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ACAT

Project reference: 600578
Funded under

Learning and Execution of Action Categories

From 2013-03-01 to 2016-04-30, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 147 047

EU contribution:

EUR 3 150 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-9See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
ACAT focuses on the problem of how artificial systems (robots) can understand and utilize information made for humans. The ultimate purpose of ACAT is to equip a robot – on an on-going basis – with abstract, functional knowledge about relations between actions and objects, leading to a system which can act meaningfully. The robot will be able to partially take over human tasks without time-consuming programming procedures improving the efficiency of industrial processes. The main outcome of ACAT will be a robot-compiler which translates human understandable information into a robot-executable program.

Objective

ACAT focuses on the problem how artificial systems (robots) can understand and utilize information made for humans. For example, a statement like: "Put the nut on the bolt and tighten", which one might find in any assembly instruction sheet, is easily understood by us, but not by any robot. Too much background information is missing: Which tool to use? How to hold the tool? How to operate it? And much more. To make this understandable for a machine, ACAT introduces the concept of an "action category". Action categories are extracted from large bodies of human sources (text, images) and will fill in the missing background information. An action category, thus, includes the general computer code to perform the action (e.g. by a robot hand). But, as actions are always situation dependent, it also includes all situation specific information (e.g. how to shape the hand, how to generate the correct pose relative to a manipulated object). This is called action-specific background information. Action categories are obtained by combining linguistic analysis with action-simulation and robot self-exploration. They are assembled in an action-specific knowledge base. The ACAT project will develop a system that uses this knowledge base to compile and execute plans as sequences of individual actions. The execution of these plans by a robot serves as a test-bed for the success of the stored action categories. Repeated execution, error analysis, and correction lead to a life-long update process of the action-category knowledge base. The ultimate purpose of ACAT is to equip the robot – on an ongoing basis – with abstract, functional knowledge, normally made for humans, about relations between actions and objects leading to a system which can act meaningfully. For testing, ACAT uses "instruction sheets" (manuals), made for human workers, and translates these into a robot-executable format. This way the robot will be able to partially take over human tasks without time-consuming programming procedures improving the efficiency of industrial processes. Thus, similar to computer science, where the development of the first compilers had led to a major step forward, the main impact of this project is that ACAT develops a robot-compiler, which translates human understandable information into a robot-executable program.

Related information

Coordinator

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 873 659


von Sieboldstr. 4
37075 Göttingen
Germany
Administrative contact: Nadja Daghbouche
Tel.: +49551399795
Fax: +4955139183058
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 635 468


Bibliothekstrasse
28359 BREMEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Michael Lawo
Tel.: +49 42121864000
Fax: +4942121864047
E-mail
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 397 342


FREDRIK BAJERS VEJ
9220 AALBORG
Denmark
Administrative contact: Tina Thorbjørnsen
Tel.: +45 9940 8939
Fax: +45 9815 9757
E-mail
SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 506 046


CAMPUSVEJ
5230 ODENSE M
Denmark
Administrative contact: Vibeke Nielsen
Tel.: +45 6550 3575
Fax: +45 6615 7697
E-mail
VYTAUTO DIDZIOJO UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania

EU contribution: EUR 366 861


K. DONELAICIO G. 58
44248 KAUNAS
Lithuania
Administrative contact: Daiva Vitkute Adzgauskiene
Tel.: +370 37327900
Fax: +37037203858
E-mail
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia

EU contribution: EUR 370 624


Jamova
1000 LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Administrative contact: Jadran Lenarcic
Tel.: +386 14773513
Fax: +386 14773906
E-mail
Record Number: 106961 / Last updated on: 2016-09-06