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Understanding and Improving the Human Network (open call)

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Understanding and Improving the Human Network (open call)


This RFP invites proposals which pursue a deeper understanding of how people communicate and build "Human Networks," as well as how the network infrastructure could be enhanced to help this process.

Full Description:

The explosive growth in personalized devices, social networks, and novel user interfaces is transforming our daily lives by changing the way we interact with each other and co-exist in society. A deeper understanding of human behavior is useful to understand the technology needs of the next generation of communication networks. Cisco invites proposals which explore the broad spectrum of measuring, modeling, and leveraging human behavior, in order to develop better infrastructure to support, sustain, and enhance the Human Network.

This area-wide RFP also covers research proposals not directly related to the specific topics of other RFPs in this area.

Constraints and other information:

IPR will stay with the University. Cisco expects customary scholarly dissemination of results, and hopes that promising results would be made available to the community without limiting licenses, royalties, or other encumbrances.

Proposal submission:

Please use the link below to submit a proposal for research responding to this RFP. After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal.

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RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied. Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible. The deadline for Submissions is the Friday of the first week of each calendar quarter (the months of January, April, July, October). Funding decisions and communication will occur within 90 days from the quarterly submission deadline. The usage of funding is expected within 12 months of funding decision. Please plan your requests accordingly.

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