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July 28, 2014
B-IT Bots successful at Robocup 2014!
This year Robocup was held in Brazil. B-IT Bots were successful and came in second in the Robocup@work category. The successful team consisted of B-IT Professor Gerhard Kraetzschmar, students of B-IT Master Programme of Autonomous Systems and alumni of this programme (who served as coaches). Congratulations!

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May 22, 2014
B-IT Founding Director Professor Armin B. Cremers celebrates 40 Years of University Lectureship
Founding Director Professor Cremers celebrates 40 Years of University Lectureship today. He received his Habilitation in Computer Science on 22 May 1974 from Karlsruhe University, Germany. Congratulations!



Class photo with Professor Cremers in the centre, Daniel Speicher on the left and the students.



Professor Cremers with lecturers of his group. From left to right: Dr. Günter Kniesel, (ROOTS, Research on Object Oriented Technologies and Systems), Professor Armin B. Cremers and Daniel Speicher (SAM, Software Architecture and Middleware)
April 17, 2014
Visiting Professor Steve Horvath featured in recent Nature Issue
Professor Steven Horvath, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) who joined B-IT for several times as visiting professor was featured in a recent issue of the Nature journal Nature 508, 168–170 (10 April 2014). Dr. Jörg Zimmermann, member of Professor Cremers group and lecturer in the Life Science Informatics Master Programme, was also mentioned in this article. Professor Horvath was interviewed about the new algorithm he found. The algorithm proved to be a very good estimate of the biological age of the human body based on epigenetic signatures. Read more..
March 12, 2014
Talk by Professor Dr. Dieter Fox, University of Washington, Seattle
Professor Dieter Fox, University of Washington, USA will deliver a talk on 3 April 2014 at 16.00 hours (4.00 pm) in B-IT lecture hall about a highly interesting topic of computer vision: "RGB-D Perception in Robotics". Read more..
December 13, 2013
Professor Jarke named ACM Fellow in 2013
Professor Matthias Jarke, B-IT director, was appointed ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) fellow in 2013. He will officially receive this distinction in June 2014. ACM annually names the fellows for Computing Advances "that are transforming science and society". Professor Jarke was named ACM fellow "For contributions to conceptual modeling, requirements engineering, metadata management, and computer science leadership in Germany"
October 31, 2013
The ABC of Life Science Informatics
Mini-Symposium of Bioinformatics and Chemoinformatics Research Groups from the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne Region on 8 November 2013
A one-day symposium "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" will be held at B-IT on 8 November, 2012, following up on the successful events of the previous years. The gathering is aimed at bringing together research groups from academia and industry working in the fields of bioinformatics and chemoinformatics in the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne region (the ABC-region).

"The ABC of Life Science Informatics" is the 6. event of its kind. The first took place at b-it in 2008, founding a successful yearly tradition since then. B-IT is pleased to provide a platform for this exchange of ideas.

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October 30, 2013
Antoine Joux - Gödel Prize Winner 2013 for Talk and Visit on 7 November 2013 at B-IT
Professor Antoine Joux, cryptographer at CryptoExperts and University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, was one of the three award winners of this year's Gödel prize. The Gödel prize is awarded each year for outstanding scientific contributions in the field of theoretical computer science. Professor Joux will visit B-IT and give a talk on:

Discrete logarithms: Recent progress (and open problems)

Venue: B-IT lecture hall, Dahlmannstraße 2, 53113 Bonn

Time: 1:00 pm (13:00 hours)

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September 23, 2013
B-IT Research School area head Professor Marek Karpinski becomes member of Academia Europaea
Professor Marek Karpinski, research head of research area 8 in B-IT Research School, has become a member of Academia Europaea as of 16 September 2013. This Academy has been founded in 1988 and is located in Cambridge, UK. More information about Professor Karpinski and his work can be found here. Congratulations to Professor Karpinski to this distinction!

Short information about ACADEMIA EUROPAEA - The Academy of Europe is a European, non-governmental association acting as an Academy. Their members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research. Founded in 1988, with over 2000 members which includes leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law.

Read more about Academia Europea.
September 17, 2013
B-IT Research School hosts Bonn Vision Workshop on 1 October 2013
B-IT Research School will host Bonn Vision Workshop on 1 October 2013. This workshop is aimed at bringing together all interested researchers in Bonn and surroundings who are interested in computer vision. The gathering will foster an exchange of ideas among the groups of compute vision. The organizers hope that the gathering will also serve as a valuable networking platform to bring forward the field of computer vision.

The workshop is organised by Dr. Simone Frintrop (University of Bonn, Dept of Computer Science), Professor Dr. Jürgen Gall (University of Bonn, Dept of Computer Science)and B-IT director Professor Dr. Armin B. Cremers. Read more...
September 11, 2013
Dr. Anne Mai Wassermann will receive CIC Award for Best Doctoral Thesis
Dr. Anne Mai Wassermann, recently graduated doctoral student of Professor Bajorath's group, will receive the prize for the best doctoral thesis this year, awarded by Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker GDCh (Society of German Chemists), Section Computational Chemistry. She will receive the award at the occasion of the 9. German Conference on Chemoinformatics (GCC 2013) on 11th November 2013. Congratulations to Dr. Anne Mai Wassermann and to Professor Bajorath!
September 5, 2013
Short Video Student Festival at B-IT
B-IT announces im co-operation with with the Master Programmes of Computer Science, Molecular Biotechnology and Neuroscience of the University of Bonn. It is aimed at introducing incoming students to their new master programmes, to life at the university and the Aachen — Bonn - Cologne (ABC) region. The submitted video should not be longer than 7 seconds and should be produced with one of the following apps or using the MPEG format: Vine app or 7s app.

The winners will be announced on 22 October 2013. More information about the Short Video Student Festival can be found at the Festival Website.
July 26, 2013
crypt@bit 2013
Summer School on Cryptography 2013, 29 July - 2 August 2013 at B-IT
B-IT Professor von zur Gathen and his group organise the crypt@bit2013 summer school. This summer school on cryptography offers undergraduate and graduate students and researchers the opportunity to crypt a bit. It provides acquaintance and interaction in an intellectually stimulating and informal atmosphere in pleasant surroundings.

This year's faculty: :

  • Joan Daemen (STMicroelectronics) Sponge functions and Keccak
  • Chris Peikert (Georgia Institute of Technology) Lattice-based cryptography
  • Max Gebhardt (BSI) The Enigma crypto machine
  • Joachim von zur Gathen, B-IT

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  • March 22, 2013
    B-IT hosts Informatiktage 2013
    Special Courses for Excellent Graduate and Doctoral Students held in B-IT, March 22-23, 2013
    B-IT hosts "Informatiktage 2013". "Informatiktage" are organised by Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V and will be held on 22 and 23 March 2013 at B-IT. This gathering focuses on workshops and keynote lectures, addressing excellent graduate and doctoral students in computer science. All lectures will be held and all courses will be taught in German.

    Read more...(in German)

    February 28, 2013
    Matthias Jarke Appointed to CONNECT Advisory Forum
    The Directorate General on Communication Networks, Content, and Technology (CONNECT) of the European Commission has appointed Prof. Matthias Jarke to the newly founded CONNECT Advisory Forum (CAF). The CAF kickoff meeting was held in Brussels on February 28 under the direction of Director General Robert Madelin.

