IVC researchers part of HFD remote-lab community

With their active research and contributions to a remote lab environment (for FPGA programming, see project page) at H-BRS, the IVC’s researchers around Marco Winzker and Andrea Schwandt are now part of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age, HFD) community working group “Remote-Labore in Deutschland” (Remote Laboratories in Germany).

Remote laboratories offer a good opportunity to combine theory and practice. Learners can access real experimental facilities via the Internet, whereby access is independent of time and place. Although remote laboratories are often designed openly, there is no nationwide platform on which remote laboratories can be presented and used. Thus, the developed remote labs cannot be used by other teachers in their own courses. In order to close this gap, representatives from several universities throughout Germany have come together to form the HFD community working group “Remote Laboratories in Germany”.

More information can be found on the general sites of HFD and on their remote-lab-specifically site or through Andrea Schwand.


FPGA Vision Remote-Lab teaching project receives e-learning award

The project Remote Lab by Marco Winzker, Professor for Digital Technology and Digital Signal Processing at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS), has been recognized at the International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL) in Kos/Greece. The award in the category E-Learning was presented by the International E-Learning Association (IELA link).

Prof. Dr. Marco Winzker and research project collaborator Andrea Schwandt are excited about the award for their Remote-Lab. Picture: H-BRS

Every year, the IELA awards the best academic and commercial projects for technology-supported teaching. This year, the Remote Lab impressed the experts. The award-winning project consists of a laboratory test that can be operated via the Internet, the Remote Lab. In addition, teaching videos are provided enabling students to develop their own subject and content. The teaching concept is already supported by a fellowship for innovations in digital university teaching from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Stifterverband.

The teaching materials are used in the electrical engineering course at H-BRS and at the partner university Universidad Nacional de San Luis in Argentina. Moreover, the Remote Lab and the teaching videos are available as a free educational resource. Winzker explains: “With this Open Educational Resource, we promote the free exchange of knowledge and offer students all over the world the opportunity to use current teaching content.

World-wide access to the Remote-Lab

In October Prof. Marco Winzker presents the Remote-Lab at a conference in Cape Town and hopes for new users in African countries. But already now Winzker and project collaborator Andrea Schwandt are observing requests from all over the world. Winzker is scientific director of the newly founded Centre for Innovation and Development in Teaching (ZIEL), where he conducts research on current developments in university teaching.

This is an English translation of the German article originally posted by Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). The original German coverage can be found here. The article can now also be found there in there in English.


Successful PhD defense by Shatha Abu Shanab

On Tuesday, 7 August 2018, IVC member Mrs. Shatha Abu Shanab successfully completed her doctoral examination at the University of Siegen. The title of her PhD thesis is “Remote and On-Site Laboratory System for Low-Power Digital Circuit Design” link.

In her dissertation, Mrs. Abu Shanab investigates the use of a remote lab, a laboratory experiment that can be operated via the Internet, in the teaching of digital circuits. At the H-BRS she was supervised by Prof. Marco Winzker. The first examiner of the doctorate is Prof. Rainer Brück from the University of Siegen. Prof. Daniel Pittich, who represents didactics of technology at the University of Siegen and the H-BRS, is also a member of the doctoral committee.

The research work was supported by the Erasmus Mundus project Avempace and the Graduate Institute of the H-BRS.


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.


Best Paper Award at ICME

The team of authors Jens Maiero, Ernst Kruijff, Andre Hinkenjann and George Ghinea received the Best Paper Award (Platinum Award) at the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo in Hong Kong, 2017. Jens Maiero presented ForceTab an actuated display for haptic interaction which is a part project of his PhD.


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.