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On 29.04.2021, the second project meeting of the AVIKOM project took place as a ZOOM meeting. Thomas Schack, Benjamin Strenge and Alexander Neumann from the working group presented the current development status of the assistance system as well as results from workshops and conducted surveys together with the academic partners from the department of work and organizational psychology and the Institute for System Dynamics and Mechatronics (ISyM) of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.
In the presence of Dr. Raymond Djaloeis from the project management organization Karlsruhe (PTKA), the enterprise partners Dreckshage, Euscher, Fischer Panda, MIT and the associated project partner v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel presented their current situation, their expectations and planned next steps. The consortium is now aiming to connect the AVIKOM system to the partners' software systems in preparation for the field tests with the companies planned for the second half of the year.

New publication with collaboration by Elvis Hagan

Assessing sub-regional-specific strengths of healthcare systems associated with COVID-19 prevalence, deaths and recoveries in Africa

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New publication in NEUROSCIENCE by Lin Yu

Coordinating Initial and Final Action Goals in Planning Grasp-to-Rotate Movements: An ERP Study

Action goals have often been investigated in previous studies within a single action. However, most of the manual actions (such as prehension) are not restricted to a single action towards the object but can involve multiple follow-up actions to achieve a further purpose. The coordination of the initial (grip posture) and final (task purpose) action goals within such complex actions is still not fully understood. In the present experiment, the neural mechanisms underlying the goal coordination were investigated with the help of event-related potentials (ERP).

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New publication by Elvis Hagan

A multi-country cross-sectional study of self-reported sexually transmitted infections among sexually active men in sub-Saharan Africa

Despite the importance of self-reporting health in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) control, studies on self-reported sexually transmitted infections (SR-STIs) are scanty, especially in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This study assessed the prevalence and factors associated with SR-STIs among sexually active men (SAM) in SSA.

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New publication by Elvis Hagan

Proximate, intermediate, and distal predictors of under-five mortality in Chad: analysis of the 2014?15 Chad demographic and health survey data

Under-five mortality in Chad reached a minimum value of 119 deaths per 1000 live births in 2018, compared with a maximum of 250 in 1972. Despite this decline in the mortality trend, for every six children in Chad, one dies before the age of five. This study, therefore, investigated the proximate, intermediate, and distal determinants of under-five mortality in Chad

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New publication by Elvis Hagan

Africa's COVID-19 Situation in Focus and Recent Happenings: A Mini Review

Given that COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) has crept into Africa, a major public health crisis or threat continues to linger on the continent. Many local governments and various stakeholders have stepped up efforts for early detection and management of COVID-19. This mini review highlights the current trend in Africa, history and general epidemiological information on the virus. Current ongoing efforts (e.g., improving testing capacity) and some effective ways (e.g., intensified surveillance, quick detection, contact tracing, isolation measures [e.g., quarantine], and social distancing) of preventing and managing COVID-19 in Africa are described.

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New publication by Elvis Hagan

Assessing the Quality of Physical Environments of Early Childhood Schools within the Cape Coast Metropolis in Ghana Using a Sequential Explanatory Mixed-Methods Design

The last few decades have seen researchers giving considerable attention to the physical context of early childhood care and development (ECCD) centers because many of the underlying processes that link physical context are quite similar to psychosocial environmental factors regarding child development. However, research on the physical environments, and the employees? understanding of the importance of physical environments, is often underestimated. The purpose of this study was to assess the quality of the physical environments of ECCD centers in the Cape Coast Metropolis, Ghana, and ascertain whether being a private or public center (center auspices) would be associated with the quality of its physical environment. A further inquiry into the educators? understanding of the importance of physical environment on children?s developmental outcomes was made.

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Alliance of organisations to combat COVID-19 fake health news

International and regional organisations, together with fact-checking groups, have joined forces to form the Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA) in a bid to detect, disrupt, counter and combat the 'infodemic' of misinformation surrounding COVID-19 and other health emergencies on the continent.

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New publication

Using Fixation-Related Potentials for Inspecting Natural Interactions, by Dennis Wobrock, Andrea Finke, Thomas Schack, Helge Ritter, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, section Brain-Computer Interfaces.

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Two new articles:

Ahinkorah, B. O., Hagan, J. E., Ameyaw, E. K., Seidu, A. A., Budu, E., Sambah, F., ... & Schack, T. (2020). Socio-economic and demographic determinants of female genital mutilation in sub-Saharan Africa: analysis of data from demographic and health surveys. Reproductive Health, 17(1), 1-14.

Owing to the severe repercussions associated with female genital mutilation (FGM) and its illicit status in many countries, the WHO, human rights organisations and governments of most sub-Saharan African countries have garnered concerted efforts to end the practice. This study examined the socioeconomic and demographic factors associated with FGM among women and their daughters in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

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Seidu, A. A., Ahinkorah, B. O., Hagan, J. E., Ameyaw, E. K., Abodey, E., Odoi, A., Agbaglo, E., ... & Schack, T. (2020). Mass media exposure and women?s household decision-making capacity in 30 sub-Saharan African countries: Analysis of demographic and health surveys. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 2926.

