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Positive 1st review of TraMOOC project

The first project review of the project TraMOOC took place this week at the European Commission premises in Luxembourg , with excellent results. The independent reviewers invited by the EC have awarded the project an excellent overall evaluation. TraMOOC machine translations have matured significantly during the project.

3rd traMOOC project meeting in Dublin

traMOOC partners have meet again  to discuss progress and future strategy. In a follow-up to the Corfu meeting, traMOOC partners have meet to evaluate the progress made in each work package during the first few months of the project.

 

MOOC provider Iversity hosts TraMOOC project meeting

K4A and Iversity are partners and case studies in the traMOOC – Translation for Massive Open Online Courses – project. This workshop was designed and organised to produce multilingual service scenarios within the Iversity platform for online learning that would enables a more global reach for the platform and opportunities to get recognised credentials, no matter where users are.

K4A runs the 2nd Internet of Education Conference in Bosnia

Knowledge 4 All Foundation has organised its 2nd Internet of Education Conference (IOE 2015) in Sarajevo. This provided an opportunity to highlight the importance of the following in open education:

  1.  technical developments in support of open learning environments (as indicated in the EC communication Opening up Education),
  2. the value of multi-lingual tools in increasing access to open education and MOOCs, in particular the tools developed within the TraMOOC,EMMA, TransLectures and Active2Trans projects and OER gathering projects like ExplorEdu, and ICT in schools via MyMachine,
  3.  the smart partnership across different stakeholders in education from primary and HEI to civil society, governments and companies as reflected in the OpeningupSlovenia initiative.

This was a great opportunity to discuss and design best practice transfer from Slovenia and Europe, stimulate a strategy for new regional “Openingup” initiatives and present what is already being developed in the SEE region.

 

2nd traMOOC project meeting in Corfu

traMOOC partners have meet for the second time to discuss progress and future strategy, this time in Corfu. In a follow-up to the Berlin meeting, traMOOC partners have meet to evaluate the progress made in each work package during the first few months of the project. They have also prepared for the forthcoming European Commission review and consolidate exploitation strategy which also focuses on OpeningupSlovenia and other plans for year two and beyond.

 

K4A trustee to become UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER

On September 30th 2014 the UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning was established in Slovenia. The Chairholder is Mitja Jermol, one of the six Knowledge 4 All Foundation trustees. UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and the Director of the Jožef Stefan Institute, Professor Jadran Lenarčič, signed an agreement establishing a UNESCO Chair at the Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Institute is also one of the leading powers behind OpeningupSlovenia.

EU funded projects

transLectures

transLectures is an EU-funded project to develop innovative, cost-effective tools for the automatic transcription and translation of online educational videos.

Online collections of video material are fast becoming a staple feature of the Internet and a key educational resource. What we are working on at transLectures is a set of easy-to-use tools that will allow users to add multilingual subtitles to these videos. In doing so, they will make the content of these videos available to a much wider audience in a way that is cost-effective and sustainable over the vast collections of online video lectures being generated.

Automatic transcription tools will provide verbatim subtitles of the talks recorded on video, thereby allowing the hard-of-hearing to access this content. Language learners and other non-native speakers will also benefit from these monolingual subtitles. Meanwhile, machine translation tools will make these subtitles available in languages other than that in which the video was recorded.

Specifically, we will be developing tools for use on VideoLectures.NET, a collection of videos recorded at various academic events set up by JSI’s Centre for Knowledge Transfer, and for poliMedia, a lecture capture system designed and implemented at the UPVLC. Our tools will also be fully compatible with Matterhorn, a free, open-source platform for the management of educational audio and video content

The language pairs being targeted in this project are English, Spanish and Slovenian for transcription, and English<>Spanish, English<>Slovenian, English>French and English>German for translation

Mission

The foundation promotes the spread of knowledge and vivid academic debate to anyone with access to the internet anywhere in the world. It therefore benefits all those interested in academic knowledge and debate, where they do not currently have immediate access to such resources and debate. It also helps to develop more widespread interest in such resources and debate.
The Foundation promotes the open access to academic resources (such as video lectures, learning objects, paper, reports, books, and scientific data), together with tools to give users access to these resources and to match them to their needs. Furthermore, the Foundation aims to help overcome the barriers of limited discoverability and accessibility, as well as enable interaction between users and providers, and among users with common interests.

