German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence GmbH (DFKI)
Founded in 1988, DFKI today is one of the largest non-profit contract research institutes in the field of innovative software technology based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods. Based in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, and Bremen, (with an associated branch in Osnabrück) and a project office in Berlin, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence ranks among the important “Centers of Excellence” worldwide. DFKI will be represented in the project by the research department Intelligent User Interfaces in Saarbrücken.

Contact person: Dr. Jan Alexandersson

Universität des Saarlandes
Saarland University and its Department of Spoken Language Systems, with overall six research groups and more than forty researchers, is active in parsing, semantics, speech recognition, speech synthesis,  psycholinguistics and dialog management. The department has participated in major national and international projects like VerbMobil, PIRE, TALK, SmartWeb, etc. At the moment its members are coordinating large scale European projects like the LCT Erasmus Mundus program, the SCALE Marie Curie ITN, Eureka project DBOX and and FP7 CSA project Rockit. The department is also a core member of the Cluster of Excellence in Multimodal Computing and Interaction.

Contact person: Prof. Dietrich Klakow

Rijksuniversiteit  Groningen
Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as one of the oldest and leading research universities in Europe. The department of Artificial Intelligence is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The Cognitive Modelling group within this department consists of five faculty members and several PhD students. The Groningen department is the main European site for cognitive modelling using the ACT-R cognitive architecture, even though other modelling platforms are also used.

Contact person: Prof. Niels Taatgen

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. It is recognized internationally as Ireland’s premier university and is ranked in 52nd position in the top 100 world universities and amongst the top 50 European universities (14th) by the QS World University Rankings. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2010, TCD is ranked 76th in the top 200 world universities and 15th in the top European universities.

Contact person: Prof. Nick Campbell

Charamel GmbH
Charamel GmbH (Limited Private Company) is a private commercial organization based in Cologne/Germany. Charamel is a technology-based developing company for real-time animation software and applications of virtual avatars. The company is leading in the development of 2D/3D avatar solutions and Charamel´s core activity lies in the software development and computer generation of virtual representatives, who are used as real-time interfaces for information and learning systems.

Contact person: Alexander Stricker

University of Peloponnese
The University of Peloponnese is one of the newest academic institutions in Greece, inaugurated in September 2002 with the partial support of the EC. The Interaction Design Lab (IxD) is part of the Services Management and Quality of Life Research Group (SMQL). The IxD lab leads the pilot experiments and the user evaluation.

Contact person: Prof. Thanos Kriemadis

Hellenic Parliament
Hellenic Parliament is a political institution, a representative instrument in which are exercised principally the legislative operations and the parliamentary control of the government. The gradual metamorphosis of the Parliament from a representative instrument in charge of legislative work, to a modern, complex political and organizational democratic institution is a reality today. The Parliament is also involved in various projects ranging from ICT related up to educational & cultural. The Hellenic Parliament leads the dissemination and exploitation as well as facilitates the engagement of the Youth Parliament participation.

Contact person: Dimitris Koryzis

 Hellenic Parliament
Open University of the Netherlands
The Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) is an independent government-funded institute for distance learning at university level. Within the Open University, expertise in the learning sciences and technology enhanced learning is brought together in the Welten Institute, Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology. The Welten Institute is part of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and has a staff of around 100 researchers & developers. The mission of the Welten Institute is to improve learning and knowledge handling at work, at school, at home and on the move by combining state-of-the-art knowledge in the Learning Sciences with the innovative powers of new Information and Communication Technologies. New technologies and approaches to learning are extensively tested in our laboratories and in practice. The core activities of the Welten Institute are research, development, and valorisation activities around new forms of teaching and educational innovation.

Contact person: Prof. Marcus Specht

DialogConnection Ltd
Independent Voice Recognition Applications and Voice User Interface (VUI) Design Consultancy operating since 2008 from Manchester (UK). Provider of multilingual Professional Services for Speech Recognition Applications and speech IVRs: VUI Design, Testing, Speech Analytics, Tuning and Optimisation for Call Centre automation, voice self-service, voice-to-text mobile applications, and voice portals for English, German, French and Greek. Consulting on the speech and voice market and the related technologies. Recent clients include: APPLE, RAYTHEON, GERSON LEHRMAN GROUP and ALLSTATE in the US, AVIVA, BRITISH GAS / CENTRICA, and the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK; SWISSCOM in Switzerland and OMILIA in Greece.

Contact person: Dr. Maria Aretoulaki

University of Essex
The University of Essex is a top 10 research University in the United Kingdom. It has a long-standing track record in leading edge research combining the computing and social sciences. The Digital Lifestyles Centre is an interdisciplinary Centre at the University of Essex. The centre was created to optimize the design and development of pervasive computing technologies in inhabited environments, by combining the technical expertise in Intelligent Environments with the socio-technical aspects thus combining the social and technological sciences to generate insights into the personal and social use of information and communication technologies.

Contact person: Dr. Michael Gardner