CLICS developed internationally distributed courses and extended their reach to more students and continuos learning. At the core of CLICS was the creation of MOOCs in the areas of automatic speech recognition and machine translation. Grouped around these MOOCs will be additional instruments like summer schools and workshops, a distinguished lecture series, an exhange programs.
As a point of departure, CLICS used the existing network of excellence, the international center for Advanced Communication Techologies, interACT. CLICS started with a selected subset of the interACT partners which are research institutions with educational specialities, and course offerings and expertise teaching the scientific disciplines that will be developed in the "CLICS-courses".
CLICS created MOOCs in the field of Speech Recognition and Machine Translation. The MOOCs are accompanied by lab exercises, mentoring, and accreditation to support and engage students at each partner university in person.
The MOOCs are given in English but in order to lower the language barrier for interested international participants we are going to utilize the technology of speech translation in order to offer automatically or semiautomatically generated multilingual subtitles.
Summer schools offer students and researchers the opportunity to receive intensive training in a specific field in an international environment from international instructors which goes beyond that what can be typically taught in regular university courses. We therefore conducted summer and winter schools in a joint effort among all partners, in order to offer participants a state-of-the-art event with up-to-date research results and under the guidance of internationally renowned instructors and research partners.
The partners in the network have specific expertise in different areas and are renowned for different technology and research aspects. Through our distinguished lecture series we gave them the opportunity to disseminate their expertise, latest research and results in their specializations in the form of talks and lectures.
CLICS conducted an exchange program at all levels of students and researchers: bachelor students, master students and PhD students. The goal of the exchange program was to give the students and researchers the opportunity to conduct all or part of their research towards a degree, often in the form of a bachelor, master or PhD thesis, at a partner institution. The exchange program enabled this exchange by supporting and coordinating the necessary administrative actions, such as finding joint supervisors at the host and sending institutions, dealing with visas, finding housing etc.