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The CITEC MORe program has been newly initiated in 2015. Thus, you might not find all answers of your questions here. In this case do not hesitate to write an email to

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About CITEC Month of Open Research

  1. What is the CITEC Month of Open Research?
  2. What is the program timeline?
  3. What are the goals of this program?
  4. How does the program work?
  5. Who can apply for the CITEC MORe program?
  6. When can I apply for the CITEC MORe program?
  7. What is CITEC?
  8. What is Cognitive Interaction Technology?
     

Applying to the CITEC MORe program

  1. How can I apply for the program?
  2. What should an application look like?
  3. Can a student apply for more than one project?
  4. What kinds of qualification are needed for an application?
  5. Are there any age restrictions on participating?
  6. Who is eligible to participate as a student in CITEC MORe?
  7. Can I apply for the program as a student in Germany?
  8. How much time is required to participate as a student in CITEC MORe?
  9. Will a student receive the stipend in any case?
  10. Is CITEC MORe considered as a form of employment?
  11. Can I participate in CITEC MORe and not be paid?
     

Work, Licenses and Ownership

  1. Who owns the code or data produced by student developers?
  2. What licenses are used for the project results?
  3. Where does the work occur?
     

Payments, Forms and Adminitrative Issues

  1. How does payment work?
  2. What documentation is required from students?
     

Other Questions

  1. Is there a program mailing list?
  2. Are the other ways to contact the CITEC MORe program?
  3. How does this program compare to the Google Summer of Code?
     

About CITEC Month of Open Research

What is the CITEC Month of Open Research?

The CITEC Month of Open Research (MORe) is an international program of the Excellence Cluster Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) that offers students from abroad stipends to contribute to open source or open data projects related to the research areas of cognitive interaction technology, like motion intelligence, attentive systems, conversational agents, memory retrieval and learning. If you are a highly skilled student and interested in contributing to open source or open data projects, we welcome your application. However, only students outside Germany are getting funded.

What is the program timeline?

CITEC MORe is planned as a yearly running program. This year’s call for applications starts on June 27, 2015.The deadline for application is August 21, 2015. Please take a look at the complete timeline.

What are the goals of this program?

CITEC – as a research institute – has started this program in order to foster open science in its own area of research. We strongly believe that the exchange of software and data between research groups and within the community is essential for bringing the field forward. However, in many cases it just does not happen because of limited resources or limited time. The MORe program addresses this issue and seeks for people supporting this process by working on specific proposals.

How does the program work?

Researchers at CITEC work as mentors in this program. Theyidentify relevant open source or open data projects which are collected in a call for student applications. We welcome student applications from all over the world. These are carefully reviewed and matched to project proposals. Then, accepted candidates get in contact with the mentors in a community bonding period. After that they work on the projects producing code or data under an open access license. Students get paid based on a parallel evaluation process that starts with the review of candidate proposals, continues with a mid-term evaluation of the project, and ends with a final evaluation of the finished work. Successful candidates will get a maximum payment of 1500 EUR.

Who can apply for the CITEC MORe program?

You can apply if you are more than 18 years old and you are a student registered at an academic institution being a university, college or other equivalent educational institution. In order to ensure the international character of this program and due to the regulations of payment, you must have a current residence outside Germany in order to get paid. People living in Germany can also apply but receive no payment. As a candidate, you have experienced skills in software development or in dealing with scientific data. Optimally, your study background is related to the research fields of CITEC (computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, linguistics, psychology, neurobiology, cybernetics, ethology, or cognitive systems) and you already got some experiences in open source or open data. You should state in your application why you are interested in this program and why you are an excellent candidate. We especially welcome applications of women.

When can I apply for the CITEC MORe program?

The application period for the 2015 program starts on July 27, 2015, and ends on August 21, 2015. Please take a look at the timeline for further details.

What is CITEC?

CITEC (Cognitive Interaction Technology, Center of Excellence) is an interdisciplinary research institute at Bielefeld University, Germany. Participating research groups are rooted in computer science, linguistics, psychology, biology, mathematics, and sports. CITEC’s research profile is focused on developing technical systems that mimic human-human communication and are intuitive and easy to operate for human users. In this regard, CITEC conducts system-oriented and basic research in the areas of motion intelligence, attentive systems, situational communication,and memory and learning. CITEC is highly committed to the Open Science ideal including open access, open data, and open research as laid down in the CITEC Open Science Manifesto (Open-Science Manifesto). CITEC has a strong record on realizing human-like communication in human-robot and human-agent communication and is contributing to different open source initiatives in this area including the Modular Open Robots Simulation Engine (MORSE), the Behavior Markup Language (BML), the Robot Operating System (ROS) as well as is initiating own open source initiatives, like the Robotic Service Bus (RSB), the Cognitive Interaction Toolkit (CITK), and several other tools and frameworks. Please take a look at www.cit-ec.de for further information.

What is Cognitive Interaction Technology?

