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Profilbild Winter
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Biology

Cognitive Neurobiology

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Prof. Winter’s research is focused on animal behaviour, especially cognitive performance, e.g. learning ability, memory and their neurobiological foundation for foraging. He carries out behavioural assessments for mice and rats, mostly for preclinical research, to investigate decision-making processes in animals. Lab space is available, inter alia at the Berlin Mouse Clinic for Neurology and Psychiatry (BMC), one of the leading diagnostic institutions within the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence. Prof. Winter and his team also advise on experimental design and develop automated equipment and systems for behavioural studies on rodents for external laboratories. Another area of his expertise is virtual reality for humans. Here Prof. Winter focuses on the development of a compact, mobile, and immersive virtual reality environment for a wide range of uses.

Scientific Services

Behavioural analysis:

  • Computer controlled sensor and actuator systems for manipulation and measuring of behaviour
  • Modular software system for automated measuring of behaviour
  • RFID technology

Virtual reality:

  • Immersive 3D-virtual reality system with closed monitoring (octagon)
  • Software for rapid implementation of specific VR-applications and interaction scenarios
Testimonials
  • Planning and development of a system for automated diagnostics of parameters for motor skills after clinical surgery for a large international pharmaceutical group. 24h recording and measurement as operator independent system.
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Profilbild Völkle
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Psychology

Multivariate research methods

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Professor Voelkle is an expert in Quantitative Psychology. He and his team work on the development and adaptation of new assessment procedures, the statistical and mathematical modeling of psychological processes, the design of studies as well as the analysis and interpretation of empirical-psychological data. Special emphasis of the research conducted at professor Voelkle’s lab lies on the analysis of longitudinal data and evaluation research. Professor Voelkle and his team are often involved as consultants in research and development projects in the education and health sector. To improve applied empirical research in the social and life sciences, they have founded the Berlin Methods Group in 2017.

Scientific Services

Powerful computers and access to all common statistical programs

Testimonials
  • Health: Evaluation and statistical advice for psychological-medical research facilities and health insurance companies
  • Education: Evaluation and statistical consulting for private and public project executing organisations
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Profilbild Ulrichs
Faculty of Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Department of Crop and Animal Sciences, Urban Ecophysiology of Plants

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Prof. Ulrichs is an expert in the field of ecophysiology of plants with a special focus on plants in urban spaces. His team studies processes, which determine plant growth, e.g. stress exposure in an urban environment. The emphasis of his research lies on the analysis of the secondary metabolite balance (incl. its nutritional function), substance allocation, competition and plant-insect interaction. Prof. Ulrichs other major field of expertise is the quality assurance in food supply chains of horticultural products, especially for perishable foodstuffs like fruits and vegetables in temperate zones as well as in tropical/subtropical regions.

Scientific Services
  • molecular methods
  • in-vitro propagation
  • HPLC
  • GC/MS
  • electroantennogram studies
  • trace gas analysis using photoacoustic spectroscopy
Testimonials
  • German specialty chemicals group: development of nanostructured plant protection agents
  • H. Lorberg Baumschulerzeugnisse GmbH & Co. KG (tree nursery): selection of climate-tolerant boulevard trees (Alleebaum)
  • Bein GmbH: development of electrostatic application processes of nanostructured elements
  • Bayer Crop Science: biosensors to prove the existence of plant viruses
  • XEROFLOR: development of vegetation carriers to prevent soil erosion in the Alps
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Profilbild Leser
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Knowledge Management in Bioinformatics

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The research of Prof. Leser and his group is focused on all aspects of management, integration and analysis of heterogeneous, large and distributed data sets including natural language texts (text-mining and information extraction). This encompasses subjects such as data warehouses and ETL, graph databases, deep web and semantic web, machine learning, similarity search, scientific workflows, statistical methods of data analysis as well as methods for assessing and securing data quality. The team of Professor Leser conducts research in a variety of interdisciplinary projects, especially with colleagues from the life sciences covering the range from basic molecular biology to Systems Medicine.

Scientific Services

Very good IT-facilities:

  • several state-of-the-art parallel computer cluster (20-80 CPUs, 1 TB main memory)
  • cluster with 60+ cores
  • 50TB+ storage
Testimonials
  • For an IT service provider: Consultancy  and prototype development in the field of master data standardisation and integration
  • For an IT-manufacturer: Development and valuation of algorithms for analysing data quality
  • For an international pharmaceutical company: Consultancy and development of text-mining-procedures in biomarker development
  • For a medium-sized biotech company: Joint system development (partly funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) in the field of human genotype changes evaluation
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Profilbild Legerlotz
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Sports Sciences

Department of Training and Movement Sciences

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Olympic Centre Berlin (Olympiastützpunkt Berlin)

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Professor Legerlotz is head of the Movement Biomechanics research group in the Department of Training and Movement Sciences. The research team focuses on different aspects of tendon adaptation. This includes the adaptation of connective tissues to strain in general and also the emergence, rehabilitation and prevention of tendon injuries in particular. Current research analyses the effect of changing hormone levels on the mechanical properties of the female tendon and training interventions that are used to treat athletes with tendinopathy.