The Foundation is a forum where creators, technology developers, managers and users of such resources and tools can meet to actively promote the free availability and distribution of such content and tools, as well as develop strategies for fostering interactions between users and providers and among users with common interests.

The Foundation has its main office in London, England, but it operates globally together with a subsidiary “Zavod Znanje za Vse” in Ljubljana, Slovenia, responsible for infrastructure development as well as the maintenance and development of an exemplar site, videolectures.net.

Last call for Challenge Proposals! Deadline 3rd February 2012

Next Call for Challenge Proposals – Winter 2012
Deadline, Feb. 3rd, 2012

The goal of Pascal-II Challenges is to advance the state of the art about cognitive systems. The cognitive banner is large: welcome are proposals related to

* communication (language, voice, vision, haptics, brain signals, representation, feature construction, – non exhaustive list)
* interaction (games, robotics, social networks, preferences, validation, experiment design, distributed/decentralized decision – n.e.l.)
* applicative settings (multi-task and transfert, drift, privacy and anonymization – n.e.l.)
* theoretical and/or algorithmic aspects of communication, interaction, computational thinking, and cognition at large.

Challenges come in three possible flavors:

* Applicative challenges aim at advancing the state of the art in some real-world domain; they should come with real-world, comprehensive datasets, with different levels of difficulty if possible.
* Exploratory challenges aim at investigating a new field/mode of ML; they should come with highly flexible settings, in order to understand where the difficulty is and to perform lesion studies.
* Theoretical challenges aim at long term research; they should provide (experimental or theoretical) milestones for the road.

NB: A legacy of Pascal-I is a perennial repository, storing all previous challenge datasets; Pascal-II challenges will participate to this repository, contributing to a principled, well-recognized and up-to-date benchmarking methodology.

One funded PhD position in Big Data Analytics, University of Surrey, UK

Applications are invited for a 3-year Ph.D. project hosted in the Department of Computing, University of Surrey, UK.

Supervisor: Dr Norman Poh
Co-supervisor: Dr David Windridge

Due to technological advances, addressing the growth in the size of data sets used by science, medicine and industry has become an increasingly central concern. In this PhD, the candidate will work towards advancing machine-learning and data-mining algorithms for processing big data by addressing some or all of the following issues: handling of sampling bias and structural noise, handling of under-sampled and miss-labelled data; handling of covariates or confounding factors; exploitation of temporal logics; and finally, efficient retrieval of related data queries. The techniques developed will be applied to a number of application domains, including healthcare records, bioinformatics, business data, and data collected from ubiquitous sensing.

The candidate will contribute towards building a critical mass of strategic competency in data analytics within the Computing department, and will work in a multidisciplinary team involving clinicians and IT engineers.
Required experience and qualifications:
– Masters-level degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics, or machine Learning; or equivalent research/industrial experience in data analysis
– A good command of English, as well as open-mindedness and the will to collaborate within a team

Additional desirable features:
– A record of peer-reviewed publication
– Evidence of system implementation
– Knowledge of statistical packages and high-level programming such as Matlab, R, and Python
– Knowledge of databases and SQL

The candidate will receive Home or EU fees (currently £3,828) and a tax-free maintenance grant of per annum (currently £11,400). Non-EU students are expected to be in a position to cover the difference between the Home and Overseas Fees (currently £14,400). The studentship should be taken up no later than 1 July 2013. If you are interested, please apply as soon as possible.

For full details and informal discussions, please refer to Dr Norman Poh’s website: http://personal.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/Norman.Poh and click the vacancy tab.
To apply, please email normanpoh(at)ieee.org with a CV, and relevant supporting materials such as transcripts, research reports, and publications. Candidates with no previous research experience may be asked to sit a short written examination. Shortlisted candidates will then be asked to apply formally through the link:
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/computing/computing-phd/apply.