Event Research

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.
Research

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.
Event

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” …

Research

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 …

Media

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 …

Projects

KoBeLU at IFA 2018

From 09/06/2018 to 09/11/2018 IFA 2018 took place in Berlin. As a nominee for the UX Design Awards KoBeLU also attended. Even though the lighting situation proved to be difficult for the systems cameras on the event, visitors could experience first hand the current capabilities of the system. For demonstration purposes, attendees could fold and …

Projects Research

Vibrotactile vest for deafblind

A Communication Interface Deafblindness is a serious condition caused by accidents, illnesses or genetic preconditions, often leaving the visually and auditorily impaired person in a state of anxiety and depression. In the SUITCEYES project, we are addressing this issue and looking at ways of alleviating the distress it causes by enriching subjects’ experience in the …

Conferences Publications

AHFE 2018: Best Paper Award at HSSE

The ACI-team did it again: just like in 2017, we received the best paper award of the HSSE conference (Human Side of Service Engineering) a sub-conference of the AHFE (Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics). The paper Using Augmented Reality and Gamification to Empower Rehabilitation Activities and Elderly Persons. A Study Applying Design Thinking …

Research

Kids’ University with Social Robots

Robots have long left their industrial settings. Next to everyday phenomena like vacuum cleaning robots we encounter the first autonomous “social robots” – for example in the domains health and care. And some of them walk towards us with a smile on their face… In the lecture of this year’s Kids’ university in Offenburg on …