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


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


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.


RISE intern Suzannah Smith @ IVC


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.


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.


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.


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”.


IVC hosts GI VR/AR workshop at BRSU

The Institute of Visual Computing will host this year’s Gesellschaft für Informatik’s Workshop ‘Virtual and Augmented Reality’ (GI VR/AR). The workshop will take place at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences on 10/11 September 2015.

We are proud to have Prof. Dr. Markus Gross, Head of the Computer Graphics Laboratory at ETH Zürich and director of Disney Research in Zürich as speaker for the first keynote (Thursday, 10 September 2015). We are also very happy that Fred Nicklisch, director Workstation Software at NVIDIA and Ingo Esser from NVIDIA’s DevTech ProViz will give the registration. A schedule can be found on the associated web pages.

In addition to various talks in the fields of, e.g., Interaction, Tracking and Rendering, there will be a contest for the best Head-Mounted-Display-App.

Additional information can be found on the workshop’s webpage as well as on the pages of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (in German) and its department of Computer Science (in German).


Martin Göbel Honorary Chair of the IEEE VR 2015

Dr. Martin Göbel has been appointed Honorary Chair of the IEEE VR 2015. He is one of the trailblazers of Virtual Reality in Germany as well as in the rest of Europe. He has been active in the field since the early nineties when, apart from Germany, only Switzerland, Great Britain and Sweden played an active part in the European VR scene.

The IEEE VR 2015 will be held from 23-27 March in Arles, France. Martin Göbel and a team of researchers from our Institute will be presenting their work.

See the full article here.