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DFG establishes 4 new research units
Date:4/21/2011

s and theory.
(Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Stefan Spange, Chemnitz University of Technology)

While economists have up to now worked primarily to better understand markets and firms, Research Unit "Design and Behaviour Economic Engineering of Firms and Markets" takes the opposite approach. It asks how market rules and incentive systems must look in order for the behaviour of the actors to be in harmony with the objectives being pursued. For this purpose, the participating researchers are taking new approaches. In particular, they are incorporating the results of modern economic and psychological behavioural research in the development of robust incentive mechanisms. The research areas include, among others, reputation- and incentive mechanisms in finance and Internet markets, internal remuneration systems, purchasing auctions and supply-chain networks. The Research Unit is composed of renowned researchers including three Leibniz Prize winners from economics, business administration and psychology. This makes possible an interdisciplinary exploration of the complex interaction of real institutions and human behaviour.
(Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Axel Ockenfels, University of Cologne)

Working closely together on new medical technology issues in Research Unit "Single-Port Technology for Gastroenterological and Visceral Surgical Endoscopic Interventions" are medicine, microtechnology, computer science and mechatronics. The researchers hope to make endoscopic surgical procedures more precise, faster and more gentle on patients. To achieve this, an existing system, which permits the use of three flexible instruments through a single port, will serve as the basis for laying the groundwork for a novel endoscopic surgical platform. Work will concentrate on the use in different parts of the body, the use of various instruments as well as the realisation of new, complex procedures. During development, the innovations will be intensively evaluat
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Contact: Dr. Eva-Maria Streier
em.streier@dfg.de
49-228-885-2250
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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