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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

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”


Californication: HCII 2015 and Stanford

Best Paper Award at HCII 2015

Best Paper Award at HCII 2015

We had a busy July at Crossworlds with several of our colleagues travelling to LA to attend the HCI International Conference. During the conference, our colleagues presented a total of six papers. They covered a broad range of topics including the perception of virtual agents, game based learning, and spatial cognition in virtual environments. On top of that, our colleagues Daniel Pietschmann, Benny Liebold, Peter Ohler, and Georg Valtin received a best paper award in the Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality devision with their paper “Development of a media-independent Stereoscopic Ability Test to assess individual ability to process stereoscopic media“. Well done!

Before the conference, Daniel Pietschmann and Benny Liebold had the chance to visit the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) at two days, which is directed by Jeremy Bailenson. There, they shared experiences from their own VR research and talked VR tech—and of course they could try out the virtual environments that were used in local research projects.


CrossWorlds@Summer School Human Factors in Berlin

Maria Wirzberger introducing her PhD project

Maria Wirzberger introducing her PhD project within a focus group

CrossWorlds member Maria Wirzberger attended the 2nd Summer School Human Factors in Berlin at July 24th. The one-day event has been organized by the Institute of Psychology and Ergonomics at TU Berlin and offered PhD students, working within various fields of human-machine interaction, the opportunity to gain feedback on their research.

Projects could be introduced either within conventional talks or in an interactive manner within focus groups. The latter gave the chance to discuss the current stage of work more broadly and get valuable input from the attending professors and fellows. Besides of strenghtening existing connections, new contacts were built up during the day and the exciting social event in the evening!


CrossWorlds members visited Summer School “Living with Media” in Cologne

Impressions from the final discussion

Impressions from the final discussion

CrossWorlds scientists Kevin Koban and Maria Barlag had the pleasure to work with some of the most important people in media research at the summer school “Living With Media” from July 19th to July 24th in Cologne. It has been organized by the Graduate School of the Human Sciences at University of Cologne in collaboration with the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Discussed topics ranged from potentials and limitations of serious games, interpersonal knowledge and interpersonal communication, to embodiment, identity and morality.

Leonard Reinecke talking about media use

Leonard Reinecke talking about media use

Besides of listening to exciting talks, each day workshops could be attended to gain deeper knowledge on different topics and additionally enhance experience in working and collaberating with people from all over the world. Within these workshops as well as the accompanying social events, we spent our time with fruitful discussions and in this vein had the chance to extend our research networks!


Thank you for your inspiring talks, Dr. Latoschik and Dr. Bowman!

Dr. Bowman's talk

Dr. Bowman’s talk

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Prof. Dr. Latoschik’s talk

We had a great time with our guests Prof. Dr. Marc Erich Latoschik and Associate Prof. Dr. Nicholas Bowman and hope they too did enjoy their visit in Chemnitz. Their talks were well attended from both students and colleagues from other departments, so we will continue to invite researchers to share their thoughts and work. Besides social activities in small groups, the workshops offered yet another chance to discuss research within the complete group of CrossWorld members. The exhange of new ideas already resulted in the beginning of new research collaborations which we are very much looking forward to!

You can download the slides from Dr. Bowmans talk here (PDF, 1,5 Mbyte).


Invited talk by Nicholas David Bowman on July 1st

nickAnother great researcher will find his way to Chemnitz in two weeks! After Prof. Latoschik, we are very happy to have Dr. Nicholas David Bowman at CrossWorlds from June 30th to July 1st. The next installment of our series of talks on “Interdisciplinary Research on Social Technologies” features Dr. Bowman with his talk “Achtung! The Technology Demands Your Attention (And We Demand the Same)” on July 1st, 9.00-11.00 a.m. in Room 2/N010 (Neues Hörsaalgebäude). He will discuss recent research on the notion of “demand” in virtual systems, focusing specifically on how the study of video games (as simulations of human behavior and interaction) can help us better understand “demand” in terms of its cognitive, affective, behavior, and social dimensions.

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 Dr. Bowman after the jump.

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Invited talk by Marc Erich Latoschik on June 24th

latoschik-marc-pictureWe are happy to announce Prof. Dr. Marc Erich Latoschik from the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Würzburg University will be visiting CrossWorlds on June 23-24th. As part of our guest researcher program and series of talks on “Interdisciplinary Research on Social Technologies”,  Prof. Latoschik will also give an invited talk titled “Intelligent, Interactive, Multimodal – Techniques for Future Human-Computer Interfaces” on June 24th, 9.00-11.00 am in Room 1/204 (main building in Straße der Nationen). His talk will introduce the state-of-the-art of multimodal interfaces, from scientific prototypes to computer game technology and will highlight some ongoing developments. CrossWorlds invites all interested students and university staff to attend the talk. Please spread the word!

You can read the abstract of the talk after the jump.

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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!