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March 11, 2024

Elisabeth André in Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften aufgenommen

Die Augsburger Wissenschaftlerin Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André wurde in die Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, acatech, aufgenommen. Die renommierte Informatikprofessorin ist eine führende Wissenschaftlerin zum Thema Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion und Leibniz-Preisträgerin. Als Akademiemitglied berät sie künftig Politik und Gesellschaft in technikwissenschaftlichen und technologiepolitischen Fragen der Zukunft.

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Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André im Portrait
Dec. 20, 2023

Cobots as a door opener into industry for people with autism spectrum disorder?

In an initial study, researchers from the AI Production Network at the University of Augsburg investigated the behavioral patterns of neurotypical employees and employees with autism spectrum disorder in direct collaboration with cobots in an industrial context. Several Italian partners were involved, such as the Istituto di Sistemi e Tecnologie Industriali Intelligenti per il Manifatturiero Avanzato (STIIMA-CNR), the Catholic University of Milan, the University of Bologna and the scientific institute Eugenio MEDEA project. The results show the advantages of a workplace adapted to the respective needs and are intended to be the starting point for greater attention to physical and mental health in Industry 4.0. They were published in the international journal "Frontiers in Psychology".

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Pooja Prajod discusses the experimental setup with Matteo Lavit Nicora
Aug. 29, 2023

Focus on employees: How avatars can strengthen human-cobot collaboration

From Aug. 28-29, we welcomed employees from Ford-Werke GmbH and robot manufacturer KUKA at the AI Production Network at the University of Augsburg. The goal of the 2-day workshop was to exchange practical experiences in using cobots in production. The highlight was the test of our cobot-avatar team. The demonstrator was created as part of the EU research project MindBot. MindBot investigates methods to promote mental health when working with cobots.
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Aug. 9, 2023

When digital stress can also be positive

The universities of Augsburg, Bamberg, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Munich (LMU), and Würzburg have spent four years researching the healthy use of digital technologies and media. ForDigitHealth has presented its findings in academic publications as well as in an online guide accessible to the public.
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Text "Digitaler Stress" mit Sprechblasen (Was ist digitaler Stress? Was sind die Ursachen? Was sind die Folgen? Was wird dagegen?)
July 24, 2023

Workshop on Latest Advances in Diversifying Artificial Intelligence

We are proud to announce the first Workshop on Latest Advances in Diversifying Artificial Intelligence at the University of Augsburg on Friday, October 6 2023! The registration and attendance is free and open to all!
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Workshop on Latest Advances in Diversifying Artificial Intelligence
June 28, 2023

Dissertation defence of Katharina Weitz

Congratulations to our colleague Katharina Weitz on the successful defence of her dissertation entitled "An Interdisciplinary Concept for Human-Centered Explainable AI - Investigating the Impact of XAI on End-Users" on 28.07.2023. In her work, Katharina investigated how explainable AI affects laypeople. The findings help to design AI systems that are oriented towards the needs of the users.
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Abbildung eines Doktorhutes, im Vordergrund zu sehen ist die Dissertationsschrift
April 17, 2023

Content Creation for Virtual Environments

With the beginning of the summer semester, the new course "Content Creation for Virtual Environments" starts. This course focuses on the creation and design of virtual, interactive 3D worlds and addresses the interface between art and computer science. Dr. Hannes Ritschel will cover artistic basics, the creation of three-dimensional graphical content, game art design and sounds, creativity and immersion. We are looking forward to the results!

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Content Creation for Virtual Environments
March 27, 2023

New psychological support avatar for smartphones

As part of the EmmA project, the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Augsburg has developed a coaching assistant avatar designed to provide psychological support in times of occupational stress. It can recognise a user’s emotional moods via their mobile device and react appropriately in real time. The avatar is based on machine learning and complex data processing. The results of the project will be used in a follow-up study with people suffering from depression and is also part of an international collaborative project aimed at providing vulnerable people with access to personalised psychosocial services.

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A woman with a tablet showing the avatar "Emma"
Feb. 22, 2023

The University of Augsburg to Present AI Research at the AI.BAY Conference in Munich

The University of Augsburg is participating at the first Bavarian International Conference on AI, AI.BAY 2023, which will take place from the 23rd to 24th of February. The new forum brings together leading representatives of the Bavarian AI Network, international, high-profile guests, as well as state politicians to discuss the future of AI and international developments.

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Die Buchstaben KI, von einem 3D-Drucker generiert in einer entsprechenden Maschine als Symbol für das Thema.
Feb. 16, 2023

VIVA becomes a YouTube star

With Björn Petrak and Katharina Weitz, our social robot VIVA made the journey to Leipzig. The MDR WISSEN team, responsible for the YouTube channel "Science vs Fiction", welcomed all three. In the video "Star Trek Picard: Can Robots Fake Feelings?" with science journalist Jack Pop, they explore whether there could be robots like those in Star Trek that can express emotions. You can find the whole video by clicking on "Read more".
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Roboter VIVA wird gefilmt
Jan. 3, 2023

Ist Künstliche Intelligenz schlauer als wir?

Diese Frage beantwortete unsere Kollegin Katharina Weitz in 120 Sekunden im Rahmen von "Frag-mal-MINT" des Projektes #MINTmagie des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung. Dieses Projekt ist Teil der MINT-Allianz, die es sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, mithilfe von verschiedenen Onlineangeboten MINT-Bildung für Zuhause zu vermitteln. 


Wer gespannt auf Katharinas Antwort ist, kann sich den Beitrag auf YouTube oder Instagram anschauen - die Links sind unter "Weiterlesen" zu finden.

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Bild von Katharina Weitz, darüber der Schriftzug eingeblendet mit der Frage "Ist Künstliche Intelligenz schlauer als wir?"
Dec. 7, 2022

Dissertation Defence of Hannes Ritschel

Congratulations to our colleague Hannes Ritschel on the successful defence of his PhD thesis entitled "Real-Time Generation and Adaptation of Social Companion Robot Behaviors" on December 07, 2022. In his work, he explored how social robots can adapt their communication behavior to the user based on human social signals and reinforcement learning, a subfield of "artificial intelligence."

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Hannes Ritschel hält freudestrahlend seinen Doktorhut in die Kamera