The COBRA project’s objectives in a nutshell

COBRA is concerned with the dynamics of conversational interactions between people at the interface between the linguistic, physiological, cognitive and brain levels.

Our objective is to train a new generation of young researchers to accurately characterize how speakers coordinate with each other in a conversation, with a focus on the mechanisms employed by speakers in the building up of shared meaning.

Non-academic partners will allow the young researchers to develop new set-ups for multi-speaker recordings in interactions with both humans and artificial conversational agents, as well as new tools for the large-scale analysis of multi-speaker recordings using state-of-the-art automatic speech processing systems. Transfer of knowledge toward the non-academic sector will concern the development of spoken dialog systems with more realistic conversational skills, as well as the rehabilitation of high-level communicative disorders.

Who we are

The COBRA consortium comprises the following members:

  • Aix-Marseille Université, France
  • The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Italian Institute of Technology, Ferrara, Italy
  • Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Humboldt Universität and ZAS, Berlin, Germany
  • Furhat Robotics, Stockholm, Sweden
  • ReadSpeaker, Huis ter Heide, The Netherlands
  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen,
    The Netherlands
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • DAVI, Puteaux, France
  • Orange Labs, Lannion, France
  • ELSA Corp, Lisbon, Portugal