Beneficiaries and Partners


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The University of East Anglia, UK (co-ordinating beneficiary)
PI – Professor Kenny Coventry holds a Chair in Psychology, and is Head of the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia, UK.  He is a chartered psychologist, Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and recipient of the British Psychological Society 2015 Cognitive Prize.  Kenny is a psychological scientist, with specific expertise in human communication and decision making. His main research area is investigating how different mental abilities in the mind/brain interact. This has been manifest in a long-standing interest in the relationship between language and perception, and the mapping between language and the vision and action systems in particular. A second interest is how cognition and emotion interact in decision making under conditions of uncertainty. More information about Kenny’s research and publications can be found here.  After studying psychology at Glasgow University, he completed a PhD in Cognitive Science and Psychology at Edinburgh University (with a thesis on spatial language). This was followed by posts at the University of Dundee, Plymouth University, Northumbria University Newcastle (including Associate Dean Research and Enterprise, and Director of the Cognition and Communication Research Centre), and visiting Professorships at Bremen and Freiburg Universities (collaborating with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft SFB-TR8 Spatial Cognition Research Centre). He is also a former Fellow of the Hanse Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany.  He took up the post of inaugural Head of the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia in 2012.

University of Plymouth, UK
PI – Professor Angelo Cangelosi is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Cognition and the Director of the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems at Plymouth University (UK). Cangelosi studied psychology and cognitive science at the Universities of Rome La Sapienza and at the University of Genoa, and was visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego and the University of Southampton. Cangelosi’s main research expertise is on language grounding and embodiment in humanoid robots, developmental robotics, human-robot interaction, and on the application of neuromorphic systems for robot learning. He currently is the coordinator of the EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate “APRIL: Applications of Personal Robotics through Interaction and Learning” (2016-2019), as well as being PI in the ETNs DCOMM and SECURE.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Aarhus University, Denmark

Universitat de les Illes Ballears, Spain
PI – Professor Pedro Guijarro Fuentes is Professor in Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Spanish Philology, Modern and Classic at the University of the Balearic Islands. He got his BA (Honours) in Spanish Philology from the University of Granada and later his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Salford (UK). He has a long track record of providing teaching in the Spanish language and linguistics in several European universities including the University of Utrecht, University of Salford (UK) and the University of Plymouth (UK). His main research interests revolve around the interdisciplinary field of Applied Spanish Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics and Bilingualism. His current main research projects include the study of spatial prepositions, direct object marking, word order and tense/aspect by a variety of Spanish learners in different learning contexts. These projects are all funded by a variety of institutions such as the British Academy (United Kingdom), Art and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (Germany). More recent funding has been provided by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Spain) and the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 research program. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters and books, all published by various international publishers among which are John Benjamins, and de Gruyter. His research has also been presented at different international forums with more than 140 papers, many of them by invitation, published in journals such as Language Learning, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Cognition, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, Applied Psycholinguistics, First Language, and Applied Linguistic Review, among others. He has also organized many professional meetings among which is the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 13) Conference recently held at the Universitat de les Illes Balears.

CNR Rome, Italy

ETH, Switzerland
PI – Professor Christoph Hölscher is Professor of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich since 2013; previously assistant and extra-curricular professor at University of Freiburg, Germany, Center for Cognitive Science. Doctorate (2000) and Habilitation (2009) in Psychology at University of Freiburg. He was a Project manager in theh IT industry from 2000-2003 (User-adaptive systems, usability). Visiting positions: Visiting Professor Northumbria University Newcastle (Architecture), 2014-2017. University College London, honorary senior research fellow Bartlett School of Architecture / Space Syntax group (2007 to 2014). Visiting researcher at UC Santa Barbara, departments of Geography and Psychology (2011 & 2012). Visiting researcher and project manager at University of Freiburg / SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition (since 2013). Service roles President German Society for Cognitive Science (2016-2018), Governing board Cognitive Science Society (since 2012). Board of directors SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition (2007-2012). Co-chair of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (2011, Boston). Co-chair of Spatial Cognition International Conference (2010, Mt. Hood, OR; 2016, Philadelphia, PA). Key research interests: Wayfinding in Built Environments, Spatial Cognition & Usability Research for Architectural Design, Human Computer Interaction, User Modeling & Personalisation, Information Retrieval & Web Search Behavior, Behavior Economics.

