SCRC is a multidisciplinary research Center which addresses research and educational needs in the area of Social Computing. The SCRC team is composed of high achieving academics from across Computing and Social Sciences disciplines, who hold a strong publication record and achievements in scientific research and innovation. This includes scientific publications in the highest impact journals such as Nature. Also, despite its recent formation, the SCRC team has already proven its ability to attract highly competitive European funding and expertise in managing large scale projects. The SCRC team’s vision is the establishment of a world recognized research center of excellence in Social Computing. In its first year of operation SCRC has secured the coordination of two HORIZON 2020 projects (a) the Twinning NOTRE (Network for sOcial compuTing REsearch – NOTRE; http://notre.socialcomputing.eu/). Through NOTRE, the CUT team has built a strong network in Europe and internationally as well as successful ongoing collaborations with the internationally-leading European Institutions (b) the H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges program ENCASE; ENhancing seCurity and privAcy in the Social wEb: a user-centered approach for the protection of minors – ENCASE; http://encase.socialcomputing.eu/). As part of the ENCASE project the SCRC team, established research collaborations with leading Universities (UCL, Roma3, Aristotelion University Salonica) and companies (Telefonica RDT).

SCRC's work focuses on the intersection of Computing and Social Sciences addressing key societal challenges and enhancing effective links between education, research, and innovation – the three sides of the ‘knowledge triangle’. SCRC follows an interdisciplinary approach in tje following areas: (a) Online Social Networks and their Analysis; (b) Multimedia and Educational Technologies; (c) Social Exclusion/Inclusion and Social Change.

The work of SCRC is completely aligned with the Cyprus Smart Specialization Strategy (S3CY) and the national needs, as is evident by the government’s objectives for an increase in digital economy, government, education and social innovation. Building on its multidisciplinary strength SCRC provides opportunities for addressing, through the use of Social Science and ICT research, key societal challenges in various areas of key importance to Cyprus and EU. The Centre aims primarily at:

    • Producing high quality research focusing on the intersection of Computing and Social Sciences that improves Cyprus’ research and scientific profile and its chance to seek international funding in the international fora.
    • Engaging in a strategic growth path by establishing close links between researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs and educators for addressing real-life problems aligned with S3CY and the national needs and establishing a social innovation culture in Cyprus in these areas.
    • Raising the SCRC staff’s research, education and innovation profile/capacity as well as the profile of all institutions involved taking into account the indicators such as research intensity, innovation performance, values and attitudes towards research and innovation.
    • Giving access to new research avenues, increased creativity and development of new approaches, as well as a source for increased mobility (inwards and outwards) of qualified scientists from all institutions involved.
    • SCRC will enable Social Computing to be studied in a holistic way involving researchers from the areas of computing/engineering, human-computer interaction, visual computing, communications and social sciences.

We envisage that SCRC will become a hub for high impact multidisciplinary research that influences research, education and innovation strategy, policy and practice in the area of Social Computing.