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14.03.17.

Cebit 2017: CISPA Researchers Present Early Warning System for Mass Cyber Attacks

Caption: For science: Christian Rossow is undermining cyber-criminals' online networks

Mass attacks from the Internet are a common fear: Millions of requests in a short time span overload online services, grinding them to a standstill for hours and bringing Internet companies to their knees. The operators of the site under attack can often only react by redirecting the wave of requests, or by countering it with an exceptionally powerful server. This has to happen very quickly, however. Researchers from the Competence Center for IT Security, CISPA, at the Saarland University have developed a kind of early warning system for this purpose. Details and first results will be presented by the scientists at the computer fair Cebit in Hannover.

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13.03.17.

Cebit 2017: Jump Into Your Favorite Movie Scenes With Multi-View Video Streaming

Researching multi-view video streaming: Tobias Lange and Thorsten Herfet, Chair of the Telecommunications Lab at Saarland University.

With modern transmission technology, so much more is possible than has made it into our private living rooms so far. Multi-View Video Streaming for instance lets users move into a recorded scene and view it from different perspectives. Possible applications range from consumer electronics, computer games and virtual worlds to realistic video conferences and autonomous driving. Until now, there was no overall functioning system for this technology. Now computer scientists from Saarland University will be presenting their solution at this year’s Cebit computer fair.

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10.03.17.

Cebit 2017: Alumni of the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science in Demand all over the World

Gilles Nies and his supervisor Holger Hermanns with the satellite whose missions they are  securing with new computational models.

Whether they are developing computational procedures for higher-quality medication, studying IT security or planning future space missions – the young scientists of the Saarland Informatics Campus at Saarland University are working on a variety of research projects. Students are supported and supervised by the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science, which offers a well-structured graduate program for candidates pursuing a PhD. The Graduate School provides scholarships, and also allows exceptionally talented students to start working on their doctorate directly from a Bachelor's degree level onwards. For further information, visit the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science at the Cebit computer fair at Stand E28, Hall 6. 

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09.03.17.

Cebit 2017: Computational Biologists Predict Antibiotic Resistances Using Biotech

Every year, some 25,000 people die in the European Union from antibiotic-resistant, hard to treat bacteria. Although there are diagnostic methods in place to recognize such resistances in advance, these are typically very time-consuming. Researchers from the Center for Bioinformatics at Saarland University, in cooperation with the molecular diagnostics company Curetis, are developing techniques to uncover these dangerous resistances a lot faster. Their secret weapons: a comprehensive gene database, and powerful algorithms. The researchers will be presenting their rapid test procedures, and their outlook for the future, at Stand E28 at the Cebit computer trade show in Hannover, Germany.

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07.03.17.

Cebit 2017: Saarbrücken Computer Linguists Are Developing An Intelligent System Aid For Air Traffic Controllers

With a simulated air traffic controller station, Marc Schulder and Dietrich Klakow are testing their intelligent system aid.

Human lives depend on their decisions, and psychological stress levels are high. An average radio contact takes 3.5 to 11.3 seconds, during which the air traffic controller checks in with the pilot, examines the radar screens and gives out new instructions. The current technical support systems typically lack the ability to understand and process these brief radio exchanges. Together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), computer scientists from Saarland University have now developed a new system that listens in to these conversations and engages with the controllers. The scientists are presenting their prototype at the Cebit computer fair in Hannover, Germany (Hall 6, Stand E28).

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06.03.17.

Cebit 2017: Post-print customization of 3D Prints

Computer scientists at Saarland University enable end-users to physically customize 3D objects after they are printed.

3-D printing makes all conceivable varieties of layered, three-dimensional objects possible, a benefit appreciated by industry and private users alike. However, once an object is printed, any freedom of design is a thing of the past and the workpiece can no longer be modified. To address this restriction, computer scientists at Saarland University are working on the integration of specifically developed components at predefined points within such 3-D objects, a technique that makes alterations to the object possible even after printing. Their novel procedure is being presented at the CeBIT computer fair from March 20 to 24 in Hannover, Germany (Hall 6, Stand E28).

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16.02.17.

Ötzi the Iceman: Researchers validate the stability of genetic markers

Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient. Scientists are placing great hope in a new type of biomarker, so-called microRNAs. These short ribonucleic acid molecules are notable for their very high level of stability. Researchers at Saarland University, the University of Luxembourg and the Eurac Research center in Bozen have now established that such microRNAs can remain stable even after 5300 years. They have found the molecules in the well-known glacier mummy "Ötzi".

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12.09.16.

InteractiveSkin project receives prestigious grant from the EU

Smartwatches and fitness trackers show that more and more people are using wearable information technology. Therefore, Professor Jürgen Steimle and other computer scientists at Saarland University are working to develop interactive computing devices that can be worn like a second skin. In addition, users can design and tailor them as they wish. In the future the interactive skin should not only be able to control mobile end-user devices, but also support patients in the healing process. The European Research Council has now awarded Jürgen Steimle the renowned ERC Starting Grant and will sponsor his research over the next five years with about 1.5 million Euro.

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09.08.16.

Professor Kurt Mehlhorn appointed to the European Research Council’s Scientific Council

Professor Kurt Mehlhorn, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Professor of Algorithms and Complexity at Saarland University, will serve for the next four years on the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC), as announced in an ERC press release.

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09.08.16.

Software creates lifelike animated 3D figures from animal videos

Whether it’s King Kong for Hollywood’s dream factory or monkeys in a computer game: creating digital three-dimensional animals and animating them in a lifelike way requires great effort. Often this is done by experts who work with special computer programs. Even they generally need multiple days. Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics have developed software that allows even laypeople to create these 3D figures in a few minutes—as long as there is a video that shows the animal in motion. The user need only mark the head, body, and limbs; all the rest is done by the software from Saarbrucken.

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24.06.16.

Professor Hans-Peter Seidel is a “Solid Modeling Pioneer”

During the Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling in Berlin the Solid Modeling Association has awarded Professor Hans-Peter Seidel with the title “Solid Modeling Pioneer”.

 

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01.06.16.

