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FROG

Project reference: 288235
Funded under

Fun Robotic Outdoor Guide

From 2011-10-01 to 2014-09-30, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 491 867

EU contribution:

EUR 1 899 990

Coordinated in:

Netherlands

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
FROG proposes to develop a guide robot with a winning personality and behaviors that will engage tourists in a fun exploration of outdoor attractions. The work encompasses innovation in the areas of vision-based detection, robotics design and navigation, human-robot interaction, affective computing, intelligent agent architecture and dependable autonomous outdoor robot operation. The FROG robots’ fun personality and social visitor-guide behaviors aim to enhance the user experience and increase knowledge transfer as information is offered through multi-sensory interaction. FROG adapts its behavior to the users through vision-based detection of human engagement and interest. FROG plans to build a highly dependable robot that operates autonomously in populated outdoor real-world settings.

Objective

FROG proposes to develop a guide robot with a winning personality and behaviors that will engage tourists in a fun exploration of outdoor attractions. The work encompasses innovation in the areas of vision-based detection, robotics design and navigation, human-robot interaction, affective computing, intelligent agent architecture and dependable autonomous outdoor robot operation.The FROG robots' fun personality and social visitor-guide behaviors aim to enhance the user experience. FROG's behaviors will be designed based on the findings of systematic social behavioral studies of human interaction with robots. FROG adapts its behavior to the users through vision-based detection of human engagement and interest.Interactive augmented reality overlay capabilities in the body of the robot will enhance the visitor's experience and increase knowledge transfer as information is offered through multi-sensory interaction. Gesture detection capabilities further allow the visitors to manipulate the augmented reality interface to explore specific interests.FROG plans to build a highly dependable robot that operates autonomously in populated outdoor real-world settings. New robust outdoor localization and navigation algorithms based on 6 DOF localization and SLAM will offer precise localization that is required for human-friendly navigation and optimal positioning of the robot's augmented reality overlays. Moreover, robust, safety-critical, human-aware navigation algorithms will be developed, taking into account human interaction at all levels.The intelligent agent architecture is a platform that will allow the integration of low-level guidance and communication controls with high-level interaction generation including affective computing algorithms and contextual recognition. This approach will lead to the creation of a new generation of highly sophisticated autonomous outdoor robotic guide services.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 158 778


Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Vanessa Evers
Tel.: +3120 5256795
Fax: +31205256896
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 304 692


CARRETERA DE UTRERA KM 1
41013 SEVILLA
Spain
Administrative contact: Marta Mercado
Tel.: +34 95 4349872
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 482 765


DRIENERLOLAAN 5
7522 NB ENSCHEDE
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Benno Pals
Tel.: +31 53 4893702
Fax: +31 53 4891070
E-mail
YDREAMS - INFORMATICA S.A.
Participation ended
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 152 461


CAMPUS FACULDADE CIENCAS TECNOLOGIAS UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LI
2829 516 CAPARICA
Portugal
Administrative contact: Mónica Pedro
Tel.: +351210314000
Fax: +351310314001
E-mail
IDMIND - ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS LDA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 306 604


ESTRADA DO PACO DO LUMIAR - POLO TECNOLOGICO DE LISBOA LOTE
1600546 LISBOA
Portugal
Administrative contact: Paulo Alvito
Tel.: +351217102575
Fax: +351217102576
E-mail
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 494 690


Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus
SW7 2AZ LONDON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Shaun Power
Tel.: +44 207 594 8773
Fax: +44 207 594 8609
E-mail
Record Number: 100760 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01