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Date:12/2/2008

so of considerable medical and clinical importance from a long-term perspective. (Host university: University of Cologne; Spokesperson: Professor Thomas Michael Krieg; also involved: German Sport University Cologne, Max-Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing, Cologne)

The highly topical problem facing Collaborative Research Centre/Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 62, "A Companion Technology for Cognitive Technical Systems", is how communication between humans and technical systems can be improved. The engineers, computer scientists and neurobiologists involved are especially interested in how emotions may be better expressed and handled in this communication process. The aim of their work is the systematic and interdisciplinary study of cognitive capabilities and their implementation in technical systems. Characteristics such as individuality, adaptability, availability, cooperativeness and reliability represent the main focus. Implementation of these so-called companion characteristics in cognitive technical systems is intended to allow these systems to be perceived and accepted by their users as reliable, trustworthy and emphatic assistants. The newly launched Collaborative Research Centre/Transregional Collaborative Research Centre thus aims to build the foundation for a technology which provides human users with a new dimension in their interactions with technical systems. (Host university: University of Ulm; Spokesperson: Professor Susanne Biundo-Stephan; other universities involved: Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg; also involved: Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg)


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Contact: Dr. Eva-Maria Streier
em.streier@dfg.de
49-228-885-2250
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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