Short-term scientific missions

What is a Short-term scientific mission?

An STSM is an individual research visit across an international border, lasting a minimum of five days, and enabling the participant to gain and share knowledge. We are looking for people who know about language but not so much about technology, and vice versa, and who want to gain and share knowledge across those academic boundaries.

The STSM is a networking tool offered by COST, aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between COST Action Participants. Learn more about STSM here: https://www.cost.eu/cost-actions/cost-actions-networking-tools/ 

Each STSM should specifically contribute to the aims and objectives of LITHME (see our our detailed Memorandum of Understanding), whilst also enabling participants to learn new techniques, and to gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions. Participants do not need to cover all the topics of LITHME, but they should fit the profile of at least one Working Group, and ideally demonstrate learning across the interests of different Working Groups (especially between linguists and technology).

Financial support is limited to cover travel and accommodation and meal expenses and is paid in the form of a Grant after the submission of a STSM report (50% pre-grant is possible for Inclusiveness Target Countries).

Call is open – see News for more info

Further LITHME-specific criteria

LITHME is a very broad network, involving many subdisciplinary areas of linguistics. The best STSMs will work towards the major goals of LITHME, to prepare linguistics for the human-machine era, and to inform technology specialists with insights from linguistics.

Within this broad scope, there will hopefully be many and varied cases. One example could be an interactional sociolinguist visiting a lab to learn more about interactive Augmented Reality equipment. This could help them to develop new theoretical approaches to interaction, in preparation for widespread consumer adoption of such equipment. Another example could be a lab hosting a language education specialist, who might develop insights into the potential for Virtual Reality and automated translation to create entirely new contexts for language learning.

Meanwhile technology specialists could leave the lab and visit linguistics departments to understand more about, say, conversation analysis – to refine their thinking about the way wearable language tech could alter the fabric of conversation. They might also plan to learn about potential inequalities in deploying (for instance) automated sign language utilities or translation chatbots for public services.

The above is absolutely not an exhaustive list of possibilities. They simply illustrate the principle of the twin goals of LITHME, to prepare linguistics for the human-machine era and to inform technology specialists with linguistic insights. We want to know what you will learn from your visit, what you can contribute to your host, and how this works towards LITHME’s priorities.

Granted STSMs in 2021

Dr Alina Secară

Understanding how Machine Learning Could Be Applied for Romanian Theatre Captioning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Audiences

Ms Amal Haddad Haddad

Language in the human machine era: climate change discourse and corpus analysis

Mr Amit Moryossef

Sign Language Processing with the EASIER project

Dr Chiara Celata

Literacy and speech comprehension in the era of mediatized language

Ms Emer Gilmartin

Application of Prosodic and Pragmatic factors in Spoken Dialog Technology for Education

Ms Eftychia Xerou

Using robotics in order to acquire skills

Dr Raymond Echitchi

Natural Language Processing and Automated Self-Correction

How to apply?

The next call for STSMs will open in Autumn 2021,
please come back later!

More info:

Agnieszka Doczekalska

STSM Coordinator

grants [ a t ] lithme.eu

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