SSCCII Interdisciplinary Center – About Us

SSKKII is a center for interdisciplinary research in the intersection of the concepts Language, Semantics, Cognition, Communication, Information and Interaction. SSKKII is an acronym for the initial letters of the Swedish terms for these concepts.

SSKKII’s aim is to organize both theoretically and practically oriented research projects. SSKKII also provides a link between research projects, industry and trade. For researchers SSKKII offers opportunities to work in an exciting and expansive area with contacts in a variety of disciplines.

The SSKKII center is a department at the University of Gothenburg.

SSKKII’s aim is to do research on an interdisciplinary basis within the area that the concepts which define SSKKII cover. The center will play an important role in developing competence within this area.

Competence development is supported in two ways: by creating opportunities for cooperation between qualified researchers from member faculties and departments in Göteborg; and by, via SSKKII, providing a network of contacts between the university, industry and trade, and international researches who are actively at work in the area.

SSKKII hosts projects e.g. on multimodal communication, human-computer interaction, information extraction, translation and cognitive psychology.

In addition to doing research, SSKKII organizes lectures, seminars and symposia as well as courses, both within and outside the university. SSKKII also publishes a series of research reports and provides supervision for research students.

A Theoretical Core

It is vital to develop the theoretical core within SSKKII’s domain. Without a good theoretical basis we lack the ability to do original research and to handle difficulties arising in applied research. Greater knowledge and understanding has its own intrinsic value. That is why most dedicated researches are drawn to their profession. Without good basic research an academic discipline cannot survive in the long run.

However, we also work with applications that can be of direct significance for trade and industry. Only by working with both theory and applications together can we be useful and create an intellectually stimulating center that will attract good thinking from inside and outside the university.

Jens Allwood, Chairman, SSKKII