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The Evolution of Nervous Systems

Interview with Reader and Associate Professor in Evolutionary Developmental Biology Angelika Stollewerk

Dr. Angelika Stollewerk and her team at Queen Mary, University of London, compare developmental processes in insects and other arthropods to understand how their differing nervous systems have evolved.

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Dr. Sonja Utz

Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM)


Media studies/Communication, Psychology

Academic discipline

Arts and Humanities/Social sciences/Cultural studies, Life sciences/Psychology/Medicine/Veterinary medicine

Area of specialisation

social media

Research interests

informational and emotional benefits of social media use, strategic information sharing, social media use in organizations, online reputation management


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Dr. Maria Anisimova

ETH Zürich

Area of specialisation

Bioinformatics, computational genomics and modeling molecular evolution

Research interests

Together with my students I work on theoretical aspects of modeling molecular evolution as well as data-driven applications of our new methodologies. We are broadly interested in applying computational methods to study the process of gene and genome evolution and in particular the process of adaptive genetic change. Growing genome-scale sequences and information from complimentary disciplines of transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics have begun to seriously impact genomics. But the challenge of understanding the dynamics of such large-system data can only be met through an integration of organism, molecular, and mathematical disciplines. New techniques need to be developed for discovering complex patterns from multi-faced systems biology data.

Prof. Dr. Ruth Breu

Universität Innsbruck

Area of specialisation

Software engineering

Research interests

Model-based software engineering, security engineering, requirements engineering, software engineering processes, model-based testing

Dr. Dajana Cassioli

Universität L'Aquila

Area of specialisation

Wireless Communications

Research interests

Wireless communication technologies, UWB radio and 60 GHz radio, Channel Measurements and Modeling, ad-hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, wireless multimedia sensor networks, and IP networking

Dr. J. de Kruif

Universiteit Utrecht

Area of specialisation

Digital Humanities, Text Mining, Early Modern History

Research interests

Early Modern History of Europe. Usage of Digital Humanities techniques like text mining, network analysis.

Prof. Anja Feldmann PhD

Technische Universität Berlin

Area of specialisation

Computer networks, Internet

Research interests

Analyses of traffic on the Internet and optimisation of the Internet

Prof. Dr. Ursula Gather

Technische Universität Dortmund

Area of specialisation

Statistical modelling, robust statistical methods, quality engineering and industrial statistics, online monitoring methods

Research interests

Interdisciplinary collaborative work on the modelling of data from the life sciences and engineering sciences

Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

Area of specialisation

Gender and diversity research, organisation studies, microcredit and the empowerment of women

Research interests

Management myths Gender and diversity in organisations Feminist economics

Prof. Vicki Lynne Hanson PhD

University of Dundee

Area of specialisation

Human-computer interaction; Accessibility

Research interests

aging applications designed to address needs of diverse populations, with emphasis on language, cognition, and healthcare

Dr. Josephine Hofmann

Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation (IAO), Stuttgart

Area of specialisation

Innovation and technology management, working environment design and learning and knowledge management approaches

Research interests

My research looks mainly at the question of what the environments we work, learn and live in will look like in the future and which approaches for shaping those environments and ideas for productisation are associated with them. Related questions address the influence of demographic development, the increasingly virtualised working environment, the increasing use of information and communication technology.

Prof. Mareike Schoop PhD

Universität Hohenheim

Area of specialisation

Information systems

Research interests

IT-supported business communication Electronic negotiation management Supporting decisions Acceptance research Business communication systems Web mining

Prof. Dr. Anette Weisbecker

Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation (IAO), Stuttgart

Area of specialisation

Software technology, software management

Research interests

Electronic business Enterprise software Grid computing Cloud computing

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