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Communications sciences, communications theory and communications technology

Communications sciences (communications technology) is engaged in communications processes. Communications is defined as the exchange of symbols across distances in time and space. The central aspect of communications sciences (communications technology) is the development of communications models (Black Box, stimulus response, interactive media) that describe various verbal and non-verbal communications technology processes.

Media impact models in communications technology

Media impact models such as sender-receiver models, the stimulus-response model, interactive media and the black box play a key role in communications technology. These types of media impact models attempt to explain the theoretical correlations of indirect communications between the sender, the media and the receiver. In particular, the interaction between mass media and humans is a prevailing topic in this area. Moreover, media impact models such as the black box, AIDA and interactive media are important for advertising and online marketing.

Linear communications technology - the black box

Explanatory models such as the black box are representative of the unidirectional communications technologies of the pre-Internet era. The black box is based on the stimulus-response model, a concept predicated on the idea that a human stimulus (e.g., an advertising announcement) results in a direct response. The black box metaphor adds the human behavioral concept to the stimulus-response model. The stimulus undergoes a series of linear thought processes in the black box until finally the response is produced.

Interactive media - communications technology of the future

The Internet radically changed the linear, one-dimensional medial communications theory behind the black box concept. Interactive media enables active communications between humans and media for the first time. Interactive media occur in all of the various forms of Web 2.0. Interactive media covers communications opportunities ranging from newspaper article commentary and private blogs to web sites and social networks. Interactive media is characterized by the non-linear use of technical communications technology, which enables bidirectional communications by giving receivers the opportunity to actively participate in and design the process. The Internet thus illustrates high-quality interactive media that is available through genuine, full-fledged feedback channels. In contrast to the black box model, this leads to bidirectional contact.

Communications technology - interactive media from a research perspective

Interactive media is dramatically changing how media is received. Humans are being transformed from passive receivers to active participants in the media design process. The reason is the Internet, which takes media and humans out of the black box and provides both of them a completely new way to interact. Interactive media opens up a brand new area of research in the field of communications technology. Because of its leading-edge status, interactive media is one of the most-discussed areas of research in communications theory. In contrast, concepts such as the black box theory are being increasingly challenged.

Research methods in communications technology

Empirical research methods play an important role in communications technology. This includes surveys, observations and experiments. The black box as well as stimulus response theories were built on empirical research. Interactive media such as social networks can also be analyzed by means of empirical evaluations. In the area of interactive media, the Internet provides an excellent statistical foundation. Rely on innovations-report to gain an overview of the new research aspects from the fields of communications technology, media technology, black box, stimulus response and interactive media.

Communications Media

Engineering and research-driven innovations in the field of communications are addressed here, in addition to business developments in the field of media-wide communications.

innovations-report offers informative reports and articles related to interactive media, media management, digital television, E-business, online advertising and information and communications technologies.

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Between filter bubbles, uneven visibility and transnationality

The Internet would be nothing without hyperlinks. They are what makes the Net a network. They define the paths that give users access to content. And they also help to determine which results search engines show over others. Hyperlinks are set neither evenly nor randomly. What does all this mean for political discourse? And which actors are given disproportionately high visibility? A study examines this question.

A research team made up of Bern-based communications scientists (Silke Adam, Thomas Häussler, Ueli Reber and Hannah Schmid-Petri) wanted to know how hyperlinks...

06.12.2017 | nachricht Read more

New Technologies for A/V Analysis and Search

At this year’s NAB Show, the world’s largest convention for the digital media industry, taking place April 22–27, in Las Vegas, Fraunhofer IDMT will be presenting new technologies for A/V analysis and search. The updated tools allow users to detect partial duplicates, track metadata and content reuse, automatically extract metadata and manage complex multimodal analysis workflows.

A/V Segment Matching – Tracking metadata and detecting duplicates

13.04.2017 | nachricht Read more

On patrol in social networks

The digital revolution is bringing new challenges and sweeping changes for such organizations as law enforcement agencies that have traditionally been responsible for security and stability. As part of the EU project MEDI@4SEC, Fraunhofer IAO is developing solutions and recommended strategies for enhancing people’s understanding of how social media can be used in the realm of public security.

Citizens have long been interested in criminal cases and keen to help the police solve them. What’s new is that people are increasingly combining these...

25.01.2017 | nachricht Read more

Tile Based DASH Streaming for Virtual Reality with HEVC from Fraunhofer HHI

Fraunhofer HHI‘s technique for Compressed Domain Tile Aggregation with HEVC allows VR video applications with drastically reduced video bitrates and decoder requirements. Tile Based DASH Streaming with Fraunhofer HHI’s technique allows maintaining high video quality in the current viewport while streaming lower resolution outside the viewport. The approach can adapt the video bitstream to the current user viewport on-the-fly without heavy transcoding or storage of a large number of pre-rendered viewports on the server. At the CES fair 2017 in Las Vegas, Fraunhofer HHI will show this technology at Booth 20944, South Hall 1.

