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Bielefeld University still twice excellent: Cluster and Graduate School to receive further funding

Bielefeld University is celebrating! The Cluster of Excellence on Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) have been granted a further five years of funding. The announcement came today (15 June) from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).

Rektor Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer: ‘We are delighted with the decision. Once again, Bielefeld University shows that it is a top player and can hold its own compared to the best universities in Germany and the world. We are proud of this further recognition of our university with its strong research tradition and thank the academics responsible for these successful projects. It is their work and their passionate commitment that have first made this success possible’. The Cluster of Excellence CITEC and the Graduate School BGHS are being funded for five more years until October 2017 in the third and final round of the Excellence Initiative. The Cluster of Excellence CITEC has applied for 33.7 million Euros and the Graduate School BGHS for 6.6 million Euros.
The speakers for the projects receiving further funding – CITEC and BGHS – see this special day as an opportunity not only to look back over the previous funding period since 2007 but also to look towards the future. Professor Dr. Helge Ritter (CITEC) says: ‘Our renewed success in the Excellence Initiative is an important milestone for us and an incentive to pursue our work with even more vigour. The robot head Flobi developed in Bielefeld, our research on robot hands with manual intelligence, and the interactive virtual robots MAX and Vince have gained increasing international attention. With the new research team, we now want to find out how we can get a greater number of intelligent sub-skills to collaborate in such ways that the systems can fill in knowledge gaps by themselves, adapt to individual persons and tasks, and be helpful and useful aids in carrying out practical everyday tasks. This will help us to expand our very good international position even further and strengthen the cooperation between CITEC and both local partners and research institutes in Europe, Japan, and the USA’.
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Cluster of Excellence since 2007, further funding until 2017:


Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
The Cluster of Excellence CITEC is part of the interactive intelligent systems research profile at Bielefeld University. Its aim is to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms that enable human beings, animals, and artificial systems to act autonomously in complex environments and communicate with each other. More than 30 research teams from computer science, biology, linguistics, psychology, sports science, and physics are focusing their work on four topics: motion intelligence, attentive systems, situated communication, and memory and learning. The mission of scientists at CITEC is to develop user-friendly technological systems ranging from everyday appliances to robots that people can use intuitively.
Speaker: Professor Dr. Helge Ritter
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