Collaborative research centers (CRC)
Collaborative research centers are long-term research institutions at universities where scientists work together on interdisciplinary research programs. These centers are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
MIN Faculty Collaborative Research Centers
International CRC/TRR 169 - Crossmodal Learning: Adaptivity, Prediction and Interaction
Prof. Dr. Jianwei Zhang
Department of Informatics
Technical Aspects of Multimodal Systems (TAMS)
E-Mail: email@example.com( zhang"AT"informatik.uni-hamburg.de)
Prof. Dr. Fuchun Sun (Tsinghua-Universität)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wermter ( wermter"AT"informatik.uni-hamburg.de)(Informatics, UHH)
Prof. Dr. Changshui Zhang (Tsinghua-Universität)
2. Funding period: 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023
1. Funding period: 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019
Launched in January 2016, the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre (TRR) on "Crossmodal Learning" (CML) is positioned as an interdisciplinary cooperation between the existing fields of artificial intelligence, psychology and neuroscience, focused on establishing the topic of crossmodal learning as a new discipline. Our aim is therefore to establish our collaborative centre as the primary research vehicle at the focal point of this new discipline. Based on an extensive groundwork of collaborative research between Germany and China, this centre is jointly funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the NSFC (Natural Science Foundation of China) as a new international collaboration between the University of Hamburg, the Medical Center Hamburg Eppendorf (UKE) and the three top universities in China (Tsinghua, Beijing Normal and Peking University) as well as the Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences—all located in Beijing, China.
The long-term goal of our research is to develop a framework describing the neural, cognitive and computational mechanisms of crossmodal learning. This framework will allow us to pursue the following primary sub-goals of the research programme: (1) to enrich our current understanding of the multisensory processes underlying the human mind and brain, (2) to create detailed formal models that describe crossmodal learning in both humans and machines, and (3) to build artificial systems for tasks requiring a crossmodal conception of the world.
The term crossmodal learning refers to the adaptive, synergistic integration of complex perceptions from multiple sensory modalities, such that the learning that occurs within any individual sensory modality can be enhanced with information from one or more other modalities. Crossmodal learning is crucial for human understanding of the world, and examples are ubiquitous, such as: learning to grasp and manipulate objects; learning to read and write; learning to understand language; etc. In all these examples, visual, auditory, somatosensory or other modalities have to be integrated. (source)
International CRC/TRR 181 - Energy transfer in Atmosphere and Ocean
Prof. Dr. Carsten Eden
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org( carsten.eden"AT"uni-hamburg.de)
Prof. Dr. Monika Rhein (Uni Bremen)
1. Funding period: 2016 - 2020
2. Funding period: 2021 - 2024
Departments involved: Mathematics, Earth System Sciences
The energy of a closed system is steady. It is not lost but rather converted into another form, such as when kinetic energy is transferred into thermal energy or vice versa heat results in a force.
How exactly the energy transfer between waves, eddies and local turbulences in the ocean and the atmosphere works, often remains unclear. The interdisciplinary project „Energy Transfers in Ocean and Atmosphere“ wants to change this: oceanographers, meteorologists and mathematicians from Hamburg, Bremen and Rostock work closely together to achieve this goal. The aim is to develop energetically consistent mathematical models and thus enhance climate analyzes and forecast accuracy. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation. The Departments of Mathematics and Earth System Science are involved in five projects form the project Area M: Mathematics, new concepts and methods (M1, M2, M4, M5, M6).
Participations in Collaborative Research Centers
CRC 986: Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems—M3
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Gerold Schneider (TUHH)
Third funding period: 01.01.2021 - 30.06.2024
Second funding period: 01.07.2016–30.06.2020 (extension until 31.12.2020)
First funding period: 01.07.2012–30.06.2016
Researchers from CRC 986 are developing entirely new materials and components in a cooperation between the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH), Universität Hamburg, and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Center for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG). Experimental and theoretical methods from the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, materials and process engineering are used across disciplinary boundaries in 20 projects. The MIN Faculty is involved in three projects within the CRC under the aegis of the TUHH led by Prof. Dr. Horst Weller and Dr. Tobias Vossmeyer (physical chemistry) as well as Prof. Dr. Kornelius Nielsch (applied physics). The CRC develops multi-scale hierarchical materials to achieve tailor-made mechanical, electrical, and photonic properties. These comprise building blocks based on polymers, ceramics, metals, and carbon, which combine to form structured units.
CRC 986 has been granted a total of almost €9 million in funding.