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Evolution of Shared Semantics in Computational Environments

Objective

In everyday life, humans exhibit strong skills in resolving communication problems by re-negotiating what they
mean. Modern-day computational systems, however, are lacking in resilience and robustness in this respect. Whenever different components with different vocabularies and models of meaning interact within distributed, open enviroments, they have to rely on their human designers’ abilities to resolve problems of miscommunication.
The aim of the ESSENCE network is to translate these abilities of natural communicating systems to computational systems in order to improve their resilience and robustness, and by doing so to also make these systems more comprehensible to human users. To this end, we will bring together research on phenomena observed in human communication with research from areas that investigate heterogeneous computational communicating systems.
We will develop a transnational virtual research centre that brings together researchers from computational systems that take inspiration from human-based models and vice versa. Within this centre, we will generate new expertise through research on specific sub-topics, which will act as thematic focal points within the area of shared, evolving semantics. This will be achieved by training a new cadre of researchers in the state of the art of both fields, adopting a holistic approach that spans across existing disciplinary boundaries. Our programme of interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial training will involve a diverse range of non-academic and industrial partners, and will ground our research in appropriate application contexts to improve the employability of network participants.
ESSENCE will build a sustainable European research base for future training, research collaboration and commercial exploitation of new techniques in the area. It will establish strong collaborative links with third parties, and promote interest in the broader area through targeted public engagement and outreach activities.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
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Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 1 235 025,44

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 695 811,16
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Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fausto Giunchiglia (Prof.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 654 047,02
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María Ángeles López Vázquez (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 684 079,67
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jo Landsbergen (Mrs.)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 233 090
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nik Claesen (Mr.)
TAIGER SPAIN SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 229 431,62
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Calle Apolonio Morales 13 Local H
28036 Madrid

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Manuel López-Cobo (Mr.)
SONY EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 258 698,66
Address
The Heights Brooklands
KT13 0XW Weybridge

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sophie Boucher (Mrs.)