    CONNECT is in large part responsible for the implementation of the European Digital Agenda recently announced by Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes. The CAF comprises 28 members, selected from several hundred nominees. From Germany, two industry representatives were chosen in addition to Prof. Jarke.

    A major responsibility of the CAF is to advise on the detailed implementation of the planned EU research program HORIZON 2020 in its aspects of computer science, information and communication technologies (ICT). This includes ICT aspects of the HORIZON 2020 grand societal challenges (e.g. demographics, energy, etc.) as well as enhancing European industrial leadership in IT innovation and promoting excellence in science. In addition to research funding, the CAF also advises on certain questions of ICT regulation, simplification of bureaucratic procedures, and the analysis of chances and risks for European individuals in their different roles as people, citizens, and consumers.

    Contact:
    Prof. Dr. Matthias Jarke
    RWTH Aachen, Informatik 5
    52074 Aachen
    jarke@cs.rwth-aachen.de

    December 20, 2012
    Two Honors for Professor Matthias Jarke
    During the annual Informatik conference of the Gesellschaft for Informatik (GI), B-IT Director Matthias Jarke was elected as one of two 2012 GI Fellows. Moreover, Germany's acatech National Academy of Science and Engineering, elected him as a new member in their 2012 Annual Meeting on October 2012.
    November 22, 2012
    NRW Young Scientist Award for Nenad Biresev

    For the second time, the B-IT Research School participated in the Young Scientist Award . This award recognizes the best publication by a young scientist before his or her graduation as a bachelor or master student in the past year. For the category Applied Informatics, the 2012 winner was master student Nenad Biresev for his publication with Jörg Stückler and Sven Behnke: "Semantic Mapping Using Object-Class Segmentation of RGB-D Images" , 25th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robots and Systems (IROS), Vilamoura, Portugal, October 7-12, 2012; IROS is one of the top international robotics conferences. The award ceremony took place on November 19, 2012, in the NRW Academy of Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany, with leading representatives from all participating research schools and from the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Research. The laudation for Nenad Biresev was held by Prof. Thomas Seidl, RWTH Aachen University.
    November 8, 2012
    The ABC of Life Science Informatics
    Mini-Symposium of Bioinformatics and Chemoinformatics Research Groups from the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne Region on December 14, 2012
    A one-day symposium "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" will be held at B-IT on December 14, 2012, following up on the successful events of the previous years. The gathering is aimed at bringing together research groups from academia and industry which are working in the fields of bioinformatics and chemoinformatics in the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne region (the ABC-region).

    "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" is the fifth event of its kind. The first one took place at b-it in 2008, founding a successful yearly tradition since then. The B-IT gladly provides a platform for this exchange of ideas.

    Read more about the scientific programme...
    June 13, 2012
    ERC Grant Awarded to Professor Bastian Leibe
    Professor Dr. Bastian Leibe, Professor of Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University and faculty member within the B-IT Research School, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his ground-breaking work in computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning. The European Research Council (ERC) awards these grants of 1.5 mio. Euros to outstanding junior researchers in fundamental research in a highly competitive process across all scientific disciplines.

    Bastian Leibe joined RWTH Aachen University as a Junior Professor within the Area "Mobile Applications and Services" of Aachen's UMIC Excellence Cluster in 2008, and was promoted to a tenured professorship in 2011 after external offers from several prestigious other universities, including Bern and Darmstadt. Since 2010, he has been on the faculty of the B-IT Research School.
    June 1, 2012
    B-IT Director Professor Matthias Jarke Receives Fraunhofer Medal
    The Fraunhofer Management Board has decided to award Professor Matthias Jarke, leader of the Fraunhofer FIT Institute for Applied IT in Aachen and Birlinghoven and Chairman of the Fraunhofer ICT group, the Fraunhofer Medal for outstanding contributions to the Fraunhofer Society of Applied Research.

    Professor Jarke received this award for his contributions towards the successful integration of the former GMD FIT intitute as well as the set-up of the Fraunhofer Institute Center Birlinghoven and its linkages to the neighboring universities. The founding of the B-IT and of the B-IT Research School are mentioned as key elements in this process.
    March 19, 2012
    B-IT hosts Informatiktage 2012
    Special Courses for Excellent Graduate and Doctoral Students held in B-IT, March 23-24, 2012
    B-IT wil host "Informatiktage 2012". "Informatiktage" are organised by Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V and will be held on 23 and 24 March 2012 at B-IT. This gathering focuses on workshops and keynote lectures, addressing excellent graduate and doctoral students in computer science. All lectures will be held and all courses will be taught in German.
    February 3, 2012
    Media Computing Group Acquires Funding For Interactive Surface Research
    The B-IT-endowed Chair for Media Computing, headed by Professor Jan Borchers, has attracted 180,000 Euros of new third-party funding for the group in December. The project MACS, in collaboration with Vestfold University in Norway and funded by the Norwegian Research Council, builds on the Media Computing Group's research in using tangible widgets on interactive tabletops, and aims to create the control bridge of future large maritime vessels. The funding will support, among other things, a three-year PhD student position in the Media Computing Group to work on this project.

    More information...

    January 12, 2012
    Professor Kaisa Nyberg for talk at B-IT
    Professor Kaisa Nyberg, Aalto University Finnland, will deliver a talk on 20 January 2012 at 12.00 noon in B-IT lecture hall.
    Professor Kaisa Nyberg from Aalto University, Finland, is one of the leading experts in mobile security. She will present a lecture and lead a discussion group in B-IT, in the framework of the B-IT Research School. The lecture is open to a wide audience.

    Title of the lecture: Pairing Protocols in Wireless Standards

    Date: 20 January 2012

    Time: 12.00 noon

    Venue: B-IT lecture hall

    More information about the talk (abstract)..

    December 7, 2011
    B-IT Media Informatics Students Receives Internship at NII Tokyo
    B-IT Media Informatics student X. Jiang is one of the three winners who will spend a fully funded half-year internship at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan, in 2012.
    December 2, 2011
    "Young Scientist Award" 2011 to Steffen Kirchhoff
    Research Schools of North Rhine Westphalia award the "Young Scientist Award" to young academics who have released successfully an excellent scientific publication before obtaining their Master's Degree.

    In 2011 there are seven laureates. The prize of B-IT Research School was awarded to Steffen Kirchhoff who is currently carrying out his PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor Thomas Seidl, RWTH Aachen. Mr Kirchhoff received the "Young Scientist Award" for his excellent work in the field of similarity search in photos and videos. This is supposed to substantially improve results of search engines in the future.



    From left to right: Dr. Beate Wieland (Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research North Rhine-Westphalia), Steffen Kirchhoff (awardee) and Professor Dr. Matthias Jarke (Director of B-IT Research School)
    November 24, 2011
    Best Poster Award to B-IT Alumna
    Kathrin Heikamp, an alumna of the B-IT Life Science Informatics program and a research assistant in the group of Professor Bajorath, has received the Best Poster Award at the 7th German Conference on Chemoinformatics, held in Goslar, November 6-8, 2011.
    November 24, 2011
    Lecture "Human-friendly Robotics" by Professor Oussama Khatib
    Professor Oussama Khatib, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stanford University will deliver a lecture on November 29th, 2011 at 5.30 pm in B-IT lecture hall.
    Interacting, exploring, and working with humans, the new generation of robots being developed today will increasingly touch people and their lives, in homes, workplaces, and communities, providing support in services, entertainment, education, manufacturing, personal health care, and assistance.

