Creative Unit: „Intra-Operative Information: What Surgeons Need, When They Need It.“
Prof. Dr. Ron Kikinis, Prof. Dr. Christian Freksa, Prof. Dr. Rainer Malaka, Prof. Dr. Gabriel Zachmann , Prof. Dr. Matthias Günther
How can surgeons be provided with targeted 3D image information during surgery such that they know, for example during a tumor removal, where invisible blood vessels are located? The Creative Unit is concerned with this question and brings together scientists from the fields of radiology, computer science, digital media, cognitive systems and computer graphics.
Creative Unit „Communicative figurations“
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz, Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter, Prof. Dr. Thomas Friemel, Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp, Prof. Dr. Friedrich Krotz, Prof. Dr. Inge Marszolek, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Prof. Dr. Karsten Wolf
For today's living environment, media communication is crucial: work, leisure, socialization, the political public, civil society involvement, etc. revert to different types of media-mediated communication. However, also historically, we cannot imagine the European nation of the modern era beyond print media. In this sense we live in mediatized societies and cultures. The aim of the research association of the Universities of Bremen and Hamburg is to investigate by which "communicative figurations" mediatized societies and cultures in Europe are characterized, and how these "communicative figurations" change currently and historically. What are the challenges for both, individuals as well as organizations, cultures and societies?
Creative Unit: „The artificial eye: Chronical wireless interfaces to the visual cortex – Isee“ (10/2013 – 09/2016)
AG Kreiter, Lang, Paul, Pawelzik
The key objective of the Creative Unit is the development of a cortical visual prosthesis that feeds visual impressions as electrical impulses into the brain. For this purpose the CU investigates on the one hand the neurobiological coupling foundations of elementary visual information into the cerebral cortex (the cortex), and on the other hand implements a fully functional wireless implant. The implant consists of a highly flexible electrode mat with approximately 400 electrodes and a layout that is optimized to r the functional anatomy of the visual cortex and the contact of the individual electrodes to the tissue. The electronics integrated into the back of the mat should continuously measure the brain activity at the surface and transfer them to a base station with high spatial and temporal resolution, as well as to transmit complex spatial-temporal patterns of electrical stimulation to the brain. The related neurobiological investigations are aimed at confirming the viability of the implants, the development of models for the calculation of optimal electrical stimuli and the characterization of the visual perceptions triggered by such stimuli.