Scientific Services

The departments offers three large laboratories with modern sports science equipment:

  • Motion Analysis Laboratory with a VICON system including twelve cameras and three AMTI force plates. Both the foundations of the force platforms as well as the camera mounts are decoupled from the sports ground of the laboratory to prevent the transmission of vibrations.
  • Force Diagnostic Laboratory with DAVID and Technogym strength diagnostics equipment for all major muscle groups
  • EMG laboratory with a Biodex System-3 and an Esaote ultrasound machine, which is used to study the muscle-tendon plasticity. To control the joint angle at the Biodex camera, mounts are available for installing eight VICON cameras. A large LCD-Screen provides the possibility for biofeedback.

All labs are air-conditioned and are equipped with an uninterruptible power supply and complete darkening.

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Various projects with Olympic Centre Berlin (Olympiastützpunkt Berlin), from training adaptation to injury prophylaxis

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Prof. Hoppe
Faculty of Life Sciences
Department of Psychology

Occupational Health Psychology

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Prof. Hoppe’s research is focused on Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) especially on the analysis of work activities to maintain employee health and performance as well as to provide learning and development opportunities. OHP integrates occupational and health psychology with occupational medicine and traditional labor safety, which is insufficient for today’s flexible employment situation. Prof. Hoppe also examines the psychosocial characteristics of a specific workplace, e.g. work requirements or the level of influence on and control over tasks as well as the social working environment. She also studies the effects of these characteristics on employee health and his/her well-being. She investigates how psychosocial work characteristics influence an employee’s motivating factors like job satisfaction and commitment. Particular attention is paid to the situation of migrant and low-skilled workers and the analysis of the impact their workplaces and work environments may have on their health and well-being. Moreover, Prof. Hoppe studies multi-ethnic and -lingual workforces and the effects of diversity on employee health.

Scientific Services
  • risk assessment methods for workplace conditions
  • employee surveys regarding the promotion of health at workplace
Testimonials
  • postal operators, logistics companies, professional care providers, manufacturing companies: execution of employee surveys to gather data on psychosocial strain and resources in the workplace and to analyse effects of stress, job satisfaction and work performance
  • public institutions (e.g. universities, federal ministries), consulting companies, self-employed persons: development of health-related interventions and training sessions via mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets) to facilitate recovery strategies and self-management
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Profilbild Helbrecht
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Cultural and Social Geography

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ARGE Ansiedlungsmanagement Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (c/o Friedrichshain-Kreuzberger Unternehmerverein e.V.), Wüstenrot Foundation, Senator of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, Bremen, Bayerische Motorenwerke AG (BMW)

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Prof. Helbrecht focusses her research on the cultural, social and spatial development of cities. She investigates urban branding, city image and identity as well as the marketing thereof. Neighbourhood and urban development policies, urban governance, housing markets and demographic change are also topics of her research. Furthermore, Prof. Helbrecht conducts analyses of social space and studies concerning the public sphere and space. As the director of the Georg-Simmel-Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Georg-Simmel-Zentrums für Metropolenforschung / GSZ), platform for interdisciplinary urban research, and as a member of the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) Prof. Helbrecht is well connected in her field of expertise and prepared for interdisciplinary research projects.

Testimonials
  • ARGE Ansiedlungsmanagement Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (c/o Friedrichshain-Kreuzberger Unternehmerverein e.V.): scientific accompanying research on conflicts concerning commercial asset management of the night-economy in Kreuzberg
  • Wüstenrot Foundation: „Wohneigentum in Europa“ - Analysis of residential property in Europe and of the factors influencing home ownership quotas in cooperation with the ifo Institute (Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich)
  • Senator of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, Bremen: „Engpassfaktor Humankapital: Strategien der Bremer Wirtschaftsförderung zur Attraktion von Hochqualifizierten als Standortvoraussetzung der High-Tech-Industrie“ - Analysis of factors influencing (re-)location decisions of highly qualified professionals in a specific region for high-tech industry
  • Bayerische Motorenwerke AG (BMW): „Der Kunstpark Ost: Wirtschaftliche und kulturelle Bedeutung für München“
  • Georg-Simmel-Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung / GSZ): interdisciplinary platform for collaborative research for metropolitan studies. Its goal is to contribute fundamentally to future urban development, regionally and internationally. Main topics of this interdisciplinary approach are: urban change, the cultural base of and social momentum in cities, sustainable urban development, and internationalisation of urban studies
  • IRI THESys - Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems: the institute’s purpose is the interdisciplinary transformation research focusing on land use and use of resources, processes of urbanization in the 21st century, effects of climate change, as well as intra- and inter-generational environmental justice
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Profilbild Eisert
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Visual Computing