    Professor Oussama Khatib, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stanford University, is working in this scientific field of massively increasing interest. He received several high distinctions, the latest among them are the Japan Robot Association Award and the IEEE RAS (Robotics and Automation Society) Pioneer Award for Robotics and Automation in 2010 for his fundamental pioneering contributions in robotics research, visionary leadership, and life-long commitment to the field

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    November 17, 2011
    The ABC of Life Science Informatics
    Mini-Symposium of Bioinformatics and Chemoinformatics Research Groups from the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne Region on 25 November 2011
    A One-Day Symposium "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" will held at B-IT on November 25th, 2011, following the successful events of the previous years. The gathering is aimed a bringing together research groups from academia and industry working in the fields of bioinformatics and chemoinformatics in the Aachen-Bonn- Cologne region (the ABC-region).

    The "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" is the fourth of its kind. The previous ones were successfully held in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

    Its enormous success leads to a repeat: "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" gathering on November 25, 2011. B-IT gladly provides the platform for this exchange of ideas.

    Read more about the scientific programme...
    November 8, 2011
    "Bayer Promotionspreis" for B-IT Candidates
    Dr. Ye Hu, an alumna of the B-IT Master program of Life Science Informatics, and Dr. Britta Nisius who successfully completed their Ph.D. degrees in Computational Life Sciences in 2011 under Professor Bajorath at the B-IT are recipients of the "Bayer Promotionspreis", an award for excellent dissertations sponsored by Bayer Healthcare Company.
    September 26, 2011
    B-IT Group of Computer Security at German Unity Day and NRW Day, October 1st - 3rd, 2011
    B-IT Partners Present a Two Locations
    B-IT group of Computer Security, headed by B-IT professor Joachim von zur Gathen, will present an exhibit of visual cryptography, called "Visky", at Museum König, Adenauerallee 160 53113 Bonn. Visual cryptography is a possibility to encrypt pictures. Based on the one-time pad it offers a provably, completely secure way to transmit secrets. Despite it's seeming toy-nature there are serious applications for example for electronic voting in the mean-time. Check this area of cryptography out at the Germany Unity Day! Learn more with staff members of B-IT Computer Security Group about recent and future applications of visual cryptography. More information about the event can be found at: www.bonn2011.de

    Opening Hours for the exhibit "Visky":

    1 October 2011: 12:00 - 18:00 hours

    2 October 2011: 10:00 - 18:00 hours

    3 October 2011: 10:00 - 18:00 hours

    September 23, 2011
    German Unity Day and NRW Day at B-IT with B-IT Partner Fraunhofer
    The celebrations of the Germany Unity Day and the North Rhine Westphalia Day (NRW Day) will be held in Bonn from October 1 to October 3, 2011. B-IT Partner Fraunhofer will present interesting and innovative exhibits at B-IT building at this occasion. You are welcome to visit them! All exhibits will be presented in the ground floor and the lower entrance hall of B-IT building. B-IT is found at the "Avenue of Innovation" (Weg der Innovation). More information about the event can be found at: www.bonn2011.de

    Opening hours:

    1 October 2011: 14:00 - 20:00 hours

    2 October 2011: 11:00 - 20:00 hours

    3 October 2011: 11:00 - 18:00 hours

    September 21, 2011
    Best Paper Award for B-IT Research School Scholar Brigitte Boden
    Stephan Günnemann, Brigitte Boden and Thomas Seidl received the ECML PKDD 2011 Best Paper Award in Data Mining for the paper "DB-CSC: A density-based approach for subspace clustering in graphs with feature vectors" presented in the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD 2011), held September 5-9, 2011 in Athens, Greece.
    July 20, 2011
    PhD with Distinction Awarded to B-IT Media Informatics Alumnus
    On July 19, 2011, B-IT Media Informatics Alumnus Fahad Aijaz (M.Sc. 2006) defended his doctoral dissertation at RWTH Aachen University with the highest grade of "summa cum laude" (with distinction). His thesis "Mobile Server Platform" was developed within the UMIC Excellence Cluster at RWTH Aachen and was supervised by Professor Bernhard Walke (Communications Networks) and co-supervised by Professor Matthias Jarke (Information Systems). One interesting prototypical application of this research, the "Social Network in the Pocket (SNiP)", demonstrates many of the advanced social network facilities such as live chats, friendship networks, picture gallery, locate&track, voice messaging and video streaming but, unlike the currently dominating products such as Facebook or StudiVZ, keeps all the data on your own mobile or stationary devices under full control, thus maintaining full data ownership and privacy. In 2010, SNiP was awarded 4th prize among over 120 entries in the worldwide Ericsson mobile applications competition after tests with thousand users.
    July 14, 2011
    Professor Sebastian Thrun Talk on July 19, 2011
    Sebastian Thrun, Professor at Stanford University, will receive this year's prestigious Max-Planck Research Award. He will be giving a talk on "Self Driving Cars" in the B-IT lecture hall on July 19, 2011 at 18:00 hours. Professor Thrun created, together with the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL), an autonomous vehicle that won the DARPA Grand challenge, a competition of driverless vehicles, in 2005.

    More information about the lecturer and his work...

    All visitors to this lecture are kindly reminded that parking on the B-IT grounds is limited.
    May 24, 2011
    China Scholarship Council awards Stipend for a PhD Student
    Ms. Shanshan Zhang, a graduate from the Tongji University in Shanghai, has been awarded the highly coveted and prestigious scholarship from the China Scholarship Council to enable her to pursue her PhD under the supervision of Professor Cremers at B-IT. Ms. Zhang was selected after successfully passing the extremely competitive academic evaluation process of the China Scholarship Council. She plans to arrive in Bonn at the beginning of August 2011.
    May 23, 2011
    “National Award for outstanding self-financed Chinese Students Study Abroad” from the China Scholarship Council
    Ms. Ye Hu graduated with a MSc. in Life Science Informatics in September 2008 and is now in the process of completing her PhD with Professor Bajorath. The China Scholarship Council recently informed Professor Bajorath that Ms. Hu has been honoured with the above-mentioned award due to her outstanding academic performance throughout her study abroad at B-IT and has expressed their grateful appreciation and congratulations for his ongoing academic support and supervision of Ms. Hu.
    February 7, 2011
    External guests @ Student Conference Seminar "Mobile Security"
    The B-IT group for Computer Security (cosec), headed by B-IT Professor Joachim von zur Gathen, explored advanced teaching methods. The students had the opportunity to dive into the interesting world of mobile security, as well as gathering first hand experience of academic life. They prepared research quality papers for a master-level seminar. The student presentations were held in a research conference style at the end of the winter semester 2010/11. Due to the excellent quality of the papers, the group decided to invite external guests to attend the two-day event. The guests were impressed by the high quality of student presentations and are looking forward to attend other events of this type.
    December 14, 2010
    The ABC of Life Science Informatics
    Mini-Symposium of Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics Research Groups from the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne Region on December 17, 2010
    A One-Day Symposium "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" will held at B-IT on December 17, 2010, following the successful events of the previous years. The gathering is aimed a bringing together research groups from academia and industry working in the fields of bioinformatics and chemoinformatics in the Aachen-Bonn- Cologne region (the ABC-region).

