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Crossworlds goes HCII 2014

DSC_0246From June 22nd until Friday the 27th, the Human Computer Interaction International Conference 2014 took place in Heraklion, Crete. The HCI wants to promote the dissemination and exchange of scientific research in the field of human computer interaction. Within this context, the Crossworlds team presented papers about various topics ranging from stereoscopy and virtual environments to pedagogical agents and the social interactions during a trip to the museum. Many parallel sessions and multiple chats about ongoing research later, the participants agreed on one thing: the research of the Crossworlds team is certainly on the pulse of the time.

 

CrossWorlds Interactive Tabletop is touring through Germany

CrossWorlds fellows Michael Storz and Kalja Kanellopoulos contributed an interactive tabletop to the exibition-ship MS Wissenschaft. The ship is touring through Germany and Austria until 28th of september with its exhibition “Digital unterwegs”. A detailed tour plan can be found here.

The tabletop offers two applications, a turn based card game for up to four and a pong game for up to six players. Additionally the tabletop is equipped with a user tracking system which notices when new players approach the table. In front of new players a dialog automatically pops up enabling users to log into the game.

Children playing at the CrossWorlds Tabletop.  © Ilja Hendel/Wissenschaft im Dialog

Children playing at the CrossWorlds Tabletop.
© Ilja Hendel/Wissenschaft im Dialog

MS Wissenschaft 2014 – Digital unterwegs

Tabletop applications can be used by up to six players.
© Ilja Hendel/Wissenschaft im Dialog

 

CrossWorlds 2014 detailed program published!

We have just published the detailed program for our conference: 23 speaker, four thematic sessions, five keynotes and invited talks and one demo session!

CrossWorlds 2014 – Theory, Development & Evaluation of Social Technology will start monday june 30th at Technische Universität Chemnitz. Please find all information about travel and accomodation here. There are still some places for participants available, zou find our registration form here. The participation is free of charge.

 

 

CrossWorlds 2014 Preliminary Program published!

The preliminary program for the first CrossWorlds Conference on theory, design, and evaluation of social technology, on June 30 and July 1 2014 in Chemnitz/Germany, is now published!

CrossWorlds2014 ProgramWe will have five invited speakers and five interesting sessions, giving insights into various topics as social aspects of technologies, robots, design, real and virtual worlds. Further, a demonstration session is planed, involving novel technology based interaction schemes, emotion based work planning, and more.

Attending the conference will be free of charge for all participants due to funding by the German Research Association (DFG). We further managed to provide several free tickets for the conference dinner in a local restaurant granted on a first come first serve basis. Thus, we would like to encourage early registering to benefit from the free conference dinner vouchers. The registration will remain open until June 16.

 

DFG – Terra Digitalis

Three teams of the CrossWorlds research group were chosen by the DFG for being advertised on the Terra Digitalis Website, which is now online – check it out!

Please scroll down on the page to make your balloon travel across the Terra Digitalis. Or simply click on these links to get to the CrossWorlds projects immediately:

Anke Tallig & Andreas Bischof
Kalja Kanellopoulos & Michael Storz
Madlen Wuttke & Kai-Uwe Martin

 

Crossworlds @ Studentische Medientage Chemnitz

On April 25th and 26th the 10th Studentische Medientage took place at the new auditorium building (NHG) at Technische Universität Chemnitz. In accordance with this year’s theme ‘Get Connected!’ numerous communication professionals discussed the importance of networking in lectures and workshops.

Once again the CrossWorlds team supported the conference by displaying their research projects. Amongst other examples, the second prototype table platform of Kalja Kanellopoulos and Michael Storz, presenting a card game and a game of Pong, was open to public experimentation. Currently, their second table is aboard the ship ‘MS Wissenschaft’ and travels across the rivers of Germany. Furthermore, Michael Heidt preseted a join
t human-computer exploration device and Anke Tallig tested the detection capabilities of non-verbal communication behavior by her new robot-guide installation.

And in addition to the professional audiences, the mentoring program ‘Girl’s Tandem’ visited the symposium and interacted with the various exhibitions from CrossWorlds.

The ‘Studentischen Medientage‘ are developed and organized solely by students of the Institute for Media Research at the Technische Universität Chemnitz but nevertheless established itself as a networking platform for other students and media professionals across Germany. This annual conference, established in 2005, meanwhile attracts more than 500 visitors from science and practice, in order to discuss media-relevant developments, new media perspectives and ideas.