International IT security competition: Saarland University provides best European team

At the IT security competition “ruCTF” in Yekaterinburg, Russia, students from Saarland University have given an impressive demonstration of their skills by attacking and defending a so-called smart home environment. Among the 150 participants, only one Russian student group did better. Hence, Saarland University was the best European team. They are coached by Christian Rossow, head of the Junior Research Group "System Security" within the Cluster of Excellence since June 2014.

head of the Junior Research Group "System Security" within the Cluster of Excellence since June 2014. - See more at: http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de/en/investigators/irgleaders/crossow#sthash.5NrwTl7Q.dpuf
head of the Junior Research Group "System Security" within the Cluster of Excellence since June 2014. - See more at: http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de/en/investigators/irgleaders/crossow#sthash.5NrwTl7Q.dpuf
Junior Research Group "System Security" within the Cluster of Excellence since June 2014. - See more at: http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de/en/investigators/irgleaders/crossow#sthash.5NrwTl7Q.dpuf
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14.04.16.

Professor from Saarland University receives prestigious french research award

Joachim Weickert, professor of mathematics and computer science at Saarland University, is to receive the Jean Kuntzmann Prize 2016. Jean Kuntzmann, a mathematician who died in 1992, was not only a pioneer of computer science, but he also transformed the Université Grenoble Alpes and the city of Grenoble into prestigious locations of applied mathematics and information technology. Therefore, research institutes PERSYVAL-Lab and Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann have awarded an internationally renowned, interdisciplinary research-based mathematician and computer scientist with the Jean Kuntzmann Prize every year since 2014. Joachim Weickert is considered as one of the world's leading experts on math-based image analysis.

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09.03.16.

Cebit 2016: Android smartphone data spies exposed like bank robbers

When a bank is robbed, the loot will often contain a wad of manipulated banknotes. These will explode en route and release a colorful dye, marking the money as stolen. Researchers use a similar principle to identify spyware on smartphones. Computer scientists from the Center for IT Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) have now developed a matching application for the current version of the Android smartphone operating system, allowing for a more precise monitoring of malicious apps. The researchers will present their app for the first time at the Cebit computer fair in Hannover from March 14 to 18 (Hall 6, Stand D 28).

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08.03.16.

Computer animation: models for facial expression

Computer scientists in Saarbruecken can produce realistic face models, for example for animated films, just from video recordings.

Today’s film industry no longer relies solely on the skill of actors: in the latest movies, their faces are often edited on a computer after the shoot has finished. To do so, computer animation specialists need three-dimensional models of their faces (face rigs), which until now they have created using complex measuring techniques and then manually inserted into film scenes. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the media company Technicolor have now shown how this can be accomplished more easily and much faster. All they need is a standard video and some computing power to produce extremely detailed face models. The computer scientists have developed new methods which enable them to reconstruct surfaces from videos and then alter them on the computer.

The scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University will present the new technology at the Cebit Computer Fair in Hannover from 14 to 18 March (Hall 6, Stand D 28).

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04.03.16.

Cebit 2016: Big Data for Text: Next-Generation Text Understanding and Analysis

News portals and social media are rich information sources, for example for predicting stock market trends. Today, numerous service providers allow for searching large text collections by feeding their search engines with descriptive keywords. Keywords tend to be highly ambiguous, though, and quickly show the limits of current search technologies. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken developed a novel text analysis technology that considerably improves searching very large text collections by means of artificial intelligence.  Beyond search, this technology also assists authors in researching and even in writing texts by automatically providing background information and suggesting links to relevant web sites.

Ambiverse, a spin-off company from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, will be presenting this novel technology during CeBIT 2016 in Hannover from 14 to 18 March at  Saarland’s research booth.

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03.03.16.

With Boxmate malicious programs have no place left to hide

By preventing unexpected behavior changes, the “Boxmate” approach defends existing embedded systems, mobile devices, and even servers against known and as-yet unknown forms of attack.  Computer scientists from the Center for IT Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) at Saarland University will present their method for the first time at the Cebit computer fair in Hannover between March 14 and 18 (Hall 6, Stand D 28).

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02.03.16.

More than just a flexible doctoral program: Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science

Whether it is developing more secure smartphones, improving medical procedures or finding new imaging methods for Hollywood, the computer science department in Saarbrücken provides a space for young scientists to tackle a broad range of research topics. The Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science supports a selected number of students on their way to a doctorate with a structured program. Particularly talented students can even pursue their goal of a PhD from a Bachelor’s degree level onwards. For further information, visit the Saarbrücken Graduate School for Computer Science at the CeBIT computer fair in Hannover between March 14 and 18 (Hall 6, Stand D 28).

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22.02.16.

Cebit 2016: Saarland University startup presents innovative visualization platform for online media

Not only private users, but also many company employees today simultaneously communicate on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. Uvibo, a startup funded by the Saarbrücken IT Incubator, addresses this with a customized visualization platform. The newly developed software automatically rates all new posts in terms of relevance to the user, and rearranges them in an overview so that the most important contributions are immediately visible. The founders are presenting their prototype and matching business model for companies for the first time at the Cebit computer fair in Hannover from March 14 to 18 (Hall 6, Stand D 28).

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27.11.15.

MMCI Researcher belongs to „Young Elite 2015“

Professor Christian Theobalt is in charge of the group “Graphics, Vision & Video” at the Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics in Saabruecken and teaches computer sciecne at Saarland University. He was awarded as one of the top innovation leaders under 40 in Germany by the German business magazine “Capital”. He was elected into the "top 40 under 40" for his outstanding work on the boundary between computer vision and computer graphics enabling new ways for computers to see and perceive models of the real world.

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01.10.15.

“International Engineering”: Saarland University and regional companies lead refugees in engineering studies

 
In the morning German classes, in the afternoon “Programming for Engineers”: Saarland University and regional companies are teaming up to integrate refugees and to prepare them for engineering studies. Themed “International Engineering”, the program combines German classes with engineering lectures in English to develop and stimulate the refugees’ language and technical skills. IHK Saarland and regional companies like Dialogika, Dillinger Hütte, Saarstahl AG, Scheer GmbH and Sirrix AG plus Werner Zeh Foundation are supporting the initiative.
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03.06.15.