Women's household decision-making capacity is an essential component of their empowerment which include decisions related to personal health care, large household purchase and family visitations. Despite research evidence acknowledging mass media's influences on women's empowerment, including their ability to take household decisions, empirical data through multi-country comparison on mass media exposure and women's decision making capacity are sparse. This study sought to assess the association between exposure to mass media (television, radio and newspaper/magazine) and women's household decision-making capacity in 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

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Kuo-Pin Wang won the "Excellence Paper Award 2020" in sport science, Taiwan. The competition for this award is intense, with many outstanding researchers. This prize is granted for innovative research in the field of sport science.

Wang, K.P., Cheng, M.Y., Chen, T.T., Chang, Y.K., Huang, C.J., Feng, J., Hung, T. M., Ren, J. (2019). Experts' successful psychomotor performance was characterized by effective switch of motor and attentional control. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 43, 374-379.

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Thomas Schack is participating at the 2020 Yokohama Sport Conference which is held from the 08.09.-11.09.2020 in Yokohama, Japan and provided digitally too. He will give an invited talk abou: Mental representation, perception and learning - Building blocks for mental training.

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Thomas Schack has performed at the 7 th of september as a member of the evaluation committee in Universite Grenoble Alpes / INRIA Grenoble at the defense of the doctoral thesis "Estimating Expertise from Eye Gaze and Emotion" provided by Thomas Guntz.

Thomas Schack provided an invited keynote about "Action Architecture, Mental Simulation and Memor" at the virtual workshop "Action control, awareness, and working memory" organized from University Barcelona at the 14 th of September. Further keynotes have been performed by David Rosenbaum (UC-Riverside), Elisabeth Pacheria (Jean Nicod, France) and Barbara Montero (CUNY Graduate Center, New York).

New article by Elvis Hagan published in PLOS ONE

Consistent condom use among men who pay for sex in sub-Saharan Africa: Empirical evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys

Paying for sex has often been associated with risky sexual behavior among heterosexual men, and men who pay for sex are considered as a bridging population for sexually transmitted infections. Consistent condom use during paid sex is essential for reducing sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. In this study, we assessed the prevalence and predictors of consistent condom use among men who pay for sex in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Adaptiv virtuelle Rehabilitation bei Verletzungen der oberen Extremität - Eine Pilotstudie

Der Antrag auf Förderung im Anschubfonds Medizinische Forschung: "Adaptiv virtuelle Rehabilitation bei Verletzungen der oberen Extremität - Eine Pilotstudie" von Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Vordemvenne (EvKB), Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack (CITEC, Neurokognition und Bewegung - Biomechanik), Prof. Dr. Christoph Dockweiler (Universität Bielefeld, Centre for ePublic Health Research), PD Dr. Odile Sauzet (Universität Bielefeld, Statistik-Beratungs-Centrum (StatBeCe), Dr. med. Jens Conrad (ZAR Bielefeld), und Dr. med. Andreas Elsner (Orthopädische Gemeinschaftspraxis am Bültmannshof) wurde nach Empfehlung der Auswahlkommission am 15.07.2020 bewilligt.

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The application for funding in the medical research start-up fund: "Adaptive virtual rehabilitation for upper limb injuries - A pilot study" by Prof. Dr. Thomas Vordemvenne (EvKB), Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack (CITEC, Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics) , Prof. Dr. Christoph Dockweiler (Bielefeld University, Center for ePublic Health Research), PD Dr. Odile Sauzet (Bielefeld University, Statistics Consulting Center (StatBeCe), Dr. med.Jens Conrad (ZAR Bielefeld), and Dr. Andreas Elsner (orthopedic group practice at Bültmannshof) was approved on July 15, 2020, following the recommendation of the selection committee.

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A new article published in PLOS ONE

Female adolescents' reproductive health decision-making capacity and contraceptive use in sub-Saharan Africa: What does the future hold?

Given the social, economic, and health consequences of early parenthood, unintended pregnancy, and the risks of HIV infection and subsequent transmission, there is an urgent need to understand how adolescents make sexual and reproductive decisions regarding contraceptive use. This study sought to assess the association between female adolescents? reproductive health decision-making capacity and their contraceptive usage.