    The "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" is the third of its kind. The first ones were successfully held in 2008 and 2009. Its enormous success leads to a repeat: "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" gathering on December 17, 2010. B-IT gladly provides the platform for this exchange of ideas.

    Read more about the scientific programme...
    October 26, 2010
    Lecture Series on "Algorithms in Bioinformatics"
    B-IT Professor Dr. Holger Fröhlich and Professor Dr. Marek Karpinski (University of Bonn) have put together a lecture series on "Algorithms in Bioinformatics". The first invited talk within this series will be held on 4th November 2010.

    More information....
    August 31, 2010
    Best Contribution Award for B-IT Student
    B-IT Media Informatics student Zeynep Akata was awarded the prize for best work on image retrieval at this year’s international summer school on Visual Recognition and Machine Learning in Grenoble, France. Ms Akata is one of the few master’s students who were admitted to this prestigious event that took place from July 26-30 and attracted 120 researchers and PhD students from renowned institutions in the US and Europe. Together with her supervisors Dr. Christian Thurau and B-IT Professor Christian Bauckhage, Ms. Akata develops novel algorithms for “Multiview Processing of Images for Segmentation, Retrieval, and Clustering”. Her master’s thesis is carried out in close cooperation with Fraunhofer IAIS.
    May 4, 2010
    Best Student Paper Award for B-IT Research School Student
    Deniz Sarier graduated with an M,Sc. in the B-IT Media Informatics programme in 2008 and currently holds a stipend as a Ph.D. student in the B-IT Research School, supervised by B-IT Professor Joachim von zur Gathen. Her paper "Generic Constructions of Biometric Identity Based Encryption Systems" received the Best Student Paper Award at WISTP2010, the 4th International Workshop in Information Security Theory and Practices. The workshop was devoted to "Security and Privacy of Pervasive Systems and Smart Devices" and the Award is sponsored by ISL, the Institute of IT-Security and Security Law, University of Passau.
    May 1, 2010
    B-IT Professor participates with "Silhouettes" at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai
    Silhouettes: An Interactive Collaborative Gesture-Based Experience for the EXPO 2010 Shanghai
    Silhouettes is an interactive collaborative gesture-based experience for the German-Chinese House at the World EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. It was developed by Prof. Peter Russell's CAAD group and B-IT Professor Jan Borchers' Media Computing Group.

    Echoing the theme of EXPO 2010, the German-Chinese House and its host, the German-Chinese government initiative Germay and China - Moving Ahead Together, EXPO visitors can create a virtual city neighborhood together by interacting with a large-scale display wall using only their body silhouettes. Their city neighborhood becomes part of a growing 3D virtual city that can be seen online.

    The exhibit opened on May 1st along with the rest of the World EXPO 2010, and will be on display until June 24th. On the first day, more than 2,000 visitors enjoyed the interactive experience, and the German-Chinese House expects more than 170,000 visitors during the 2 months Silhouettes and the house will be open.

    More details about the initiative, current photos and videos, and information about the unique bamboo structure housing the exhibit, can be found at the home page of the Germay and China - Moving Ahead Together initiative (in German and Chinese).

    April 26, 2010
    Symposium in honour of Professor von zur Gathen 60th Birthday - "Professor von zur Gathen: A Modern Computer Algebraist"
    International Symposium to celebrate Professor von zur Gathen's 60th Birthday
    An international Symposium will be organised from May 27 -29, 2010 at B-IT to celebrate B-IT Professor von zur Gathen's 60th birthday.

    More information, in particular about registration and programme.
    April 12, 2010
    B-IT Life Science Informatics Lecture Series 2010
    B-IT Professors Hofmann-Apitius and Bajorath have organised the B-IT Life Science Informatics Lecture Series 2010. Due to the success of the Lecture Series in Summer Semesters 2008 and 2009 it will be continued this year.

    More information about this year's invited lecturers and their topics can be found here.

    March 18, 2010
    B-IT hosts Informatiktage 2010
    Special Courses for Excellent Graduate and Doctoral Students held in B-IT, March 19-20, 2010
    Due to the success of Informatiktage in B-IT in the previous years, it was decided that Informatiktage should be held here again. Informatiktage are organised by Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V and will be held in the time of March, 19-20, 2010 at B-IT. This gathering focuses on workshops and keynote lectures, addressing excellent graduate and doctoral students in computer science.
    All lectures will be held and all courses will be taught in German.

    Read more...

  • ... about the overall programme (in German)
  • ... about the workshops (in German)
  • February 11, 2010
    Second B-IT Economic Forum - 2. B-IT Wirtschaftsforum
    B-IT organizes the 2nd Second B-IT Economic Forum - 2. B-IT Wirtschaftsforum on March 10, 2010
    B-IT provides a platform for an intercourse among scientists, industry and politics. The 2. B-IT Wirtschaftsforum serves to highlight the competence available in the field of Life Science Science Informatics in the ABC (Aachen-Cologne Bonn) region. A dialogue is essential in promoting the dynamically growing field of Life Science Informatics and benefiting from its outcomes.

    These benefits may include innovative research, new products and economic growth.

    More information...
    January 21, 2010
    Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Peter Schaar, Gives a Talk at B-IT on January 21, 2010
    B-IT Lecture Series on Privacy - B-IT Ringvorlesung Datenschutz
    Peter Schaar, Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, will give a talk (in German) at B-IT on January 21, 2010. The talk wil be delivered within the B-IT lecture series on Data Privacy (B-IT Ringvorlesung Datenschutz).

    Date: January 21, 2010
    Venue: Lecture hall B-IT
    Time: 19:30 hours

    Peter Schaar will speak about "Das Ende der Privatsphäre" (in German).

    December 23, 2009
    iPhone Application Programming
    "iPhone Application Programming", a class offered by Prof. Jan Borchers' B-IT Chair for Media Computing, has recently entered the worldwide Top 100 Downloads on iTunes U.

    Read more...

    Further information:

    iPhone application programming class

    iTunes U

    December 15, 2009
    Schüler-Krypto 2010
    B-IT offers Special Courses in Cryptography for Schools
    Due to the overwhelming success of Schüler-Krypto in the previous years, Schüler-Krypto 2010 will offer two courses this year. They will be held on February 25 and 26, 2010. The courses will address schools, introducing school students to the important field of cryptography. Read more about Schüler-Krypto 2010 (in German).
    December 4, 2009
    B-IT Media Computing Group opens Germany's first Fab Lab
    On Monday, December 7, 2009 Prof. Jan Borchers, head of the B-IT-endowed Media Computing Group, will open Germany's first Fab Lab. These labs let anybody get from an idea for a new device to a prototype quickly, offering a glimpse of the future of personal fabrication in which, for example, 3d printers will let you print out your personal plastic cell phone cover at home - greatly impacting how we will think about mobile devices in the future.