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The chair of Visual Computing develops new methods for the analysis and synthesis of image and video data. This includes algorithms for estimating shape, material, motion and deformation from monocular and multi-view camera systems. Both in national and international collaborations, those algorithms are exploited in applications like multimedia, VR/AR, industry, medicine, and security.

Scientific Services
  • Various cameras
  • Multispectral sensors, 3D sensors
  • Lighting and calibration systems
Testimonials
  • Development of new methods for automatic inspection and damage classification of sewer networks with a water supply company
  • Development of augmented reality systems for automobile production processes with a car manufacturer
  • Analysis of multispectral imaging for tissue classification in collaboration with medical technology manufacturer
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Profilbild Schneider
© Falk Weiß
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Climatology

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The team of Christoph Schneider works on the impacts of climate and climate change in the field of urban climates and in the field of cryospheric sciences (anything related to snow and ice). His expertise comprises the downscaling of meteorological respectively climatological data for applications in high spatial resolution, for example for urban planning and construction schemes and also for the analysis of potential impacts of climate change on the level of city quarters and cities. Furthermore, such numerical and empirical-statistical procedures are applied to the projection of future water resources in glaciated catchments in high alpine environments worldwide. This also leads to applications regarding the future state of snow covers in mountain ranges which is especially important for questions of future prospects of snow sport tourism. In both fields of applications, the urban climatology and the cryospheric research, measurement strategies and data acquisition of relevant atmospheric variables for the projects are used besides theoretical modelling approaches and downscaling as outlined above.

Scientific Services
  • automatic weather stations
  • turbulence stations
  • devices for particulate matter and ultrafine particles
  • mobile sensoring techniques for meteorological parameters
  • measurement van as platform of mentioned instrumentation
Testimonials
  • Study of the potential and feasibility for large solar power plants on the Iberian Peninsula and in Northern Africa for a large German solar power panel  manufacturer (2005)
  • Study of the projections of impacts of climate change on snow sport in German low moutain ranges for the German Association of Skiing Clubs and the German Federal Secretary of Research and Education (2008)
  • Urban climate analysis for construction schemes for the City of Aachen (2006-2012)
  • Climate change adaptation plans for cities in North Rhine-Westphalia (2014, 2015)
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Profilbild Arampatzis
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Sports Sciences

Trainings and Movement Sciences

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zebris Medical GmbH, myon AG, Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH

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Prof. Arampatzis and his Department of Training and Movement Sciences are dealing with the interaction of the neural and musculoskeletal system in research and teaching. Of special interest for Prof. Arampatzis is the adaptation of the neural and musculoskeletal system by mechanical stress and its influence on human performance as well as motor control and motion security. Through an integrative approach of biomechanics, physiology and neuroscience, consequences for athletes and for people with degenerative changes of the neural and musculosceletal systems will be deduced. The main research focus of the department is on quantifying and changing the neuro-biomechanical potential of humans and on the investigation of its influence on the mobility in everyday life and sports. Considering this, the department also investigates the role of sports activities in order to prevent accidents and to preserve the quality of life for the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

Scientific Services

The departments offers three large laboratories with modern sports science equipment:

  • Motion Analysis Laboratory with a VICON system including twelve cameras and three AMTI force plates. Both the foundations of the force platforms as well as the camera mounts are decoupled from the sports ground of the laboratory to prevent the transmission of vibrations.
  • Force Diagnostic Laboratory with DAVID and Technogym strength diagnostics equipment for all major muscle groups
  • EMG laboratory with a Biodex System-3 and an Esaote ultrasound machine, which is used to study the muscle-tendon plasticity. To control the joint angle at the Biodex camera, mounts are available for installing eight VICON cameras. A large LCD-Screen provides the possibility for biofeedback. All labs are air-conditioned and are equipped with an uninterruptible power supply and complete darkening.
Testimonials
  • zebris Medical GmbH: evaluation of pressure distribution measurements in treadmills
  • myon AG: evaluation of a wireless electromyography system aiming to quantify muscle activation
  • Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH: evaluation of a 3D motion capture system designed to analyse complex human movements
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