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AlterEgo

Project reference: 600610
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Enhancing Social Interaction with an AlterEgo Artificial Agent

From 2013-02-01 to 2016-07-31, closed project | AlterEgo Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 834 912

EU contribution:

EUR 2 920 000

Coordinated in:

France

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

AlterEgo: Humanoid robotics and Virtual Reality to improve social interactions

The objective of AlterEgo is the creation of an interactive cognitive architecture, implementable in various artificial agents, allowing a continuous interaction with patients suffering from social disorders. The AlterEgo architecture is rooted in complex systems, machine learning and computer vision. The project will produce a new robotic-based clinical method able to enhance social interaction of patients. This new method will change existing therapies, will be applied to a variety of pathologies and will be individualized to each patient. AlterEgo opens the door to a new generation of social artificial agents in service robotics.

Objective

The objective of AlterEgo is the creation of an interactive cognitive architecture, implementable in various artificial agents, allowing a continuous interaction with patients suffering from social disorders, by virtue of changes in behavioural (robot-based) as well as morphological (avatar-based) properties of that agent. The AlterEgo architecture is rooted in complex systems, machine learning, and computer vision. The project includes research in fundamental and clinical neurosciences, interaction modeling, development of new computer-vision techniques and human-robot interfaces, as well as evaluation of the scenarios with patients before, during, and after training sessions. At the end of the project, we will produce a new robotic-based clinical method able to enhance social interaction of patients. This new method will change existing therapies, will be applied to a variety of pathologies, and will be individualized to each patient. The first challenge of this project is to create an avatar and a robot alter ego of a patient. Based on recent work in social robotics and neurosciences, we hypothesize that if patients face artificial agents morphologically and behaviourally similar to them, they will increase their social interaction. The second challenge is to transform the morphology and the behaviour of the similar artificial agent into that of a healthy and different agent. We assume that the smooth and continuous behavioural shift from similar/unhealthy to complementary/healthy social behaviour will lead to a better social rehabilitation. AlterEgo opens the door to a new generation of social artificial agents in service robotics. AlterEgo is an interdisciplinary project composed of 7 workpackages, at the interaction of Social Motor Neurosciences (UM1), Robotics (EPFL), Complex Systems Dynamics (UOB and UNEXE), Computer Vision (DFKI), and Psychiatry (CHU).

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER
France

EU contribution: EUR 521 161


163 RUE AUGUSTE BROUSSONNET
34090 MONTPELLIER
France
Administrative contact: Jean-Michel Portefaix
Tel.: +33 4 67 14 49 71
Fax: +33434433119
E-mail

Participants

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 535 372


BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
1015 LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Aude Billard
Tel.: +41 216935464
Fax: +41 216937850
E-mail
DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER KUENSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 676 098


Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 KAISERSLAUTERN
Germany
Administrative contact: Didier Stricker
Tel.: +49 631205753500
Fax: +49631 20 575 3520
E-mail
UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER I
Participation ended
France

EU contribution: EUR 326 120


BOULEVARD HENRI IV 5
34967 MONTPELLIER
France
Administrative contact: Claudine Coppin
Tel.: +33 4 34 43 33 48
Fax: +33 4 34 43 33 59
E-mail
CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE MONTPELLIER
France

EU contribution: EUR 446 300


AVENUE DU DOYEN GASTON GIRAUD 191
34000 MONTPELLIER
France
Administrative contact: Valérie HANDWEILER
Tel.: +33 4 67 33 96 43
Fax: +33 4 67 33 08 64
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 247 184


Northcote House, The Queen's Drive
EX4 4QJ EXETER
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Sarah Hill
Tel.: +44 1392 726206
Fax: +44 1392 723686
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 167 765


TYNDALL AVENUE SENATE HOUSE
BS8 1TH BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Julie Coombs
Tel.: +44 117 3315535
E-mail
Record Number: 106962 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01