    Fab Labs recently started at the MIT Media Lab, and are being set up in many countries - thanks to RWTH Aachen University and the B-IT Foundation now also in Germany. From soldering stations and Arduino microcontroller boards, to a PCB mill, 3D printer and laser cutter, the Media Computing Group's Fab Lab offers a set of tools to turn ideas into prototypes in new ways. The opening ceremony begins at 6 pm.

    For more information see the Fab Lab page at Fab Lab.
    November 20, 2009
    New Openings for PhD Scholarships at B-IT Research School
    Openings for Applications to PhD Scholarships and Combined Master-PhD Scholarships
    B-IT Research School in Applied Computer Science, approved by the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, started in October 2008. First batch of applicants were accepts into B-IT Research School in 2009. Now a new application round has opened. Interested students from Germany and international students with an outstanding academic record are welcome to apply for the PhD and Combined Master-PhD Scholarships. The scholarships are to be filled in by March, 2010 .

    Application deadline for these scholarships is January 2, 2010.


    More information:

  • About the Scholarships

  • About the Areas of Research Covered in B-IT Research School

  • About the Application Requirements

  • About the Application Process

  • October 28, 2009
    B-IT Lecture Series on Privacy - B-IT Ringvorlesung Datenschutz
    B-IT offers in Winter Semester 2009/2010 a lecture series on privacy that addresses a wide audience in Germany. Most of the following announcements will therefore be in German.

    Das B-IT bietet im Wintersemester 2009/2010 eine Vortragsreihe zum hochaktuellen Thema Datenschutz an. Die Ringvorlesung Datenschutz bietet interessierten Bürgern die Möglichkeit, wesentliche Informationen aus erster Hand zu erhalten und sich somit eine fundierte Meinung zum Thema zu bilden.

    Fragen des Datenschutzes werden dabei nicht nur aus der Sicht der Informatik betrachtet. Die Vortragsreihe beleuchtet das Thema -neben Fragen der IT- auch aus rechtlicher, politischer, künstlerischer und theologischer Sicht.

    Das Programm:

  • 29. Oktober 2009.
    Prof. Dr. Klaus Brunnstein Universität Hamburg.
    Datenschutz versus Informationsfreiheit: zum Schutz der Privatsphäre in Zeiten des Internet.

  • 12. November 2009.
    Gerhart Baum Bundesminister a.D
    Rettet die Grundrechte: die Spannung zwischen Sicherheit und Freiheit.

  • 26. November 2009.
    padeluun Künstler und Netzaktivist.
    Kommunikationsgesellschaft ohne Avantgarde, Phlegma als Gestaltungsprinzip.

  • 14. Januar 2010.
    Prof. Dr. Dr. Spiros Simitis Goethe Universität Frankfurt.
    Kann es einen Datenschutz noch geben?

  • 4. Februar 2010
    Prof. Dr. Knut Wenzel Goethe Universität Frankfurt.
    Nur Gott sieht ins Herz: Theologische Vorbehalte gegenüber dem Willen zum totalen Wissen.

    Weitere Informationen...
  • October 16, 2009
    The ABC of Life Science Informatics
    Mini-Symposium of Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics Research Groups from the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne Region on November 6, 2009
    A One-Day Symposium "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" will held at B-IT on November 6, 2009. The gathering is aimed a bringing together research groups from academia and industry working in the fields of bioinformatics and chemoinformatics in the Aachen-Bonn- Cologne region (the ABC-region).

    The "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" is the second of its kind. The first one was held in the past year. Its enormous success leads to a repeat: "The ABC of Life Science Informatics" gathering on November 6, 2009. B-IT gladly provides the platform for this exchange of ideas.

    Read more about the scientific programme in general...

    Scientific programme in detail

    July 29, 2009
    Talk by Professor Steve Horvath
    Professor Dr. Steve Horvath, Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Human Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present his most recent findings in his talk "Gene Network Analysis" on July 31, 2009, at 11.15 a.m., B-IT Rheinsaal. Others are welcome while space permits.

    July 8, 2009
    Dorkbot Aachen Launched
    Dorkbot is an international network of people doing interactive art and electronic hacks. Now Aachen has its own Dorkbot chapter, one of the first in Germany. The inaugural meeting took place on June 6, with participants from Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Darmstadt, and Duisburg. The next meeting is on July 22. Dorkbot Aachen was initiated by Prof. Jan Borchers and his B-IT endowed Media Computing Group;

    More information...

    May 31, 2009
    Symposium Software Engineering on June 3, 2009
    Software as a Constitutive Element of Up-to-date Products
    Modern products more and more contain software as an important component. On one hand the cycles of innovation are getting shorter and software allows to quickly and easily adapt a product to new needs. On the other hand software serves a tool of integration. Software-based solutions allow by their combination and interaction for new functions. Software has therefore become a key element in a highly competitive market.

    Fraunhofer Institute FIT and it co-operation partners from industry and academia present up-to-date results from this area that have been obtained through an initiative funded by BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). The present symposium, held at B-IT, addresses software-developers, users and decision makers from industry and academia.

    Main topics
    • end user development
    • usability
    • engineering of embedded complex control systems
    • transition to a more flexible document and process landscape
    Programme of the Symposium (in German)

    Read more.. (in German)
    May 27, 2009
    Summer School on Cryptography at B-IT from 3 - 7 August 2009
    This summer school on cryptography offers undergraduate and graduate students and researchers the opportunity to crypt a bit. It provides acquaintance and interaction in an intellectually stimulating and informal atmosphere in pleasant surroundings.

    Description

    The one-week summer school crypt@b-it 2009 takes place 3-7 August 2008 in the b-it building. It will explore some areas of cryptography:

    • Cryptography in Practice: How to make it small, fast and secure
    • Topics in Symmetric Cryptology
    • The Enigma crypto machine.
    In addition, there will be tutorials and hands-on exercises on topics somewhat related to the lectures, including an exhibit of an actual Enigma machine. The intended audience are undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdocs and researchers who work in the area or at least have a basic knowledge.

    Speakers
    • Marc Joye, Thomson R&D, France.
    • Bart Preneel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
    • Joachim von zur Gathen, b-it Bonn.
    • Max Gebhardt, Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).
    More information...
    May 19, 2009
    Secret Messages "Zhu gdv ohvhq ndqq, lvw vfkodx" or How to Make a Wireless LAN Cable Tap-proof
    B-IT Department of Computer Security (cosec) presented a lecture on May 18, 2009 within "Kinderuni" (Children's University), a Lecture Series of the University of Bonn addressing school children. The goal of Kinderuni is to introduce school children to current research at the University of Bonn. In this case, the students were introduced to cryptography, taking "typical" examples from their experience. Here is one example: The current school lesson is boring (may happen...). Aline wants to send a note to Sebastian. But Luca is interested in it too. How can Aline send Sebastian a note without Luca being able to read it? Encryption is a way to achieve this. But how can it be done? The lecture offers solutions to this problem.

