With funds from the Excellence Initiative and the German Research Foundation (DFG), neuroscientists and electronic engineers kick off two projects aimed at helping blind people to gain visual impressions.
Within the context of the Creative Unit “I-See – the artificial eye” and the DFG project “InAuKa”, researchers will be investigating how electrical signals are fed directly into the brain and subsequently processed. In order to be able to one day develop a vision prosthesis, scientists must first gain more insights into the brain and its mechanisms for processing information. “In the course of the project we will make a start at developing a real system of vision aid for
patients – although it will be at least ten years before we can produce an artificial eye”, says Prof. Andreas Kreiter, researcher at the Center for Cognitive Sciences (ZKW). Altogether, the two projects are being supported in an amount of 1.3 million euros.
More than 900 researchers met in Bremen for the 36th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP). They discussed the latestfindings of applied, clinical and fundamental research on visual perception. For the duration of the congress, Bremen became the focus of the international scientific community involved with brain research. This is the world’s most important conference on perception
research. It was organized by Udo Ernst, Cathleen Grimsen and Detlef Wegener from the Center for Cognitive Sciences at the University of Bremen.
As of 2013, researchers from the University of Bremen’s Center for Media, Communication and Information Research are taking over the organization of the European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School. For the next two years this important summer school will be held in Bremen. It is result of cooperation with Europe’s largest association of experts in the field of communication – the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).