Progetti Comunità Europea conclusi

Tipo Progetto: Rete di Eccellenza

Titolo del progetto: SSPNet (Social Signal Processing Network)

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Coordinatore Europeo: Alessandro Vinciarelli (University of Glasgow)

Responsabile scientifico per Roma Tre: Link identifier #identifier__55908-2Isabella Poggi (afferente prima al Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Educazione di Roma Tre, poi al Dipartimento di Filosofia Comunicazione e Spettacolo)

Membri dell’Unità Roma Tre: Link identifier #identifier__53458-3Francesca D’Errico, Laura Vincze


The ability to understand and manage social signals of a person we are communicating with is the core of social intelligence. Social intelligence is a facet of human intelligence that has been argued to be indispensable and perhaps the most important for success in life. Although each one of us understands the importance of social signals in everyday life situations, and in spite of recent advances in machine analysis and synthesis of relevant behavioural cues like blinks, smiles, crossed arms, laughter, etc., the research efforts in machine analysis and synthesis of human social signals like empathy, politeness, and (dis)agreement, are few and tentative.

The main reasons for this are the absence of a research agenda and the lack of suitable resources for experimentation. The mission of the SSPNet is to create a sufficient momentum by integrating an existing large amount of knowledge and available resources in Social Signal Processing (SSP) research domains including cognitive modelling, machine understanding, and synthesizing social behaviour, and so:

  • enable creation of the European and world research agenda in SSP,
  • provide efficient and effective access to SSP-relevant tools and data repositories to the research community within and beyond the SSPNet,
  • further develop complementary and multidisciplinary expertise necessary for pushing forward the cutting edge of the research in SSP.

The collective SSPNet research effort will be directed towards integration of existing SSP theories and technologies, and towards identification and exploration of potentials and limitations in SSP. A particular scientific challenge that binds the partners is the synergetic combination of human-human interaction models and tools for human behaviour sensing and synthesis within socially-adept multimodal interfaces.

The specific goal of Roma Tre Unit, along with Geneve (Switzerland) and Goteborg (Sweden) one of the three research units made of Social Scientists, as opposed to the other (London, UK; Edinburgh, Scotland; Belfast, Ireland; Geneve, Switzeland; Delft, Holland), all made of Computer Scientists, was to provide a conceptual framework of social signals and qualitative analyses of social signals in the context of political debates. Thanks to the European funding Roma Tre Unit, enrolling Francesca D’Errico and Laura Vincze as post-doc Researchers, produced more than 50 papers, concerning signals of agreement and disagreement, conflict, discredit, dominance, as well as the stances of certainty and uncertainty, vagueness, precision and imprecision, one Special Issue on Social Signals, and two books of proceedings on Political Speech and Communication in Conflict.

Finanziamento dell’intero progetto: € 6.268.000,00

Finanziamento dell’Unità Roma Tre: € 248.582,00

Durata: 1 Febbraio 2009 – 31 Gennaio 2014

(dall’1 gennaio 2013 il progetto è stato trasferito dal Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Educazione al Dipartimento di Filosofia, Comunicazione e Spettacolo).




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Francesca Vaino 20 Novembre 2019