Open-minded: H-BRS is “Excellent Place” 2017

The IVC’s project EPICSAVE has been voted into the top 100 award winners of this years innovation competition “Ausgezeichnete Orte im Land der Ideen” (Excellent Places in the Land of Ideas). In accordance with the competition motto “Offen denken – Damit sich Neues entfalten kann” (Thinking open – so that something new can unfold), EPICSAVE impressively demonstrates how experimentation, curiosity, and the courage to change thinking, can lead to future-oriented innovations in the training of paramedics.

Full coverage (in German) can be found here.


Alumni portrait: Alexander Barth

One of our alumni, Dr. Alexander Barth, is featured in the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg’s series on outstanding graduates. His full portrait can be read here (in German).


Best paper award at ICCSA

The team of authors Katharina Stollenwerk (Institute of Visual Computing, IVC), Anna Vögele (University of Bonn), Björn Krüger (Gokhale Method Institute, Palo Alto, USA), André Hinkenjann (IVC), and Reinhard Klein (University of Bonn) has won a Best Paper Award for their work on “Automatic temporal segmentation of articulated hand motion“. Katharina presented their contribution at this year’s International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications (ICCSA 2016) held in Beijing, China.


Hinkenjann Reappointed Adjunct Professor

Professor André Hinkenjann, Professor of Computer Graphics and one of the Directors of the Institute of Visual Computing has been re-appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). This renews his prior appointment as Adjunct Professor at UNB and is rooted in his teaching and research expertise in the areas of Computer Graphics and Interactive Environments.

For full coverage in German see here.


Ernst Kruijff won best poster award at VRST

Dr. Ernst Kruijff, senior researcher at the Institute of Visual Computing and interim professor at FB02, has won Best Poster award at one of the main conferences in the field of Virtual Reality, ACM VRST 2015, held in Beijing, China. The poster reported on a series of studies on the effect of vibration and low-frequency audio on full-body sensations. The studies were performed in cooperation with Rob Lindeman, Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA.


David Scherfgen won VDI price

David Scherfgen received this year’s first prize of the Cologne section of VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, Association of German Engineers) for outstanding achievements in the field of engineering. The prize was awarded for his excellent master thesis on “Camera-based 3D Pointing Approach Using Dynamic On-Screen Markers”.

For full coverage in German see here.

As David could not attend the event on 22 October, his mother and brother represented him at the ceremony.

IEEE Award for IVC colleague

Congratulations to our colleague Marco Winzker who received the IEEE William E. Sayle Award for Achievement in Education on 23th of October 2015.

Marco Winzker received the award for “significant contributions over a period of years in one of the Fields of Interest of the IEEE Education Society”. In the IVC he has, among other things, the project EduPow in which he researches about education of video signal processing algorithms, FPGA design and low-power design. In the project an evaluation board has been developed which shall now be made available as a remote-lab.


Tobias Haubrich and Sergej Alexandrov won AFCEA Studienpreis award

Tobias Haubrich and Sergej Alexandrov from the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences share second place in this year’s AFCEA Studienpreis award with Joel Janai from the University of Bonn. In his work titled “Geometric Segmentation of Point Cloud Data by Spectral Analysis” Alexandrov investigated the process of perception of virtual agents as foundation for making decisions.

In his master thesis, “Development of a synthetic perception process for smart virtual agents” (German title: “Entwicklung eines synthetischen Perzeptionsprozesses für intelligente virtuelle Agenten”), Haubrich looked at how a reasistic simulation of agents can lead to individual behaviour in order to create a suitable mapping of this complex and highly unforseeable process. The concepts may be applied in road traffic simulations and other simulation scenarios.

The prize was granted at the Koblenzer IT-Tagung 2015, a conference in Koblenz on 3 September 2015 in the Rhein-Mosel-Halle with approximately 400 participants.