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Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom

Queen Mary, University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. Amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London, QMUL's 3,000 staff deliver world-class research across a wide range of subjects in science and engineering, medicine and dentistry, and humanities. QMUL is ranked eleventh of leading research universities in the UK (according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise), and fourth amongst University of London multi-faculty colleges. With a budget of £260 million per annum and a yearly economic impact on the UK economy of some £600 million, Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research.

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Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland

CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies at Dublin City University is an Irish national research centre that focuses on the intersection between two important areas, adaptive sensing and information discovery. CLARITY aims to develop innovative technologies to improve quality of life in areas such as personal health, digital media and management of our environment. CLARITY is a partnership between University College Dublin and Dublin City University, supported by research at the Tyndall National Institute (TNI) Cork.

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Institut Télécom, Télécom ParisTech (TPT), France

The Groupe des Ecoles des Télécommunications (Institut Télécom) is made up of six major French graduate schools in the field of Information Technology and is a federation of research departments in areas ranging from Technologies and Components, Computer Science and Communications to Social Sciences. The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Télécom ParisTech, formerly known as ENST) is a state of the art institution in the fields of signal and image processing, telecommunications and computer science. Specific research topics include information theory, coding, modulation, detection, compression, classification, speech recognition and synthesis, audio indexing, vision, biometry and software engineering, cognitive sciences, databases, data mining and natural languages.

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Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Germany

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains 56 research institutes at over forty different locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute is located in Berlin, and is a leading research institute in the fields of mobile broadband communications, photonic networks and electronic imaging for multimedia.

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University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland

MIRALab, University of Geneva was founded in 1989 by Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann who is current chair of the lab. Fifteen PhD students and five senior researchers are conducting research in the fields of virtual humans, virtual worlds, mixed realities and multimedia technology. A key objective of the lab is to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines (computer science and electrical engineering, medicine, physics and mathematics, networking and multimedia, architecture and design, psychology) in a broad effort to understand human functioning and to simulate it in a realistic way. The group has been at the forefront of research in computer graphics, computer animation and virtual worlds, and since 1992 has participated in more than forty European projects.

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Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Information Technologies Institute (CERTH/ITI), Greece

The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) was founded in 1998 under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of Greece (GSRT), with its head office in Thessaloniki. ITI is a founding member of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). It currently participates in fifty (ten as coordinator) EC IST (Information Society Technologies) projects and more than seventy Greek national projects. Over the last six years, the ITI research team has authored over one hundred scientific journal publications and over two hundred presentations to international conferences. Since 2003, the Institute has attracted more than €2million per year from national and European competitive R&D projects.

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Korea University (KU), Korea

Korea University celebrated its centennial in 2005, and is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in Korea. KU is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching and academic excellence. The university’s academic breadth is extensive, with 81 departments in 19 colleges and divisions, and 18 graduate schools with more than 1,400 full-time faculty members.