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.
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Figure 1. VCCT institute in COMUE and forthcoming IDEX project
Figure2. VCCT institute partners and actors: Research, Training, and PIR.
Figure 3. FTE partners’ contribution per year
Figure 4. FTE evolution: more than 300 FTE in 3 years.
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).
Figure 6. Laboratories interdisciplinarity
Figure 7. The Imaginarium: a central hub in the University of Lille site for VCCT institute
Figure 8. Research and training Milestones
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).
Figure 10. Organisation of governance bodies.
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.