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.
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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.
Congratulations to André Hinkenjann, founding director of the IVC.
André Hinkenjann has been chosen scientist of the month by the network “Sustainable Science at Universities of Applied Sciences in NRW” (Nachhaltige Forschung an Fachhochschulen in NRW).
See coverage in German and the interview with André Hinkenjann in German.
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”.
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As David could not attend the event on 22 October, his mother and brother represented him at the ceremony.
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 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.
The team of authors David Scherfgen, Rainer Herpers and Timur Saitov of the Institute of Visual Computing (IVC) were awarded a Best Technote Award for their work on “A Robust Inside-Out Approach for 3D Interaction with Large Displays”. David Scherfgen presented their contribution at the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces 2015 (3DUI) in Arles, France. The paper describes and evaluates a novel input device which was developed at the IVC and is largely based on David’s master thesis titled “Camera-Based 3D Pointing Approach Using Dynamic On-Screen Markers”.
Anton Sigitov is one of three computer scientists who have been awarded a scholarship for their PhD project. His project titled “Partially distributed collaboration on large, high-resolution displays using mobile devices for interaction” will focus on how groups of people can work together on high-resolution displays when they are not geographically co-located.
Full coverage in German: Drei Promotionsstipendien für Informatiker
Sergey Alexandrov’s master thesis on “Geometric Segmentation of Point Cloud Data by Spectral Analysis” won this year’s advancement award of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences “Gesellschaft der Förderer” (Association of Sponsors).
Philipp Frericks’ bachelor thesis on “GPU-Implementation of a bi-directional path tracer” (original German title: “Implementierung eines bidirektionalen Path Tracers auf GPUs”) won the award for best bachelor thesis.
The award was granted during the 34th “Fachbereichstag Informatik” on 20 October 2014 in Dortmund. The “Fachbereichstag Informatik” represents over 60 departments and faculties of computer sience in universities of applied sciences.