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The EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development ( FP7 ) runs from 2007 to 2013. Its Cooperation part contains the Information and Communication Technologies theme ( ICT ). In charge of this theme is the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology . Cognitive Systems and Robotics is one of the challenges defined in the work programme of the ICT theme Challenge 2 . The unit responsible for the challenge is Robotics .

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FP7 Information Day, 14 January 2010, Luxembourg

The Information Day consisted of plenary sessions providing participants with information on the research challenges in the work programme, and two breakout sessions. The plenary session presentations on Challenge 2 'Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics' are available here:

The presentations given by participants at the two breakout sessions are available in a zip file .

FP7 Information Day: Cognitive Systems and Robotics in ICT Call 6, 21 January 2010, Prague

The Information Day consisted of plenary sessions providing participants with information on the research challenges in the work programme, and a breakout sessions. The presentations of the breakout session are available here .

FP7 Information Day, 10 January 2008, Luxembourg

The Information Day consisted of plenary sessions providing participants with information on the research challenges in the work programme, and two breakout sessions. The plenary session presentations on Challenge 2 'Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics' are available here:

FP7 Information days, 24-25 January 2007, Luxembourg
The information days offered plenary sessions providing participants with information on the research challenges in the work programme, and a number of breakout sessions. The Plenary session presentation on Challenge 2 'Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics' is available here: Presentation ( 170KB). See below for presentations given by interested participants at the two breakout sessions.


Thematic workshops towards a Cognitive Systems research agenda in FP7

To help us prepare the work programme on Artificial Cognitive Systems research under FP7, our unit organized a series of preparatory workshops in Luxembourg between December 2005 and March 2006. The general objective was to obtain concrete recommendations on relevant research foci and the instruments needed to support and advance that research by addressing:

  1. Potential of various disciplines for endowing a broad range of artificial systems with cognitive capabilities;
  2. Longer term goals and leading edge research;
  3. R&D goals reachable in the medium term, given time and resource limitations, and scope for interdisciplinary co-operation;
  4. Impact at different levels (e.g., European added value) and in different areas (research, 'applications', industries, etc.), and how to achieve it.

A consolidated report based on all the workshops is available here ( 201KB) . See below for the presentations and reports of the individual workshops.

Machine learning and cognition (19 December 2005)

Natural organisms acquire and improve their cognitive capabilities through learning, both as members of a species (in the course of evolution) or individually (as they grow and act). Learning is also a hallmark of high-level cognition as present in humans. Artificial systems cannot be deemed cognitive unless they can learn.

Explore the potential of a large body of Machine Learning and related research for endowing a broad range of artificial systems (including systems that operate on digital content) with cognitive capabilities at various levels (including recognition, categorisation, classification and ontology building).

Cognitive robotics (20 December 2005)

Cognition (as we know it) becomes effective through action; and sensing and acting are prerequisite to cognition.

Focus on platforms with rich sensing and acting capabilities (robots or robotic devices) and their potential for developing and experimenting with genuinely cognitive architectures that cater, preferably in an integrative manner, for various modes of sensing (visual, auditory, haptic, olfactory) and acting (gesticulating, pointing, grasping, manipulating, talking, roving, etc.).

Cognition and language (27 February 2006)

In a final analysis all artificial systems are rendering some service(s) to people. To do so they usually have to communicate with people. Hence, language is key to making artificial systems more acceptable to humans. Language in the sense of vocal or gestural utterances and in a social context may also be instrumental in the development of human-like high-level cognition.

Address the role of language in cognition and of cognition in language, and ways of advancing the communication skills of artificial systems.

Cognition and control (9 March 2006)

A prime role of cognitive functions in natural organisms is to maintain, at least over a limited period of time and often against all odds, the integrity and stability of these organisms within their environment. Hence, artificial cognitive architectures may also be largely characterised as control architectures. As such they need not be confined to strictly delimited (physical) bodies but may extend over larger systems, including networks of all sorts and distributed systems, with requirements for sensing (possibly beyond the types and range covered by the natural senses) and acting.

Discuss and clarify the opportunities for ACS research to make an impact on systems control and vice versa.

Cognition: models and paradigms (20 and 21 March 2006)

The physical substrate of cognition in natural organisms enjoys certain properties that none of our current hardware technologies can offer.

  • To what extent do the qualities of cognition hinge on these properties, for instance on our brains' inherent plasticity or on endocrinal phenomena?
  • What use should be made in designing and implementing cognitive architectures, of insights into the way brains work?
  • Are traditional computational metaphors sufficient to capture the ways natural organisms incorporate their environment and act in it?
  • Do we need hardware that directly supports cognitive capabilities such as memory and learning?
  • How important are self-X (X in {adapting, awareness, configuring, controlling, generating, healing, maintaining, monitoring, organising, understanding ...)?

Ponder these and related issues taking into account developments in areas such as mathematical modelling, non-standard computing, theories of consciousness and molecular electronics.

  • Day 2: 21 March 2006
    • De Schutter (coming soon)
    • Di Paolo ( 597KB )
    • Longo (coming soon)
    • McCaskill ( 1.003KB )
    • Moreno Bergareche ( 242KB )
    • Schmidhuber ( 1.773KB )
    • Tempesti ( 364KB )
    • Zauner ( 700KB )
    • Workshop Report ( 132KB )
    • Documentation


      • The EU Cognitive Systems initiative (For CogSys II, Radboud University Nijmegen)
        Colette Maloney , April 2006 ( 177KB )
      • Cognition: Models and Paradigms (For FP7 Preparatory Workshops)
        Colette Maloney , March 2006 ( 118KB )
      • Current Programme and Future Plans (For FP7 Preparatory Workshops)
        Hans-Georg Stork , March 2006 ( 202KB )
      • Presentation of euCognition (For FP7 Preparatory Workshops)
        David Vernon , March 2006 ( 1.121KB )
      • Cognitive Systems - Know It All! (For DG Info Session)
        Colette Maloney , January 2006 ( 2.182KB )
      • Future Trends in Artificial Cognitive Systems (Workshop Report)
        Hans-Georg Stork , December 2004 ( 160KB )
      • Cognitive Systems: Scope and Objectives
        Colette Maloney , November 2004 ( 152KB )
      • Overview of the First Batch of FP6 Cognitive Systems Projects
        David Vernon , November 2004 ( 1.588KB )
      • Potential Applications of Cognitive Vision
        Patrick Courtney (ECVision project), November 2004 ( 346KB )
      • Cognitive Systems in the IST Work Programme 2005-2006
        Hans-Georg Stork and Franco Mastroddi , October 2004 ( 160KB )
      • Cognition and (Artificial) Cognitive Systems - Explanatory & Exploratory Notes
        Hans-Georg Stork , August 2004 ( 221KB )
      • Commission Point of View: Introduction
        Hans-Georg Stork , April 2004 ( 816KB )
      • Cognitive Systems in WP 2005-2006 and Beyond
        Unit Presentation , April 2004 ( 1.219KB )
      • Expert Meeting on Cognition: Previous and Ongoing EC Activities
        Cécile Huet , April 2004 ( 981KB )
      • Cognitive Systems: Scope and Objectives
        Colette Maloney , June 2003 ( 150KB )
      • Background Document on Strategic Objective "Cognitive Systems": 2 nd IST Call for Proposals
        Colette Maloney , June 2003 ( 147KB )

       

       

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