    Computers are in wide use today, often connected to the Internet or to each other through Wireless LAN. But anyone who is able to detect and receive the respective waves can monitor this. Is it probably the suspicious van at the opposite side of the street? Encryption can prevent this. Basic methods of encryption for this area were presented. All material and all texts can be found though the link below (in German).

    More information and additional material (in German).
    May 8, 2009
    B-IT Bots win Robocup@home at German Open 2009
    B-IT-bots, service robots, won first place in the Robocup@Home League at the German Open 2009 Championship held in Hannover, April 20-24, this year. The competition was held on the occasion of the Hannover Fair. The B-IT-Bots team was lead by B-IT Professors Paul Plöger and Gerhard Kraetzschmar.

    The RoboCup@Home League is a competition for service robotics that takes place in an environment of several furnished rooms. During the course of the competition, these rooms are changed several times. The robot must independently and safely find and navigate around these rooms autonomously.

    Read more about the B-IT bots and their team.

    April 30, 2009
    Software Engineering Symposium 2009 at B-IT
    No formula 1 car or any toaster is run today without software. Software engineering is the key to market success for middle-sized businesses. The "Software Engineering Symposium 2009" at B-IT presents new approaches, knowledge and experiences from the initiative "Software Engineering 2006" by BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany). Speakers include among others: Professor Dr. Klaus Pohl (Requirements Engineering) and Dr. Uwe Dimslaff (sd&m, board of management).

    Time: June, 3, 2009, 1.00 p.m.

    Venue

    Bonn-Aachen International Center
    for Information Technology (B-IT)
    Dahlmannstraße 2
    53113 Bonn

    More information about how to get to B-IT

    How to get to B-IT

    Registration and Programme

    Participation is free of charge with a registration until May 29, 2009.

  • Scientific Programme

  • Registration
  • April 29, 2009
    B-IT Lecture Series in Life Science Informatics 2009
    B-IT Professors Martin Hofmann-Apitius and Jürgen Bajorath have organised again a series of talks about Life Science Informatics that will be held on Thursdays in B-IT lecture hall. This semester the Lecture Series will focus on research carried out in industry. The Lecture Series in Summer Semester 2008 centred on research in academia.

    More information about the Lecture Series 2009, held in co-operation with B-IT partner Fraunhofer SCAI, can be found below.

    Information about the B-IT Lecture Series in Life Science Informatics 2009
    April 17, 2009
    Four Publications Accepted at CHI-Conference
    Four publications of B-IT Professor Borchers' group were accepted in this year's ACM CHI Conference. The conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) is organized by the non-profit Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

    Read more on this here.

    April 16, 2009
    Five PhD Theses in Life Science Informatics Completed
    Since 2005, 5 PhD students have completed their theses under the supervision of B-IT Professor Bajorath, the latest PhD thesis being completed in January 2009. Three former PhD candidates are continuing their work as postdocs in the department of Life Science Informatics.
    April 2, 2009
    PhD Scholarships in B-IT Research School
    The current application phase for the PhD and combined Master-PhD scholarships of the B-IT Research School has finished. Please visit this page from time to time for the next scholarship openings.
    December 12, 2008
    PhD Scholarships offered by B-IT Research School
    Opening for Applications to PhD Scholarships and Combined Master-PhD Scholarships
    B-IT Research School in Applied Computer Science, approved by the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, started in October 2008. Interested students from Germany and international students with an outstanding academic record are welcome to apply for the PhD and Combined Master-PhD Scholarships. The scholarships are to be filled in by April 1, 2009.

    Application deadline for these scholarships is January 30, 2009.

    Important note: The current application phase for the PhD and combined Master-PhD scholarships of the B-IT Research School has finished. Please visit this page from time to time for the next scholarship openings.

    More information:

  • About the Scholarships

  • About the Areas of Research Covered in B-IT Research School

  • About the Application Requirements

  • About the Application Process

  • December 3, 2008
    Schüler-Krypto 2009
    B-IT offers Special Courses in Cryptography for Schools
    Due to the overwhelming success of Schüler-Krypto in the previous years, Schüler-Krypto 2009 will offer two courses this year. They will be held on February 12 and 13, 2009. The courses will address schools, introducing school students to the important field of cryptography. Read more about Schüler-Krypto 2009 (in German).
    October 2, 2008
    B-IT Student Awarded
    B-IT graduate wins Best Student Paper Award
    Deniz Sarier graduated in 2007 in Media Informatics, with a thesis on hybrid symmetric/asymmetric encryption written under the supervision of B-IT Professor von zur Gathen.

    She has won the Best Student Paper Award of the "2008 International Conference of Information Security and Internet Engineering", held in London, UK, and has been invited to the conference committee of the coming "World Congress on Engineering 2009 (WCE 2009)". After this major success at a very early career stage, she is now pursuing doctoral studies at the B-IT Research School.

    June 23, 2008
    B-IT Group of Computer Security (cosec) participates in Science Tent
    B-IT contribution to the Year of Mathematics, July 2-5, 2008 in Bonn
    B-IT group of Computer Security (cosec) particiaptes within the activities of the Year of Mathematics in the Science Tent in Bonn. From 2 to 5 July 2008 the science tent will invite people to Bonn city for strolling through projects showing how mathematics shapes their everyday life. We will also be part of this exhibition. Mathematics is the fundamental building block of cryptography. Cryptography in turn grants security, authenticity, anonymity, and much more. That in turn enables us in our every day life to buy and sell in the internet, to communicate with people around the world

    Read more about this here.

    May 27, 2008
    crypt@b-it 2008
    Summer School on Cryptography at B-IT from July 28 to August,1, 2008
    This summer school on cryptography offers undergraduate and graduate students and researchers the opportunity to crypt a bit. It provides acquaintance and interaction in an intellectually stimulating and informal atmosphere in pleasant surroundings.

    Description

    The one-week summer school crypt@b-it 2008 takes place 28 July - 1 August 2008 in the b-it building. It will explore some areas of cryptography:

    - Design and analysis of block ciphers and cryptographic hash functions
    - Cryptography: Numbers at work and play
    - The Enigma crypto machine

    In addition, there will be tutorials and hands-on exercises on topics somewhat related to the lectures, including an exhibit of an actual Enigma machine. The intended audience are undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdocs and researchers who work in the area or at least have a basic knowledge. Speakers

    - Vincent Rijmen, COSIC, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium / IAIK Krypto Group, Graz University of Technology, Austria.
    - Igor Shparlinski, ACAC, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
    - Joachim von zur Gathen, b-it Bonn
    - Frank Niedermeyer, BSI Bonn

    Read more about crypt@bit.
    May 14, 2008
    Mobile Response 2008 at B-IT
    International Symposium on Mobile Information Technology for Emergency Response May 29 - 30, 2008, Bonn, Germany
    Following the success of Mobile Response 2007, we would like to announce the continuation of this event in 2008. Mobile Response 2008 will be hosted by the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology in Bonn. The symposium will present the latest approaches and technical solutions in the area of mobile information technology for emergency response planning and execution. We invite participation from research, industry and public rescue organizations to enable an in-depth discussion of the opportunities and drawbacks of new digital technologies for emergency response.

    Read more about this symposum and its programme at its Website.

