CNSR becomes fNIRS reference laboratory of MES Forschungssysteme GmbH 

CNSR becomes a cooperation partner of MES Forschungssyteme GmbH for functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in southern Germany. Within the framework of this cooperation, methodological workshops of MES GmbH on topics of fNIRS-based brain imaging will be held at the CNSR starting in 2023.

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First VR Synergy Meeting of the FoF4 

Yesterday the first VR synergy meeting of the FoF4 took place on the initiative of Prof. Cornelia Wrzus. The aim of the now regularly planned meetings is to bundle the technical and methodological experience available at the FoF in the use of XR technology in the field of basic research. 

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CNSR included in DFG research infrastructure database 

On August 05, the CNSR was added to the Research Infrastructure Database (RIsources) of the German Research Foundation under the registration number RI_00522.

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Nutzungsordnung der CNSR 

On July 27, 2022, the Advirory Board and the speakers of FoF IV adopted the CNSR Regulations for Use and Payment. The terms of use  formally come into force with the publication in the Mitteilungen der Universität Heidelberg. The fee regulations are valid as of 01 January 2023.

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Grand opening of the CNSR 

Prof. Pross is unveiling of the new entrance sign

On June 23, the official opening of the CNSR took place in the presence of the Prorector for Research Prof. Dr. Jörg Pross and many colleagues from the other FoFs. After the unveiling of the new entrance sign, the approximately 100 participants from all areas of Heidelberg University were able to get an impression of the infrastructural offerings of the CNSR. For this purpose, the CNSR staff had prepared various scientific demonstrations that invited the visitors to participate. Thus one could

  • test your mimic skills in expressing the 6 Eckman basic emotions (automatic emotion recognition with AI, facereading),

  • walk on a wooden plank over the virtual edge of the roof of a skyscraper (virtual reality),

    VR demonstration


  • playing ping-pong on a computer using only the power of one's own gaze (eytracking),

  • synchronize one's own brain with that of a game partner while solving a common task (EEG - hyperscanning), and

  • observing one's own brain activity in real time while trying to grasp small objects with chopsticks (functional near-infrared spectroscopy, fNIRS).

    fNIRS demonstration


At the end of the event, there was a lot of positive feedback from the visitors and expressions of interest in using the Core Facility. We are happy about the successful event and the future cooperation with all interested research groups.

Pictures: Johannes Hofmeister
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