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The Esslingen University of Applied science or Hochschule Esslingen und Hochschule für Sozialwesen ) is a University of applied science in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. It has 11 faculties offering 25 bachelor study programs and 12 master programs. The University of Applied science' focus is on engineering, management, social science and health care and nursing science. It is ranked among the top Universities of Applied science in Germany with especially strong business administration, mechanical, electrical engineering, IT and Engineering with Business Studies programs. The university cooperates closely with the local economy and has partnerships with well-established companies such as Daimler, Porsche, Bosch, Festo , Eberspächer etc. which have major operations in the vicinity. Wikipedia.

Stangier U.,Goethe University Frankfurt | Schramm E.,Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg | Heidenreich T.,Esslingen University of Applied Sciences | Berger M.,Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg | Clark D.M.,Kings College London
Archives of General Psychiatry | Year: 2011

Context: Cognitive therapy (CT) focuses on the modification of biased information processing and dysfunctional beliefs of social anxiety disorder (SAD). Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) aims to change problematic interpersonal behavior patterns thatmay have an important role in the maintenance of SAD. No direct comparisons of the treatments for SAD in an outpatient setting exist. Objective: To compare the efficacy of CT, IPT, and a waiting-list control (WLC) condition. Design: Randomized controlled trial. Setting: Two academic outpatient treatment sites. Patients: Of 254 potential participants screened, 117 had a primary diagnosis of SAD and were eligible for randomization; 106 participants completed the treatment or waiting phase. Interventions: Treatment comprised 16 individual sessions of either CT or IPT and 1 booster session. Twenty weeks after randomization, posttreatment assessment was conducted and participants in the WLC received 1 of the treatments. Main Outcome Measures: The primary outcome was treatment response on the Clinical Global Impression Improvement Scale as assessed by independent masked evaluators. The secondary outcome measures were independent assessor ratings using the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale, the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, and patient self-ratings of SAD symptoms. Results: At the posttreatment assessment, response rates were 65.8% for CT, 42.1% for IPT, and 7.3% for WLC. Regarding response rates and Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale scores, CT performed significantly better than did IPT, and both treatments were superior to WLC. At 1-year follow-up, the differences between CT and IPT were largely maintained, with significantly higher response rates in the CT vs the IPT group (68.4% vs 31.6%) and better outcomes on the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale. No significant treatment X site interactions were noted. Conclusions: Cognitive therapy and IPT led to considerable improvements that were maintained 1 year after treatment; CT was more efficacious than was IPT in reducing social phobia symptoms. ©2011 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. Source

Korn O.,Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
EICS'12 - Proceedings of the 2012 ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems | Year: 2012

This paper introduces an approach for implementing motivating mechanics from game design to production environments by integrating them in a new kind of computer-based assistive system. This process can be called "gamification". By using motion recognition, the work processes becomes transparent and can be visualized in realtime. This allows representing them as bricks in a "production game" which resembles the classic game Tetris. The aim is to achieve and sustain a mental state called "flow" resulting in increased motivation and better performance. Although the approach presented here primarily focuses on elderly and impaired workers, the enhanced assistive system or "wizard" can principally enrich work in every production environment. Copyright 2012 ACM. Source

Ammann U.,Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings - 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Predictive Control of Electrical Drives and Power Electronics, PRECEDE 2015 | Year: 2015

This paper introduces so-called Assignment Figures as a tool to evaluate the impact of different cost functions on the resulting switching state patterns for predictive inverter control. These Assignment Figures are derived for two-level voltage source inverters and investigated for different cost function variants, including weighted switching frequency reduction and common-mode voltage reduction. It is shown how this graphical method can be used for selecting appropriate cost functions and for tuning weighting factors. © 2015 IEEE. Source

Durr M.,University of Marburg | Durr M.,Esslingen University of Applied Sciences | Durr M.,Justus Liebig University | Hofer U.,University of Marburg
Progress in Surface Science | Year: 2013

Diffusion of atomic hydrogen on silicon serves as a model system for the investigation of thermally activated diffusion processes of covalently bound adsorbates on semiconductor surfaces. Over the past two decades, a detailed understanding of the hopping mechanisms for H/Si(0 0 1) and H/Si(1 1 1) has been obtained using a variety of experimental and theoretical methods. Hydrogen diffusion on silicon is in general characterized by energy barriers that are substantially larger than for adsorbate diffusion on metal surfaces, by the occurrence of different pathways on one surface, as well as by a strong participation of the underlying lattice in the hopping process. In the case of the flat Si(0 0 1) surface, three diffusion pathways were identified: site exchange within one Si dimer, hopping along dimer rows, and hopping across dimer rows, with barriers of 1.4, 1.7 and 2.4 eV, respectively. These barriers correlate with the distances of the involved adsorption sites of 2.4, 3.8 and 5.2. While hydrogen diffusion on Si(0 0 1) is strongly anisotropic at surface temperatures below 700 K, the measurement of high hopping rates by means of a combination of pulsed laser heating and scanning tunneling microscopy reveals similar jump frequencies around 108 s-1 at 1400 K. Diffusion across steps is found to occur with similar speed as diffusion along dimer rows. Hydrogen diffusion on Si(1 1 1) 7 × 7 involves 4.4-long jumps between restatom and adatom sites, accompanied by strong distortions of the adatom backbonds. Crossing the unit-cell boundaries via a 6.7-long migration pathway between two adatoms is the rate limiting process for diffusion on macroscopic length scales, which has an activation energy of 1.5 eV. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Michalak J.,Witten/Herdecke University | Schultze M.,Free University of Berlin | Heidenreich T.,Esslingen University of Applied Sciences | Schramm E.,Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology | Year: 2015

Objective: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has recently been proposed as a treatment option for chronic depression. The cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP) is the only approach specifically developed to date for the treatment of chronically depressed patients. The efficacy of MBCT plus treatment-as-usual (TAU), and CBASP (group version) plus TAU, was compared to TAU alone in a prospective, bicenter, randomized controlled trial. Method: One hundred and six patients with a current DSM-IV defined major depressive episode and persistent depressive symptoms for more than 2 years were randomized to TAU only (N = 35), or to TAU with additional 8-week group therapy of either 8 sessions of MBCT (n = 36) or CBASP (n = 35). The primary outcome measure was the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (24-item HAM-D, Hamilton, 1967) at the end of treatment. Secondary outcome measures were the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI; Beck, Steer, & Brown, 1996) and measures of social functioning and quality of life. Results: In the overall sample as well as at 1 treatment site, MBCT was no more effective than TAU in reducing depressive symptoms, although it was significantly superior to TAU at the other treatment site. CBASP was significantly more effective than TAU in reducing depressive symptoms in the overall sample and at both treatment sites. Both treatments had only small to medium effects on social functioning and quality of life. Conclusions: Further studies should inquire whether the superiority of CBASP in this trial might be explained by the more active, problem-solving, and interpersonal focus of CBASP. © 2015 American Psychological Association. Source

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