 

 

CrossWorlds 2014 registration open!

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“Registration” by NHS Corporation on Flickr under Creative Commons 2.0 BY

The registration for the first CrossWorlds Conference on theory, design and evaluation of social technology on June30th and July 1st 2014 in Chemnitz/Germany is now open!

Attending the conference will be free of charge for all participants due to funding by the German Research Association (DFG). We further managed to provide several free tickets for the conference dinner in a local restaurant that are granted on a first come first serve basis. We would thus like to encourage registering early to benefit from the free conference dinner vouchers. The registration will remain open until 16 June.

To register for CrossWorlds 2014, please use our ConfTool.

Room reservation will not be part of the online registration. We made special arrangements for accommodation with the “Hotel an der Oper“. Conference attendees will be able to enjoy Chemnitz’ best city view for 60 Euro per night!

Please book your room yourself using the code for the special arrangement provided on the conference page.

 

 

 

CrossWorlds Conference 2014

We are very happy to announce our first CrossWorlds conference! We are inviting researchers from various disciplines to Chemnitz for two days of interdisciplinary discussion of social technology.

The online registration for our conference will start soon! We would be glad if you take the chance to visit Chemnitz and discuss with us!

The conference will take place in project house METEOR on monday 30th of june and tuesday 1st of july.  Our program committee is currently curating a program of the submissions from various disciplines. We can already announce our keynote and invited talk speakers:

 

rammertProf. Dr. Werner Rammert,
Werner Rammert is one of Europe’s leading sociologist of technology, most known for his model of distributed agency in socio-technical constellations. He is a full professor at TU Berlin. (Publications)

 

Nicole KrämerProf. Dr. Nicole Krämer,

Nicole Krämer is full professor for social psychology at the University Duisburg-Essen. Her research interests are social aspects of virtual environments with a special emphasis on virtual agents. (Publications)

 

de meloCelso de Melo, PhD.,

Celso de Melo is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on virtual agents expressing emotions and the impact on social interaction. (Publications)

 

HorneckerProf. Dr. Eva Hornecker,

Eva Hornecker is a full professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Her research interests are the design and user experience of ‘beyond the desktop’ interaction with a special interest in interactive museum installations. (Publications)

 

Betty MohlerBetty Mohler, PhD.,

Betty Mohler is the project leader of the group “Perception and Action in Virtual Environments” (PAVE) at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. Her group focuses on understanding various aspects of human behavior, perception and cognition using ecologically valid and immersive virtual environments. (Publications)

 

Guest lecture by Harald Reiterer

On 12th of february CrossWorlds was visited by Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer professor for Human Computer Interaction at University of Konstanz. His talk “Die reale Welt als Vorbild – Neue Wege der Interaktion mit digitalen Welten”(Taking the real world as an example – New ways of interaction in digital worlds) gave us inspiring insights into several projects of his workgroup. His research focus on interactive systems and tabletops ties on our own efforts in this direction. After the talk our fellow researchers Michael Storz and Kalja Kanellopoulos had the opportunity to demonstrate their own developed tabletop and its applications. Especially our design for an “in the wild”-setting of the tabletop, which was and will be tested and evaluated in museum situations, appealed to our guest.

His talk was recorded and edited by the television studio of the professorship Media Informatics.

 

Robotics Going Beyond the Laboratory

"Robokid" graphic by Ilona Straub to illustrate the programme.

“Robokid” graphic by Ilona Straub to illustrate the programme.

To face dynamic environments and everyday situations is currently the biggest challenge for robotics. As part of their research project on the development of service robotics in Japan and Europe the sociologists Gesa Lindemann, Gregor Fitzi, Hironori Matsuzaki and Ilona Straub invited both robotic scientists and social scientists to discuss the implications and challenges of the goal to take robots beyond the laboratory.

Our fellow Andreas Bischof had the chance to present the outlines of his reserach question in analyzing social robotics to this very instructive conference. The greatest effort of GBTL conference was to bring together researchers with different perspectives on robotics, what is unfortunately rather rare in this context. HRI specialists like Morana Ala? or Selma Šabanovi? met german sociologists like Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer and Martin Meister. Legal [1, 2] and philosphical positions met famous robotic engineers, like Prof. Takanishi from Waseda University. It’s worth to have a look for upcoming publications from the organizing group of University of Oldenburg.