CISPA Researchers Support Europol in the Area of Cybercrime

The CISPA Director professor Michael Backes, Minister-President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the Deputy Director Operations of Europol Wil van Gemert (left to right) at the signing of the cooperation agreement in Den Haag.

Last Friday, Europol's EC3 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) in order to promote cooperation in the fight against cybercrime. The MoU was signed by Ms Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Prime Minister of the German Federal State of Saarland, Europol’s Deputy Director of Operations, Wil van Gemert, and the Director of CISPA, Professor Michael Backes, during a visit to Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. Given CISPA being located in the German Federal State of Saarland, the conclusion of the MoU by the competency centre has been supported by the Government of Saarland.

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19.05.15.

Cluster of Excellence wins national innovation contest

The method “PrintScreen”, developed by scientists from the Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” was awarded as one of the hundred best projects at the national contest “Urban Space. Rural Space. Cyberspace!”. The contest was launched by the initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas” and searched for innovative projects that deal with the challenges presented by the digital revolution. “PrintScreen” enables even laypeople to print displays on various materials. The award show will take place on the day of the Saarland University open house, July 4th. 

Further information: https://www.land-der-ideen.de/ausgezeichnete-orte/preistraeger/printscreen-displays-zum-ausdrucken 

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28.04.15.

Computer Science at Saarland University presents new research projects

Detecting malicious apps on the smartphone, forecasting flu epidemics in the same way as the weather and capturing human gestures on the computer – these are novel research results, and just a few computer science projects of the many to be exhibited on the 29th of April from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the campus of Saarland University (Building E1.5). The fair is addressed towards entrepreneurs, industry representatives, technology scouts, investors and inventors but is also open to the interested general public. 

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13.03.15.

Cebit 2015: Mobile quarantine station for malicious android apps

Philipp von Styp-Rekowsky and his new app help inexperienced users to protect their privacy on smartphones with minimal effort. Credit: Oliver Dietze

It is turning into a widespread problem that malicious apps, designed for mobile phones with an Android operating system, compromise user data. In order to protect yourself, you need to be very familiar with your device, something that is often daunting for consumers. Computer scientists from the Saarland University have developed a new kind of application that enables even inexperienced users to protect their smartphone with minimal effort. Additionally, the software lets business users install professional profiles on employees’ private mobile devices, and facilitates the management of these employee profiles.

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12.03.15.

Cebit 2015: Saarland computer scientists present guarantees for online anonymity

When performing an online search for sensitive topics, one may wish to remain unobserved. Millions of people use the Tor network for that purpose, even though it does not provide perfect anonymity. Computer scientists from the Saarland University have now developed a program that can measure the anonymity of a user's connection within the Tor network. The scientists used real-time data from the Tor network, and examined a wide range of possible attackers (Hall 9, Booth E13).

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12.03.15.

Cebit 2015: Computer scientists from Saarland University simplify parallel programming

Modern software takes computational speed for granted. But modern microprocessors can only speed up by increasing the number of cores. To take full advantage of multiple cores, software developers have to arrange their code in such a way that it is executable in parallel – an error-prone and expensive task. Computer scientists from Saarland University have developed a tool that parallelizes the necessary code sections automatically, and also gives developers programming advice. In the long term, they are planning to extend their “Sambamba” system to automatically parallelize any given program. 

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10.03.15.

Professor Julie Berndsen from University College Dublin visits Saarland University as guest professor

Julie Berndsen is a professor at the University College Dublin

Julie Berndsen, professor at the University College Dublin, School of Computer Science and Informatics, is visiting the Phonetics Group at the Deptartment of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics and the Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction" as a guest professor until the end of April 2015. Berndsen's research group at the University College Dublin has been developing speech recognition and synthesis systems which use fine-grained linguistic information. If you are interested in her research, please approach her in the Phonetics lab in building C7.2, room 4.08.

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10.03.15.

Cebit 2015: Find out what your apps are really doing

The software from Saarland University uncovers data theft on mobile devices. Credit: Oliver Dietze

These tiny programs on Internet-connected mobile phones are increasingly becoming entryways for surveillance and fraud. Computer scientists from the center for IT-Security, Privacy and Privacy, CISPA, have developed a program that can show users whether the apps on their smartphone are accessing private information, and what they do with that data. This year, the researchers will present an improved version of their system again at the CeBIT computer fair in Hanover (Hall 9, Booth E13).

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09.03.15.

Cebit 2015: Biomechanical simulations show how using tablets and smartphones puts stress on joints and muscles

Computer scientists in Saarbrücken have developed a procedure that simulates in a lifelike manner which muscles and joints are put under particular strain when using IT devices. Foto/Credit: Oliver Dietze

Spending hours on a computer or sending lots of text messages on a mobile phone can result in a stiff neck and sometimes even a strained thumb. Computer scientists in Saarbrücken have developed a procedure that simulates in a lifelike manner which muscles and joints are put under particular strain when using IT devices. It also demonstrates the speed and accuracy with which a user can operate a device. The method developed by the researchers uses cameras to capture the motion of a test subject and then projects these movements onto a model of the human body. The technique is of potential interest to product designers and occupational physicians.

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05.03.15.

Cebit 2015: DIY Printing Custom Touch-Sensitive Displays

Computer scientists from Saarland University have developed a technique that could enable virtually anyone to print out customized displays of their own. Credit: Embodied Interaction Group

Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have developed a technique that could enable virtually anyone to print out customized displays of their own in future – in all shapes and sizes and onto various materials. A regular home printer could be used to print wafer-thin displays onto paper, so these printed displays might present custom-designed icons or even respond to touch. The researchers are presenting their award-winning approach at the computer trade show Cebit in Hanover from March 16th to March 20th. 

 

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04.03.15.

