AnBiPa 2016

Workshop on Analysis of biometric parameters to detect relationships between stress and sleep quality

Ancona, November 2016. The cooperation maintained over decades between Università Politecnica delle Marche, Reutlingen Unievrsity and HTWG Konstanz launched a workshop on biometric parameters to detect relationships between stress and sleep quality. Researchers from these three universities and several guests from Ancona presented their research activities. The objective of this workshop is to renew a research cooperation between the labs headed by Prof. Massimo Conti (UPM), Prof. Natividad Martínez Madrid (Reutlingen University) and Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold (HTWG Konstanz). In parallel, young researchers from the German universities are guests in Ancona to push common research between the three groups.

BioPD 2016

Workshop on Biomedical Engineering on Portable Devices

Bratislava, September 2016. The cooperation between Slovak University of Technology, Reutlingen Unievrsity and HTWG Konstanz launched the first workshop on Technologies to detect and analyze emotions with the help of sensor networks. Researchers from these three universities and several guests from Bratislava presented research their activities. The objective of this workshop is to setup a research cooperation between the labs headed by Prof. Dr. Fedor Lehocki (Slovak University of Technology), Prof. Dr. Natividad Martínez Madrid (Reutlingen University) and Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold (HTWG Konstanz). 

Going east: Excursion to Russia

HTWG students visiting Moscow and Saint-Petersburg

August, 2016. It is not always easy to offer something special during the daily lecture marathon that gives students a different view on technology and culture while superseding the current animation trend. An excursion can be a very practical and an exciting experience, if it offers a well-tailored topic with high potential of innovation: So, Russia is the right place to go. Of course it is too ambitious exploring all but HTWG’s cooperation partners in Moscow and St. Petersburg are the right addresses to go. The vision to visit Russia was well supported by the students from Computer Science Faculty (IN) and Electro and Information Technology Faculty (EI), so that Prof. Seepold launched the project in the summer semester in cooperation and support of both faculties and with an undisputable substantial contribution of Dr. Alexander Kirjuchin (EI) and Daniel Scherz (IN). The first address for HTWG in Russia was the Moscow Power Institute (MPEI), an excellent Research University with numerous international programs. 2016 is a special year for both universities since their cooperation agreement is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The excursion was synchronized with the celebration of the anniversary. So, the students participated in the ceremony and visited several laboratories at MPEI (see article about the anniversary).

Smart Home in Baden-Württemberg

Smart Home & Living Baden-Württemberg e.V. gegründet

Stuttgart, July 20, 2016. Am 20.07.2016 wurde der Verein Smart Home & Living Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart gegründet, mit dem Ziel die Digitalisierung im Wohn- und Pflegebereich im Land weiter voranzutreiben. Um zukünftig besser vernetzt zu sein und noch intensiver zusammenarbeiten zu können, haben die relevanten Akteure den neuen Verein initiiert. Hierzu gehören unter anderem Cluster-Initiativen, Innovationsnetzwerke, Technologie- und Kompetenztransferzentren, Unternehmen, Forschungsinstitute, Universitäten, Hochschulen, Wirtschaftsorganisationen, Sozialverbände und Akut- und Pflegeeinrichtungen. (Information in English)

Best Paper Award at RGC

Best paper award for UC-Lab researcher from Computer Science Department

Suzdal, July 7, 2016. Daniel Scherz from HTWG received the BestPaper Award at RGC2016. The distinguished program committee awarded is outstanding research work presented at the conference.

Mental stress activity

12th Russian-German Conference on biomedical engineering

Suzdal, July 2016. Body reaction on stress and physical activities can show very similar heart rate plots. While physical activities are considered to support healthy life, long-term stress leads to diseases. Currently, it is difficult to differentiate easily and clearly between these two aspects. 

Student Conference Summer 2016

Survey of selected innovative work

Konstanz, May 30, 2016. The Student Conference (SC) presents scientific results obtained during a final thesis work or even advanced part as part of different lectures, which are executed at the Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory (UC-Lab) at HTWG Konstanz. The objective is to summarize the scientific work in an article of 4 pages length that is reviewed before acceptance and later presented during the conference. A poster and a demonstration accompany each presentation. The student conference is open to any interested attendee. The results of the workshop are going to be published in the Series Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory Letters with ISSN.

Differentiate mental and phyiscal activity

ARCA XVIII Conference on Qualitative Systems and Applications in Diagnosis, Robotics and Ambient Intelligence

Almería, June 23, 2016. Health care is becoming an upcoming topic in modern societies, with the basic goal to improve living quality by increasing a personal health state. The presented approach by Wilhelm Daniel Scherz describes an architecture for a mobile system providing a working prototype to capture several parameters relevant to sleep quality measurement.

25th anniversary HTWG and MPEI

Celebration of cooperation at MPEI in Moscow

Moscow May 31, 2016. HTWG and MPEI celebrated their 25th anniversary in cooperation. An anniversary is the right time to look back what happened in the past: Several exchanges of students and professors have been successfully executed many bilateral visits took place. 

vCar OBD demonstration at Open Campus

Digitalisation in Automotive Environments

Konstanz, June 18, 2016. HTWG Konstanz presented several activities to the interested visitors. The virtual Car environment (vCar) mainly used by the students from Automation Information technology (AIT) was one demonstration from the UC-Lab of the Computer Science Department. Eugen Döhring, Arnold Schwarz, Fuad Mujovic installed the demo. It is part of a project supervised by Daniel Scherz and Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold for embeddeding an On-Board-Diagnosis (OBD) into the vCar simulator. The project’s objective is to workout the required information and to implement the simulator as a working prototype. The knowledge will be reused in the context of other cars and simulators. The Android App can be customized to other brands of cars.

Recommendation system improving sleep quality

International KES Conference on INTELLIGENT DECISION TECHNOLOGIES (KES-IDT-16)

Puerto de la Cruz, June 2016. Health care is becoming an upcoming topic in modern societies, with the basic goal to improve living quality by increasing a personal health state. The presented approach describes an architecture for a mobile system providing a working prototype to capture several parameters relevant to sleep quality measurement.

Doctoral Course Uni Sevilla

Cooperation in doctoral program

Sevilla, May 19, 2016. Sleep is an important part of our life, since we are spending, on average, one third of it sleeping. Studies have shown that essential health functions like memory consolidation, organ repair and growth occur almost completely during sleep. As part of the doctoral program 'Ingeniería Informática' at the Universidad de Sevilla, Prof. Dr. Juan Antonio Ortega scheduled a contribution from the Ubiquitous Computing Lab at HTWG Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold presented an introduction into the detection of sleep stages and recent results obtained by several researcher of his lab. Contributions from Agnes Klein and Oana-Ramona Velicu demonstrated successful developments in this domain. Parts of the results have been published in the last IEEE EMBS conference. This contribution to the doctoral program and ongoing tutoring of doctoral students from both universities is documenting the close relationship between the directors of the laboratories from Konstanz and Seville. 

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Girls' Day 2016

Informatics on the move! 

Konstanz, April 28, 2016. The Computer Science Department welcomes 18 girls to the Girls' Day event. "Our guests made an effort to participate in the event because a reasonably large number arrived from cities like Salem or Engen, which are close to Konstanz but it takes time to travel to the university.", said Prof. Dr. Seepold. His experienced lab team has build two core task forces with Agnes Klein and Daniel Scherz, and the second, with Raina Bertolini and Patrick Datko. Both teams were supported by highly motivated second semester students: Alisa Mecking, Nathalie Jelitto and Patricia Tautz. 

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