Funded Projects: ERS Practical Examples

 

AISLE: Adaptive Statistical Language Learning

In the age of globalization, education must be oriented to an international world. But the aspects of language skills in educational and scientific contexts go beyond informal language. In the ERS-funded AISLE project, an adaptive e-learning system was developed to track and accelerate the acquisition of academic language skills.

 
  Youn girl wearing headphones and holding buzzers, sitting in front of a screen Copyright: RWTH Aachen

Improving the Learning Environment

In one ear and out the other! That is how it is with many children and students when they do not quite understand something. This is where the ERS-supported project Selective Attention in Children would like to help. The researchers are working with primary school children with a mobile hearing laboratory directly on site and are looking into the question of how background noise affects children's attention.

 
  Copyright: RWTH Aachen

The Future of Virtual Reality

Many creative activities implicate a constant change between real objects and computer models, but this interrupts the creative flow. Virtual Reality (VR) technology should help to build a bridge between paper and virtual design. The potential of VR and how it is changing the future of design, architecture, and medicine is demonstrated by the ERS-funded project Modelling in a Virtual Environment.

 
  Railroad lines in a valley Copyright: Jürgen Jacobs

Efficiency in Railroad Transportation

An interdisciplinary team of researchers in Aachen has developed a computer model to optimize waiting times in rail traffic. This should make it possible to choose optimal operating strategies for train stations and railroad networks and to facilitate the planning of new railroad systems. The insights are also relevant for other forms of transportation, such as aircraft, trams, and cars.

 
  Balance bike and gourd Copyright: Julia Arndt

Construction Parts from the Greenhouse: Renewable Raw Materials for Industrial Production

How can renewable raw materials be used in industrial production? The interdisciplinary project TEPHA – TEchnical Product HArvesting, funded by the ERS, is dedicated to answering these exciting questions.

 
  Sensor fish in a testing tank Copyright: Elena Klopries

Sensorfisch: Pocket-Sized Species Conservation

Hydro plants can pose a serious danger to different fish species, as it is impossible for many animals to pass through unharmed. The RWTH Aachen interdisciplinary project Sensorfisch, funded by ERS, aims to contribute to a solution to this problem.