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New publication

The role of testing in infectious disease control: A case of COVID-19 in Africa

The dramatic increase in COVID-19 suspected cases in Africa has placed enormous burden on public and private clinical facilities. Till date, the most commonly used method for the identification and confirmation of the virus is the laboratory-based reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing. Unfortunately, testing capacities have been limited in many parts of Africa because of inadequate test kits which have restricted scaling up beyond the few public health laboratories at designated locations. We present in this mini-review Africa?s preparedness and readiness toward testing, why testing is crucial, the need to immediately strengthen existing facilities and what it involves as combined approaches for managing the COVID-19 crisis. The review highlights the urgent need for speedy expansion and distribution of several laboratory testing platforms to public health facilities and fully accredited private clinical laboratories, including real-time PCR and serological assays.

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New article published:

Understanding the linkages between male circumcision and multiple sexual partnership among married Ghanaian men: Analysis of data from the 2014 Ghana demographic and health survey

Available scholarly information indicates that traditional male role orientations (e.g., masculinity and power distance) and male sexual behaviour may heighten the risk of HIV and other STDs infection among sexually active men in Ghana (e.g., Adomako et al., 2009; Anarfi, 2006; Tsikata, 2007). Specifically, cultural orientation allows men to be sexually domineering (i.e., have multiple sexual partners that increase their risk taking) (Anarfi, 2006; World Health Organization, 2007). Given the widespread sociocultural acceptance of men having multiple sexual partners in most sub-Saharan African societies, studies like this would provide a more comprehensive understanding of multifaceted indicators surrounding the circumcision debate toward public reproductive health policy and implementation of practical interventions. The current study prospectively investigates the association between male circumcision status and the choice of multiple sexual partners in Ghana, where there is limited empirical data on the subject.

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Tuning of swimming movements through interactive sonification of the flow induced by hand action - from experience to perception to expertise

This ISY Project in SS 2020 in collaboration of Dr. Thomas Hermann, Dr. Bodo E. Ungerechts and Dr. Daniel Cesarini is a continuation of the former Citec-project "Sonification in Swimming". The pressure waves induced by hand actions are sonified in real-time and the swimmer can listen to the effects of the hand action. To free the swimmers from the lab-situation, a new methodical setting (FlowSon) that can be attached to the swimmer is mainly developed by Lukas Klein und Tobias Sandmeier. The following modules belong to FlowSon: i) measuring-head between two fingers for recording the pressure waves, ii) measuring-box with hard- / software of sonification as well as iii) hard- / software of the inertia- sensor, iv) bone-conducted headphones and v) an antenna for data transmission via WLAN to the smartphone on land. The necessary app is also developed, as is a tool for displaying the pressure and inertia data in sync with the swimmer?s motion, who tunes the effectiveness of his actions in the interactional process.

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A new article

Rising Above Misinformation or Fake News in Africa: Another Strategy to Control COVID-19 Spread

in collaboration with Dr. John Elvis Hagan Jr. and Prof. Thomas Schack was published in Frontiers in Communication.

Misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic is gradually gaining much popularity and amplifying the threat facing humanity about the continuous spread of the virus regardless of one?s location. Although some of the influx of these falsehoods may be harmless, others might pose a serious threat by misleading the general population to depend on unjustified and/unsubstantiated claims for protection and show preference for them against scientifically proven guidelines. The paper provides a clear understanding on some COVID-19 misinformation, the inherent implications this poses to public health in Africa and highlights the potential strategies to curb this trend.

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Vecury - Digital Motor Rehabilitation

The Vecury project investigates how virtual reality in combination with 3D motion tracking can support patients and therapists during physical rehabilitation. The approach focuses on providing patients individualized guidance during exercise routines while allowing therapists to design customizable training plans and to receive objective data on the recovery progress. The Vecury rehabilitation platform has been specifically designed to be used by patients with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper-limbs.
The project starts on May 1st, 2020.

>>>   The project also offers several master's theses.   <<<

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Forschungsprojekt AVIKOM

Ziel des vom ESF und BMBF geförderten Forschungsprojekts AVIKOM (Audiovisuelle Unterstützung durch ein kognitives und mobiles Assistenzsystem für die moderne Arbeitswelt) ist die Entwicklung eines innovativen, benutzeradaptiven und mobilen Assistenzsystems, das visuelle und akustische Unterstützung für eine Vielzahl von Arbeitsaktivitäten bietet.

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On 28th January 2020 Rümeyza Gündüz Can received the dissertation award from the Bielefeld University Society for the best dissertation in the faculty of Psychology and Sport Science in 2019. All doctoral thesis were rated with the highest grade "summa cum laude" . The title of her dissertation is "Neurophysiological investigation of the functional interactions between manual action control and working memory".

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Thomas Schack participated as a Vice President of the ISSP at the ISSP Executive Committee Meeting in Thessaloniki Greece from the 11-13th of November 2019. The meeting reached out many important topics, projects and strategic items for international sport and exercise psychology and the international society. Furthermore many steps have been done to prepare the ISSP World Congress 2021 in Taipeh.

