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.

Join the COBRA consortium!

We are preparing an application for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative and Training Networks (ITN) European program.
Deadline of the call: january 2017, the 10th.

We are looking for additional non-academic partners in the domain of artificial conversational agents and spoken dialog systems.

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Benefits of taking part in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative and Training Networks (ITN) for non-academic partners:

Access to new generation
of creative,
entrepreneurial and
innovative researchers to
boost R&D projects.
Work with an
innovative, interdisciplinary,
international consortium,
made up of top-level
academic and non-academic
institutions across Europe
and beyond.
Take part in high-quality
collaborative research
and training activities.
Financial costs fully
covered by the European

Up to 4210€ per month for gross salary (including charges) and mobility of the researcher.

Up to 3000€ per month for research, training and networking costs, as well as management and indirect costs.

Light administrative
charges (the project has
its own administrative and
financial management
Recruit and/or host 1 to 3
young researchers for
periods of 3 to 36 months
according to your needs
and objectives.
Contribute to transfer of
knowledge between public
research laboratories and
Increase your
visibility and recognition
by participating in a
collaborative project funded
by a prestigious
programme of the
European Commission.

Who we are

The COBRA consortium currently comprises the following members:

  • Aix-Marseille Université, France
  • The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen,
    The Netherlands
  • Italian Institute of Technology, Ferrara, Italy
  • Humboldt Universität and ZAS, Berlin, Germany
  • Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • SHINE Research Unit, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Orange Labs, Lannion, France
  • Carstens Medizinelektronik, Bovenden, Germany
  • Living Actor, Paris, France

Contact person

Noël Nguyen
Professor, Head of the Laboratoire Parole et Langage

at Aix-Marseille Université & CNRS