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IROMEC

Project ID: 045356
Funded under

Interactive Robotic Social Mediators as Companions

From 2006-11-01 to 2009-10-31, closed project | IROMEC Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 219 805

EU contribution:

EUR 2 145 000

Coordinated in:

Austria

Call for proposal:

FP6-2005-IST-6See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Description

State of the art research emphasises the important role of play in child development as a crucial vehicle for learning about the physical and social environment, the self, and for developing social relationships. IROMEC targets children who are prevented from playing, either due to cognitive, developmental or physical impairments which affect their playing skills, leading to general impairments in their learning potential and more specifically resulting in isolation from the social environment. IROMEC will investigate how robotic toys can provide opportunities for learning and enjoyment. The developed robotic system will be tailored towards becoming a social mediator, empowering children with disabilities to discover the range of play styles from solitary to social and cooperative play. Robustness, dependability as well as "plug&play" operation of the robot system are specially addressed.

A novel framework for robotic social mediators will be developed and evaluated by means of a dedicated robot setup in the context of therapy and education. The research focus of IROMEC is on the user oriented definition of appropriate play scenarios, development of evaluation methods, definition of robot behaviours and interaction modes, and finally a system development compatible with safety as well as market demands. Outcomes of IROMEC will demonstrate on a conceptual, experimental, and technological level the novel role of a robotic mediator in therapy and education of children who are usually prevented from play. IROMEC aims to set the basis of a new product and service in the area of special education and thus is in line with the focus of the given strategic objective.

IROMEC brings together 8 multidisciplinary partners from pedagogy, psychology, ICT and robotics. This consortium ensures that IROMEC will not only end up answering academic questions but succeeds in producing economical and viable results with a time-to-market of less than two years after project completion.

Objective

State of the art research emphasises the important role of play in child development as a crucial vehicle for learning about the physical and social environment, the self, and for developing social relationships. IROMEC targets children who are prevented from playing, either due to cognitive, developmental or physical impairments which affect their playing skills, leading to general impairments in their learning potential and more specifically resulting in isolation from the social environment. IROMEC will investigate how robotic toys can provide opportunities for learning and enjoyment. The developed robotic system will be tailored towards becoming a social mediator, empowering children with disabilities to discover the range of play styles from solitary to social and cooperative play. Robustness, dependability as well as "plug&play" operation of the robot system are specially addressed.
A novel framework for robotic social mediators will be developed and evaluated by means of a dedicated robot setup in the context of therapy and education. The research focus of IROMEC is on the user oriented definition of appropriate play scenarios, development of evaluation methods, definition of robot behaviours and interaction modes, and finally a system development compatible with safety as well as market demands. Outcomes of IROMEC will demonstrate on a conceptual, experimental, and technological level the novel role of a robotic mediator in therapy and education of children who are usually prevented from play. IROMEC aims to set the basis of a new product and service in the area of special education and thus is in line with the focus of the given strategic objective.
IROMEC brings together 8 multidisciplinary partners from pedagogy, psychology, ICT and robotics. This consortium ensures that IROMEC will not only end up answering academic questions but succeeds in producing economical and viable results with a time-to-market of less than two years after project completion.

Coordinator

PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 241 793


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2444 Seibersdorf
Austria
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Gernot Kronreif
Tel.: +43-50550-2218
Fax: +43-50550-2204
E-mail

Participants

ARC SEIBERSDORF RESEARCH GMBH
Participation ended
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 0


DONAU-CITY STR. 1
1220 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Gernot Kronreif
Tel.: 0043 50550 2218
Fax: 0043 50550 2204
E-mail
RISOLUTA TECNOLOGIA CON ESPIRITU SLL
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 40 218


CALLE TECNOLOGIA 10
11407 JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, CADIZ
Spain
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: ANTONIO CALA
Tel.: +34956 33 4243
Fax: +34956 33 4243
E-mail
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA DEL JUGUETE, CONEXAS Y AFINES
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 115 063


AVENIDA DE LA INDUSTRIA 23
03440 IBI (ALICANTE)
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Malena Fabregat
Tel.: +34965554475
Fax: +34965554490
E-mail
ROBOSOFT SA
France

EU contribution: EUR 363 118


TECHNOPOLE D'IZARBEL
64210 BIDART
France
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: JOSEPH CANOU
Tel.: +33559415360
Fax: +33559415379
E-mail
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 292 240


VIA BANCHI DI SOTTO 55
53100 SIENA
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Patrizia Marti
Tel.: +39 0577234738
Fax: +39 0577234752
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DELLA VALLE D'AOSTA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 257 160


STRADA CAPPUCCINI 2/A
11100 AOSTA
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Serenella Besio
Tel.: +39 3473321828
Fax: +39(0)165306749
E-mail
STICHTING WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK REVALIDATIEVRAAGSTUKKEN
Participation ended
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 188 219


ZANDBERGSWEG 111
6432 CC HOENSBROEK
Netherlands
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Gert Jan Gelderblom
Tel.: +31 45 5237546
Fax: +31 5231550
E-mail
STICHTING VILANS
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 0


CATHARIJNESINGEL 47
3511 GC UTRECHT
Netherlands
THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 442 700


COLLEGE LANE
AL10 9AB HATFIELD, HERTFORDSHIRE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: KERSTIN DAUTENHAHN
Tel.: +44-1707-284321
Fax: +44-1707-284303
E-mail
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