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SENSING: The knowledge of sensitive media

Research College supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

Sensors give things and machines the ability to "feel", to "sense ", that is - to detect and to measure. Through their implementation in smartphones, cars, clothing, household technologies, toys, etc., today's everyday objects in particular seem to be especially charged with a "technical sensitivity". Their proliferation turns cities and their surroundings into a sensory network. Interactions between humans and smart machines/environments/things are nowadays supplemented, supported or controlled by the autonomous interaction of sensory machines. There is also an increase of recording and controlling of the human sensory perception, for example by eye tracking, motion and image sensors or methods of emotion recognition.

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The Research College SENSING: About the knowledge of sensitive media brings together a group of media studies PhD students who are researching questions of computer-networked sensor technology in individual projects. The topics and format of the Research College are geared to theoretical issues relevant to media studies as well as to current fields of practice and work. Accompanied by a team of professors experienced in media science and media practice - covering the areas of media use, media aesthetics, media cultural history, media theory and media ecology - the doctoral students will examine theory in practice and practice in theory using concrete examples of sensor technologies, sensory design and technical-organic operations and go through a 12-month practical phase at partner institutions and companies.

The Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies (ZeM) forms the organisational centre and the inter-university framework of the Research College. All professors involved in the Research College belong to ZeM, a joint research institution of the universities of Brandenburg.

Duration: 4 Years
October 1, 2018
7 PhD Positions and 1 Post-Doc Position

Fotos: B. Schneider