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What’s eNTERFACE?

The eNTERFACE workshops aim at establishing a tradition of collaborative, localized research and development work by gathering, in a single place, a team of leading professionals in multimodal human-machine interfaces together with students (both graduate and undergraduate), to work on a prespecified list of challenges, for 4 complete weeks. In this respect, it is an innovative and intensive collaboration scheme, designed to allow researchers to integrate their software tools, deploy demonstrators, collect novel databases, and work side by side with a great number of experts. It brings together 80 researchers for a whole month, subsequently it is the largest workshop on multimodal interfaces.

The workshop is held on an anual basis and organized around several research projects dealing with multimodal human-machine interfaces design. It is thus radically different from traditional scientific workshops, in which only specialists meet for a few days to discuss state-of-the art problems, but do not really work together.

The eNTERFACE was initiated by the FP6 Network of Excellence SIMILAR. After the completion of SIMILAR, the workshop continued to attract wide interest under the aegis of the OpenInterface Foundation. It was organized by Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium) in 2005, University of Zagreb (Croatia) in 2006, Bogaziçi University (Turkey) in 2007, CNRS-LIMSI (France) in 2008, University of Genova (Italy) in 2009, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2010, University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic) in 2011, Metz Supélec (France) in 2012, New University of Lisbon (Portugal) in 2013, University of Basque Country (Spain) in 2014, and Université de Mons (Belgium) in 2015.

How does it work?

  1. Experienced researchers are invited to propose research projects to be undertaken by a few people (5-10) during 4 weeks. The proposal should explain what to do, how many people are necessary, profile of these people, etc.
  2. Once the projects have been supervised and approved by the technical committee, they are listed on this website.
  3. Then there is a call for participation: students/researchers from all around the world send their CVs and choose the project they prefer according to their expertise or interest.
  4. Teams are built by the project leaders in cooperation with the organizers according to the preferences of the students/researchers and their suitability for the project.
  5. Finally, the team members come to Enschede, the Netherlands and spend four wonderful and productive weeks together. There is no registration fee for participants and accommodation will be relatively cheap.

Organizers

eNTERFACE’16 will be organized and hosted by the Human Media Interaction group, University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands).

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The University of Twente (UT) lies in between the cities of Enschede and Hengelo, near the German border, at about 15 minutes of cycling from Enschede city centre. It is easily reachable by public transport and by bike. The campus is surrounded by green and is populated by 2000 researchers and 10,000 students working and studying here. Wireless internet is available on the whole campus. It has student residences, sports fields, a super market, a pub, a library, and coffee shops and several restaurants where students can grab a quick coffee or tea, sandwiches, salads or warm meals.

eNTERFACE’16 will be held in the DesignLab located on the campus of the University of Twente (in building The Gallery). The DesignLab (http://www.utwente.nl/designlab) is a Multidisciplinary Research & Eduic~AQKFBxkAj7ufAYY6CwCUTRkCBwHDrAOLAYA6QUUcation Center of the UT that focuses on facilitating teamwork in multidisciplinary projects, fuelling inspiration and creativity for technology. Facilities include experiment spaces, meeting rooms, as well as a wood-workshop, a laser cutter, 3d-printers, electronics, and a truss with Kinects and projectors.

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The Human Media Interaction (HMI) research group of the University of Twente consists of about 15 (including some part-time) staff members, a group of 20-25 temporary researchers (post-docs, junior researchers and Ph.D. students) and administrative, technical and managerial support. The focus of the group is on intelligent multimodal human technology interaction. Human Media Interaction (http://hmi.ewi.utwente.nl/) is the main responsible group at the University of Twente for research and teaching in human-computer interaction. The main research activities are in the following areas: analysis of human multi-modal, multi-party and robot interaction; affective embodied dialogue systems (virtual humans) for instruction, training, and entertainment; brain computer interaction; speech and language processing; multimedia retrieval and presentation; user centred design and evaluation.

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Local organization team

Khiet Truong, Dennis Reidsma, Dirk Heylen, Vanessa Evers, Jeroen Linssen, Daniel Davison, Charlotte Bijron, Alice Schotmeijer, Lynn Packwood, and Miriam Iliohan

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