At 23.09.2019 Kuo-Pin Wang with Ming-Yang Cheng, Dirk Koester, and Thomas Schack won first prize for an Excellent research paper award 2019, Sport Science Research and Development, Sports Affairs, Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Besides, Kuo-Pin Wang with Ming-Yang Cheng also won another prize for an excellent research paper award 2019. This prize is granted for innovative research in the field of sport science.

Cheng, M. Y., Wang, K. P., Hung, C. L., Tu, Y. L., Huang, C. J., Koester, D., Schack, T. & Hung, T. M. (2017). Higher power of sensorimotor rhythm is associated with better performance in skilled air-pistol shooters. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 32, 47-53.

Chen, T. T., Wang, K. P., Cheng M. Y., Chang, Y. T., Huang, C. J., & Hung, T. M. (2019) Impact of emotional and motivational regulation on putting performance: a frontal alpha asymmetry study. PeerJ, 7, e6777.

Sportwissenschaftler testen indianische Schwitzhütte

A TV contribution of the WDR (Lokalzeit OWL) to the sweatlodge ceremony by Tom Blue Wolf and Thomas Schack in the context of the workshop Nature-Mind-Technology.

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On October 11, 2019, Rümeysa Gündüz Can successfully defended her dissertation "Neurophysiological Investigation of the Functional Interactions between Manual Action Control and Working Memory" with predicate excellent (summa cum laude). Congratulation!

Parts of the project can be found [ here ].
Workshop - Meeting

16 October 2019, Room 1.204, CITEC-Building

Future technology has not only to consider legal and social consequences but furthermore implications for nature at different levels of interaction. The workshop is addressing the links between traditional knowledge about nature and human mind, e.g. saved and provided by native Americans and our scientific understanding of mind and future technology.

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The Symposium "Neurocognition and Action in Sport - New Technologies for High Performance and Rehabilitation" organized by the Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics research group will take place from 11 to 13 July 2019 at Bielefeld University. The three-day symposium is divided into five sessions and brings together international scientists from different disciples: "Imagery and Learning", "Memory, Expertise and Technical Systems", "Theoretical perspectives for action and practice in sport", "Sport Performance, Body Awareness and New Technologies in Sport" & "New Technologies for better performance in rehabilitation and institutions for handicapped people".

[ More information can be found here. ]

On 10 July, the project partners and sponsors of the BMBF project "Audiovisual support through a cognitive and mobile assistance system for the modern world of work" (AVIKOM), initiated in May, will meet for a kick-off meeting. Together with colleagues from the Work and Organisational Psychology department, the Institute for System Dynamics and Mechatronics (ISymM) at the FH Bielefeld, 5 local companies and 4 associated partners, the Neurocognition and Action research group is developing a mobile and intelligent assistance system tailored to the individual user's needs. By providing visual and acoustic feedback, the system will support the employees of the project partners in their daily work in the areas of service, intralogistics, maintenance, assembly, as well as in the acquisition of competence.

Am 10. Juli treffen sich die Projektpartner und -träger des im Mai initiierten BMBF-Projektes "Audiovisuelle Unterstützung durch ein kognitives und mobiles Assistenzsystem für die moderne Arbeitswelt" (AVIKOM) zum Kick-Off-Treffen. Zusammen mit den Kollegen aus der Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, dem Institut für Systemdynamik und Mechatronik (ISymM) der FH Bielefeld, 5 lokalen Wirtschaftsunternehmen und 4 weiteren assozierten Partnern entwickelt die Arbeitsgruppe Neurokognition und Bewegung ein mobiles, intelligentes und auf individuelle Bedürfnisse zugeschnittenes Assistenzsystem. Dieses System wird die Mitarbeiter der Projektpartner bei Arbeiten im Servicebereich, der Intralogistik, Instandhaltung, Montage, sowie beim Kompetenzerwerb unterstützen und bei Bedarf visuelle und akustische Hilfestellung leisten.

[ More information can be found here. ]

In the future, information about Avikom will be published on this website.

The periodical "Der Ring (Bethel)" published in its edition from 2019 an article regarding to "Robotik in der Pflege - Workshop der Altenpflege in Hannover".
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The periodical "Bi.research" published in its issue for the 50th anniversary an article on the subject "Vorausschauende Assistenzsysteme / Proactive assistance systems" (Forschungswelten, S.34).
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Shiau-Chuen Chiou won an award for Best Student Presentation in 2019 Research in Imagery and Observation (RIO) Conference (25-26 April, 2019 at Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK) with her talk "Is temporal information integrated with spatial information during action observation? Effects of visual attention on the processing of whole-body movement sequences".

New Publication
Athanasios G. Papaioannou, Robert J. Schinke & Thomas Schack (2019)Sport psychology in emerging countries, special section 2: Introduction, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 17:1,1-4,
DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2019.1575071

On January 22, 2019, Ming-Yang Cheng successfully defended his dissertation "The sports performance enhancement by using the sensorimotor rhythm neurofeedback training". We congratulate!

