TwinTide Newsletter N.4, May 2013
The Number 4 of the TWINTIDE Newsletter is available for download at here. The current issue is dedicated to the TwinTide Training School TUTOREM which was organized in Autumn 2012, in Bled, Slovenia.
Internal Management

The Action encompass four Working Groups (WGs), each of them being responsible for one of the activities described in the section Research & Development. Note that the four WGs are not mutually exclusive but inter-related to a certain extent. Hence, individual participating project partners can be involved in more than one or even all four WG.

A Management Committee consists of Chair, Vice Chair, Scientific Coordinator, Dissemination Coordinator, Coordinators of the four WGs, and delegates from each of the signatory countries. The Management Committee sets the overall policy and direction of the project according to the objectives of this Action.

Grant-Holder: ETH Zürich (Swiss Institute of Technology, Zürich), Zürich, Switzerland (CH)

Chair of the Management Committee: Effie Lai-Chong Law - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), Switzerland (CH) / University of Leicester, UK

Vice-Chair of the Management Committee: Mark Springett (Middlesex University), Middlesex, United Kingdom (UK)

Scientific Coordinators: Gilbert Cockton (Northumbria University), Newcasttle upon Tyne, United Kingdom (UK)

Dissemination Activity: Philippe Palanque and Marco Winckler - IHCS-IRIT, University Paul Sabatier, France (FR)

Liaison and interaction with other research programmes

This Action can be seen as a continuation of COST294-MAUSE with a broader scope and even more ambitious goals.

The partners of the Consortium have established a relatively extensive network of liaisons with other research bodies in the academic and industry within and without Europe. Besides, they are active members of UPA (Usability Professional Association), ACM SIGCHI and IFIP WG 13.1/13.2.

Action's partners have successful collaborations with a number of private enterprises, including Nokia Research Centre (F), Philips Research (NL), British Telecom (UK), Telenor (NO), Eurescom (D), Prokom Software SA (PL), SETCCE (SI), Siemens(D), CARE (ES), Belgacom(B), Electricité de France (F), Iceland Telecom (IS), Credit Suisse (CH), to name just a few.

Similarly, the Action's partners also have collaborative research efforts with a number of academic institutions on both national and international levels, including Technical University of Eindhoven (NL), Fraunhofer Institut (DE), Technical University of Wroclaw (PL), University of Ljubljana (SI), Stanford University (US), University of Quebec (CA), University of Waikato (NZ), to name just a few.

The Action's consortium recognises that standards can be an effective means to transfer technology to industry and hence participation in the related efforts is deemed essential. So that, contributions to standardization bodies (i.e., ISO/IEC, IEEE, CEN/ISSS, W3C) will be achieved. Integration of national and international projects working on issues related to usability evaluation will be strengthened.


The duration of the COST Action IC 0904 TwinTide is FOUR years (January 2010 - December 2013). The Kick-off Meeting took place on 26th January 2010 in Brussels. In the coming years, altogether there will be seven Working Groups (WGs) meetings, which are held in conjunction with Management Committee (MC) meetings. On average, members of the Action meet every six months. Two biannual Training Schools for interdisciplinary young researchers will be held. Three yearly Workshops that are open to public audience are also scheduled.

Financial Model

The COST budget is available for the coordination of scientific activities. There is no central research funding. Individual research projects are financed nationally. In the frame of the ongoing COST Action IC 0904, finance may be requested from the COST budget of the Commissions for the following items:

  1. Travel expenses and daily allowances for Delegates to Management Committee Meetings
  2. Working Group meetings
  3. Subsidies
  4. Publications
  5. Short term scientific missions
  6. Training schools
  7. Workshops/Conferences
  8. Evaluation of COST Actions


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