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University of Duisburg-Essen

The Collide Research Group at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) forms part of the Institute for Computer Science and Interactive Systems within the Faculty of Engineering. The institute runs study programmes in applied computer science, higher teacher education in computer science, and substantially contributes to an interdisciplinary B.Sc./M.Sc. programme in "Applied Media and Communication Sciences".

The Collide ("Collaborative Learning in Intelligent Distributed Environments") group aims at developing distributed, intelligently-supported environments for collaborative learning. It has been engaged in EU projects on distributed classroom technology for both virtual and presence scenarios. Collide has initiated and led the NIMIS project on developing innovative classroom technology for pre-school children and school beginners within the framework of a European programme on "Experimental School Environments". In the subsequent SEED project, the Duisburg group focused particularly on collaborative modelling tools and the integration of physical and digital media in different school settings. The project COLDEX within the "eLearning Futures" initiatives, again led by Collide, was focused on creating and supporting a transcontinental community of learners in areas of science based on "digital experimentation toolkits" including the remote access to astronomic observations and to seismic data.

Recently, Collide has been engaged in several core activities of the ongoing Network of Excellence Kaleidoscope. Current research interests and related project include open distributed environments and "collaborative mind tools" (GMD project COSOFT, 1993-95; EU projects DEMOS,1996-97; NIMIS,1998-2000; DiViLab, 2000-02; SEED 2001-04; COLDEX 2002-05; CONNECT, 2004-2006;); Multimedia and "roomware" concepts for academic teaching ("Electronic Lecture Hall" at Duisburg University; regional project IBL-GS, 1998/99); Analysis, modelling, and intelligent support of collaborative learning processes(Initiative "Net-based Knowledge Communication in Groups" of the German Science Foundation DFG, 1999-2004; NoE Kaleidoscope 2004-07; ARGUNAUT 2005-08).