Ming-Yang Cheng receives an EXIST founder scholarship (February 2019 - February 2020) from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. This grant is granted for innovative, knowledge-based services based on scientific evidence.

Invitation to a "round table meeting" about international and interdisciplinary perspectives in sport psychology with Prof. Tsung-Min Hung (Taiwan) and Dr. Elvis Hagan Jnr. (Ghana) on Thursday, 24th January 2019, at 03:30 p.m. sharp in N3-119 (main building).
Dr. John Elvis Hagan Jr., University of Cape Coast (UCC), Department Of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER), Ghana, will give a presentation entitled

"Emotions & Cognitions in Sport Psychology: Internatinal Bonds"

on 15.01.2019 at 16:00 in N3-119.
Digitalisierung menschlich gestalten
Die Zeitschrift "Der Ring" (Bethel) berichtete in ihrer Dezemberausgabe über die Teilnahme an der ConSozial im November 2018 und der Vorstellung der Projekte ADAMAAS, ACT und KogniHome.
[ Artikel dazu ]
Thomas Schack will give an invited talk about "Principles of Learning and Action Planning" at the workshop "Automaticity, Habits, and Skills" which takes place in Essen from the 31th January to 1st February 2019.

Am 06.12.2018 besuchte die Bundestagsabgeordnete Wiebke Esdar von der SPD die Arbeitsgruppe Neurokognition und Bewegung - Biomechanik von Prof. Thomas Schack in der Universität Bielefeld, um das Projekt "ADAMAAS" kennenzulernen.
[ Pressemitteilung dazu ]


As part of our project CEEGE (Chess Expertise by Eye Gaze and Emotions) we will hold a Workshop-symposium in Reykjavík on January 14th and 15th 2019 in order to present and discuss research about cognitive and emotional interaction in the context of chess and to stimulate an exchange of information from a multidisciplinary point of view.
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Ludwig Vogel and Benjamin were invited to present the project "Adaptive and Mobile Action Assistance in Daily Living Activities System" at the Schüco Symposium 2018 "Zukunft der Arbeit im digitalen Zeitalter" (22-23 November 2018). They presented the project and demonstrated an Augemented Reality Scenario when building a drawer.

Deutschland - Land der Ideen: ADAMAAS-Projekt in Düsseldorf von Ministerin Ina Scharrenbach geehrt.

Eine hochkarätig besetzte Jury wählte die Adamaas-Brille aus knapp 1.500 eingereichten Bewerbungen als eines von 100 herausragenden Projekten zum Jahresmotto "Welten verbinden - Zusammenhalt stärken" in Deutschland aus. Anlässlich eines Empfangs in der Staatskanzlei in Düsseldorf begrüßte Ina Scharrenbach, Ministerin für Heimat, Kommunales, Bau und Gleichstellung, am 23.11.2018 die elf Preisträger aus NRW.

Germany - Land of Ideas: ADAMAAS project honoured by minister Ina Scharrenbach in Dusseldorf

The ADAMAAS glasses were selected by a top-class jury from around 1500 submitted applications as one of 100 excellent projects in Germany regarding this year's theme "connecting worlds - strengthening solidarity". On the occasion of a reception at the State Chancellery in Dusseldorf Ina Scharrenbach, minister of Country and Municipal Affairs, Construction and Equality, welcomed the eleven laureates of North Rhine Westphalia on 23rd November 2018.

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The ConSozial is Germanys biggest convention in the social sector and was conducted in Nürnberg from 7th to 8th of November. The NCA-members Ludwig Vogel and Jonas Blattgerste presented the Bethel cooperation projects ACT and ADAMAAS.

A new eBook about the research of the Neurocognition and Action Group has been published by Scitech Europa.

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Ming-Yang Cheng, Dirk Koester, and Thomas Schack (Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics) are honored with the Young Investigators Award 2018 at the Asia Conference of Kinesiology in Taichung, Taiwan for their work on neurofeedback training. This award aims to promote and encourage innovating research in the field of applied sport science.

Jonas Blattgerste and Ludwig Vogel presented on the Bethel Regional-Konferenz "Leben mit Technik" the projects "Adaptive Cognitive Training" and "ADAMAAS".

The Konferenz took place on the 30.10.2018 in Dortmund and hosted more than 220 participants.
The sports office of Minden and the Kreissportbund Minden-Lübbecke e.V. organized the first sports dialogue 50+, and Michael Gromeier was invited to give a short overview to possible effects of training interventions and preventive measures to "getting old and stay active".

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Bettina Bläsing ist zum 1. Oktober 2018 zur Akademischen Oberrätin an der TU Dortmund ernannt worden und hat ihre Tätigkeit im Fachbereich Musik und Bewegung in Rehabilitation und Pädagogik bei Behinderung, Fakultät Rehabilitationswissenschaften, aufgenommen.