Cebit 2015: Flexible sensors turn skin into a touch-sensitive interaction space for mobile devices

Computer scientists have developed stickers with pressure-sensitive sensors that fit snugly to the skin. By operating the touch input stickers, users can use their own body to control mobile devices. Credit: Oliver Dietze

If a mobile phone rings during a meeting, its owner often has to dig it out before it can be muted. A more discreet method would be to decline the incoming call by pressing on one of your fingers. Computer scientists at Saarland University are studying the potential use of the human body as a touch sensitive surface for controlling mobile devices. They have developed flexible silicone rubber stickers with pressure-sensitive sensors that fit snugly to the skin. By operating these touch input stickers, users can use their own body to control mobile devices. Because of the flexible material used, the sensors can be manufactured in a variety of shapes, sizes and personalized designs. 

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10.02.15.

Cybersecurity students from Saarbrücken discover security gaps in 39,890 online databases

Kai Greshake, Eric Petryka and Jens Heyens discovered 39,890 unprotected Internet databases.

Anyone could call up or modify several million pieces of customer data online including names, addresses and e-mails. According to the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) in Saarbrücken, Germany, three of its students were able to show this for 40,000 online databases in both Germany and France. The cause is a misconfigured open source database upon which millions of online stores and platforms from all over the world base their services. If the operators blindly stick to the defaults in the installation process and do not consider crucial details, the data is available online, completely unprotected. CISPA has already contacted the vendor and data protection authorities. 

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03.02.15.

Vom Flugdinosaurier zum Vogel: Software verbessert das Erstellen von Stammbäumen

Marc Hellmuth und seine Forscherkollegen haben ein Verfahren entwickelt, mit dem sie genauere Stammbäume erstellen können. Foto: Saar-Uni

Ob Dinosaurier oder Eintagsfliegen – die Evolution hat im Laufe von Jahrmillionen viele Lebewesen hervorgebracht. Um zu untersuchen, in welchem verwandtschaftlichen Verhältnis sie zueinander stehen, erstellen Forscher Stammbäume. Bioinformatiker aus Saarbrücken, Leipzig und Marburg haben nun ein Rechenverfahren entwickelt, das hierfür deutlich mehr Daten heranzieht, als dies bislang der Fall war. Die Methode zeigt exaktere Verwandtschaftsverhältnisse zwischen den Arten auf. Die Forschungsarbeit wurde in der renommierten Fachzeitschrift „Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences“ veröffentlicht.

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02.02.15.

Saarbrücker Max-Planck Direktor Thomas Lengauer erhält Hector Wissenschaftspreis

Thomas Lengauer ist Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Saarbrücken sowie Honorarprofessor an der Universität des Saarlandes und der Universität Bonn.

Thomas Lengauer, Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Saarbrücken, ist mit dem Hector Wissen¬schafts¬preis ausgezeichnet worden. Die Hector Stiftung II würdigt damit seine Leistungen auf dem Gebiet der Bioinformatik und sein Engagement in der Hochschullehre. Der Preis wird jährlich an herausragende Forscher deutscher Universitäten vergeben und ist mit je 150.000 Euro dotiert. 

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22.01.15.

Professor der Saar-Uni ist jüngstes Mitglied der Deutschen Akademie der Technikwissenschaften

Michael Backes, Professor für Informationssicherheit und Kryptographie an der Universität des Saarlandes, wurde vor kurzem als ordentliches Mitglied in die Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech) gewählt. Backes ist damit das jüngste Mitglied der Akademie, die Forscher aufgrund ihrer herausragenden wissenschaftlichen Leistungen aufnimmt. In der Akademie wird er Vertreter aus Politik und Wirtschaft über zukünftige Fragestellungen der IT-Sicherheit beraten.

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18.12.14.

Computer scientists from Saarland University improve the privacy of the Internet currency Bitcoin

It is traded on special stock exchanges and is accepted not only by various online shops, but also by thousands of brick-and-mortar stores across the globe: the virtual currency Bitcoin. The users benefit from its advantages: Since it does not require a central bank, the transactions can be concluded more quickly and with reduced charges. Moreover, many Bitcoin users appreciate more anonymity while paying. Nevertheless, its popularity is also resulting in thefts with increasing frequency. Computer scientists in Saarbrücken have now presented an approach that enhances anonymity and can be applied without long waits.

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17.12.14.

Saar-Uni bildet internationale Informatik-Studenten zu Sicherheitsexperten aus

Sie spüren Sicherheitsprobleme im Internet auf und können Hackerangriffe abwehren – die Studenten des Masterstudiengangs Security and Privacy. Das Konsortium „EIT ICT Labs“ des Europäischen Innovations- und Technologieinstituts hat diesen Studiengang ins Leben gerufen. Daran beteiligt ist auch das Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) der Universität des Saarlandes. Während vier Semestern lernen die Studenten an zwei europäischen Hochschulen wichtige Grundlagen der Cybersicherheit kennen. Derzeit suchen die Masterstudenten in Saarbrücken Projekte für ihre Abschlussarbeiten. Neben Forschungsinstituten kommen auch Unternehmen dafür in Frage. Die Studenten können für diese zum Beispiel ein passendes Sicherheitskonzept entwerfen.

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03.12.14.

Studenten-Serie mit Apple-Gründer über IT-Sicherheit gewinnt ersten Preis im bundesweiten Wettbewerb

nformatiker der Universität des Saarlandes haben mit ihrer Online-Serie "Dr. Security" den ersten Platz im Hochschulwettbewerb 2014 belegt. Im Bild: Gordon Bolduan und Stefan Nürnberger (rechts)

Die von Doktoranden und Studenten produzierte Serie will auf Sicherheitsrisiken des digitalen Alltags aufmerksam machen und diese auch erklären. Dafür konnten die Informatiker der Universität des Saarlandes sogar Apple-Gründer Steve Wozniak gewinnen. Die Jury des Hochschulwettbewerbs 2014 „Mehr als Bits und Bytes – Nachwuchswissenschaftler kommunizieren ihre Arbeit“ hat das Projekt nun als beste Umsetzung mit dem ersten Preis ausgezeichnet. Damit setzte es sich gegen 14 weitere Projekte durch. Johanna Wanka, Bundesministerin für Bildung und Forschung, gratulierte den beiden Preisträgern persönlich. Das Projekt war zuvor im Rahmen des Hochschulwettbewerbs 2014 „Mehr als Bits & Bytes – Nachwuchswissenschaftler kommunizieren ihre Arbeit“ mit einem Preisgeld von 10.000 Euro zur Umsetzung prämiert worden.

