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Prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award

A further important step in the internationalisation strategy

Picture: One of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Awards to the value of 60,000 Euros is supporting international research at Leibniz Universität Hannover this year. Prof. Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, a professor at the Universities of Geneva and Shanghai, is to conduct joint research in the field of virtual reality with biomedical applications together with Prof. Franz-Erich Wolter at the Institute of Man-Machine Communication in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Leibniz Universität. For Leibniz Universität Hannover this award is a further important step in international research.

The research project, which was designed by both scientists, focuses on the development of computer-assisted systems to enable a three-dimensional multi-scale visualisation and simulation of human organs. Human organs and pathological processes can be represented within the new system in different enlargements (multi-scale). The computer-assisted system should make it possible to zoom in on diseased organ parts. To make it easier to use, the visualisation system offers interaction with virtual reality, providing hands-on interaction with three-dimensional computer-generated data sets. With such haptic interaction, a doctor would for example be able to plan an operation on a bone fractured in several places through an effective manual reconstruction of an originally undamaged bone, and without putting any strain on the patient. Professor Magnenat-Thalmann and Professor Wolter hope that the system of multi-scale analysis will lead to a better understanding of pathological processes and thus also to more effective treatment of diseases.

As a pioneer of virtual reality, Professor Magnenat-Thalmann is a founder of the research areas of visualisation of people, their movements, the movement of their clothes, their skin, their expression and the relation of these to language. The professor shows us a new virtual reality, which exists in parallel to human experience.

The Humboldt Research Award is granted to internationally acclaimed researchers whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. Nominations may be submitted by established academics in Germany. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a research project of their choice with specialist colleagues in Germany.

The Humboldt Ranking indicates which universities and research institutions are particularly popular with international researchers. Leibniz Universität Hannover is in the top half: out of 80 universities assessed, it is in 30th place. The ranking is based on the number of research stays by both leading and young international scientists who conducted research in Germany as scholars or award winners of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in the period of 2007 – 2011.

Note to the editorial office:

For further information please contact Mechtild Freiin v. Münchhausen, Press Officer Leibniz Universität Hannover, telephone: +49 511 762 5342 or E-Mail:, or Prof. Franz-Erich Wolter, Institute of Man-Machine Communication Leibniz Universität Hannover, telephone: +49 511 762 2910 or E-Mail: few@gdv.uni-hannover.

Meldung vom 07.06.2012


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