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Workshop: Significance and Structure of Sign Language

Workshop: Significance and Structure of Sign Language

The Cyprus University of Technology organized a workshop of the project “aRTIFICIAL iNTELLIGENCE for the Deaf” entitled “aiD” funded by the European Commission and the Research Executive Agency (REA).

The Workshop was held on Friday 30-01-2020, 10:00 -14: 00 at the Cyprus University of Technology, 33 Saripolou St (5th floor), Limassol, Cyprus.

The aim of the project is to develop multi-media and high-precision deep learning models for interactive communication with deaf and hard of hearing people and educational material for the implementation of educational programs as well as to improve the language and communication skills of the deaf and hard of hearing students.

The purpose of the Workshop was informative and educational. The aim was to present the theoretical framework for the importance and structure of Sign Language for the development of aiD applications and educational material for the implementation of educational programs as well as to improve the language and communication skills of the deaf and hard of hearing students.

The character of the Workshop is informative and educational. The aim was to present the theoretical framework for the importance and structure of Sign Language for the development of aiD applications.

The two presenters of the Workshop were Dr. Vassilios Kourbetis and the PhD candidate Spyridoula Karipi, both seconded to CUT from the Hellenic Federation of the Deaf. The Workshop was attended by members of the Cyprus University of Technology and were informed on the Significance and Structure of Sign Language in relation to the development of the “aiD” Project deliverables.

All participants agreed that the Workshop should be repeated with the participation of all partners and in the context of a transnational meeting so that everyone is aware of the importance and structure of Sign Language for the development of aiD applications. The presenters pledged to repeat it in Athens after the end of the first phase of their secondment and cooperation with the Cyprus University of Technology.

SCRC: Kick-off meeting of the new project on Female Empowerment

SCRC: Kick-off meeting of the new project on Female Empowerment

The kickoff meeting of the ERASMUS+ project FeSTEM (Female Empowerment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Higher Education) took place with great success on January 30-31, at the Cyprus University of Technology. FeSTEM, which is funded by the European Commission, is composed of five partners in five countries (Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Spain, Slovenia). Cyprus is represented by the Social Computing Research Centre  (http://www.socialcomputing.eu)  which has the responsibility for coordinating the project, with Dr. Antigoni Parmaxi as the Scientific Coordinator of the Project. The FeSTEM project includes leading universities and research centres with a distinguished research activity in the fields of science and education: the Smart Mobile Interactive Learning Environments (SMILE, http://smile.uom.gr/) Laboratory of the University of Macedonia, the CESIE Research Center (https://cesie.org/en/), the Geoss Educational Organization (www.ic-geoss.si) and two industrial partners: Magenta Consultoria (www.magentaconsultoria.com) and ARIS (http: //www.ariscy.com/).

The main objective of the FeSTEM project is to promote an innovative pedagogical approach that will enable Higher Education students to use traditional and computationally rich tools to create common exhibits that will serve as mentoring models to encourage girls and women to remain active in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

During the kick-off meeting, a sequence of different presentations took place in relation to the philosophy and the goals of the project. In addition, the partners had the opportunity to exchange their views, focusing on the priorities of the FeSTEM project. 

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aiD Kick-off meeting

aiD Kick-off meeting

The aiD Kick-off meeting took place at 09 and 10 of December 2019, at Athens-Greece. It was hosted at EGG[1], as a kind sponsorship of Eurobank Hellas.

Kick-off meeting agenda

Each beneficiary participated with at least one person, who attended the meeting either on-site or via video conference. The full participant’s catalogue can be found in Annex.

The meeting was focused on establishing common ground for the project team regarding the work packages, the milestones and the necessary deliverables as well as the challenges involved. The detailed agenda can be found at Annex.

Finally, the Coordinator discussed thoroughly the managerial requirements that every beneficiary and each researcher have in the context of the project. It was explained in detail how the financial processed work and which are the corresponding required documents, in order to ensure the prompt and valid delivery of all secondments.

New Scientist covers SCRC’s study of the Gab social network

Savvas Zannettou at Cyprus University of Technology and his colleagues set up an account on Gab, then cross-checked posts against terms in Hatebase, a database used by governments and non-governmental organisations to track the spread of hate speech. One in every 20 posts the researchers analysed included words in the Hatebase corpus – 2.4 times the rate on Twitter. However, hate-filled posts on Gab were only half as common as on 4chan’s /pol/ message board, a notorious home of internet trolls.

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