Monthly Archives: Feb 2019

Special Session at Interspeech 2019

Thanks to the great work of Anna Esposito, I have the pleasure to join the organising committee of the “Special Session on Dynamics of Emotional Speech Exchanges in Multimodal Communication“, to be held at Interspeech 2019:

https://www.interspeech2019.org/program/special_sessions_and_challenges/

The topics covered in the special session can be described as follows: “Research devoted to understanding the relationship between verbal and nonverbal communication modes, and investigating the perceptual and cognitive processes involved in the coding/decoding of emotional states is particularly relevant in the fields of Human-Human and Human-Computer Interaction.

The special session has been possible thanks to the H2020 funded project “Empathic” (http://www.empathic-project.eu/).

Appearance in “Forbes”

The business magazine Forbes features an article about the 16 Centres for Doctoral Training announced by UKRI on February 21st:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/samshead/2019/02/20/uk-government-to-fund-ai-university-courses-with-115m/#4fdc239c430d

The article explains that the UK government aims at keeping the pace with the USA and China in the AI race: “AI is poised to become the most significant technology forĀ a generation but there are only so many people that know how to develop the technology, which could have a huge impact on industries such as healthcare, energy, and automotive.”

 

New Centre for Doctoral Training

I have been awarded one of the 16 UKRI Centres for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence:

https://www.ukri.org/news/200m-to-create-a-new-generation-of-artificial-intelligence-leaders/

It will be for me the major opportunity to collaborate with 30 world leading colleagues and 15 major industrial partners for the training of 50 PhD students. We will investigate all together the nature of social intelligence in humans and machines. The project takes place at the University of Glasgow and it involves the School of Computing Science, the School of Psychology and the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology.