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.

2018/11/15

Secure online identification – WDR visits the IVC

When inspecting identity cards (ID cards) and passports more closely, both documents show different holograms depending on the angle of view. The passport photo, too will change colour. Experts use these security features to determine whether an ID card is genuine or forged.

Falsifying identity documents for scientific purposes only in the IVC laboratory

In a project commissioned by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), professors Rainer Herpers and André Hinkenjann together with two of IVC’s research associates examined the forgery protection of the ID card.

The team seemingly effortlessly managed to legitimise itself as Elvis Presley in a video chat and transformed a recently visiting WDR reporter into Udo Lindenberg by forged identity card (see video). The trick: A self-created ID card is held in front of the camera. Holograms and security features are superimposed on the camera image in a post-processing operation. This must be done very quickly so that the chat partner does not notice anything.

In response to the research results, security precautions for video identification have already been tightened. Meanwhile, the team of the Institute of Visual Computing is working on further loopholes.

This is a translation of an article originally posted by Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). The original article can be found here (in German).

WDR’s (German) video footage can be found here (or by clicking on the image below).

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Lokalzeit aus Bonn, WDR on 17 August 2018

2018/08/24

Astronaut research in diving suits

Professor Rainer Herpers and Dr Nils-Alexander Bury dive for science: Herpers supported the scientist from York University in Canada in carrying out tests for his underwater study. The tests are in conjunction with the ISS Vection study by Prof. Laurence Harris and Prof. Michael Jenkin (York University) and relate to the perception of the body’s own movements.

About to start: Dr. Bury with (yet) a good-humoured test subject

The aim of the study is to recognise the weaknesses of human perception in an atypical environment and transfer these findings to weightlessness. Astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) will also benefit from the results of the study in the swimming centre at the German University in Cologne for the Canadian Space Agency in the medium term. In short, the scientific findings will help them estimate the weaknesses in human perception and orientation better.

This is an excerpt of an article originally posted by Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). The full coverage can be found here in German and here in English

Images from the under-water camera

UPDATE: WDR report on this project (15 Aug 2018)

WDR’s (German) article and video footage on the underwater project can be found here (or by clicking on the image below).

report WDR
2018/07/09

VR project EPICSAVE at Learntec Congress

Halfway through the EPICSAVE research project at the Institute of Visual Computing at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS): The first prototype of the multi-user virtual reality has been completed. Here, aspiring emergency paramedics can now train rare emergencies. EPICSAVE will be presented at the Learntec Congress for Digital Education in Karlsruhe from 30 January to 1 February 2018.

Digitisation does not stop at education. The EPICSAVE project at the Institute of Visual Computing (IVC) of the H-BRS is an example of this. In the project, a simulation environment based on Virtual Reality (VR) is developed in which prospective emergency paramedics can jointly train the team-based care of rare emergencies. Trainees enter a virtual learning world in which they are confronted with a concrete emergency scenario by means of so-called head-mounted displays.

With the presentation of EPICSAVE’s first prototype at the congress after the Learntec Education Fair, the consortium of EPICSAVE’s project partners expects to make new contacts and receive expert feedback. The Learntec Congress is one of the most renowned German-speaking congresses for digital education. In a lecture, Prof. Dr. Jonas Schild (H-BRS and Hannover University of Applied Sciences) and Dieter Lerner (Fraunhofer IESE) will present the project to an expert audience.

The full coverage (in German) can be found here

2018/01/29

Prof. Rainer Herpers is back from Canada

A strong international research team: Professors Scott Bateman, Gerhard Dueck, Rainer Herpers and Ken Kent (l. t. r.) in front of the building of the Faculty of Computer Science of the partner University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada

He is back! Prof. Rainer Herpers, who studied and taught with some interruptions from August 2017 to the beginning of January 2018 at our long-time partner university University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada, is back at the H-BRS. “It’s gray and rainy here!”, was his first comment on the weather. No wonder, because in recent weeks he experienced temperatures of up to minus 20 degrees Celsius in combination with a bright blue sky and lots of snow.

The focus of his research semester was on “cognitive agents in virtual reality and gaming environments” with a corresponding Directed-Reading course that enriched the UNB-curriculum. Prof. Herpers also offered a course on “Computer Vision and Visual Perception” at the UNB for graduate students, which was transmitted via video conference at the H-BRS and the Ryerson University in Toronto during the winter semester. In this way he stayed in constant dtouchistance with the students at H-BRS, even at a distance.

His stay abroad was financially supported by a Harrison McCain Foundation Visiting Professorship Award 2017 given by the UNB, by a DAAD short-term readership and by the Center for Advanced Studies-Atlantic.

This text was originally posted by the Graduate Institute of the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg HERE

2018/01/12

Rainer Herpers is Visiting Professor in Canada

Prof. Dr. Rainer Herpers
The German Academic Exchange Service and the Centre for Advanced Studies of the University of New Brunswick financially support a short-term professorship in computer science for Professor Dr. Rainer Herpers at H-BRS’ Canadian partner university.

Prof. Dr. Herpers has been at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) since 23 August 2017 and will stay until 7 January 2018. In his collaboration with Scott Bateman, he brings in his expertise in the fields of gaming technology, modelling and human interaction. In order to support such cooperations, the UNB has launched the “Harrison McCain Foundation Visiting Professorships” programme. This year, a total of four professors from different disciplines will benefit from this programme.

The original article has been posted in German by H-BRS News and H-BRS Department of Computer Science News. You can find a full article here.

2017/09/22

RISE intern Suzannah Smith @ IVC

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The department of computer science is glad to welcome another RISE intern from our Canadian partner university in New Brunswick. Suzannah Smith is a third year bachelor student of computer science. She has chosen the coop programme of her course which takes a year longer than the usual bachelor and includes four stages at various companies.

At Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg Suzannah is working on a research project in the field of virtual reality: A virtual apartment is created which participants enter via a pair of VR glasses (Oculus Rift). Suzannah explores agent perception – she uses eye tracking to determine people’s focus and evaluates what participants look at and for how long.

Before joining us the young canadian took a two-week German course in Berlin and visited some European metropolises such as Zürich, Wien, Amsterdam and Paris. She will be working at H-BRS until August 18th. Her supervisors are Katharina Stollenwerk and Christoph Pomrehn as well as alumnus Sven Seele.

This article has originally been posted in the H-BRS Department of Computer Science News. Text and image were created by Miriam Lüdtke-Handjery of H-BRS’s Department of Computer Science Marketing and Public Relations. The original article is also available in German.

2017/07/26

Professor Hinkenjann – invited expert at Cologne network meeting on Virtual and Augmented Reality

On Thursday evening, 02 June 2016 Web de Cologne e.V. rallied decision-makers of the digital economy to a future-oriented topic in the digital world. Professor Hinkenjann was invited to give a talk on Virtual Reality and share his expertise in the field.

The focus of this pulse-rich networking evening with expert discussion was the topic: “Virtual and Augmented Reality – innovative solutions for businesses and real opportunities for the Internet economy.”

Profiled initiators discussed the relevance of virtual and augmented reality and innovative approaches for business and various industries as well as their importance for the digital economy.

2016/06/03

Understanding Flu Binding to Human Tissue

Molecular Modelling is a modern tool that generates useful knowledge for materials or drug development by understanding the underlying microscopic mechanisms. Prof. Robert J. Woods, visiting from the University of Georgia (USA), gave a research talk on one specific example for this on Friday, 22 April 2016.

The topic of his talk was a computational chemistry perspective for “Understanding Flu Binding to Human Tissue”. In the future his ideas might lead to the creation of an anti-infective for flu prophylaxis. The talk was hosted by Prof. Dirk Reith and Dr Karl Kirschner.

During his visit, Prof. Woods also met with several members of the Institute of Visual Computing.

This is an excerpt from Reviving a prolific cooperation.

2016/04/28

OSSCOM 2015 conference on Jordanian TV

On 10 September 2015, the 1st International Conference on Open Source Software Computing (OSSCOM 2015) launched at the German Jordanian University under the auspices of Princess Sumaya bint Hassan. Over 150 participants from twenty countries attended the conference. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Herpers, co-director of the IVC and member of the BRSU OSSCOM Team, co-chaired the conference.

In her speech, Princess Sumaya emphasized the importance of the EU-supported open software project, referring to its role in the education sector with regard to linking local and regional labor markets.

Jordan Royal News covered the Conference in a short report titled “Software Technology Conference discusses promoting the use of open source software”.

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