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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."
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Address

Old College, South Bridge
Eh8 9yl Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 235 025,50

Administrative Contact

Angela Noble (Ms.)

Participants (6)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 695 811,20

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 654 047

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 684 079,70

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 233 090

TAIGER SPAIN SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 229 431,62

SONY EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 258 698,66

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607062

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 990 183,57

  • EU contribution

    € 3 990 183,57

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom