars from the U.S. and Europe met in Fulda from July 24th to 29th. Due to that we had plenty of time for enlightening discussions from various angles.


Andreas Bischof successfully defended his PhD on the Epistemic Culture of Social Robotics


from left to right: Rector Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, Prof. Dr. Claudia Fraas, Dr. des. Andreas Bischof, Prof. Dr. Peter Ohler

Hopefully, this week starts as fabulous as last week ended. On Friday, July 15th, our CrossWorlds fellow Andreas Bischof successfully defended his PhD thesis. Andreas gave an exciting talk about his work, titled “How do social robots become social?” (full title: “Wie kommt die Robotik zum Sozialen? Epistemische Praktiken der Sozialrobotik”).

The commission was very impressed and the defence ended with standing ovations for Andreas and his excellent work. So, take a look at the picture: Who do you think is the proudest?

Andreas will continue his work at the TU Chemnitz as a member of the project “Nebeneinander wird Miteinander“.

Congratulations from the whole CrossWorlds team, Andreas!


Maria Wirzberger invited as guest for panel discussion on business cooperation

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Maria talking about her experiences with business cooperation

On the occasion of the 6th Day of Teaching at the TU Berlin at June 27th, our colleague Maria Wirzberger was invited to join a panel discussion on “Employability due to business cooperation”. Being an alumna of both the university and the Germany scholarship programme, she took a student perspective and shared her own experiences from an interdisciplinary student project with a business partner as part of her master’s degree course. Moreover, she gave insights into the accompanying career-related programme from her scholarship sponsor IBM Germany. Maria especially outlined the arising benefits for her own career and thus emphasized the necessity of such opportunities for students.


CrossWorlds at the CNS2016

Poster presentation René Richter

René Richter at the poster session

From the 2nd to the 7th July, René Richter joined other researchers at the 25th Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting (CNS2016) on Jeju Island in South Korea. This conference by the Organisation for Computational Neurosciences (OCNS) hosted 200 participants and provided a platform to present their research and additionally profit from tutorials and workshops in this particular field of research.

The poster session stretched over three days and on the third day René Richter presented his poster on how to simulate emotional attention within the biological background of the human brain. He had several interesting talks with other researchers who gave new perspectives and even offered potential collaborations for the future.


CrossWorlds at ICWE2016 in Lugano

This year’s International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE) has been held from June 6th to June 9th at the USI Faculty of Informatics in Lugano, Switzerland. During the demo session on the first day of the conference, CrossWorlds researcher Markus Ast presented his demo on “Towards Handling Constraint Network Conditions between IoT Entities using Conflict-free Anti-entropy Communication”. Markus Ast also participated, together with Michael Krug, Fabian Wiedemann and Martin Gaedke, in the 2nd International Rapid Mashup Challenge. With the presentation of their work on “The SmartComposition Approach for Creating Environment-Aware Multi-Screen Mashups”, they were able to achieve the 1st place in this challenge.


ICLTC as platform for CrossWorlds research


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!


Kevin Koban wins Best Student Paper Award of the ICA Game Studies Division

We are proud to announce that CrossWorlds collegiate Kevin Koban won the Best Student Paper Award of the Game Studies Division at this year’s ICA Conference in Fukuoka with his work on problematic video gaming titled “I hate it, but I can’t stop. Addictive tendencies as a mediator for negative game experience in a mobile trivia game”.

Conducted together with his supervisor Peter Ohler, the paper emphasized a meaningful, but often neglected differentiation between video game enthusiasm and problematic gaming tendencies with regard to players’ individual dispositions, gaming motivations as well as positive and negative experience while and immediately after a gaming episode. In this context, the study’s sample contained both casual and hardcore gamers of the mobile trivia game QuizClash including 140 of the top 1000 players from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

If you want to take a look into the results, the presentation slides can be downloaded here.


CrossWorlds @ ICA 2016 in Fukuoka

Late spring, as every year, marks an academic highlight in media research as the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) invites thousands of scholars from all over the world to discuss their latest research. To seize this opportunity, CrossWorlds members Daniel Pietschmann, Benny Liebold, Kevin Koban, and Jan-Philipp Stein as well as associated member Nicholas H. Mueller went far east to Japan to participate in pre-conferences in Kyoto and Tokyo and, finally, to present a total of seven research papers at the main conference in Fukuoka.

The presented papers covered a broad range of topics including novelty and learning effects of naturally mapped video game controllers (Benny Liebold and Daniel Pietschmann together with Nick Bowman from West Virginia University), psychophysiological foundations of breaks in presence (Benny Liebold, Daniel Pietschmann and Peter Ohler in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Wuerzburg, Michael Brill and Frank Schwab), recreational media use (Kevin Koban together with associated member Georg Valtin and research student Sandra Rogenz), or suspense in cliffhanger situations (Nicholas H. Mueller).

Alongside, the CrossWorlds group was busy extending their research networks and even building collaborations. This might yield some interesting results in the not too distant future.