Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6 (UPMC)
UPMC, the largest scientific University in France has 4 500 researchers and teachers, 180 laboratories, 30 000 students and 700 scientific PhD delivered per year. UPMC is involved in numerous international partnership agreements and has France’s largest scientific library and infrastructures. UPMC European Affairs office, in charge of the EU projects, has managed so far 90 FP7 projects.
The Laboratoire d’Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6) which is dedicated to computer science is internationally recognised as a leading research institute. As joint research unit, it regroups 150 researchers from the UPMC, the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Institut National pour la Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA) and other universities. It has a very broad spectrum of research activities from networks, distributed systems, databases and languages to simulation, numerical computationaid to decision and symbolic reasoning. In the Decision, Intelligent Systems and operational Research department (DESIR), we focus on Artificial Intelligence research and we have been working for several years on affective computing.
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI)
Founded in 1988, DFKI today is one of the largest non-profit contract research institutes in the field of innovative software technology based on Artificial Intelligence methods. DFKI is focusing on the complete cycle of innovation – from world-class basic research and technology development through leading-edge demonstrators and prototypes to product functions and commercialization. Based in Berlin, Bremen, Kaiserslautern, and Saarbrücken, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence ranks among the important “Centres of Excellence” worldwide. An important element of DFKI’s mission is to move innovations as quickly as possible from the lab into the marketplace. By maintaining research projects at the forefront of science DFKI is able to meet its technology transfer goals. DFKI has also successfully conducted a number of projects for the European commission under the programs PROFIT, ESPRIT, IST, TELEMATICS, and Networks of Excellence. Furthermore, it has played major role in the VERBMOBIL project, which is considered to be one of the largest projects on machine translation worldwide.
Institute of Education (IOE)
Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world’s leading centres for education and social sciences. The London Knowledge Lab (LKL) is a department in the Faculty of Children and Learning, Institute of Education, University of London. The LKL is a unique collaboration between the Institute of Education and Birkbeck. LKL brings together computer and social scientists from a very broad range of fields, allowing interdisciplinary research on understanding the place of digital technologies and media in cultural, social and educational relationships with knowledge; designing, building and evaluating systems, processes and interfaces that enhance these relationships; and examining the assumptions about knowledge and learning that underlie the wide range of applications of digital technologies. The ways in which we learn, and what we need to know, are changing. LKL’s research aims are to explore and invent the roles of technology in this process, and to understand how technology relates to broader social, economic and cultural factors.
The Institut Télécom is made up of “Grandes Ecoles” (prestigious French higher education establishments) in the field of information and communication technology (ICT): Telecom ParisTech, Telecom Bretagne, Telecom SudParis, Telecom Business School, along with two establishments created in partnership with universities and businesses: Telecom Lille 1 and EURECOM, and since 2008, two associate schools : Telecom Saint-Etienne and ENSPS.
The Institut Télécom’s mission is to provide training programs and to conduct research in ICT. Institut Télécom’s mission is also to contribute to the industrial development of ICT through the utilization of science and technology and development research carried out in close collaboration with industry. The Institut Télécom features around 600 teaching and research staff and a number of 5000 students.
Its research teams cover a broad spectrum of disciplines, ranging from fundamental technologies, information processing, networks, computing and software to the economic, social, and legal aspects, industrial strategies and new services and usages. This expertise allows research programs to be conducted in the fields of mobile, satellite and optical communications, access networks, multimedia, business communications and the Internet.
Telecom ParisTech (former Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications) is one of France’s leading graduate engineering schools and is considered the best school in the field of ICT. The school is classed among the Grandes Ecoles d’Ingénieurs. It hosts a student body of more than 1200 students (including 750 in the three year diploma program, 100 in one of the master’s level programs, and 300 Ph.D. students). The Laboratoire de Traitement et Communication de l’Information (LTCI) is a Joint Research Unit (JRU) between CNRS and Institut Télécom – Télécom ParisTech, UMR 5141. It hosts all the research efforts of Télécom ParisTech (a faculty of about 150 full-time staff (full professors, associate and assistant professors), 30 full time researchers from CNRS and 300 PhD students).
Mission Locale Val d’Oise Est (MLVOE)
The structure is a private and autonomous legal entity, included in a network of similar structures covering the whole French territory. The MLVOE is commissioned by the government to welcome, inform, orient, to cater for and to give this people between 15 and 24 years old some career advice, who does not go to school anymore, in order to achieve the social and professional insertion.
Its main resources come from the State, the Région Ile-de-France, the local authorities: Communauté d’Agglomération de Val-de-rance, Communauté de Communes de Roissy- Porte-de-France, Commune de Goussainville, Commune de Gonesse (town’s local communities closed to the MLVOE).
