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Call for New Members

The SSPNet

Deadline extended to August 15th

SSPNet is an FP7 European Network of Excellence (2009-2014) fostering and supporting research activities in Social Signal Processing (SSP), an emerging domain aimed at bringing Social Intelligence to computers. The mission of the SSPNet is to create a sufficient momentum by integrating an existing large amount of knowledge and available resources in SSP research domains including cognitive modelling, machine understanding, and synthesizing social behaviour, and so:

  • enable creation of the European and world research agenda in SSP,
  • provide efficient and effective access to SSP-relevant tools and data repositories to the research community within and beyond the SSPNet, and
  • further develop complementary and multidisciplinary expertise necessary for pushing forward the cutting edge of the research in SSP.

The collective SSPNet research effort is directed towards integration of existing SSP theories and technologies, and towards identification and exploration of potentials and limitations in SSP.

The core SSPNet partners bring together a unique mix of knowledge and experience in the three SSP research domains:

  • cognitive modelling and social behaviour (University of Geneva (CH), Queen’s University Belfast (UK), University of Rome (I)),
  • machine sensing and understanding of social behaviour (IDIAP (CH), Imperial College London (UK), Delft University of Technology (NL), University of Edinburgh (UK)), and
  • machine synthesis of social behaviour (DFKI (D), CNRS (F), and University of Twente (NL), University of Edinburgh (UK)).

To realise its mission and enable creation of the European and world research agenda in SSP, the SSPNet has the ambition to attract new, top-quality research SSPNet partners while maintaining complementarity of expertise and resources brought in by different partners. SSPNet seeks to enlarge research volume and range of expertise in SSP by enlarging the current consortium with up to 5 European partners having the expertise in one or more of the following SSP research areas:

  • cognitive modelling (social and cognitive aspects of human behaviour, vocal social signals)
  • social signals analysis (human context sensing and analysis, scene analysis)
  • social agents and robots (adaptive, context-aware, personalised interaction)
  • other (applicants in any other SSP research area will be considered as long as there is a clear case of mutual benefit to be gained by both parties the SSPNet partners and the applicant)

New Partners: Prerogatives and Selection Criteria

The new partners (i.e., affiliated members) will have prerogatives and rights different than those of the core members listed above. More specifically:

  • Affiliated members can participate in internal (competitive) programs to obtain research, networking, and dissemination activities funding from the SSPNet with the same rights and prerogatives as the core members.
  • Affiliated members are not assigned administrative duties.
  • Affiliated members do not sit in the management and the administration boards while core members do.

New SSPNet partners (affiliated members) will be selected based on the following criteria.

SSPNet-oriented criteria

  1. The inclusion of new members must guarantee equilibrium between the three SSP research domains mentioned above and ensure that they are all appropriately represented.
  2. The SSPNet is based on 5 core objectives (1. building the framework for structuring and sharing the SSPNet knowledge; 2. describing the principles and laws of social interaction and social relations; 3. detecting, interpreting, and synthesizing the phenomena observed and described by social scientists; 4. collecting datasets annotated in terms of social signals; 5. establishing performance assessment criteria) and the new members must bring expertise necessary to address them.
  3. The new members are expected to bridge expertise gaps in the current SSPNet consortium.

Scientific Excellence

  • Successful candidates are expected to have excellent academic record as measured by the impact factor of the publication outlet and the citations.
  • Successful candidates are expected to have EC projects involvement record.
  • Successful candidates are expected to have good record of being involved in various dissemination activities.

How to Apply

To apply to become new SSPNet partners, prospective researchers should send their applications to the SSPNet Coordinator <vincia@dcs.gla.ac.uk> with the following information:

  • Short Bio of the applicant(s) (no more than 1500 words, including the list of selected publications)
  • Case for Support (no more than 1000 words discussing the following issues: How the applicant(s) intend to fulfil the above-stated SSPNet-oriented criteria? How the applicant(s) intend to bridge expertise gaps in the current SSPnet consortium? In applicant(s) view, why is it urgent to bridge the expertise gap in question? What are the elements of novelty in the research approach/methodology/ dissemination that the applicant(s) will introduce? What are the applicant(s) ideas and suggested actions that should be taken to ensure and enlarge the long-lasting impact of the SSPNet?)

The selection process will be carried out by the SSPNet Management Board.

The deadline is August 15th 2010.

1 comment to Call for New Members

  • At present we are conducting research on affective computing that I believe will be closely related to social interaction in the web and through other means such as cloud computing. I would be interested in participating in the partnership with SSPNet, but need to understand the implications. Any feedback would be welcome.

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