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22 May 2023 twa, Präsidialabteilung, Bereich Kommunikation & Marketing, University of Regensburg

Magdalena Glas and Alexander Kalus, PhD students at the Faculty of Informatics and Data Science (FIDS), University of Regensburg, received internationally prestigious award for their research work.

At this year's ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in Hamburg, two Honorable Mention Awards went to research contributions by doctoral students from Regensburg's Faculty of Informatics and Data Science (FIDS). Magdalena Glas, PhD student at the Chair of Information Systems I, and Alexander Kalus, PhD student at the Chair of Media Informatics, submitted their papers independently as first authors.

"Honorable Mention Awards are handed out annually at CHI, the top international conference in the field of human-computer interaction, and this year they went to the top five percent of the more than 3,000 scientific papers submitted," explains Prof. Dr. Günther Pernul, Magdalena Glas’ doctoral supervisor and co-author in her award-winning research paper. Magdalena Glas and Alexander Kalus are both 2nd year PhD students. "It is an international success when a research paper is honored with a CHI Honorable Mention Award – and an outstanding achievement when doctoral candidates manage to receive such an award in the early stages of their doctoral studies," says a delighted Prof. Dr. Niels Henze, Alexander Kalus’ supervisor and co-author.

The award-winning works demonstrate that the FIDS at the University of Regensburg is an important player in developing technology innovations and is recognized internationally as a research institution in the field of cybersecurity and virtual reality. Magdalena Glas' paper deals with the evaluation of cybersecurity trainings in authentic environments. Alexander Kalus' research focuses on the development of a virtual reality system that enables the simulation of weight in virtual objects and avatars.

The success of the two doctoral students is also due to the FIDS members’ scientific understanding. "The FIDS lays the foundation for excellent scientific research already during its students’ studies," reports Prof. Dr. Günther Pernul. "We motivate bachelor, master and doctoral students to present their research results on prestigious international platforms." In addition to Magdalena Glas and Alexander Kalus, a master’s student and a further doctoral student from FIDS presented their research results at the renowned CHI conference.

Contact for scientific information:

Prof. Dr. Meike Klettke, Dean of Research
Faculty of Informatics and Data Science
University of Regensburg

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