Grants for Future Internet SMEs and Entrepreneurs (New!)

EMC2 would like to invite you to a special funding and mentoring event for Web Entrepreneurs and SMEs, providing the opportunity to access new technologies, expertise and collaborate on cutting edge research.

£3.5m (€4.2m) of grants to be given out in the next 6 months to web entrepreneurs and tech SMEs. Destined to support the building of new internet based solutions, and enhancing existing ones.

Funding of up to €90k for individual entrepreneurs and up to €150k for SME to build the Future of Internet Technologies on:

  • Learning and Training
  • Social Integration
  • Wellbeing and Health

This event is hosted by Digital Shoreditch & EMC2 to enable you to gain crucial insights from key individuals and experts running the FI-ADOPT project and also find out more about the wider FI-PPP programme.

Where and when
Event location: Digital Shoreditch HQ (Playgen), 42-46 Princelet, London, E1 5LP,
Date and time: Thursday, Jan 15th from 5:30-6:30 pm
Followed by Digital Shoreditch January Meetup  6:30-9:30pm

Event agenda
17:30 -18:30 FI-ADOPT Presentation with Q&A
18:30-21:30 Digital Shoreditch January Meetup, with FI-ADOPT drop-in info desk
Please register to attend here:

More about FI-ADOPT
FI-ADOPT is a project accelerator, supported by the EU. The second FI-ADOPT call is now Open, and Closes on 30th January 2015.


Grants for Future Internet SMEs and Entrepreneurs

EMC2 would like to invite you to a special funding and mentoring event for Web Entrepreneurs and SMEs, providing the opportunity to access new technologies, expertise and collaborate on cutting edge research.

£3.5m (€4.2m) of grants to be given out in the next 8 months to web entrepreneurs and tech SMEs. Destined to support the building of new internet based solutions, and enhancing existing ones.

Funding of up to €90k for individual entrepreneurs and up to €150k for SME to build the Future of Internet Technologies on:

  • Social Integration
  • Wellbeing and Health
  • Learning and Training

Come and find out more at the FI-ADOPT free event hosted by EMC2 and Playgen! As the only FI-ADOPT funding event being held in the UK before the first call deadline, you'll be able to gain a crucial insight from key individuals and experts running the FI-ADOPT project and also find out more about the wider FI-PPP programme.

Where and when
The event will take place in the elegant Octagon, Grade II listed Queen's Building at Queen Mary, University of London
Event location:
Date and time: Monday, Sept 29th from 3-6pm

Event agenda
15:00 Registration and general information
16:00 Presentation on the Grants, followed by a Q&A and networking
18:00 Close
Please register to attend here:

More about FI-ADOPT
FI-ADOPT is a project accelerator, supported by the EU, and the first call is now open, and closes Oct 30th!


£1.25m Competition: ‘Seeing more than before – emerging imaging technologies’

The Technology Strategy Board is investing up to £1.25m in feasibility studies to bring emerging imaging technologies closer to commercial use, a competition that is particularly relevant to the design and computer games communities.

This competition will support projects that could enable richer, more wide-ranging information to be gained from imaging, creating new applications and value propositions, with the potential to disrupt existing markets.

The competition is for "significant advances or breakthroughs, leading to higher speed, reduced noise, wider dynamic range, higher resolution, greater efficiency, wider field, extended bandwidth, higher information content or lower cost." Projects must be collaborative and business-led, and the competition is open to all UK-based companies and research organisations.

The TSB funds feasibility studies in pre-industrial research, in which a business partner will attract up to 65% public funding of their project costs (75% for SMEs). The projects could last up to 12 months, with total costs of up to £150k per project.

Key dates

  • Competition opens: 3rd February 2014
  • Deadline for registration: Noon, 26th March 2014
  • Application deadline: Noon, 2nd April 2014

Application details

Details of the call and how to apply can be accessed from the Technology Strategy Board website.

Briefing Events

The ESP KTN has worked with the Technology Strategy Board to organise several information and networking events throughout the country. Each of the events will have a pitching session that allows organisations to promote their project and expertise and to seek partners for the call.


Submit Your Business Idea to .ItCup in Pisa!

Do you have an idea for turning research into business?

.itCup is a business competition taking place at the Internet Festival of Pisa, Italy, in October 2013. It is organized by in partnership with Polo Tecnologico.

The competition organisers are seeking seed-stage projects that have a business plan or a draft for development. Up to 8 entrepreneurs will be selected to participate in .ItCup, where they will receive free coaching and an opportunity to present their start-up pitches to a group of leading investors.