The second extended edition of the book "Neurocognition of Dance - Movement, Mind and Motor Skills" (Editors: Bettina Bläsing, Martin Puttke and Thomas Schack (first edition 2010) was published by Routledge in July 2018.

Thomas Schack is a member of the scientific committee of the "Movement-Brain-Body-Cognition" Conference from 27 th to 29 th July 2018 at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and he will present a talk together with Cornelia Frank (CITEC) and William Land (San Antonio, USA) about "Mental representation in motor learning: The impact of physical and mental practice on action representation and performance".



Thomas Schack chaires a symposium about "Human Factors and Assitive Technologies" at the 9th International Conference about Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) which will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA from the 21 th to the 25 th of July, and he will present a talk about Adaptive Cognitive Training (ACT).

Benjamin Strenge chairs a symposium about Systems Engineering Applications at the AHFE, and he will present a talk about incorporating ethical aspects in agile development processes.

Ludwig Vogel will present a poster about "Human-centered cognitive training: An adaptive smart terminal to enrich feedback in daily activities" at the AFHE.

[ AHFE ]

Award-Winning Glasses Help with Building and Baking Project from CITEC researchers wins prize in "Landmarks in the Land of Ideas" competition

Today, 4 June 2018, researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University and their cooperation partners were awarded a prize for their intelligent glasses (Adamaas system) in Berlin. An independent jury selected the Bielefeld submission from among 100 submissions from approximately 1,500 applications submitted to the nationwide innovation competition "Ausgezeichnete Orte im Land der Ideen" ("Landmarks in the Land of Ideas"). On the topic of "Connecting Worlds - Strengthening Unity", the project puts forth an answer to the question of how intelligent technology can provide assistance to elderly people as well as individuals with cognitive disabilities. This is already the second success for researchers from the Cluster of Excellence in this competition.
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Forschende am Exzellenzcluster Kognitive Interaktionstechnologie (CITEC) der Universität Bielefeld und ihre Kooperationspartner erhalten heute (04.06.2018) in Berlin einen Preis für ihre intelligente Brille (sog. Adamaas-System). Eine unabhängige Jury wählte den Bielefelder Beitrag als einen von 100 Beiträgen aus rund 1.500 eingereichten Bewerbungen im bundesweiten Innovationswettbewerb "Ausgezeichnete Orte im Land der Ideen" aus. Zum Thema "Welten verbinden - Zusammenhalt stärken" liefert das Projekt eine Antwort auf die Frage, wie intelligente Technik älteren Menschen und Menschen mit kognitiven Beeinträchtigungen unterstützen kann. Dies ist bereits der zweite Erfolg von Forschenden des Exzellenzclusters im Wettbewerb.
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[ Pressemitteilung (als PDF) ].

Project ADAMAAS presented at BMBF-funded network meeting

On April 26th and 27th the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) organized a network meeting at Siegburg concerning the expiring funding line "Adaptive, Learning Systems". Alongside 11 other research projects from Germany, the intelligent glasses ADAMAAS co-developed by researchers from Bielefeld University's Neurocognition and Action (NCA) group have been presented to ministerial representatives, fellow scientists, and the press.

NCA researcher Benjamin Strenge gave a talk about how the ADAMAAS smartglasses provide individualized assistance to people with and without disabilities in activities of daily life as well as in industrial assembly processes. An additional live demonstration of the system by NCA's Oleg Strogan and CITEC researcher Patrick Renner illustrated the use of human memory analysis, Augmented Reality and physiological measurements in user-adaptive task assistance.

ADAMAAS was funded by the BMBF from May 2015 to April 2018. Further information is available [ here ].

Abschlussworkshop des Projekts

Adaptive Cognitive Training (ACT)

Rückblick und Ausblick - Entwicklung individualisierter Assistenzsysteme

am 28.05.2018 zwischen 9:00 und 13:00 im Bildungszentrum Schopf (Brokstraße 72a, 33605 Bielefeld).

Annual Meeting of the Research in Imagery and Observation Group

International scientists of the Research in Imagery and Observation (RIO) Group met at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) of Bielefeld University on April 12th and 13th. 70 participants from sport science, psychology and neuroscience discussed their research in the areas of imagery and observation at this interdisciplinary conference. During this two day event, master students, PhD students, postdocs, and professors from various disciplines meet and discuss their ideas. The participants presented their research during poster sessions and talks. Two invited speakers presented their work: Professor Cathy Craig from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, presented her work on virtual reality and decision-making. Dr. Shaun Boe from Dalhousie University in Canada talked about his group's work on imagery and learning. Local organizer of the event was Dr. Cornelia Frank, member of the Neurocognition and Action Biomechanis Research Group headed by Professor Thomas Schack.

[ RIO Group ]

Caroline Schwarzer, Ph.D. candidate, won the OWL (Ost-Westfalen-Lippe) track and field championship (indoor), which took place 11 February 2018 in Paderborn (e.g., long jump 5,10 m!). - Congratulations!!!