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

University of Münster, Germany
PI – Professor Christian Kray is Professor of Geoinformatics and Director of the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Münster, where he heads the situated computing lab (sitcom). Chris studied Computer Science and Psychology at the Technical University of Berlin and Saarland University. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Saarland University and then moved to Lancaster University as a postdoc working on spatial interaction and ubiquitous computing.  This was followed by positions as lecturer and senior lecturer at Newcastle University before moving to Münster in 2011. Chris’ main research interests are situated in the areas of mobile and ubiquitous computing, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and geoinformatics. He is particularly interested in interaction with and through spatial concepts (e.g. using proximity regions around devices to trigger certain actions), in accessible interfaces (e.g. that can be used by users with different abilities and backgrounds) and in evaluation methods for mobile and ubiquitous systems. Location-based systems and location privacy as well as participation and openness are further areas of ongoing research.  Chris is currently the scientific coordinator of the EU-funded ITN geo-c (Joint Doctorate in Geoinformatics: Enabling Open Cities) and Co-PI on the DFG-funded project Open Reproducible Research (o2r).

Qualisys, Sweden

Telerobotlabs, Italy
PI – Dr. Giovanni Stellin received a MSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Padua in 2003 and a PhD in Microsystems Engineering in 2008 (University of Rome Tor Vergata and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) with a thesis on sensors and mechanisms for Humanoid Robotics. He was Exchange Researcher at Takanishi Lab of Waseda University (Tokyo), advisor for Toyota Motor Company and for the DARPA within the RPP2009 project. He joined Danieli Telerobot Labs (formerly Telerobot SpA) in 2009; currently he is TLABS R&D Manager. Stellin’s main research expertise is on Humanoid Robots, Bioinspired Design, Service Robotics and Robotic Science deployment in Industry. He is author of one book and has authored/co-authored 1 book chapter, 13 journals and conference papers.


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Headway, Cambridge, UK
Austin Willett is Chief Executive of Headway Cambridgeshire.  He has spent 20 years working in the community sector in a variety of roles, and has a thorough understanding of the rewards and frustrations that come from managing a charitable organisation.  His previous positions include managing charity shops, managing a furniture reuse project, and being the CEO of a counselling organisation.  He also spent two years with Voluntary Service Overseas, as an advisor to regional government in Vanuatu.  Austin joined Headway Cambridgeshire in 2015, where his role is to oversee the whole organisation, which provides support to people with a brain injury.  Although affiliated to Headway UK, Headway Cambridgeshire is completely independent and is responsible for its own finances, fundraising and staffing.  The services that Headway Cambridgeshire provides include giving information, advice and support, gym sessions, occupational therapy, social opportunities, art and horticultural therapy, and volunteering and employment training.

Italian Institute of Technology, Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IIT), Italy

Kees Christianse Architecture Partners (KCAP), Zurich
Dipl. Ing. Ute Schneider Architect and Urban Designer, Partner KCAP  – Ute Schneider, was born in 1966 in Waldshut (Germany). After working with interior design and furniture making, she studied architecture at Technical University in Konstanz, and the University in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Delft. She graduated in Stuttgart beginning 1998 (Germany). During her studies she worked for various German and Dutch architectural offices inter alia for Neutelings Riedijk Architecten in Rotterdam where she continued her professional career after graduation. In 1998 she founded the multidisciplinary office zipherspaceworks in Stuttgart working within the disciplines architecture urbanism & design. Next to several freelance commissions Ute Schneider started to collaborate with KCAP in 2003. She joined KCAP and has been head of the Swiss branch office in Zurich since 2006. In 2008 she became member of the management team and was appointed Director KCAP Zurich and since 2016 as partner. In this position she is responsible for the management of the office and in charge of the coordination of KCAP Zurich’s projects spanning from architecture and urban planning to the design and development of masterplans and transformation strategies in various scales and contexts. Among a broad variety of projects there is a focus on transport oriented developments like the masterplan for Europaallee/Stadtraum HB, the scale study for the Airport Region Zürich, Masterplan for the Airport City of Dublin, Gare TGV Montpellier, divers station precincts in Switzerland, MUC Airsites, CAG and Jurong Lake District Singapore. Next to her project related work, Ute Schneider was involved in various exhibitions and publications of KCAP. She is regularly invited to lectures, selection commissions, juries and advisory boards. She was involved with various European educational institutes and is member of several Aesthetic Advisory Boards.

Ordnance Survey, UK

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