The event will consist of 4 phases:

1) Selection
You can register here. Ideas will be evaluated on originality, innovation and market potential.

2) Training and personal coaching
The 8 selected seed-stage projects will participate in a training course and personal coaching session to improve their marketing pitch and business plan.

3) .ItCup day
The selected projects will be presented to investors.

4) Follow-up
Winners will receive a report with proposals and guidelines as a starting point for business development.

.itCup is open to everyone: students, graduates, researchers, professors, freelancers, individually or in teams.

To submit your business idea go to, complete the application forms and send them to by 7th September 2013.


EXPERIMEDIA: €0.5M funding for innovative ideas!

EXPERIMEDIA is seeking new partners researching and developing technology in the area of Future Media Internet (FMI) to join the project. Whether you’re a service provider, application developer, broadcaster, content provider, a network provider or researcher EXPERIMEDIA is looking for novel FMI experiments that help to understand and deliver new forms of social interaction and experience in on-line and real world communities. All experiments must deliver significant impact to users and businesses within EXPERIMEDIA venues’ ecosystems at Schladming Ski Resort, Multi-Sport High Performance Centre of Catalonia (CAR) and Foundation for the Hellenic World (FHW).

The EXPERIMEDIA Open Call 2013 was published 3rd May 2013 and will close on July 3rd. This year the project has another 0.5M€ to fund experiments. All the necessary information may be found on the Open Call page and you may also want to look through the project’s public deliverables and existing experiments. If you want to stay tuned please join the EXPERIMEDIA mailing list. For any further inquiries please send an email to the EXPERIMEDIA project.


Plenoptics 2013: Call for Participation

EU COST Training School on Plenoptic Capture, Processing and Reconstruction

Sundsvall, Sweden , 16-20 June 2013

Plenoptics is a hot topic and there are a number of research disciplines addressing it, ranging from electrical engineering, computer vision and computer graphics to human visual perception, physics and optics. This training school targets the interdisciplinarity of plenoptic research, creating new ties between students and professionals working in the broad area. Continue reading


ACM Multimedia 2013 Barcelona: Deadlines Approaching!

Submission deadlines are fast approaching for the 21st ACM International Conference on Multimedia in Barcelona, Spain, 21–25 October 2013.

ACM Multimedia is the premier worldwide multimedia conference and the key event for presenting scientific achievements and innovative industrial products. The conference offers scientists and practitioners technical sessions, tutorials, competitions, panels and discussion meetings on relevant and challenging research questions. In addition to a strong technical program, ACM Multimedia 2013 will provide contexts for interaction between artists, research scientists and practitioners with the aim of reflecting on the impact of multimedia technologies on contemporary digital culture.

Call for Papers

ACM Multimedia 2013 calls for full papers presenting interesting recent results or novel ideas in all areas of multimedia and its applications. At the same time, the conference calls for short papers presenting interesting and exciting recent results or novel thought-provoking ideas that are not quite ready, and preferably include a system demonstration.

  • Abstract for full papers: 1 March, 2013
  • Manuscript for full/ short papers: 8 March, 2013

Call for Tutorials

ACM Multimedia 2013 tutorials will address state of the art research and developments in all aspects of multimedia, and will be of interest to everyone from novices to seasoned researchers, from academics to industry professionals.

Proposals are invited for tutorials of either a half day (3 hours plus breaks) or a full day (6 hours plus breaks).

  • Tutorials submission deadline: 8 April, 2013

Call for Brave New Idea Papers

'Brave New Ideas' should address long-term research challenges, point to new research directions, or provide new insights or bold perspectives that pave the way to innovation.

ACM Multimedia 2013 seeks contributions that explore innovative approaches and paradigm shifts in conventional theory and practice of multimedia techniques and applications.

  • Proposal for papers (two-page abstract in ACM format): March 15, 2013

Call for Papers For Doctoral Symposium

The ACM Multimedia 2013 doctoral symposium will provide PhD students working in all areas of multimedia with a unique opportunity to interact with renowned and experienced researchers in the field, and to discuss with them about their research.

PhD students are invited to send a short paper related to their ongoing research.

  • Doctoral symposium submissions deadline: April 5, 2013

Call for Panel Proposals

ACM Multimedia 2013 invites proposals for panel sessions on timely and potentially controversial issues in all areas of multimedia, including content analysis, systems, emerging applications, industry trends, technical breakthroughs, user needs and social aspects.

  • Panel proposals submission deadline: April 8, 2013

Call for Workshop Proposals - Regular Workshops

Regular workshops should focus on current or emerging topics of broad interest to the ACM Multimedia community. They should allow members of the community to compare and discuss approaches, methods and new concepts on research topics pertinent to the main conference.