On 23.01.2018 Matthias Novak, the junior and creative coach of FC Bayern Munich, visited the Neurocognition and Action group.

It exists a long-standing cooperation in the development of new diagnostic and training methods for an optimal interaction of brain and motor coordination in high-performance football. Of particular interest is the question, how special exercises in technical training can also promote working memory and motoric creativity on the pitch.

Matthias Nowack is, together with Jörg Seewald, author of the book "Beweg Dein Gehirn" (2017), which also contains an interview with Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack.

The image shows Ludwig Vogel, Thomas Schack and Matthias Nowak (from the left).

Listen to a brief statement from Matthias Nowak

or read a report in the newspaper [ Neue Westfälische (in German) ]


The "Handball All-Star Game 2018" was a highly frequented sport event at the University Bielefeld. 300 spectators saw the match between the university team and the Bundesliga team of TBV Lemgo. Ludwig Vogel from the "Neurocognition and Action" research group was the coach of the mixed student team from University Bielefeld and Bielefeld University of Applied Science. Here you find newspaper articles of the event:

[ Neue Westfälische 2018 01 08 (in German) ]
[ Neue Westfälische 2018 01 19 (in German) ]
[ Westfalen Blatt 2018 01 10 (in German) ]
[ Westfalen Blatt 2018 01 19 (in German) ]

New Book on Memory and Cognition:Performing the Remembered Present - the Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music, co-edited by Bettina Bläsing and Pil Hansen, is published! The collection brings together scientists, scholars and artist-researchers to explore the cognition of memory through the performing arts and examine artistic strategies that target cognitive processes of memory.

A new ebook describes and explains the work of our group.

You can read it online [ here ]

or as PDF [ here ]

Die Abteilung Sportwissenschaft kooperiert mit der Universität Bologna (School of Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Motor/Sport Science) im Erasmus+ Programm, um den internationalen Austausch zu fördern.
[ Universität Bologna ]
[ School of Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Motor/Sport Science ]

Research Projekt Movement therapy with patients suffering from depression started
The Project is a cooperationproject with the University clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Lübbecke (Mühlenkreiskliniken). It is one of five projects supported by the "Forschungsfond Medizin" of Bielefeld University and Ruhr University Bochum.
In this project, we investigate the consequences of physical exercise as part of a therapeutic procedure on depression at different levels. Cognitive effects and behavioural changes will be tested together with neurophysiological consequences that may result from the above-mentioned treatment supplement (physical exercise).
[ See also / German webside ].

Christian Schütz, Mitarbeiter der Hochschule Fulda, diskutiert in der Zeitschrift "physioscience" einen Artikel von Schack, Essig, Frank , Koester (2014).
[ siehe hier ]
[ zum diskutierten Artikel ]
At the 2nd European Seminar of Sport Psychology in Pisa, Italy, Cheng, Koester, Hung & Schack received the Best Poster Award on Neurofeedback training (28-30 Sept. 2017).

Stellenausschreibung zum 01.12.2017 für eine(n) wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/ wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiter (E13 TV-L, befristet)

Die Stelle ist in dem CITEC / Forschungsfonds Medizin "Bewegungstraining bei unipolarer Depression" in Kooperation mit der Mühlenkreisklinik Lübbecke verankert
[ siehe hier ].

We would like to announce the talk of Eva Maria Reuter

Motor Control, Attention & Reward: New insights into sensorimotor adaptation through electroencephalography

The talk will take place on Thursday, 7 September 2017 in CITEC 1.204 at 16:00 s.t.

Eva Maria studied sport science at Bielefeld University and and completed a PhD in Human Performance at Jacobs University Bremen. Previously, Eva Maria's research focused on age-related differences in (fine-) motor control and sensory perception. During her PhD she investigated how perception and processing of tactile stimuli change across the life span and how both young and older people can improve their tactile and fine motor abilities. More recently, Eva Maria is interested in the interrelation between motor adaptation and attention. Specifically she investigates how visual spatial attention can be modulated by visuomotor and force field adaptation. Since May 2015 Eva-Maria Reuter works at the The University of Queensland as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Motor Control at HMNS.

Thomas Schack has been elected as Vice President of the International Society of Sportpsychology (ISSP) at the 14 th World Congress of Sportpsychology (10 to 14 July 2017) in Sevilla, Spain. He will hold this position for 4 years until the next World Congress of Sportpsychology in Taipeh/ Taiwan and will be responsible for different topics such as ISSP-publications and new technologies in sport.