Since 2007, researchers at CITEC have been investigating the scientific principles necessary for endowing machines – this could be everything from everyday appliances to robots – with cognitive abilities. These machines should be able to interact naturally with people and adjust to changing situations. Researching the scientific foundations of cognitive interaction technology – a research area founded by CITEC – is the necessary pioneering work. Researchers at CITEC follow an interdisciplinary approach combining methods from computer science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, psychology, biology, mathematics, and sports science.

Applying to the CITEC MORe program

How can I apply for the program?

For registration you will need to fill in the registration form for the program. After that we will review your registration and contact you asking you to submit your application documents (see below). We will internally review your application and contact you in case of further questions. If we find a good match to one of the projects of the current call, you will be invited to the community bonding and you will get in touch with the mentors who advise you in your work.

What should an application look like?

In case you have been contacted by us after the registration, please send your application to more@lists.cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de and CC to the corresponding project supervisors. Your application pdf file should include a motivation why you intent to participate in the CITEC MORe program, a short CV, your experiences in software development, dealing with scientific data, and in open source/data projects. You should further provide a course transcript of your current study degree. You should also point out to which project you wish to contribute and why.

Can a student apply for more than one project?

Yes, but in this case we will assign a student to one project, exclusively. A student accepted for the program can only work for one project. What kinds of qualification are needed for an application? You should either provide a certificate of your Bachelor or Master degree and/or provide a transcript of your current study. Other documents that proof your qualification for the program are welcome. If you have participated in the Google Summer of Code, please refer to the year and project you have contributed to.

Are there any age restrictions on participating?

Yes, you must be 18 years or older. Who is eligible to participate as a student in CITEC MORe? You are ligible for the program if you are more than 18 years old and you are a student registered at an academic institution being a university, college or other equivalent educational institution. In order to ensure the international character of this program and due to the regulations of payment, you must have a current residence outside Germany in order to get paid. People living in Germany can also apply but receive no payment.

Can I apply for the program as a student in Germany?

Yes, but you will only receive a payment if you are not a resident of Germany. Thus, a student in Germany will not get paid in the regular case.

How much time is required to participate as a student in CITEC MORe?

The projects offered in the CITEC MORe program are estimated to take one month of full time work for a single person. The candidate – together with the mentor – should define a precise work schedule during the community bonding period. You can agree with your mentor on an individual work schedule within the working period of the program. You can work full-time for a couple of weeks or part-time for the complete period which is roughly 3 months.

Will a student receive the stipend in any case?

The student – if accepted – will receive a first payment of 300 EUR at the beginning of the project after the community bonding period. The further payments of the stipend depend on the midterm and final evaluation. If the participant stays with the schedule and milestones agreedon with the mentors, she or he will receive another 500 EUR at midterm and 700 EUR after final evaluation.

Is CITEC MORe considered as a form of employment?

The stipends will be paid as a honorarium. Thus, the MORe participants do not have any employment contract with Bielefeld University. Each participant has to deal with the payment in accordance with the tax regulations of his or her country of residence.

Can I participate in CITEC MORe and not be paid?

Yes, in case you want to participate without any payment, you can also apply to the program in order to get involved in the open source and open data projects.

Work, Licenses and Ownership

Who owns the code or data produced by student developers?

The code or data produced within the CITEC MORe program is owned by the corresponding author. Typically, this s the participant of the MORe program. Even in case of open access licenses the ownership is still valid. However, each participant in the CITEC MORe program must agree to publish all work that is done within the MORe program under an open access license.

What licenses are used for the project results?

The open access license typically comes with the open source or open data project that is contributed to. The corresponding mentors will make a specific suggestion.

Where does the work occur?

The work will occur in the corresponding open access repository of the project. Payments, Forms and Adminitrative Issues.

How does payment work?

The student – if accepted – will receive a first payment of 300 EUR at the beginning of the project after the community bonding period. The further payments of the stipend depend on the midterm and final evaluation. If the participant stays with the schedule and milestones agreed on with the mentors, she or he will receive another 500 EUR at midterm and 700 EUR after final evaluation.

What documentation is required from students?

Documentation is an important aspect of any shared code or data. In the beginning of the project (within the community bonding period) the participant and thementors agree on documentation standards for the individual open research artifacts. Further documentation is required for the corresponding project management. Participants and mentors are requested to use an explicit issue management and wiki to organize their work.

Other Questions

Is there a program mailing list?

You can contact the program committee of the CITEC MORe 2015 program via the mailing list more@lists.cit.ec.uni-bielefeld.de .

Are the other ways to contact the CITEC MORe program?

Currently not. Other ways of contact will be explored. If required the program committee of mentors will directly approach a registered candidate for a skype meeting or Google hangout.

How does this program compare to the Google Summer of Code?

The Google Summer of Code has been an inspiration for the CITEC MORe program. However, the MORe program has a more focused approach to support specific areas of research. Furthermore, open source is only one side of the coin. In order to make open science accessible and reproducible source code and data must be related. Therefore, we extend the program to open research including both sides of the coin.