Minds Media Machines

The researchers in this high-profile area investigate the human and mechanical representation, the natural and formal processing, and the social and automated mediation of information. 

The high-profile area is embedded in the computer sciences. It jointly runs the interdisciplinary Transregio CRC “Spatial Cognition” together with the University of Freiburg. The research focus of this CRC is on the spatial orientation, spatial action, and spatial interaction of cognitive agents. The Transregio maintains an extensive international and interdisciplinary network, including, for instance, the “Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center” (SILC) in the USA, which is financed by the National Science Foundation. 

Beside the collaborative research center, the high-profile area encompasses a Reinhart Koselleck Project, the international Marie Curie research network GeoCrowd, an Emmy Noether young researcher group, the DFG priority program "Mediatized Worlds", two industry-funded PhD research groups (GESy, Advances in Digital Media), the research group "System Design" funded by the University of Bremen's Institutional Strategy and the international DFG research training group on the semantic integration of spatial information, which is run jointly with the University of Münster and the University at Buffalo. Young researchers in this high-profile area are investigating the interactions of spatial information from different sources that enable humans to perform tasks. 

In addition to this, the high-profile area maintains close relations with the University of Melbourne, the University of California at Santa Barbara, as well as to the United Nations University International Institute of Software Technology in Macao; with the latter, a pilot project on IT supported poverty reduction has been initiated in Laos, making urgently needed knowledge available locally and in a suitable form. 

For a number of years now, the university and the Federal State of Bremen have been especially promoting research on robotics in this high-profile area. This research field received a significant boost when the non-university “Robotics Innovation Center” run by the DFKI Bremen relocated to the university campus in 2006. Robotics research is also concerned with the development of biologically inspired autonomous systems conceived for use in inaccessible areas.

Other cooperation projects exist in the areas of aerospace research and marine research. In the latter area, since 2010 the Institute of Maritime Technologies (MarTech) has been working on the development of new underwater technologies. In close cooperation with the DLR and the DFKI, in addition to the mutual recruitment of young researchers, the University of Bremen will continue to consolidate its reputation and build international profile as a leading European center for artificial intelligence and robotics.