WELCOME Kick Off Meeting in Barcelona

The Kick Off meeting of the WELCOME project was held in Barcelona during 11th, 12th and 13th of February 2020. For three days the Poblenou campus of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in the catalan capital has hosted the meetings of the 15 project partners, represented by thirty people. At the meeting, the work plan for the different phases and tasks to develop the project have been reviewed and validated in detail, and the calendar of the next meetings and milestones has been agreed.

The goal of the WELCOME Project is to utilise modern technical innovations to help overcome the challenges of reception and integration of migrants and refugees. WELCOME aims to facilitate the reception and integration of them through comforting, easy to comprehend, and personalized technological solutions. Technologies in WELCOME include immersive environments and teams of intelligent conversational agents, which act as dedicated personal assistants to both migrants and refugees and decision-making authorities.

WELCOME relies on a consortium of 15 highly consolidated partners: 6 research institutions, 3 ICT companies, and 6 user partners dealing with migrant reception and integration. The WELCOME platform is envisaged as a product co-designed and co-created by the Consortium and all parties involved in the process of migrants reception and integration alike.

support of migrants and refugees language teaching personalized embodied conversation agents social and societal inclusion decision support multilingual language technologies virtual/augmented reality knowledge processing