University of Southampton OCS (beta), CAA 2012

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FKI - A New Research Institute for Culture and Computer Science in Berlin, Germany
Elisabeth Lindinger

Last modified: 2011-12-22


The University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin is currently developing a new research institute for culture and computer science (FKI) to support and extend research in this field. The building is still under construction and, according to plan, will be inaugurated in 2012.

The FKI is designed to accommodate several projects that are already existent within the different faculties of the HTW. These projects stem from diverse fields of research, such as games and interactive media, e-learning, information and communication systems, and cultural heritage preservation.

In the course of the existing projects such as „Poseidon“ or „Hardmut“, our research teams were able to establish ties to renowned cultural institutions, for example the Jewish Museum Berlin, or the Museum of Islamic Art that is situated in the building of the famous Pergamon Museum. The projects included developing new forms of presenting culture and cultural heritage with mobile multimedia guides, interactive presentations, and digital storytelling devices based on RFID technology for exhibitions that were displayed by these museums.

In addition to the existing projects mentioned above and possible follow-ups, we would like to expand the field of research the FKI is concerned with. We are interested in designing new projects that enable us to test our presentation systems in new environments, such as excavation sites or other outdoor areas. Besides, we are looking for collaboration in the fields of interactive 3d visualisation of archaeological heritage and virtual archaeology.

Since one branch of the FKI will focus on socially relevant topics of computer science, we can also imagine a collaboration with people or institutions using, implementing, or developing open access approaches in order to digitally present their cultural heritage data.

We hope to find people and institutions interested in cross-national collaboration with our young but ambitious research group.


collaboration; multimedia presentation; virtual archaeology