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Institut Convergence VCCT
Visual Cognition, Culture and Technology-VCCT Institute aims at becoming a leading research and training centre on the international scene, devoted to the study of the relationship between cognition, culture and technology, in order to evaluate the impact of visual information in digital networks, contents and devices on knowledge acquisition, transfer and exploitation. 21 partners are associated in the institute combining PIA projects: Labex DISTALZ, Labex CEMPI, Equipex IrDIVE, Equipex LEAF, Equipex FLUX, and including the 3 universities, 3 research organisations, 7 schools, and 8 actors in transfer and innovation schemes. The institute societal and scientific challenges require interdisciplinary approach from and with: humanities, sociology and politics, cognitive sciences and neurosciences, electronics, computer sciences and engineering and mathematics. VCCT Institute is in line with the SNR Challenge 7 - Information and communication society and Challenge 8 - Innovative, integrative and adaptive society. Conceived as a Graduate School, the VCCT Institute articulates research and training activities, through four training programs linked to research programs. The aim of VCCT Institute is to develop an innovative approach of training for new professionals endowed with complementary skills.The VCCT institute will provide additional resources (initially 118 FTE, reaching 350 FTE after 3 years) to capitalise and reinforce all segmented and distributed territory efforts through existing research, training, and transfer activities, and act as a lever (expected 1:5 multiplier effect) to adapt these existing activities to the socioeconomic actual and future challenges. The VCCT Institute strategy is perfectly aligned with the local institutions, the university of Lille and the future IDEX project, contributing thus to the cohesiveness of the site. The ambition of the future IDEX project is to increase the perimeter of excellence of UdL. The VCCT Institute will be one of the essential levers to reach this goal.

Figure 1. VCCT institute in COMUE and forthcoming IDEX project

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Figure2. VCCT institute partners and actors: Research, Training, and PIR.

Figure2. VCCT institute partners and actors: Research, Training, and PIR.


Figure 3. FTE partners’ contribution per year

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Figure 4. FTE evolution: more than 300 FTE in 3 years.

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Figure 5. Institute scientific challenges: time and history are represented from bottom to top. Technology advances, from basic tools to ICT, are represented along the expansion curve: the rapid advances of technology can induce a risk of destabilisation of knowledge society due to sudden changes in information processing and access (threshold).

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Figure 6. Laboratories interdisciplinarity

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Figure 7. The Imaginarium: a central hub in the University of Lille site for VCCT institute

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Figure 8. Research and training Milestones

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Figure 9. The training programs will be developed according to the following themes:  Neuro-cognition (Neuro-Cognitive visual processes and interactive behaviour); Visual Cultures (Creation and use of visual images, artefacts and technology across ages and societies); Human decision (Visual expression of socio-economic groups and policymakers); Social informatics (Design, use and effects of ICT on knowledge and behaviour).

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Figure 10. Organisation of governance bodies.

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Figure 11. The VCCT institute project is about 194M EUR for a duration of 10 years, with initial investment: 78% public (research and trainings organisations), 14% private companies (PIR actors and private schools), and 8% funded by the VCCT institute actions funded by the Convergence Labs Call 2016.
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