    May 5, 2008
    Honours for B-IT Media Informatics Alumni
    Recent alumni of the B-IT Media Informatics Programme received some major honours in the context of the European Erasmus-Mundus Scholarship programme.
    The “European Master of Informatics (EuMI)” is one of the earliest and most successful among the currently ca. 80 EU-sponsored double degree scholarship programs within Erasmus-Mundus. In EuMI, B-IT Media Informatics cooperates with RWTH Aachen’s Software Systems Engineering Programme as well as with master programmes of the Universities of Trento (Italy) and Edinburgh (UK) which have achieved top places in their recent national research rankings. Since 2004, the EU supports years of student intake with 20 to 35 generous scholarships awarded in a competitive process from among roughly 500 applicants from all over the world. Up to now, a total of 94 scholarships have been awarded. The German EuMI participation is coordinated by Professors Matthias Jarke and Gerhard Lakemeyer (Information Systems and Knowledge-Based Systems Group, RWTH Aachen).

    Read more about this in the press release.
    May 3, 2008
    On the Importance of Excellence
    B-IT director Professor Matthias Jarke gave the Fraunhofer Magazine an interview about B-IT and its programmes.
    B-IT director Matthias Jarke gave the Fraunhofer-Magazin an interview about B-IT and its programmes, focusing on the need to attract and further educate excellent international students. B-IT with its partners and programmes sets such a framework to achieve this goal by offering excellent students optimal conditions to train and develop their scientific skills in an inspiring academic environment.

    Read more about this in the interview (page 26 and 27, in German).
    April 10, 2008
    B-IT Talks In Life Science Informatics 2008
    B-IT offers a lecture series in Life Science Informatics in 2008
    B-IT Professors Martin Hofmann-Apitius and Jürgen Bajorath have organised a series of talks about Life Science Informatics that will be held on Thursdays in B-IT lecture hall. Eminent scientists from this field of research were invited to present their work.

    More information about this lecture series, held in co-operation with B-IT partner Fraunhofer SCAI, can be found below.

    Detailed information about the lecture series on the B-IT Website and on the SCAI Website.
    March 19, 2008
    B-IT Research School Approved
    The Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia approved B-IT Research School on March 19, 2008.
    B-IT Research School will offer new opportunities for excellent students of B-IT master programs in Media Informatics and Life Science Informatics to continue their studies in a PhD program, but also addresses outstanding international students from outside B-IT to apply. The PhD programs will entirely be taught in English.

    B-IT Research School will be run by Aachen University and the University of Bonn under the participation of the Fraunhofer Institutes. Accepted students will be exposed to the inspiring learning and research environments of both universities, the participating Fraunhofer Institutes. Moreover, students will additionally be taught by high-level international lecturers. B-IT Research School is scheduled to start in October 2008.

    The well structured PhD programs will ensure that accepted students will quickly be familiar with their respective field of doctoral research on one hand whereas B-IT partners will lay the foundation of a comprehensive education on the other hand.

    The recently approved B-IT Research School also acknowledges the success of B-IT master's programs in Media Informatics and Life Science Informatics which have been run since 2003.

    More information about:

    B-IT Research School
    • Press Release of the Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia (in German).
    • Press Release of B-IT directors, Professor Dr. Armin B. Cremers and Professor Dr. Matthias Jarke (in German).

    B-IT Master's programs
    January 7, 2008
    B-IT hosts Informatiktage 2008
    Special Courses for Excellent Graduate and Doctoral Students held in B-IT, March 14-15, 2008
    Due to the success of Informatiktage in B-IT in the previous years, it was decided that Informatiktage should be held here again. Informatiktage are organised by Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V and will be held in the time of March, 14-15, 2008 at B-IT. This gathering focuses on workshops and keynote lectures, addressing excellent graduate and doctoral students in computer science.

    All lectures will be held and all courses wiil be taught in German.

    December 21, 2007
    B-IT hosts the "Tangible and Embedded Interaction 2008" Conference, February 18-20, 2008
    B-IT will host the "Tangible and Embedded Interaction 2008" Conference (TEI'2008), February 18-20, 2008. The TEI'2008 is aimed at bringing researchers together from fields like tangible interfaces, graspable interfaces, physical computing, tangible interaction, IT product design, appliance design, interactive spaces, etc. and has been associated with larger research areas, including mixed, virtual, and augmented reality, and ubiquitous and pervasive computing.

    The conference brings together this new field, providing a meeting ground for the diverse communities of research and practice involved with tangibles -- from computing, hardware, and sensor technology, to HCI, interaction design, and CSCW, to product and industrial design and interactive arts.

    In this context, Professor Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Media lab, will deliver a key note lecture on February 18, 2008, 7.pm, in B-IT lecture room. He is a co-director of the Things That Think (TTT) and head of the Tangible Media Group Tangible Media Group at MIT.

    All participants of the conference and all members of B-IT are invited to attend this key note lecture.

    On Februrary 18, 2008, the German Working Group on Tangibles will be constituted at B-IT. The group will operate within the Framework of GI (Gesellschaft für Informatk e. V.). This event will be held in German.

    More information about the conference can be found here.

    More information about the conference programme can be found here.

    December 13, 2007
    Schüler-Krypto 2008
    B-IT Offers Special Courses for Schools on February 14 and 15, 2008
    Because of the immense success of and great demand for the Schüler-Krypto in the previous year, Schüler-Krypto 2008 will offer two courses this year. They will be held on February 14 and 15, 2008. The courses will address schools, introducing school students to the important field of cryptography. Read more about Schüler-Krypto 2008 . The course language will be German.
    December 12, 2007
    Innovation through Co-operation/ Innovation durch Kooperation
    B-IT hosts the meeting "Innovation through Co-operation/ Innovation durch Kooperation" on February 12, 2008
    Innovation through Co-operation/ Innovation durch Kooperation will focus on the scientific and research potential of the regions of Lübeck and Aachen-Cologne-Bonn within the framework a European perspective. This symposium will be held in German.

    More information about this symposium and the programme can be found here .

    October 18, 2007
    B-IT hosts 7th Kryptotag (Cryptography Day) on November 9, 2007
    Seventh Kryptotag (Cryptography Day) will be held at B-IT on November 9, 2007. It will be organised by B-IT group Computer Security (cosec) and Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (Society for Informatics e. V.). The gathering addresses junior researchers to present and discuss current work. The language of this meeting will be German.

    For more information please click here.
    August 1, 2007
    B-IT hosts 5th Fraunhofer-Symposium on Text Mining, September 24-25, 2007

    The 5th Fraunhofer-Symposium on Text Mining in Life Sciences will take place at B-IT on Monday (Reception) and Tuesday, September 24th and 25th.
    The symposium is a community-wide appreciated conference where selected professionals from industry and academic research meet and discuss advancements in information extraction and knowledge discovery. This year’s event will focus on combining textual and image information in biomedical and chemical research.
    The organisers are looking forward to welcoming you in the modern building of the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology in Bonn, located directly on the bank of the river Rhine. Please mark your calendar for this event, which attracted more than 100 participants in 2006.

