H2020 Media Projects’ Workshop: Collaboration Towards the Future of Media

We attended an exciting event in Brussels on the 17th October 2017, in order to spark collaboration among all H2020 media related projects managed by Unit DG CONNECT-I4.

I3 London ‘Media Innovation & Investment’ event

We presented X5GON at an Investor Meeting – a one day event packed with insight, advice and collaboration, hosted by F6S, the world’s largest platform for founders in Hackney Wick London. It focused on different options for funding R&D in the media sector in Europe, that is, funding from the European Commission, private investors, corporates and alternative sources, organisedby the European Commission funded project I3.

Thank you for making the AI and OER event a success

On Sept 18-19, the OER community turned out to enjoy a much needed technology mapping excersize day at the 2nd World OER Congress in Ljubljana. The goal was to present the OER landscape and its challenges, to researchers and techies. The event was, once again, a great success, and we hope all participating enjoyed it as much as we did.

Successful launch of the X5GON project

The kick-off was in parallel with the 2nd UNESO World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress  and Artificial Intelligence: Research, Technology and Business in OER satellite event, both designed and organized by X5GON personnel. Key results of both events are the Dynamic Coalition in OER, Ljubljana OER Action Plan Document and Ministers Statement.

The kick-off focused on the fivefold solutions offered by X5GON to global OER sites:

  • Cross-modal: technologies for multimodal content understanding;
  • Cross-site: technologies to transparently accompany and analyse users across sites;
  • Cross-domain: technologies for cross domain content analytics;
  • Cross-language: technologies for cross lingual content recommendation;
  • Cross-cultural: technologies for cross cultural learning personalisation.

K4A events at 2nd World OER Congress

K4A is co-organizing a satellite at the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 18 – 20 September 2017

This is the result of K4A role in creating machine learning technologies for open education. The satellite we are running is Artificial Intelligence: Research, Technology and Business in OER where we will present the latest activities in a series of efforts to showcase the potential of products for Open Educational Resources (OER). With this conference K4A is showing its commitment in taking actions to push forward the global agenda on OER.

New EU project will shed light on the potential of a micro-credentialing clearing house in Higher Education at a EU level

K4A has been awarded an Erasmus+ project to design, create and test the policy framework for micro-credentials in Europe – an ambitious but realistic target.

The MicroHE project is explicitly designed to match several of the priorities of the EU strategy on higher Education. The project contains partners from across Europe, to ensure a balance in perspectives and types of education system.

Certain elements of testing will be limited to participating countries for reasons of practicality, all research, policy recommendations and in particular surveys and consultations, will be made at EU Level.

X5GON to be presented @ European Commission

The X5GON project on converging OER was invited to present at the workshop “H2020 Media Projects’ Workshop: Collaboration Towards the Future of Media” on 17th October 2017, at EC premises in Avenue de Beaulieu 25 in Brussels.

Data Scientist career opportunity – Recommendations

Job Description: University of Nantes wishes to recruit an engineer for project X5-GON. The goal is to specify, develop and deploy a recommender system solution. The candidate will be invested in technical tasks as well as participate to meetings with the other teams of the consortium. Technical decisions will be taken collectively: strong technical skills are therefore required.

Within the context of the project, the candidate will be part of a team working on this or similar projects. He will benefit from experienced supervision, making this position of interest to candidates with 0 to 5 years experience.

Profile of the candidate: The candidate should hold a Master’s degree or an Engineer title in one of the following research areas: computer science, data science. A good level of expression in English (both written and spoken) is required.

Technical qualities:

  • Python and C++ programming
  • Software engineering
  • Data science techniques, including Machine Learning

Soft skills:

  • Motivation, autonomy and teamwork
  • Capacity to adapt to the constraints of collaborative European projects

Duration: 36 months, beginning fall 2017.

University of Nantes also has a UNESCO Chair in technologies for the training of teachers by OER whose goal is to support and extend a running French project whose goal is to train hundreds of thousands of teachers and education professionals to code and computational thinking called Class’Code http://classcode.fr.

Full application and more details here.

Fake News workshop @ UCL

Prioritise me! (Side-effects of online content delivery) workshop on the topic of fake news was organised by K4A at University College London.