PASCAL2 invites submissions of proposals for Harvest Projects
As part of its activities to promote interaction with other disciplines, the PASCAL 2 NoE (http://www.pascal-network.org/) runs a "Harvest Programme", aimed at developing software prototypes embodying research results in machine learning.
- Expression of intention to submit: May 15, 2011
- Deadline proposal submissions: May 29, 2011
- Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2011
A Harvest project proposal should address the following points in 4-8 pages:
- Problem description: what is the project going to do? Why is it interesting? Why is Machine Learning relevant?
- Specification and validation. How do we assess performance?
- Expected staffing, location and duration. How many persons will be needed? For how long?
- Milestones, timeline.
- Requested funding.
- Content of the training, if any, that will be delivered to participants.
An example proposal can be downloaded from the programme website. Notice that for this Call we do not expect the team to be already formed.
Proposals will be evaluated by independent experts. Criteria used in the evaluation will be:
- Application interest: is this going to be useful to someone?
- State of the art: is the problem still challenging for scientific/technical/other reasons? Not challenging still not done yet? Might it lead also to a good paper?
- Impact outside PAsCAL: will anyone outside the machine-learning, optimization and statistics community like it? Can this be viewed as a generic proof of principle? Of what?
- Training: will junior participants learn interesting and useful things?
- Management and planning: is the project going to deliver on its promises?
- Timeliness: can you make this happen soon?
Other things being equal, preference will be given to projects related to robotics or to cognitive systems, or related to ongoing challenge or PASCAL Thematic Programmes.
An email stating the intention to submit a proposal should be addressed to Nicola.Cancedda@xrce.xerox.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2011. Actual submissions should be done through the PASCAL2 Harvest Programme page by May 29, 2011:
In the meanwhile, prospective proposers are most welcome to create wiki pages under:
These pages can be used to discuss ideas, attract potential participants, find a nice host, share interests, divide and conquer a problem, ...
If you have an exciting idea for a project but you are missing the infrastructure to host it, write it on the wiki and let the programme organisers know: PASCAL2 is a large network, and maybe someone can find a place for you. Proposing, organising, and hosting a Harvest project will constitute an important contribution to PASCAL2. All such activity will be taken into account when allocating site funding in subsequent years.
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