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20.11.14.

Apple-Gründer Steve Wozniak tritt in Saarbrücker Studenten-Serie zu IT-Sicherheit auf

Das Team von Dr. Security während den Dreharbeiten
Informatiker der Universität des Saarlandes wagen sich an ein für sie ungewohntes Genre heran. Sie produzieren eine Videoserie, die unterhält und dabei über Datenschutz und Sicherheitslücken informiert. Die erste Folge von „Dr. Security“ haben sie nun im Internet veröffentlicht. In der zweiten Episode feiert mit Steve Wozniak eine international bekannte Technologie-Größe ihren Auftritt. Wozniak hat das US-amerikanische Unternehmen Apple mitgegründet. Das Projekt wurde im Rahmen des Hochschulwettbewerbs 2014 „Mehr als Bits & Bytes – Nachwuchswissenschaftler kommunizieren ihre Arbeit“ mit einem Preisgeld von 10.000 Euro zur Umsetzung prämiert. 
 
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08.10.14.

Printing in the hobby room: paper- thin and touch-sensitive displays on various materials

Until now, if you want to print a greeting card for a loved one, you can use colorful graphics, fancy typefaces or special paper to enhance it. But what if you could integrate paper-thin displays into the cards, which could be printed at home and which would be able to depict self-created symbols or even react to touch? Those only some of the options computer scientists in Saarbrücken can offer. They developed an approach that in the future will enable laypeople to print displays in any desired shape on various materials and therefore could change everyday life completely.
 
 
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01.10.14.

Database Cracking: Saarbrücker Informatiker verbessern aktuelle Datenbank-Technologie

Datenbanken sind Systeme, mit denen sich Datenmengen durchsuchen, abspeichern und aufrufen lassen. In der heutigen Arbeitswelt sind sie eines der wichtigsten Werkzeuge. Damit sie in Datenbeständen in kürzester Zeit die gewünschten Datensätze finden, brüten Informatiker weltweit an Strategien, um die Suchgeschwindigkeit zu beschleunigen. Saarbrücker Informatiker haben dazu den neuen Ansatz des Database Cracking systematisch überprüft und Vorschläge zur Verbesserung gemacht. Ihre Studie wurde nun auf der international bedeutenden Konferenz „Very Large Data Bases“ im chinesischen Hangzhou ausgezeichnet.

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29.09.14.

Angriff auf illegales Computernetz: FBI zeichnet Informatiker der Universität des Saarlandes aus

Das Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) verlieh einem Wissenschaftler der Saar-Uni einen Preis für seine Expertise und seinen Einsatz, mit denen er das FBI im Kampf gegen Botnetze unterstützte.

Eine Bande von Cyberkriminellen hatte über Jahre hinweg bis zu einer Million Rechner manipuliert. Diese durchforsteten sie nicht nur nach Finanz- und Privatdaten, sondern schlossen sie auch zu einem Netzwerk zusammen, mit dem sie Unternehmen erpressten und Spam verbreiteten. Dieses Netzwerk war technologisch so fortschrittlich, dass der US-Inlandsgeheimdienst FBI, Europol und die britische National Crime Agency eine Handvoll von Wissenschaftlern um Hilfe baten. Diese forschten mehrere Monate an einem Angriff. Ende Mai fochten sie ihn über zwei Wochen hinweg aus. Für seine Expertise und seinen Einsatz hat das FBI nun einen Informatiker der Universität des Saarlandes ausgezeichnet.

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15.09.14.

Humboldt research awardee wants to push the boundaries of photography

His research ensures that TVs consume less energy but still display the play of light in a realistic way. Photographers are using his results to advance the boundaries of photography. By his aid, physicians can use computer tomography screens to detect bone fractures and tumors faster than before. In April, Professor Wolfgang Heidrich was honored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his work. The award comes along with a prize of 60,000€ and a research stay in Germany. Heidrich chose the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics and the Cluster of Excellence on “Multimodal Computing and Interaction”, both located on campus at Saarland University in Germany.

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11.09.14.

Ausgezeichnete Bewegungsanalyse in Videos

Vor zehn Jahren haben Forscher um Joachim Weickert, Professor für Mathematik und Informatik an der Saar-Uni, ein Verfahren entwickelt, mit dem Computer Bewegungen in Videos doppelt so genau erkennen wie mit den besten bis dahin vorhandenen Ansätzen. Ihre Methode hat die Forschung in der computergestützten Bewegungsanalyse grundlegend beeinflusst. Auf der „European Conference on Computer Vision“ in Zürich wurden die Wissenschaftler nun für ihre Arbeit mit dem renommierten „Jan Koenderink Prize for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Vision“ ausgezeichnet. Der Ansatz der Saarbrücker Forscher ist in viele Anwendungen eingeflossen, etwa in Fahrerassistenzsysteme oder Diagnosetechniken in der Medizin.

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28.08.14.

Avatars make the Internet sign to deaf people

It is challenging for deaf people to learn a sound-based language, since they are physically not able to hear those sounds. Hence, most of them struggle with written language as well as with text reading and comprehension. Therefore, most website content remains inaccessible for them. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken, Germany, want to change the situation by means of a method they developed: animated online characters display content in sign language. In the long term, deaf people would be able to use the technique to communicate on online platforms via sign language. To realize the technique, users would only need readily available devices.

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14.08.14.

Journalistenpreis Informatik wieder ausgeschrieben

Ob das andauernde Abgreifen von Daten im Netz oder das Löschen von Suchanfragen bei Google – bei Themen wie diesen ist es wichtig, die breite Öffentlichkeit kompetent über die aktuelle Informationstechnologie aufzuklären. Daher prämiert der Journalistenpreis Informatik deutsche Medienbeiträge, die dies leisten, mit jeweils 5.000 Euro in den Kategorien Print, Radio und Fernsehen. Die saarländische Staatskanzlei und das Kompetenzzentrum Informatik Saarland schreiben den Journalistenpreis nun erneut aus.

