[Elsnet-list] Call for participation to eNTERFACE'07
bulent.sankur at boun.edu.tr
Mon Feb 12 16:04:59 CET 2007
Dear colleagues and students,
This summer we are organizing the eNTERFACE summer workshop between the
dates July 16th-August 10th, on the campus of the Bogazici (Bosporus)
University in Istanbul. Please take a look at our web site:
The highlights of this one-month long workshop are as follows:
§ *Projects*: There will be ten projects, each attended by a team
of 6 to 8 students. The outcome of the project will be a working
software tool for visualization and multimodal interface, preferably an
open one. A joint final project report is produced, which is intended to
be the starting point of future publications.
§ *Teams*: The project team consists in majority of PhD
candidates, though students at the master's level and even a B.S.-level
can be admitted. The teams are formed based on their complementary
skills and experience and interest. Technical committee in cooperation
with advisors will select qualified applicants.
§ *Leaders*: Projects will be lead by advisors, often a faculty
member or an expert from the industry. Project advisors are expected to
give guidance to the team members throughout the workshop duration.
Advisors may alternate over weeks, and this fact creates an opportunity
to interact with people of different backgrounds and expertise.
§ *Seminars: *There will be several seminars by invited
international speakers as well local faculty members. Invited speakers
will be sponsored through various funds and will be requested to
participate actively to the workshop for some time.
§ *Synergy*: An important raison d'être of this style of workshop
is the synergy that is created by teams of M.Sc. and Ph.D. level
students working together toward well-defined project tasks. While each
participant is actually working on software development for her/his
thesis, the joint work achieves much more. It is also a unique
opportunity to collect data, e.g., biometric, behavioral, gestural etc.
§ *Success stories*: There have been a total of 17 projects
undertaken in previous eNTERFACE workshops in Mons (2005) and Dubrovnik
(2006), each replete with successes of its own. The results of these
projects can be accessed at http://www.enterface.net/enterface06/
For example, one of these projects was "Sign language tutoring tool"
which aimed to teach 17 manual and non-manual signs from American Sign
Language. The developed software displayed the videos on request, asked
the user to perform the sign, evaluated the success based on the
captured video, and gave feedback in terms of a synthesized avatar
performing the sign. The project participants consisted of PhD students
from Turkey, France, Czech Republic, Spain, and Belgium, and the
collective effort resulted in a paper based on the work.
§ *Work and Fun*: Students as well as project advisors have been
reporting past eNTERFACEs "it was a lot of fun, working in a team with
young people from different countries". Previous workshops have had rich
social programs consisting of trips, museum visits, music nights and
folklore. We are planning to emulate the social program in Istanbul:
there will be sightseeing tours of this unique historical city, nights
on Bosporus and trips to nearby cities and sea resorts.
§ *Cost*: The estimated cost of the workshop is 700 Euros for
food and lodging for one month, and plus the travel cost. Students are
expected to find their own funds, e.g., SIMILAR projects being sponsored
by their own project budgets etc. There will be a number of
scholarships for undergraduate students of partner institutions.
Please check our web site: http://www.enterface.net/enterface07/
The organizers' e-mails are on the page. Please feel free to ask
questions at any time. We would like to see you in Istanbul this summer.
So, visit the project links, choose a project and apply!
Prof. Dr. Bulent SANKUR
Department of Electrical-Electronic Engineering
Fax: 90 - 212 - 287 2465
Tel: 90 - 212 - 359 6455
Secr.90 - 212 - 359 6414
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