Tile Based DASH Streaming for Virtual Reality with HEVC – Enabler for high quality 360 degree video from Fraunhofer HHI at CES

03.01.2017 | nachricht Read more

Product placement: Only brands placed very prominently benefit from 3D technology

Product placements in movies are omnipresent. But how do modern film technologies, particularly the 3D technology, influence the memory of brands placed in movies? A new study has revealed that only brands placed very prominently benefit from 3D as compared to 2D technology, while the memory of less prominent and more subtle placements tends to dwindle. In the case of 4D movies (3D enhanced with scent), the memory was weakest.

The results, recently published in the journal “Media Psychology”, are based on two studies, which investigated product placements in two Hollywood movies....

07.07.2016 | nachricht Read more

NASA Goddard network maintains communications from space to ground

Spending nearly a year in space, 249 miles from Earth, could be a lonely prospect, but an office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, made sure astronaut Scott Kelly could reach home for the entire 340-day duration of his mission. Not only could Kelly communicate with mission control in Houston, but Goddard's Network Integration Center connected him with reporters and even family.

Spending nearly a year in space, 249 miles from Earth, could be a lonely prospect, but an office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland,...

02.03.2016 | nachricht Read more

In Real Time: Automatic call transcription in call centers

From research into the market: EML European Media Laboratory to present the benefits of real time speech analytics for call centers at the international exhibition CCW 2016 in Berlin

The Heidelberg-based IT company EML European Media Laboratory GmbH will be presenting its products at this year’s CCW trade fair (hall 2, C19). The fair is...

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Noise can't hide weak signals from this new receiver

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a receiver that can detect a weak, fast, randomly occurring signal.

The study, published in the Dec. 11 issue of Science, lays the groundwork for a new class of highly sensitive communication receivers and scientific...

14.12.2015 | nachricht Read more

Fraunhofer HHI and Red Bull Media House work together to develop new VLC technology applications

The Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology allows for the implementation of optical WiFi environments, especially in cases when an existing radio-based solution fails. Red Bull Media House and the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI are now working together to develop a palette of promising applications using this technology.

A fast, mobile data transfer with an arbitrary, mobile positioning of transmitter and receiver is today an indispensable prerequisite for the arrangement of...

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Communication is Key for Responsible Research and Innovation

Major Horizon 2020 project “NUCLEUS” investigates governance and cultures in scientific institutions to foster the science-society dialogue / 24 project partners from Europe, Asia and Africa

How should science respond to the needs of the people? How could a socially robust and responsible communication foster a genuine dialogue between, let’s say a...

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Im Focus: Scientists channel graphene to understand filtration and ion transport into cells

Tiny pores at a cell's entryway act as miniature bouncers, letting in some electrically charged atoms--ions--but blocking others. Operating as exquisitely sensitive filters, these "ion channels" play a critical role in biological functions such as muscle contraction and the firing of brain cells.

To rapidly transport the right ions through the cell membrane, the tiny channels rely on a complex interplay between the ions and surrounding molecules,...

Im Focus: Towards data storage at the single molecule level

The miniaturization of the current technology of storage media is hindered by fundamental limits of quantum mechanics. A new approach consists in using so-called spin-crossover molecules as the smallest possible storage unit. Similar to normal hard drives, these special molecules can save information via their magnetic state. A research team from Kiel University has now managed to successfully place a new class of spin-crossover molecules onto a surface and to improve the molecule’s storage capacity. The storage density of conventional hard drives could therefore theoretically be increased by more than one hundred fold. The study has been published in the scientific journal Nano Letters.

Over the past few years, the building blocks of storage media have gotten ever smaller. But further miniaturization of the current technology is hindered by...

Im Focus: Successful Mechanical Testing of Nanowires

With innovative experiments, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrums Geesthacht and the Technical University Hamburg unravel why tiny metallic structures are extremely strong

Light-weight and simultaneously strong – porous metallic nanomaterials promise interesting applications as, for instance, for future aeroplanes with enhanced...

Im Focus: Virtual Reality for Bacteria

An interdisciplinary group of researchers interfaced individual bacteria with a computer to build a hybrid bio-digital circuit - Study published in Nature Communications

Scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have managed to control the behavior of individual bacteria by connecting them to a...

Im Focus: A space-time sensor for light-matter interactions

Physicists in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (run jointly by LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics) have developed an attosecond electron microscope that allows them to visualize the dispersion of light in time and space, and observe the motions of electrons in atoms.

The most basic of all physical interactions in nature is that between light and matter. This interaction takes place in attosecond times (i.e. billionths of a...

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