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Annual DFG workshop of computer scientists in Dagstuhl

René, Benedikt and Tobias presenting their posters at Dagstuhl

René, Benedikt and Tobias presenting their posters at Dagstuhl

Once a year, members of DFG research training groups related to computer science meet at beautiful Dagstuhl castle, located in Saarland. For CrossWorlds, our colleagues Benedikt Etzold, René Schmidt and Tobias Höppner participated. Together with PhD students from 16 other research training groups, they looked forward to a rich programme of talks and workshops. The opening consisted of a fast-forward-session, providing each PhD student with a time slot of two minutes to introduce his or her project. Although this doesn’t seem much, for 70 participants even such a short introduction took its time. After this “appetizers” there was the chance to discuss interesting topics to a greater extent within the supportive poster session. Talks on the detection of malware and scientific visualizations completed the programme. Fortunately, enough time remained to get in touch with other PhD students working on similar topics. All in all, our colleagues can look back on three inspiring days!

 

CrossWorlds members at ICA 2015 in Puerto Rico

Daniel Pietschmann and Benny Liebold together with Michael Brill, a cooperating researcher from the University of Wuerzburg.

CrossWorlds members Benny Liebold, Daniel Pietschmann and Kevin Koban recently presented their research on presence and motor skill learning at the Annual Main Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Together, they presented four papers: Two were traditional presentations in the Computers and Technology and Game Studies divisions, the other two were interactive paper presentations (a mix between a powerpoint presentation and an additional poster session) in the Information Systems division.

With the slogan “Communication Across the Lifespan” the 5-day-conference hosted over 2000 papers in about 600 sessions with nearly 4000 authors.

 

New staff profiles available!

As already announced within the last post, our staff pages have been updated with information about the current group of graduate researchers.

If you want to know more about the computer scientists Maria Barlag, Benedikt Etzold, Tobias Höppner, René Richter and René Schmidt and the social scientists Kevin Koban, Stefan Pichelmann, Ingmar Rothe, Alexander Skulmowski, Jan-Philipp Stein and Maria Wirzberger, you are welcome to visit our profiles.

In case you are interested in our projects, please feel free to contact us!

 

Second group of researchers starting their studies at CrossWorlds

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The CrossWorlds team of researchers during the workshop on April 22nd, 2015

On April 1st, the second group of researchers started their studies at CrossWorlds. The nine new colleagues now work in the offices at Reichenhainer Str. 70 as the previous group moved out. All of the twelve researchers of the first group are still working at CrossWorlds, but are now officially associated members.

During a one-day workshop on April 22nd, the CrossWorlds veterans passed the baton to their new colleagues. Two additional graduates start their work at CrossWorlds today, and another researcher will join in june, bringing the number of the second group also up to twelve.

We enthusiastically look forward to yet another three years filled with fruitful discussions, interdisciplinary exchange and exciting publications!

The staff pages will be updated very soon with the profiles of the second group of researchers.

 

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/

 

Guest Reseacher Kiyoshi Kiyokawa talks AR Technology

Dr. Kiyoshi Kiyokawa visited CrossWorlds on december 11th and gave two very inspiring talks about Head Mounted Display Technologies for Augmented Reality and Future Directions of Augmented Reality Display Technologies. Besides the crossworlds team, the audience also included interested colleagues from other departments as well as many students.

We thank all helpers, especially for the catering and tech support. Furthermore a big thank you to the VR/ AR team members Peter Schulz, Florian Polster, Daniel Lohmeier von Laer and Jesper Bellenbaum.

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The MOOC with additional learning materials will be available as soon as possible. For further information please contact Crossworlds Member Steve Funke. Abstracts for the talks can be found after the jump.

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New book available: Spatial Mapping in virtuellen Umgebungen

thesis-coverThe dissertation thesis from Dr. Daniel Pietschmann has been published by Springer in their new psychology research line. The book is written in German and constitues a revised version of the original thesis, concentrating on the theory and implications of spatial information and its use in virtual environments for entertainment or learning purposes.

The book also features an extensive review of cognitive UX concepts and studies on stereoscopy and natural mapping and is aimed at scholars in the fields of psychology, communication studies and human computer interaction as well as designers of virtual environments. It is available as softcover print or eBook via SpringerLink (and thus it’s free for many universities), Amazon and other retailers.

 

Guest Researcher: For a translational cognitive science of interaction

Photo by Paul Rosenthal

Photo by Jun.-Prof. Paul Rosenthal

Brian Fisher from SFU in Vancouver, Canada visited CrossWorlds from december 8-10. Brian gave a very inspiring talk about bridging the gap between between psychology and computer science titled “For a translational cognitive science of interaction”. He also met with the research tandems and discussed their current work and projects as well as future collaboration possibilities.

We thank Brian for all his input and suggestions as well as for the great discussions and hope to see you again in Chemnitz, soon.

 

ComforTable @ ITS 2014 Dresden

From 16th-19th of november the ACM conference for Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS) took place in Dresden. Besides the lectures the event included a poster & demo session, in which CrossWorlds members Michael Storz and Kalja Kanellopoulos presented their second tabletop ‘comforTable’.
One of the highlights of the conference was Joachim Sauter’s closing keynote. In his inspiring presentation the director of the renowned design agency ART+COM gave insights in their magnificent work with interactive surfaces and showed a number of best practice examples. Concerning the development of new technologies he emphasized: “If you work with technologies you can only predict the future if you work interdisciplinary. People have to be open to leave their fields and work together with others.” Furthermore Sauter stressed the narrative potential of interactive surfaces, linking interaction design to composition and poetry. Putting the importance of briefing and re-briefing during the process of technological development into focus, he pointed out: “All of our ideas are already in our minds. You just have to open the door.”

ComforTable @ITS2014 demo session