Ongoing Research Projects

MatHealthsince 2018

MatHealth is a project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) within the German-African Innovation Incentive Award. In the project, we cooperate with Mbarara University of Science and Technology. The overall goal of the MatHealth project is to improve maternal health using an enhanced mobilephone-based multimedia application among illiterate women in rural southwestern Uganda.

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WayInsince 2018

WayIn is a project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). In the project, we cooperate with ARBEIT UND LEBEN Berlin e.V. und der KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH. The goal of the project is the creation of an accessible, digital and interactive information platform for employers about hiring people with disabilities.

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LISAsince 2016


LISA is a project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). In the project, we cooperate with HTW Berlin, the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien Tübingen and the companies SGM, Neocosmo and Promotion Software. We elicit requirements for sensor based learning analytics technologies from didactical, content-related, methodological, technical end ethical perspectives. Based on these, we design, implement and evaluate learning analytics methods for supporting self-directed learning in sensor based environments.

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Adaptive learning media for self-directed and collaborative learning in heterogeneous learning groupssince 2016

This BMBF funded project is conducted within the framework of the "Quality offensive teacher education". We will investigate to what extent digital media can be used to support inclusion in the classroom. More specifically, we will build an interdisciplinary educational model and a corresponding technical solution for supporting self-directed individual and small-group collaborative learning at school under the specific requirements of heterogeneous learning groups. The resulting adaptive media will be tested in several school subjects including Computer Science and History.

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Viva con VivaMarch 2016 - June 2019

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In the Viva con Viva project, we support the Viva con Agua de St. Pauli e.V. by conducting sociotechnical walkthrough workshops in order to elicit requirements for a system designed to facilitate the collaboration of the voluntary members of the organization. In a second phase, we redesign a currently existing technical system to support the sociotechnical self-development, focusing joint optimization and organizational choice. During a third phase, we will investigate possibilities to support collaborative creativity inside the social system of Viva con Agua using technical support functions.

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Researching the Buddhist cave paintings of the Kuča region on the Northern Silk Roadsince 2016

This project is the responsibility of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig and based at the Leipzig University. In this project, a team of researchers in Asian studies, art history and archeology will be exploring the murals of the Buddhist man-made caves in the Kuča region on the Northern Silk Road. Our role in the project is to design and implement a rich database information system to support the research. The information system will comprehend research results over the next 15 years but also integrate results from already existing sources (e.g. open accessible data at Museums, scientific literature databases, image databases, etc.). The information systems will provide suitable search interfaces for different use cases, providing both classic query systems and new ways to search and visualise information from the special context of the project.

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Lernen auf der Plattform. Inklusives eLearning als Weiterbildungsangebot für eingeschränkte Beschäftigtesince 2016

Im Jahr 2008 hat die Bundesregierung die UN-Behindertenrechtskonventionen ratifiziert und somit einen Paradigmenwechsel bezüglich der Einbindung von behinderten oder benachteiligten Menschen in der Gesellschaft angestoßen. Anstatt des Prinzips der Anpassung soll nun jeder Mensch, unabhängig der Ausgangslage, an der Gesellschaft teilhaben können (Inklusion). Mit unserem durch die Hans-Böckler-Stiftung geförderten Projekt möchten wir den Paradigmenwechsel der Inklusion in die Arbeitswelt transferieren, indem wir digitales Lernen für Personen jeglicher Ausgangslage ermöglichen. Das Vorhaben umfasst die Erarbeitung der theoretischen Grundlagen für eine inklusive eLearning-Plattform mit Schwerpunkt auf die berufliche Weiterbildung, die Realisierung eines entsprechenden Softwaresystems und dessen empirische Evaluierung im Rahmen eines Praxistests.

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DynaFITsince 2015

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The rapidly increasing availability of online educational resources and the recent attention gained by distance education methods such as massive open online courses (MOOCs) show the importance of intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) as adaptive educational technologies that can personalize e-Learning. Classical ITSs require an exact formalization of the learning task and learner-system interactions. Hence their applicability is typically limited to well-defined domains. In addition, their labor-intensive preparation restricts their use to static, large-scale applications where development costs do not play a significant role. Within the first period of the FIT project, we have developed a FIT ITS infrastructure which allows the construction of ITSs in ill-defined domains based on machine learning techniques. The goal of DynaFIT is to develop machine learning models which can generalize across different tasks and user behaviors and, based thereon, to enhance FIT ITSs via dynamic user-adaptive feedback and open learner models in ill-defined domains. In this project which is part of the DFG priority programme "Autonomous Learning", the CSES group cooperates with the research group of Prof. Dr. Barbara Hammer which is located at the Faculty of Technology at Bielefeld University.

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