Some actions of MLVOE are financed indirectly by the European Social Fund, through the Department of Val d’Oise.
The MLVOE has 8000 visits per year. Each young people has a referent counsellor and can be accompanied for a long period (several years). The work combines individual interviews and workshops.
In total, the intervention covers 40 towns and 260 000 people in the north suburban area of Paris.
The Mission Locale mobilizes for young people under his responsibilityinstitutions of education, employment agency, institutions of social sector, following their abilities. The structure is in contact with firms in order to enhanced job accessibility for young people and it is particularly involved in the fight against discrimination.
Universität Augsburg (UAU)
The University of Augsburg is one of the new, modern universities in Bavaria. Computer Science at Augsburg University stands for the combination of core informatics with applied subjects: media informatics, economical informatics, geo informatics and environmental informatics under one roof. This broad network is a unique feature in Bavaria and in Germany. Furthermore, the department distinguishes itself from most other universities by offering a BC and MS in Computer Science & Multimedia. Within the Bavaria Network of Excellence (ENB), the Computer Science Department is conducting as a lead manager the Elite Study Program Software Engineering in cooperation with TU Munich and LMU Munich. The Laboratory for Human-Centered Multimedia was founded in 2001 as part of the department of Computer Science at Augsburg University. The team members have a long-term experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of multimodal user interfaces and intelligent interactive systems and conducted projects for the EU, BMBF, GIF and industries in this area. Ongoing and completed networks and projects that are of relevance to the TARDIS proposal include the EU NoEs Humaine and IRIS, the EU IPs CALLAS and CEEDS, the EU STREPs E-Circus and eCUTE and the DFG-funded project CUBE-G.
Universiteit Utrecht (UU)
Utrecht University has a long tradition of research in game technology and applications. It employs internationally renowned researchers that have published numerous papers in the field, are member (or chair) of program committees of many of the conferences in the field and give invited talks all over the world. Utrecht has been performing research in this area for two decades. In particular path planning and animation have been important topics. Researchers in Utrecht have developed the Probabilistic Roadmap Planner, the most used path planning technique in the world. We have done also important on animation and emotion, such as the step-based animation system or real-time simulation of crying motions. Utrecht has a lot of experience working with industry and other research institutions on the topic of interactive 3D environments. For example, we work together with the Dutch company Motek Medical on animation for medical purposes. We also organize the yearly conference on Motion in Games (MIG) that brings together the world’s top researchers in this domain.
Charamel GmbH (Limited Private Company) is a private commercial organization based in Cologne/Germany. Charamel is a technology-based developing company for real-time animation software of virtual avatars. The company is leading in the development of 2D/3D avatar solutions and Charamel´s core activity lies in the software development and computer generation of virtual representatives, which are used as interfaces to information and learning systems.
In the field of Human-Machine-Interfaces (HMI) Charamel is working for the automotive industry (e. g. Audi, Ford, Daimler, Volkswagen) for integrating avatars as virtual car assistant into the car. Charamel has a high field experience in mass generation of real-time rendering of 3D and avatar animations based on successfully offered applications by more than 25 mobile operators worldwide.
The main propositions of Charamel´s technology are high scalability, flexibility and redundancy, fast video generation, lip synchrony which is deployed on real time basis and the presentation and animation of autonomous characters.
Funded in 1939, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of France’s Ministry of Research. CNRS research units are spread throughout France, and employ a large body of permanent researchers, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff. The CNRS annual budget represents one-quarter of French public spending on civilian research. CNRS is organized in 1211 laboratories, either intramural or in partnership with universities, other research organizations or industry. As one of the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS is involved in all scientific fields and is largely involved in national, European, and international projects. Interdisciplinary programs and actions offer a gateway into new domains of scientific investigation and enable CNRS to address the needs of society and industry.
The LIMSI-CNRS is a multidisciplinary research lab founded by CNRS. It regroups 120 researchers and about 60 PhD candidates. It undertakes research in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and in Sciences and Technologies for Information and Communication. The research fields cover a wide disciplinary spectrum from thermodynamics to cognition, encompassing spoken language and text processing, vision, virtual reality, and intelligent virtual agents…
University Paris-Sud is one of the major research university in France with a wide disciplinary spectrum. It is especially recognized for the high level of its basic research, most notably in mathematics and physics. It has 3000 researchers and teachers, nearly 30 000 students and among which 3 100 are engaged in a PhD, and 4 800 are foreign students, coming from 132 different countries. The LIMSI-CNRS is one of the labs in UPSUD, leading the research in human-computer interaction and artificial cognition, especially virtual agents.