The ESSENCE Network

a 4-year, €4 million Marie Curie Initial Training Network (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN) funded by the European Commission (grant agreement no. 607062)

ESSENCE is a European research training network that conducts world-leading research into the evolution and negotiation of meaning among human and artificial agents.

Since late 2013, it has supported the work of 15 early-career researchers, the ESSENCE Fellows,  on topics that investigate semantic technologies, language games, multiagent communication, ontology learning, and human dialogue, and which all contribute to a broader research vision of diversity-aware AI. This vision emphasises creating next-generation AI technologies that can be used to bridge the gap between heterogeneous agents by exploring how representation, reasoning, and interaction can be used to allow diverse collectives of agents to share information and knowledge, coordinate their activities, and combine their individual capabilities.

ESSENCE aims to build a community around this vision and to promote diversity-awareness as an important challenge for AI. To this end, the network runs a host of events, provides open datasets and software that allow other researchers to engage with our work, and has developed a challenge competition to allow broader communities to engage with the challenges we are interested in.

Follow our updates in the News section on Twitter at @ESSENCE_News or feel free to contact us by email at  You may want to also have a look at various media and publications we have produced over the duration of the project. The GUESSence Android app we have developed provides a fun way to experience our challenge scenario by playing interactive games.