  • Proposals submission deadline: February 15, 2013

Web3D 2013 Conference in San Sebastian, Spain

The 18th ACM International Web3D Conference will take place in San Sebastian, Spain on 20-22 June 2013. Web3D is a major annual event that brings together researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, artists and content creators to explore new developments in 3D web and multimedia technologies, interactive 3D graphics, information integration and usability in contexts from mobile devices to immersive environments.

Focal areas of Web3D 2013 are: (i) collaborative authoring and delivery of educational, multimedia, industrial, medical, gaming and GIS contents; and (ii) 3D web innovations and applications for e-health, transport, manufacturing and tourism.

Papers are invited on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Modeling, processing, analysis and rendering of complex geometry, structure, and behaviours
  • 3D search, shape matching and indexing
  • Rendering algorithms and standardisation and visualisation of large data sets
  • Interaction methods for online 3D content
  • Interactive 3D graphics for mobile devices
  • Mixed and augmented realities (including standardisation aspects)
  • Agents, animated humanoids, and complex reactive characters
  • Remote rendering and streaming
  • Stereo and multi-view visualisation of 3D graphic interfaces
  • High-performance 3D graphics for distributed environments, tele-presence, tele-operation, and 3D broadcasting
  • Web, multimedia and standards integration and interoperation.

The deadline for submission of papers is 11 March 2013. For further details see the Web3D 2013 conference website.


ChinaSIP 2013 Signal and Information Processing Conference

IEEE Signal Processing Society is pleased to introduce ChinaSIP 2013, the first IEEE China Summit & International Conference on Signal and Information Processing, 6-10 July 2013 at the China National Convention Center (CNCC), Beijing, China.

Sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), ChinaSIP is a new annual summit and international conference held in China for domestic and international scientists, researchers, and practitioners to network and discuss the latest progress in theoretical, technological, and educational aspects of signal and information processing. ChinaSIP is a unique platform developed by IEEE SPS to help colleagues in China engage with the global community, and offer global colleagues opportunities to network and develop international collaborations.

As the inaugural summit and conference, ChinaSIP 2013’s features include:

● Technical tracks and industry forum. Papers and presentations along the regular technical tracks as listed below focus on novel and significant research contributions. An industry forum provides a platform for exchange and networking among SIP industries as well as between academia and industry.

● Invited papers and open-call papers. Special invitations will be extended to major research groups in China to submit their latest contributions. Invited papers will be peer reviewed, and only papers with sufficient quality and significance will be accepted. In parallel, papers are also accepted through an open call from the community at large on a competitive basis.

● Journal poster sessions. Journal poster sessions provide a venue for overview and showcase of recent publications accepted by SPS journals.

● Professional development program. Several professional development activities will be organized, such as townhall meetings with the SPS leadership, trends/ overview sessions, publication (EIC/ AE) panels, and Fellow development sessions.

● Summer schools. The conference will set up summer schools before the regular sessions begin for students, researchers and practitioners to learn state-of-the-art technologies and tools.

The regular technical program tracks and topics include (but are not limited to):

● Signal/ Information Processing Theory and Methods
● Speech, Language, and Audio
● Image, Video, and Multimedia
● Signal Processing for Communications and Networking
● Signal Sensing, Radar, Sonar, and Sensor Networks
● SIP Hardware/ Software Designs and Systems
● Information Forensics and Security
● Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
● Signal/ Info Processing for Bioinformatics & Bio/ Medicine.

Submission of Papers

The official language of the conference is English. Prospective authors are invited to submit up to 4 pages in length (with an optional 5th page containing only references). The conference proceedings will be published at IEEE Xplore, and will be indexed by both IEEE Xplore and EI Compendex. The IEEE Signal Processing Society enforces a “no-show” policy. Any accepted paper included in the final program is expected to have at least one author or qualified proxy attend and present the paper at the conference. Authors of the accepted papers included in the final program who do not attend and present at the conference will be added to a "No-Show List", compiled by the Society. The "no-show" papers will not be published by IEEE on IEEE Xplore or other public access forums, but these papers will be distributed as part of the on-site electronic proceedings and the copyright of these papers will belong to the IEEE.

Important Dates

Submission of regular full papers: January 10, 2013
Submission of special sessions and invited papers: February 1, 2013
Notification of paper acceptance: April 10, 2013
Authors registration deadline: May 10, 2013
Attendees advanced registration deadline: June 1, 2013
Summer school dates: July 6-7, 2013
Summit and conference dates: July 8-10, 2013

View ChinaSIP conference website.