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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!


Invited talk by Sheelagh Carpendale on December 1st

Sheelagh Carpendale

CrossWorlds is honored to announce the visit of Prof. Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale, professor at the University of Calgary in Canada. She will be in Chemnitz from November 30th till December 1st and introduce us to her research “Interacting Information through Visualization” at December 1st, 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. in the N113 (Neues Hösrsaalgebäude on the Reichenhainer Straße). There she will share her expertise in the areas of Information Visualization and Interaction Design with us.

CrossWorlds invites all interested students and university staff to attend the talk.

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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


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


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 at DSC 2015 Europe in Tübingen

The new CableRobot Simulator developed by the MPI

The new CableRobot Simulator developed by the MPI

Just one week after the conference of the Media Psychology Division, Tübingen hosted this year’s Driving Simulation Conference. Organized by the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (amongst others), the conference focused on current issues and achievements in simulated driving.
In addition to listening to a variety of excellent talks, several driving simulator facilities were visited, including the new CableRobot Simulator created by the Max Planck Institute. Its developers were eager to answer all arising questions leading to fruitful discussions and new contacts.


CrossWorlds at Embodied Cognition in Multimedia Learning in Rotterdam

On September 8, 2015, CrossWorlds member Alexander Skulmowski attended the symposium Embodied Cognition in Multimedia Learning in Rotterdam. The symposium was organized by researchers from Radboud University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Alexander presented his poster entitled “Embodied Cognitive Load Theory: Introducing a cost-benefit model for embodied interactions.”

The symposium featured a variety of talks related to the role of gestures, animations and other embodiment aspects on learning, among others by Arthur Glenberg. In addition to the talks and posters, demos of gesture-based interactions were presented.


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”