Bettina Bläsing, Marietta Sionti, Shiau-Chuen Chiou, Rümeysa Gündüz Can, Dirk Koester and Thomas Schack participating at the world congress Brain-Body-Cognition in Oxford. Thomas Schack, head of the Neurocognition and Action Research Group of Bielefeld University is a member of the scientific committee beside scientists from further institutions like MIT, Harvard University, the National Center of Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences (Israel).
[ Movementis Oxford ]

Hedinn Steingrimsson, chess grand master and FIDE senior trainer, visited the Neurocognition & Action - Biomechanics Group during a two-days chess workshop organized by Dr. Kai Essig and Thomas Küchelmann. The workshop was about to apply modern techniques (such as eye tracking data and data concerning physiological reactions) and analysis methods to investigate individual chess behaviour and impairments, as well as to offer new and detailed training methods for chess players at various levels of expertise. The workshop was caried out as part of CEEGE (Chess Expertise from Eye Gaze and Emotion), a joint multidisciplinary research project by the Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics Group and INRIA (L'Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique Grenoble, France), which is jointly funded by the DFG and the ANR (L'Agence nationale de la recherche). Hedinn Steingrimsson will also be a keynote speaker at the workshop "Behavior, Emotion and Representation: Building Blocks of Interaction" jointly organized by the Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics Research Group and INRIA Grenoble at the 5th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI2017, CITEC).

Im WDR (Lokalzeit) sowie im Westfalenblatt und der Neuen Westfälischen wurde das CITEC-Großprojekt "Famula" vorgestellt, an dem unsere Arbeitsgruppe maßgeblich beteiligt ist.
[ Research-Video zu Famula ]
[ zur Famula-Projektseite ]

Rümeysa Gündüz Can published together with Thomas Schack and Dirk Koester electrophysiological work regarding the interference of working memory and motor control in a dual grasping task. The article can be found here
[ https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00871 ]
(open access)

PD Dr. Dirk Koester stellt aktuelle Forschung zur Kontrolle komplexer Ganzkörperbewegungen auf der Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sportpsychologie in Bern vor.

Ming-Yang Cheng received the Abschlussstipendium from the Bielefelder Nachwuchsfonds as support for the finalisation of his Ph.D. project. Congratulations to Ming-Yang!

The newspaper "Neue Westfälische" published in its edition from 17 May 2017 an article regarding the international Symposium "Neurocognition and Action in Sport - Individualized Diagnostics and Coaching" at CITEC organised by the Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics research group headed by Professor Thomas Schack.
[ read more in German ]

The Symposium "Neurocognition and Action in Sport - Individualized Diagnostics and Coaching" organised by the Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics research group will take place from 4 to 6 May 2017.
[ agenda attached ]

Am 28. April 2017 verteidigte Michael Gromeier erfolgreich seine (kumulative) Dissertation mit dem "Mentale Bewegungsrepräsentation der Schlagwurfbewegungen bei Kindern und Jugendlichen". Herzlichen Glückwunsch an Dr. Michael Gromeier!

The newspaper "Neue Westfälische" published in its edition on 13 April an interview with Prof. Thomas Schack with the title "Sportpsychologie sieht langfristige Folgen" on the occasion of the bomb attack on the German soccer team "Borussia Dortmund" on 11 April 2017.
[ read more in German ]

The Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics Research group together with Ruhr Universität Bochum (Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie der MKK Lübbecke) received a research grant from the 'Forschungsfonds Medizin' (K1-Förderung; for one year) for the project: "Bewegungstraining und Selbstinstruktionstraining bei unipolarer Depression: Einfluss auf Kognition, Neuroplastizität und Depressivität."
[ read more in German ]
[ read more in German /CITEC-Page ]

The newspaper "Tagesspiegel" published in its edition from 12 February 2017 an article on the subject "Mit Köpfchen" which refers to Prof. Thomas Schack and our research group and deals with the topics intelligence and action.
[ read more in German ]

The journal "Psychologie heute" published in its edition from March 2017 an article on the subject "In Cyberwelten fürs Leben üben". The article dealing with global developments regarding the topic Virtual Reality refers to Prof. Schack and our research group with reference to the smart apartment (KogniHome), the personal coach and the intelligent glasses (ADAMAAS). The original article is only available in German.
[ read more ]

Stellenangebot / Job offer:

Forschung im Arbeitsbereich "Neurokognition und Bewegung -Biomechanik" in einem oder mehreren der Forschungsfelder: Motorische Kontrolle, (Neuro-)Kognition, Aufmerksamkeit, Gedächtnis und Assistive Technologien.
[ zum Angebot ]

Your Tasks Research in the "Neurocognitionand Action -Biomechanic" Research Group in one or more of the research fields: Cognition, attention, (action-) memory and motor control. [ read more ]


Ming-Yang Cheng, a Taiwanese Ph.D. student in our group, his Ph.D. project is focusing on how to improve golf putting performance by using neurofeedback training. Now, the findings of his research have shown promising results on putting performance enhancement, as reported by The Times, a mainstream newspaper in the UK.

[ read as pdf ]