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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.


Meeting of international scientists in Granada


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

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

Vergabe der Deutschlandstipendien, TU Berlin, 04.02.2016, Ruta

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).


Vincent Küszter successfully defended his PhD on multi-user VR


Our dear Crossworlds colleague and friend Vincent Küszter successfully defended his PhD thesis today. Vincent’s work is titled “Enwicklung eines mehrbenutzerfähigen projektionsbasierten VR-Systems und Untersuchung ausgewählter Aspekte der Nutzerinteraktion” (Development of a projection-based multi-user VR system and evaluation of specific aspects of user interaction).

His talk was attended very well and the organizers soon ran out of chairs. Dr. Küszter will continue his work on the prototype platform as associate member of Crossworlds. His new platform is used for further projects and psychological studies by members of the second group of graduates and also as a research tool in master’s courses of the Master of Science program “media psychology and instructional psychology”. His dissertation will be available as monograph, soon.

Congratulations from the whole Crossworlds team, Vincent!