DIVR Science Award
Extended reality technologies are growing up and more and more useful areas of application are crystallizing. It is research and at universities that the pulse of technology is beating in and it is precisely here that one can see how the potential of these technologies is developing at breakneck speed. It is thanks to research that the topic is not stagnating, but is constantly being advanced. To honor the outstanding work from the university environment, the Institute for Virtual Realities (DIVR) in cooperation with the Places _ VR Festival annually awards the DIVR Science Award. Therefore, we are looking for the most innovative applications and concepts of German universities every year.
The award for pioneering extended reality research in Germany!
It’s not just the jury that can see the innovative power of German universities for themselves at the Places _ VR Festival. As visitors, you can also test the applications, talk to the students, lecturers and professors and gain completely new insights into the dynamic research scene around VR & AR. On Friday from 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m., the nominees for the award will be in the underground car park of the Science Park and look forward to your visit!
The jury has nominated 21 universities in 3 categories
The most innovative approach, the most creative use of Extended Reality or the most exciting experiment in the competition will be awarded. The focus of the evaluation is on the best intellectual achievement.
The project with the greatest potential to initiate or accelerate social change receives this award. Which project has the greatest social, economic,
ecological or scientific relevance? Prototypes must already demonstrate this potential.
The award goes to the application or product that stands out due to its convincing realisation. The jury is looking for something special in the implementation, conceivable are: very good technical quality, high degree of technological innovation, unique aesthetics, resource-saving execution and much more.
DIVR Science Award Winning Teams 2021
DIVR Science Award - best concept
HTW Berlin - paradigm shift
In the application, which was presented by Maria Bürger from HTW Berlin, one enters into dialogue with a virtual voice assistant. In the immersive experience, it becomes clearer to the user over time how artificial intelligences react to human input and how we ourselves can be manipulated by artificial intelligence. From the jury's point of view, it was remarkable how, especially after the experience, users were lastingly impressed and the application actually leads to a better understanding of AI technology.
DIVR Science Award - best impact
TU Dortmund | Ruhr-Uni Bochum | Uni Duisburg-Essen - Virtual Reality Moves
The application "Virtual Reality Moves" uses VR to bring people with and without disabilities together and thus overcome barriers. In this project, student teachers from the fields of special education, sports science and computer science worked together under the direction of Dr. Caterina Schäfer on research projects that resulted in the actual application. Here, the jury praised the interdisciplinary approach, which raises the topic of learning and cooperation in the field of special education to a new conceptual level.
DIVR Science Award - best tech
Hochschule Esslingen - MRiLS
MRiLS stands for "Mixed Reality in the Loop Simulation" and is a combination of classic industrial simulation, browser-based AR/VR application and the possibility of bringing digital twins into VR. The simulation from Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, represented by Marc Schniere and team, is in that sense a classic Industry 4.0. application that has both a research approach and a very practical benefit for companies. The jury highlighted the device independence thanks to the browser-based software.
Watch it again now: DIVR Science Award _ 2021 in Re-Live-Video
Wissenschaft trifft Extended-Reality - wir suchen dein Projekt!
Exploring a VR dream world – controlled only with the users mind.
VR experience that makes the phenomenon of “AI” tangible.
Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
VR exhibition that makes exhibits touchable by with haptic gloves.
MARLA-Masters of Malfunction
Technische Universität Berlin
VR training application as maintenance training for offshore installations.
Ai.vatar – der virtuelle intelligente Assistent
Realistic artificial intelligences that can interact multimodally in VR.
WizARd: Gewässertiefenvermessung via XR
AR application that visualises water depth measurement for navigation.
Experimentallabor: Nachhaltigkeit und Virtual Reality
VR prototypes whose function & impact aims at compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Technische Universität Chemnitz
Multisensory and realistic VR bicycle simulator
Technische Universität Chemnitz
Real haptics in VR through infrared cameras and ultrasound modules.
Interaktive Lichtsteuerung in einer Architektur Visualisierung
Light dimmer for architecture visualisations in VR.
Super Nubibus 1834
Hybrid VR experience that makes the experience of a balloon ride seem realistic thanks to innovative interfaces.
Mixed-Reality-in-the-Loop Simulation (MRiLS)
Multimodal and terminal-independent training of technical specialists in MR.
Enter the Hindenburg
Interactive discovery of an “intangible cultural heritage”, the airship Hindenburg in VR.
Hochschule Ruhr West
VR simulation for training human-robot interactions in industry.
Participation in urban development through AR
VR game as a rehabilitation application in arm injuries
Virtual Boxing Simulator
Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen
VR game that playfully encourages to perform sports.
VR application for preventive empathy promotion concerning cyberbullying.
VR training for doctors who discover corpses and perform inquests.
Folkwang Universität der Künste
MR application that fosters childrens creativity
Virtual Reality Moves – Bewegung im digitalen Lernlabor
TU Dortmund | Ruhr-Universität Bochum | Universität Duisburg-Essen
VR learning concept that teaches self-efficacy in the use of digital media.
The DIVR Science Award is a cooperation project of the Places _ VR Festival and the DIVR.
The festival has been held in Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf since 2018 and has been the venue for the award ceremony ever since. Together, the DIVR and the Places _ team nominate the shortlist for the award.
The Places _ Virtual Reality Festival is Germany’s first, largest, freely accessible and free festival for virtual reality. The festival is aimed equally at a professional audience, but especially at a broad public audience, and has been taking place in Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf since 2018.