Harvest Programme Call – Spring 2012

Do you have a good idea for some really cool software, useful and/or
fun for people out there, but you are missing the team, the money, or
the place?

This announcement is for you: read it carefully!

*** PASCAL2 invites submissions of proposals for Harvest Projects ***
********************** Important dates ********************************

– Expression of intention to submit: June 15, 2012
– Deadline proposal submissions: June 29, 2012
– Notification of acceptance: August 17, 2012

Inquiries: anytime.

Notes: the total budget for this call is euros 35k. This is the last
Call for Harvest projects!


There are many innovative things we would be able to do, but we never
find the time, we don’t have the money, students/programmers are
needed and hard to find. Still it would be real fun to devise a smart
code, to see people using it, and to have your name on the Pascal Hall
of Fame 🙂 The Pascal Harvest Programme aims at making it possible,
easy, and rewarded. The main idea behind Harvest is: put together in a
room a team for long enough to produce an innovative software for a
real application. PASCAL2 will pick up the bills.

Sounds interesting? Please check out all you need to know on the
programme website:

(Internal) http://pascallin2.ecs.soton.ac.uk/Programmes/HA/
(External) http://www.pascal-network.org/?q=node/19

For this call we are open to all three scenarios in:



A Harvest project proposal should address the following points in 4-8

* Problem description: what is the project going to do? Why is it
interesting? Why is Machine Learning relevant?
* Specification and validation. How do we assess performance?
* Expected staffing, location and duration. How many persons will be
needed? For how long?
* Milestones, timeline.
* Requested funding.
* Content of the training, if any, that will be delivered to

An example proposal can be downloaded from the programme website.
There is no expectation that the team is fully identified at the time
of the proposal submission.

Proposals will be evaluated by independent experts. Criteria used in
the evaluation will be:

* Application interest: is this going to be useful to someone?
* State of the art: is the problem still challenging for
scientific/technical/other reasons? Not challenging still not done
yet? Might it lead also to a good paper?
* Impact outside PASCAL: will anyone outside the machine-learning,
optimization and statistics community like it? Can this be viewed
as a generic proof of principle? Of what?
* Training: will junior participants learn interesting and useful
* Management and planning: is the project going to deliver on its
* Timeliness: can you make this happen soon?

For this Call we will ask reviewers to assess proposals with an eye to
the approaching conclusion of the EC funding for the PASCAL 2 network:
will the project contribute an interesting demo? Will it create some
important legacy? Something that can have its own life after the end
of the network?

Unlike in previous calls, proposals requesting funding to cover some
limited expenses for personnel salaries can also be considered. For
administrative reasons, however, this possibility is limited to
personnel of PASCAL 2 Beneficiary members only.

An email stating the intention to submit a proposal should be
addressed to Nicola dot Cancedda at xrce dot xerox dot com and sebag
at lri dot fr by June 15th, 2012. Actual submissions should be done
through the PASCAL2 Harvest Programme page by June 29th, 2012:


For all inquiries please write to Nicola dot Cancedda at xrce dot
xerox dot com and sebag at lri dot fr.