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ROSSI

Project reference: 216125
Funded under

Emergence of communication in RObots through Sensorimotor and Social Interaction

From 2008-03-01 to 2011-10-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 701 187

EU contribution:

EUR 2 800 000

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Robots endowed with neural/computational mechanisms and sensorimotor systems structurally similar to human beings

The ROSSI project addresses the question how the possibility of communication between agents (e.g. humans and robots) is affected by differences in sensorimotor capacities. In order to explore to what extent concepts must be shared to facilitate communication, ROSSI will build robots with sensorimotor systems structurally similar to human beings. The control mechanisms for these robots will be based on insights into the bunderlying human concepts and language. More specifically, the project aims at building robots endowed with the sensorimotor and neural/computational mechanisms that allow them to: flexibly manipulate and use objects in the environment, use a simple form of language, use such concepts and verbal labels in social interaction with humans.

Objective

Starting from the assumption that cognition is embodied, the ROSSI project addresses the question how the possibility of communication between agents (e.g. humans and robots) is effected by differences in sensorimotor capacities.This is an important issue, given that robots are expected to become more common in non-structured environments, such as homes or hospitals. While there is a trend towards humanoid robots, it is clear that for the foreseeable future there will still be substantial differences in physical embodiment between robots and humans.To explore to what extent concepts must be shared to facilitate communication, we will build robots with sensorimotor systems structurally roughly similar to human beings. Furthermore, the control mechanisms for these robots will be based on insights into the neural mechanisms underlying human concepts and language.In particular, two types of neurons in premotor cortex will be modelled: (1) canonical neurons, which are active during both the execution of specific object-directed actions and the mere visual observation of the same objects, and (2) mirror neurons, which are involved in both an agent's own actions and the visual observation of such actions performed by others.In this framework, the project's aims are twofold. First, behavioural and neurophysiological experiments will provide new evidence and insights into the grounding of human conceptualization and language. Second, computational modelling of the underlying neural mechanisms will provide novel approaches to grounding of robotic conceptualization and language.More specifically, the project aims at building robots endowed with the sensorimotor and neural/computational mechanisms that allow them to: (a) flexibly manipulate and use objects in the environment, (b) use a simple form of language, i.e. nouns and verbs referring to objects and object-oriented actions, (c) use such concepts and verbal labels in social interaction with humans.

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Coordinator contact

Anna BORGHI, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +39-051-2091838/+39-06-445962
Fax: +39-051-243086
E-mail
Anna BORGHI, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +39-051-2091838/+39-06-445962
Fax: +39-051-243086
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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 579 898


Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Italy
Administrative contact: Verdiana Bandini
Tel.: +39 051 2099764
Fax: +39 051 2098115
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET ZU LUEBECK
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 243 270


RATZEBURGER ALLEE
23538 LUEBECK
Germany
Administrative contact: Bianca Raesenhoeft
Tel.: +49 451 5003200
Fax: +49 451 5006421
E-mail
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM AACHEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 163 022


Pauwelsstrasse 30
52074 AACHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Volker Legewie
Tel.: +49 241 80 88494
Fax: +49 241 80 82051
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 431 807


VIA UNIVERSITA
43100 PARMA
Italy
Administrative contact: Franco Ferrari
Tel.: +39 0521 903884
Fax: +39 0521 903900
E-mail
HOGSKOLAN I SKOVDE
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 444 953


HOGSKOLEVAGEN 1
54 128 SKOVDE
Sweden
Administrative contact: Tom Ziemke
Tel.: +46 500448330
Fax: +46 500 448399
E-mail
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey

EU contribution: EUR 433 416


INONU BULVARI, CAMPUS
06531 ANKARA
Turkey
Administrative contact: Erol Sahin
Tel.: +90 312 2105539
Fax: +90 312 2105544
E-mail
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 503 634


King Street, Old College
SY232AX ABERYSTWYTH
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: EMYR REYNOLDS
Tel.: +44 1970 622257
Fax: +44 1970 622844
E-mail
Record Number: 85547 / Last updated on: 2016-04-11