The many faces of (digital) Game-Based Learning in Manufacturing and Business

In a recent conference talk at the International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing I presented how Serious Games and Business Simulation Games can be used

  • to Understand task relevant human factors
  • to Measure aptitude and potential of employees
  • to Train prospective or current employees
  • and as a benchmark for evaluating user interfaces

To validate these keen assumptions, we developed a set of serious games. Currently, we are evaluating a fascinating game about production planning and control (PPC) and quality management (QM). You can support us by participating and playing two rounds of "Quality-Intelligence Game" right in your browser (the game is in german, though):

Link to the game: (in german) Plugin for OS X discontinued

Apple finally decided to include an english-german dictionary with the newest version of Mac OS X 10.11 “El capitan”. I cannot yet judge whether Apple’s dataset can compete with the collective power of the active community, but as maintaining my plugin for the same purpose got increasingly difficult through the exponential growth of the database, I decided to discontinue the plugin. You can still download the plugin via this site or directly at, but new versions will not be released.

Broken or not?

Science isn’t broken is a marvelous article on science, careless data interpretation, and the cult of publishing only significant results.

In the last two nibbles on this site I linked to articles that criticized the practice of “p-hacking” and illustrated the “conformation bias (/node/2108)” that – in combination – lead to innumerable bogus scientific research papers and an increasing number of serious scientific outlets that start to change their review and publication policies.

Life Pro Tips: Three-Finger Dictionary Lookup

Probably every reader of this little blog has the plugin for OS X’s dictionary app installed. I just realized that you could do a dictionary lookup for words in nearly every OS X application with your fingertips.

Move your mouse cursor to the respective word you would like to look up and touch your track pad with three fingers (like you would do a right click with two fingers). Bam. A small overlay window with the translation and a link to Wikipedia flashes up.