Prof. Hinkenjann is coordinating a sub-project of the American PIRE-project run by the National Science Foundation: “Black Hole Astrophysics in the Era of Distributed Resources and Expertise”.
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is an international collaboration aiming to capture the first image of a black hole – specifically the black hole in the centre of our galaxy. This will put Einstein’s theory of general relativity to the test in extreme conditions.
The PIRE-project explores the use of cutting edge information technology to support international teams working locally on all five continents. Researchers will develop suitable new technologies, algorithms, and infrastructures.
Prof. Hinkenjann and Matthew Turk from Stanford University are coordinating a sub-project called “thrust #3” which tackles the visualization of big and distributed data that should be accessible for all researchers of a global team.
On 05 and 06 August 2016, NDR Info science magazine “Logo” featured our project EPICSAVE in a report titled “Der virtuelle Notfallsanitäter” (“The virtual paramedic”). Jonas Schild and his colleagues Sven Seele and Alexander Marquardt describe how state-of-the-art Virtual Reality gear (e.g. head mounted displays in combination with eye tracking) is used to simulate and analyze training scenarios for paramedics.
A recording of the report can be found in the NDR media library but will be rebroadcast on other ARD stations in the coming weeks. You can also listen to it here (in German):
Today, our new project EPICSAVE (Enhanced ParamedIC vocational training with Serious games And Virtual Environments) has been officially acknowledged by BMBF/DLR. The project runs for three years starting 1 March 2016. Training paramedics for critical but rare emergencies is difficult in real practice, as such rare events may not actually occur during a vocational training program. As a solution, we will implement a prototypical virtual reality serious game enabling paramedics to learn how to quickly identify such situations and take appropriate actions.
Since 2012 we have the Qualitätspakt Lehre project Pro-MINT-us. Project leader is Marco Winzker from the IVC. Now on 6th November 2015 he received the positive feedback about his application for the second round of financing, which applied for 5.79 Mio Euro. From 2017 on the project is funded until 2020.
The project addresses students in the study entry phase. For the IVC means that project based learning in Einsteiger-Projekten and Starterprojekten will continue to be supported. Thus students will learn early in their studies about practical aspects of their field and have an insight in current research topics. Furthermore the project supports scientific writing, so that students have a solid foundation for their own research interests.
To investigate human-perceived directions of “up” and “down” the Institute of Visual Computing (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences) attracted funding for research from Federal Ministry of Economy. Together with DLR (Germany’s national research center for aeronautics and space) it will study how human perception can be manipulated especially under uncommon conditions such as low or high gravity. These gravitational stimuli are simulated by a short arm centrifuge, on which the tests will be realised.