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14.08.14.

Realistic computer graphics: Technology from Germany makes it to Walt Disney in minimal time

Creating a realistic computer simulation of how light suffuses a room is crucial not just for animated movies like “Toy Story” or “Cars”. Special computing methods should ensure this, but they require great effort. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have now developed a novel approach that turned out to be so promising, that it was adopted by companies in record time — among others by Pixar, well-known in the movie industry for its computer animation, and now a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company.

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05.08.14.

Universität des Saarlandes startet Studiengang "Cybersicherheit" ab kommendem Wintersemester

Über die US-amerikanischen Überwachungsprogramme dringen immer mehr Details an die Öffentlichkeit. Doch nicht nur Geheimdienste, auch Unternehmen und Kriminelle betreiben Datenspionage. Wie man die eigenen Daten vor solchen Angriffen schützen kann, können Abiturienten ab Oktober im neuen Bachelor-Studiengang „Cybersicherheit“ an der Universität des Saarlandes studieren. Direkt vom ersten Vorlesungstag an erforschen die Studenten selbst die digitalen Bedrohungen im weltweiten Netz. Auf diese Weise lernen sie die notwendigen Fähigkeiten für den Ernstfall, verbunden mit einer soliden wissenschaftlichen Ausbildung. Ab August können sich Studieninteressierte einschreiben.

 

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29.07.14.

Computational biologists from Saarbrücken simplify diagnosis for hereditary diseases

In the case of a cough or a sore throat, the doctor can usually diagnose a common cold immediately. However, the diagnosis of hereditary illnesses like cystic fibrosis, which affects the metabolism, or Huntington’s disease, which leads to cognitive decline, is much more complex. A patient may suffer from a multitude of symptoms, pointing to several different diseases. This can now be remediated using a program developed by computational biology experts from Saarbrücken, which is now also available as an app. With the aid of this application, physicians can discover patients’ afflictions quickly and without great research effort. The computing method that the program is based on compares different patterns of hereditary diseases from an extensive online database and weights them by their likelihood.
 

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30.06.14.

Code review: Groundbreaking work on data mining version histories

Making changes within a complex software system is often error-prone – even the smallest mistake can endanger the entire system. Ten years ago, computer scientists from Saarbrücken around Professor Andreas Zeller developed a technique that automatically issues suggestions on how to manage changes in software, based on the program’s version history. Their work was now named the most influential contribution of the last ten years at the „International Conference on Software Engineering“.

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30.06.14.

Expert for Cybercrime leads new research group „System Security“ at MMCI

Christian Rossow spawned the Independent Research Group "System Security" within the Cluster of Excellence in June 2014.

Since a few days Christian Rossow is head of the independent research group „System Security“ at the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI).  The group explores essential aspects of system security, such as developing techniques to identify and analyze malware or to disrupt so called botnets. 

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09.05.14.

Forscher des Exzellenzclusters unterstützen Journalisten auf Schloss Dagstuhl

Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern

Einen in Deutschland einzigartigen Workshop bietet die Saarbrücker Informatik vom 25. bis 28. Mai 2014 auf Schloss Dagstuhl, dem Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik. „Schreiben über Informatik“ richtet sich an junge Journalisten und an Redakteure, die ihren Themenschwerpunkt erweitern wollen. Der Clou: Die Teilnehmer schreiben über Forschungsprojekte, die ihnen Wissenschaftler vor Ort vorstellen. Die finalen Texte werden dann gemeinsam mit Trainern und Forschern besprochen.

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01.05.14.

Saarbrücken regarded as the best location for research on human-computer interaction

human computer interaction saarbrücken

This week the 2014 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems was held  held in Toronto, Canada. It is considered the premier international conference on human-computer interaction. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken presented 13 research projects. According to a conference ranking, this makes Saarbrücken the most successful German location for research on human-computer interaction.

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01.05.14.

Realistic shadows for digital worlds: Computer scientist from Cluster of Excellence honored with European research award

In computer games like Tomb Raider a player has to explore caves and search temples for precious antiques. But the fun at the computer is gone if light and shadow are not realistic in such virtual rooms and if the graphical display is too slow. A Saarbrücken computer scientist has solved both problems with his methods — even though he is only 35. Tobias Ritschel was honored at the Eurographics conference in Strasbourg with the most important computer graphics award in Europe.

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06.03.14.

Cebit 2014: Collecting digital user data without invading privacy

The statistical evaluation of digital user data is of vital importance for analyzing trends. But it can also undermine the privacy. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have now developed a novel cryptographic method that makes it possible to collect data and protect the privacy of the user at the same time. They present their approach for the first time at the computer expo Cebit in Hannover at the Saarland University research booth (hall 9, booth E13).

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26.02.14.

Cebit 2014: The Chancellor of Germany or the soccer coach? Software maps ambiguous names in texts to the right person

Computer scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken have developed software that resolves the ambiguity of names within texts automatically. This mapping between mentions and actual entities like persons not only improves search engines, but also makes it possible to analyze huge amounts of text efficiently. The researchers will present their program for the first time at the computer expo Cebit at the research booth of Saarland University (hall 9, booth E13).

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25.02.14.

Cebit 2014: Talking in 3D: Discussing and administrating complex construction models via a web browser

There is a lack of software enabling it to track and visualize the progress on three-dimensional models. Computer scientists from Saarbruecken are presenting a new technique to document changes in 3D models that can be displayed in web browsers on all kinds of devices. They will demonstrate their software for the first time at the computer fair Cebit in Hannover between the 10th and the 14th of March (Hall 9, booth E13).

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17.02.14.

Cebit 2014: Computer arranges pictures based on their artistic aspects

Until now, it has been a time-consuming process for a program to arrange pictures in a consistent order. It is even more complex to order them on the basis of visual characteristics. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken have developed a system to arrange pictures into a consistent order. It requires no more than a small number of pre-sorted example pictures. Operators of online portals or museums could use this technique, for example, to arrange complex datasets. The computer scientists show their system at the computer expo Cebit from the 10th until the 14th of March in Hanover (hall 9, booth E13).

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17.10.13.