    Preliminary Program

    Monday, 24th of September:

    Pre-Symposium Reception

    Location: Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology
    Time: 5:00 p.m.
    Focus: come together / presentation of commercial software

    Tuesday, 25th of September:

    Programme:

    - Information Extraction from Patents: Combining Text- and Image- Mining, Martin Hofmann-Apitius, Fraunhofer SCAI

    - Mining, Storage, Retrieval: The Challenge of Integrating Chemoinformatics with chemical Structure Recognition in Text and Images, Valentina Eigner-Pitto InfoChem GmbH, Munich

    - Towards a Semantic Web for Life Sciences at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Thérèse Vachon Novartis Pharma, Basel, Switzerland

    - The Second BioCreative Evaluation: Lessons Learned and Future Directions, Lynette Hirschman, MITRE Corporation, Bedford MA, USA
    Text Mining: from Systems Biology to eHealth Environments, Mary Kratz University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, USA

    - Efficient patent management with Text Mining Technologies, Gert Jäger, PATEV GmbH & Co. KG, Munich

    For more information, please see here here.
    June 12, 2007
    B-IT hosts CASC 2007
    The 10th International Workshop on Computer Algebra in Scientific Computing will be held at B-IT, from September 16 to September 20, 2007.
    The 10th International Workshop in Computer Algebra in Scientific Computing, CASC 2007, will be held in the city of Bonn, Germany, in September 16-20, 2007.

    The methods of Scientific Computing play an important role in research and engineering applications in the natural and the engineering sciences. The significance and impact of computer algebra methods and computer algebra systems for scientific computing have increased considerably in recent times. Nowadays, such general-purpose computer algebra systems as Mathematica, Maple, MuPAD, and others enable their users to solve the following three important tasks within a uniform framework:

    - symbolic manipulation
    - numerical computation
    - visualization

    The ongoing development of such systems, including their adaptation to parallel environments, puts them to the forefront in scientific computing and enables the practical solution of many complex applied problems in the domains of natural sciences and engineering.

    Workshop General Chairs include Professor Vladimir P. Gerdt (Dubna) and Professor Ernst W. Mayr (Munich)

    The local organising committee consists of B-IT Professor Joachim von zur Gathen and Professor Andreas Weber (Institute of Computer Science of the University of Bonn).

    For more information please click here.

    June 12, 2007
    crypt@b-it 2007
    Summer school on Cryptography at B-IT from September 24 to September 28, 2007
    This summer school on cryptography offers undergraduate and graduate students and researchers the opportunity to crypt a bit. It provides acquaintance and interaction in an intellectually stimulating and informal atmosphere in pleasant surroundings.

    Description
    The one-week summer school crypt@b-it 2007 takes place 24-28 September 2007 in the B-IT building. It will explore some areas of cryptography:

    - Security reductions for asymmetric systems
    - elliptic curve cryptography
    - the Enigma crypto machine.

    In addition, there will be tutorials and hands-on exercises on topics somewhat related to the lectures, including an exhibit of an actual Enigma machine. The intended audience are undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdocs and researchers who work in the area or at least have a basic knowledge.

    Speakers
    - Joachim von zur Gathen , B-IT Bonn,
    - Frank Niedermeyer, BSI Bonn ,
    - Pascal Paillier , Cryptography & Innovation, Security Labs, Gemalto
    - Gadiel Seroussi , MSRI Berkeley

    For more information please click here.
    June 11, 2007
    Automated Web Application Vulnerability Detection using Static Analysis - From Theory to Practice
    Special Talk on IT Security at B-IT on June 14, 2007
    Prof. Dr. D.T. Lee, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan and Christian Hang, Armorize Technologies, will present a talk focusing on IT Security on June 14, 2007, 10 a.m., in B-IT lecture hall.

    Abstract of the Talk
    Security remains a major roadblock to universal acceptance of Web 2.0, especially since the recent sharp increase in remotely exploitable vulnerabilities has been attributed to Web application bugs. Back in 2002, we recognized that many verification tools are discovering previously unknown vulnerabilities in legacy C programs, raising hopes that the same success can be achieved with Web applications. In 2003, we proposed a static analysis algorithm to verify Web application code against security vulnerabilities such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting. We tested our prototype implementation against 230 open-source Web application projects on SourceForge.net, which were selected to represent projects of different maturity, popularity, and scale. 69 contained vulnerabilities and their developers were noticed. Our results were published in WWW 2004 and DSN 2004, among others.

    Due to success of our proposed algorithm and also the huge market demand, in 2005 Armorize Technologies was founded to patent and commercialize our technology. In this talk we will briefly describe the current Web security problems, our proposed algorithms, and the turning of academic research into commercial product. The productArmorize Co-deSecure 2.0 will be briefly demonstrated and its potential applications will be discussed. Finally we will briefly introduce the research program Taiwan Information Security Center (TWISC) in Taiwan, and encourage international collaboration in the broad research area of information security.

    For more information please click here.
    November 28, 2006
    Appointments of New Professors at B-IT

    B-IT expands: Two new B-IT professors have recently joined Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology and significantly strengthen its competences in Life Science Informatics and Media Informatics.



    Professor Dr. Martin Hofmann-Apitius

    Martin Hofmann-Apitius has been appointed Professor in the field of Life Science Informatics at B-IT in September 2006. He earned his PhD at the University of Tübingen in 1991. Afterwards he worked at Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna and the German Cancer Research Center. In 1998 he changed to LION Bioscience AG. There he expanded his research activities to the area of applied Life Science Informatics. Today he heads the Life Science Informatics Department of Fraunhofer Institute SCAI. His scientific interests lie in Information Extraction/ Semantic Text Analysis, Applied Chemoinformatics, and Semantic Datagrid/ Grid Infrastructure.






    Professor Dr. Albrecht Schmidt

    Albrecht Schmidt studied computer science in Ulm and Manchester and he worked as a researcher at the University of Karlsruhe and at Lancaster University. There he completed in 2003 his PhD thesis on the topic of “Ubiquitous Computing – Computing in Context”. Before he became professor at the B-IT Center he headed the “Embedded Interaction Research Group” at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. His teaching and research interests are in media informatics and in particular in the area of user interface engineering.





    August 25, 2006
    Personal Orchestra
    B-IT co-operates with Beethovenfest Bonn 2006
    B-IT co-operates with Beethovenfest Bonn 2006 with the presentation of "Personal Orchestra". "Personal Orchestra" is a computer-based, interactive conducting system, giving you the opportunity to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. It has been developed by B-IT Professor Dr. Jan Oliver Borchers, chair of the Media Computing Group Media Computing Group at B-IT. Professor Borchers will explain the system first. Then the audience will be invited to try "Personal Orchestra".

    The system user will get a baton fitted with an infrared sensor with which he can conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which is projected with a beamer on a large screen. The Orchestra plays the music according to how they are conducted: faster, slower, louder or quieter. But be aware: If you do not conduct the Orchestra properly, the musicians will complain...

    Where and when can you make this conducting experience?

    Personal Orchestra
    September 14, 2006
    7.30 p.m., Hörsaal

    Bonn-Aachen International Center
    for Information Technology B-IT
    Dahlmannstraße 2
    53113 Bonn

    How to get to B-IT : Please follow this link: How to get to B-IT?

    Please note: This presentation will be given in German.

    Please download the Flyer (.pdf, in German).

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