Dr. Bury tests ESA astronaut in self-motion experiment

In mid-February, IVC’s post doc Nils Bury met with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano in Cologne for a series of tests concerning Canadian Space Agency’s project “VECTION” (led by Prof Laurence Harris, York University).

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and H-BRS researcher Dr. Nils Bury

The findings might help the astronauts on the ISS space station who have to deal with weightlessness for a longer period to move around safely. However, the results might also help to better understand humans’ judgments regarding their perception of self-motion and orientation in everyday life. Therefore, astronauts are tested shortly before their departure as well as during their stay in space and right after they return. Since Luca Parmitano had just returned from his 200-day-long ISS mission, Dr. Bury tested him at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne (Germany).

However, due to restrictions on the number of astronauts and their time during their test sessions on the ISS, the CSA VECTION project is necessarily limited. Therefore, the H-BRS research group around Prof. Rainer Herpers and his Canadian colleagues, Profs. Dr. Laurence Harris, Dr. Michael Jenkin and Dr. Rob Allison, have already started a follow-up study on behalf of the German Aerospace Center – the “SMUG” project (Self-Motion Under Gravity). Instead of testing astronauts in space, the SMUG project focuses on parabolic flights. During these flights participants will make judgements about how far they have travelled through a virtual reality simulation which will be presented using a head-mounted display (HMD). Furthermore, the H-BRS team has recently been selected as a partner in another related ESA project called VAME. Together, the results the SMUG project and the VAME project will extend the findings of the VECTION project.

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

Project Homepage VECTION


News from July 2018 about underwater experiments


Project Homepage SMUG


Press release from September 2019 about parabolic flight



Congress fair “VR in Science and Industry” on 9 Oct. 2019

There are many reasons to attend the congress fair “VR in Science and Industry” on 9 October 2019. One of these reasons is that decision-makers and intellectual pioneers from VW and Airbus will speak there.

You are invited to discuss the latest trends, current product solutions and future strategies with these thought leaders and the VR scene from NRW!

The programme is also well filled in other respects – feel invited to take a look at www.vr-in-industry.de.

Organizers are “VR in Science and Industry – Network NRW e.V.”, the “Virtual Reality and Immersive Visualization Group” of the RWTH Aachen, and the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

At the accompanying exhibition you can become a gold sponsor for 700 € or get in for 250 €!

Start-ups will have their say in short lectures (5 minutes), a few slots free are still free.

The congress fair is free of charge for visitors, all you have to do is register at www.vr-in-industry.de!

See you on 9 October in Sankt Augustin!


Grand opening of the showroom “Visualization”

From Virtual Reality to Big Data: The showroom “Visualization” at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences) offers hands-on digitalization. On 18 June, the university will open the showroom with a ceremony. You are invited to discover the many possible uses of the showroom’s technical equipment during a tour and various demonstrations.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are finding their way into industrial practice. Visualization is playing an increasingly important role for innovation in medium-sized businesses. Applications range from big data analysis using high-resolution display systems to simulation and monitoring of data streams.

As part of the Campus to World project, the showroom “Visualization” was set up at the Sankt Augustin site to provide information and consulting services for companies and to serve as a forum for the exchange of information between companies. In workshops and other interaction formats, medium-sized companies can inform themselves about the latest systems and trends in research and development in the field of visual computing and talk about ways of promoting innovative projects in cooperation with the university.

Come discover these offers and the technical equipment of the showroom “Visualization” at the ceremonial opening with tour and reception. We cordially invite you to join us.

Registration (German original) Registration (in English, Google Translate)

For the German version click here


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.


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).

WDR - Elvis lebt

Lokalzeit aus Bonn, WDR on 17 August 2018


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

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.