Printed Electronics: A Multi-Touch Sensor Customizable with Scissors

If a pair of trousers is too long, it is cut shorter. A board that does not fit into a bookcase is sawed to the right length. People often customize the size and shape of materials like textiles and wood without turning to specialists like tailors or carpenters. In the future this should be possible with electronics, according to the vision of computer scientists from Saarbrücken. Together with researchers from the MIT Media Lab, they developed a printable multi-touch sensor whose shape and size everybody can alter. A new circuit layout makes it robust against cuts, damage, and removed areas.

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30.09.13.

Computer program lets users learn keyboard shortcuts with minimal effort

A computer scientist from Saarbrucken has developed a software which assists users in identifying and learning shortcuts so that they can become as fast as expert users. This new interface mechanism is easy to integrate in programs using a toolbar, a menu or ribbons as a graphical user interface.

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13.09.13.

Moveable displays made of paper

With Flexpad, flexible materials become input devices and displays.

Recently at the 2013 IFA international trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin, major electronics manufacturers displayed new types of displays that are thin, and even curved, but expensive. IT experts in Saarbrücken have gone a step further. Their more cost-effective approach, called Flexpad, allows a simple, standard sheet of paper to be transformed into a moveable, flexible display. Already today, this could help patients better review the results of a computer tomography, for example. In the long term, the IT experts want to discover what new applications are viable in future for ultra-thin, deformable, mobile end devices, and how they can best be operated.

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22.07.13.

Mining for meaning: Getting computers to understand natural language texts

Programs that can understand language and can identify meaningful links between the various parts of a text is the focus of work being carried out in Saarbrücken by researchers like Ivan Titov. The computer scientist is currently developing a procedure that will enable computers to learn to identify semantically relevant relationships within texts. This research could mean that in future we will be able to ask our computer specific questions about the content of a text. The computer would then analyse the text and supply the user with the right answers. Software giant Google has awarded the Saarbrücken computer scientist its Google Focused Research Award worth US$ 140,000.

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16.07.13.

Digitalizing reality: Computer Scientist from Saarbrücken receives highly endowed, prestigious EU research grant

Humans are able to capture their environment very accurately in a split second; they recognize motions and interpret them. To enable computers to do the same at high accuracy, it is necessary to review important foundations of computer graphics and computer vision. That is the approach of Christian Theobalt, head of a Max Planck research group and professor of computer science at Saarland University. In support of this effort, the European Union has awarded him with an ERC Starting Grant and 1.48 million Euro.

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04.03.13.

Computer scientists from Saarbrücken prevent data theft on smartphones and tablet computers

Some mobile applications on web-enabled mobile phones and tablet computers spy on personal data. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken prevent this through a new approach. Its chief attraction: For the protection to work, it is not necessary to identify the suspicious programs in advance, nor must the operating system be changed. Instead, the freely available app attacks the program code of the digital spies. The researchers present the app at Cebit 2013 in Hanover (Hall 9, booth F34).

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04.03.13.

Movie heroes are soon to be transferred to virtual worlds more easily and realistically

Hollywood devotes great effort to chasing monsters through realistic-looking environments. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken have now developed a technology that greatly simplifies the production of such scenes. Actors' movements are captured with a few cameras in a real scene and then transferred extremely realistically to virtual characters. This will not only simplify the work of cartoon makers, but also assist doctors and sportsmen with motion analysis. The new technology will soon be marketed by a newly-established business and presented at the computer trade show CeBIT in Hanover from March 5 to March 9 in Hall 9, Stand F34.

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04.03.13.

Automatic test procedures for apps on smart phones and tablets

For many so-called apps, developers and companies have not adequately ensured that the mini-programs are actually working the way they should. Therefore, computer scientists at Saarland University developed software which tests apps for the Android operating system automatically. From March 5th at the computer expo Cebit in Hannover, the researchers will present how they discover failures even in popular and widespread apps by using their method. A robot arm will click itself through arbitrary apps to find their failures (hall 9, booth F34).

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04.03.13.

Big data: Searching in large amounts of data quickly and efficiently

Not only scientific institutes but also companies harvest an amazing amount of data. Traditional database management systems are often unable to cope with this. Suitable tools are lacking in information retrieval on big data. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have developed an approach which enables searching large amounts of data in a fast and efficient way. The researchers will show their results at the trade fair Cebit in Hannover starting on 5 March (Hall 9, booth F34).     

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04.03.13.

Automated Testing of Complex Web 2.0 Applications Prevents Security Vulnerabilities and Malfunctions

So far there are no methods to test complex web 2.0 applications systematically and at low cost for malfunctions and security vulnerabilities. Therefore, computer scientists from Saarland University have developed a software system for checking complex web applications autonomously. They will show their technology on 5 March at the computer fair Cebit. (Hall 9, booth F34). As of today the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology is supporting the researchers in their effort to commercialize the technology by founding a spin-off.

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04.03.13.

Creating your own Animated 3D Characters and Scenes for the Web

To show spatial animations on websites, developers so far have had only two options: to use special software or to implement it from scratch. Computer scientists at Saarland University have developed a declarative markup language which facilitates the creation of distinct spatial animations and ensures their smooth replay in the web browser. The researchers will show their results at the trade fair Cebit in Hannover starting on 5 March (Hall 9, booth F34).     

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07.09.12.

Capturing movements of actors and athletes in real time with conventional video cameras

Within milliseconds, and just with the help of mathematics, computing power and conventional video cameras, computer scientists at the Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken can automatically capture the movements of several people. The new approach helps not only animation specialists in Hollywood movies but also medical scientists and athletes.

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06.09.12.

German Computer Scientists Join Forces to Make Interactive 3D Graphics Part of the World Wide Web

Philipp Slusallek, Professor of Computer Graphics at Saarland University and Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence

Interactive 3D graphics are not available on the World Wide Web even though almost all PCs as well as mobile and embedded devices already contain high-performance 3D graphics hardware to process it. Now, computer scientists from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research are joining forces to change that. Together, they are working to describe computer scenes in spatial detail directly within the websites’ code.

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25.07.12.

Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence Computer wins European Research Award

The European Research Council awarded an “ERC Starting Grant” to computer science professor Matthias Hein from Saarland University in Germany. In the next five years Hein will receive 1.27 million euros in research funds to develop new mathematical models for data analysis of complex data volumes.

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24.07.12.

New approach uncovers data abuse on mobile end devices

Increasingly often, mobile applications on web-enabled mobile phones and tablet computers do more than they appear to. In secrecy, the “apps” forward private data to a third party. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have developed a new approach to prevent this data abuse. They can put a stop to the data theft through the app “SRT AppGuard”. The chief attraction: For the protection to work, it is not necessary to identify the suspicious programs in advance, nor must the operating system be changed. Instead, the freely available app attacks the program code of the digital spies.

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20.06.12.

Renewed success for Saarland University: Computer science receives millions of euros in research funding

With the award of a five-year extension in funding for its Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction”, Saarland University has chalked up another major success as part of the second phase of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. The Saarbrücken Graduate School for Computer Science will also receive continued financial support from the German Research Foundation (DFG). The decision is expected to bring in around 45 million euros in research funding to the region, offering work opportunities for large numbers of highly qualified scientists. In addition to Saarland University, other institutions participating in the Cluster of Excellence and the Graduate School are the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems and the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence. One of the key areas of research for Saarbrücken’s computer scientists is concerned with computer systems capable of communicating naturally with users.

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18.06.12.

Computerlinguistin hat Supercomputer Watson beim Quizlösen geholfen

Die Saarbrücker Nachwuchswissenschaftlerin Annemarie Friedrich hat im vergangenen Jahr im Rahmen ihrer Masterarbeit bei IBM in New York am Projekt „Watson“ mitgearbeitet. Der Supercomputer Watson hat im letzten Jahr für Schlagzeilen gesorgt, da es ihm gelungen ist, in der amerikanischen Quizshow Jeopardy! die beiden besten menschlichen Konkurrenten zu schlagen. Friedrich forscht im Exzellenzcluster „Multimodal Computing and Interaction“ der Universität des Saarlandes und promoviert derzeit bei Computerlinguistik-Professor Manfred Pinkal. Jetzt erhält Friedrich vom IT-Unternehmen IBM den „IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award“.

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01.06.12.

Why Rumors spread fast in Social Networks

Information spread fast in social networks. This could be observed during recent demonstrations in the Arab world. Now computer scientists from the German Saarland University provide the mathematical proof for it and come up with a surprising explanation.

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18.05.12.

Scientific coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence receives most prestigious research award for computer graphics in Europe

Professor Hans-Peter Seidel

Eurographics, the European Association for Computer Graphics, awards the Distinguished Career Award for outstanding contributions to many areas of computer graphics every second year.  This year the award goes to Professor Hans-Peter Seidel, head of the Computer Graphics department at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and scientific coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction. The Eurographics Distinguished Career Award honors not only his scientific contributions, but also his commitment to educate and support excellent academic teachers in Europe. The award is considered to be the most prestigious one in the field of computer graphics on the European level. Seidel is the first German scientist to receive it.

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06.03.12.

Cebit 2012: Hollywood-style 3D animations for everyone

3D movies like “Toy Story“ or “Transformers” are based on everyday objects that are able move like humans. The creation of such 3D characters is done by skilled artists in tedious manual work. Computer scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics have developed two computer programs that can accomplish this in mere seconds and are easy to be handled even by amateur users. The researches present their unique software for the first time at F34 in Hall 26 at the Cebit from March 6th to 10th.

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05.03.12.

Cebit 2012: Supporting early diagnosis of diseases through algorithms for the analysis of human respiration

Just like urine and blood, breath contains traces of the products of metabolism. Such products can also be signs of infection, inflammation or cancer. For their analysis, computational bioinformatics researchers at the Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” at Saarland University developed special computer algorithms that can help doctors to make diagnoses quickly and reliably. The researchers will be giving a practical demonstration at Booth 34 in Pavilion 26 at Cebit. The computer fair takes place in Hanover from March 6 to 10.

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01.03.12.

Cebit 2012: Internet service prevents cable tangle in presentations at conferences and trade shows

To connect a laptop to an additional monitor, projector or even to a monitor wall, a special cable was required, until now. Researchers of the Saarland University's Intel Visual Computing Institute overcome this obstacle by linking computer and monitor via an 'Internet Service'. By this means, a screen's contents can be shifted freely to any terminal's display and even shown on large-scale monitor walls. The Saarland University's scientists present their results for the first time at stand F34, in hall 26 at the computer fair Cebit. The trade show takes place in Hannover from March 6 to 10.

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20.10.11.

Computer Science Professor Andreas Zeller receives Europe’s most prestigious research award

Andreas Zeller will explore the underlying principles of large software systems (Iris Maurer)

Andreas Zeller, professor for software engineering at Saarland University in Germany has obtained an ERC Advanced Grant, the highest research award of the European Union. The funding will comprise of up to 2.3 million EUR over the next five years. With this award, computer scientist Andreas Zeller will explore the underlying principles of large software systems – knowledge that will be used to automatically validate and verify critical computer systems in banking, social networks, or aviation.

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13.10.11.

Reaching 99.999999999997 percent safety: Saarland computer scientists present their concept for a wireless bicycle brake

Computer scientists at Saarland University developed a wireless bicycle brake and demonstrated its efficiency on a so-called cruiser bike. Furthermore, they confirmed the brake system’s reliability through mathematical calculations that are also used in control systems for aircraft or chemical factories.

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13.10.11.

Visionary software combines different database systems

Whoever orders books on the Internet, withdraws money from a cash machine or uses a navigation system to arrive at a destination is (usually without realizing it) using companies’ very large databases. These are accessed and managed by computer programs which - depending on the type of application or search request – work quite differently. Saarbrucken computer scientists have recently developed a concept for a database system that automatically adapts to different requirements and thus combines features of previously different systems. In order to implement this idea in future industrial practice, the Saarbrucken scientists are being sponsored by the ‘Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF’ (Federal Ministry of Education and Science) with 1.1 million Euros.

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