Uncategorized

ACM PETRA 19: Affective Gamification and a Keynote

This year, Oliver Korn once more had the pleasure to work as the chair of the program committee of PETRA, the ACM Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments. The conference started yesterday, and accepted papers are accessible in the conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. With over 30 accepted full papers, many …

Illustration of a robot facing an elder woman
Uncategorized

Social Robots – Assistance for the Elderly?

In collaboration with Francesca Fracasso, a researcher of the “Planning and Scheduling Technology Laboratory” (PST Lab, headed by Amedeo Cesta), at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the National Research Council of Italy, we are conducting a cross-cultural investigation on people’s believes and opinions on social robots. Social robots differ from other …

Participant wearing the eyetracking glasses.
Uncategorized

Eye-Tracking Study for incluMOVE

After our helpful mouse Gregor has officially been introduced at the eQualfication, he now has to prove his abilities as a virtual assistant in a study. Within the project incluMOVE we are testing the influence of the virtual assistant Gregor regarding the users’ attention and understanding. The virtual assistant Gregor steers the participants of our …

Uncategorized

incluMOVE at eQualification 2019

2019 Feburary, 25th and 26th, world conference center, Bonn. Together with our project partners FEMOS and Fraunhofer IPA, we presented our project “incluMOVE” at the status conference “eQualification 2019” in Bonn.  At the conference, experiences and information from all funded projects of the BMBF program “Digital Media in Vocational Education and Training” can be exchanged. …

Uncategorized

Interview on AI

In December, ACI-director Oliver Korn gave an interview on artificial intelligence and social robots. In the talk with Anja Nolte, they cover not only technological, but also societal and ethical aspects. The interviews as well as a concluding article have been published in January with the Volksbank Freiburg: Part 1 [German] Part 2 [German] Concluding …

A students test the SUITCEYES prototype vest while an ACI coworker controls the vibration of the vest with his mobile phone.
Uncategorized

Easter-Egg-Hunt Study

We started the new year testing our prototype for the SUITCEYES project in a field study. On Saturday, twelve students from Offenburg University participated in our deafblind simulation and navigated through four different routes guided only by the vibrations of the vest. The SUITCEYES project aims to empower deafblind individuals through the use of a …

A small robot is driving through a crowd.
Uncategorized

Impressions of the Open Day

Our first Open Day of 2018 was a great success. We are still a bit overwhelmed by the large number of visitors. Students, colleagues from Offenburg University and also some curious members of the public took the chance to inform themselves about our work and research projects. The ACI robot on tour Our robot “Sanbot” …

Uncategorized

Open Day at ACI

The newly founded ACI – Affective & Cognitive Institute of the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg introduces itself. On Wednesday, 14th November 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an open day will take place in building B, room 123. We invite all employees, students and the public to get to know our team …

Uncategorized

ACI on Facebook and Twitter

The Affective & Cognitive Institute is expanding its public presence and is now also available on Facebook and Twitter. In order to inform the public adequately and promptly about our work, we are expanding our social media presence. In addition to our scientific publications and general news from the ACI projects, we want to give a …

Uncategorized

ACI-Workshop at AAL Forum on Social Robot Market

Like in 2016 and 2017, the ACI will again be involved in the AAL Forum (Active and Assisted Living) – 2018 hosted in Bilbao. This year’s workshop focuses on market barriers and opportunities for social robots. It starts September 26 at 2 pm and builds on the outcomes from last year’s workshop “Does the Robot …