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ITALK

Project reference: 214668
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Integration and Transfer of Action and Language Knowledge in Robots

From 2008-03-01 to 2012-02-29

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 8 163 635

EU contribution:

EUR 6 250 000

Coordinated in:

United Kingdom

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Robot learns to speak

The ITALK project aims to develop artificial embodied agents able to acquire complex behavioural, cognitive, and linguistic skills through individual and social learning. This will be achieved through the development of cognitive robots that learn to handle and manipulate objects and tools autonomously, to cooperate and communicate with other robots and humans, and to adapt their abilities to changing internal, environmental, and social conditions. The novelty and uniqueness of this project lies in its multi-methodological investigation of the integration and bootstrapping of cognitive system due to the parallel co-development of action, social and linguistic capabilities.

Objective

The ITALK project aims to develop artificial embodied agents able to acquire complex behavioural, cognitive, and linguistic skills through individual and social learning. This will be achieved through the development of cognitive robotic agents, such as the iCub humanoid platform, that learn to handle and manipulate objects and tools autonomously, to cooperate and communicate with other robots and humans, and to adapt their abilities to changing internal, environmental, and social conditions. <br/>The main theoretical hypothesis behind the project is that the parallel development of action, conceptualisation and social interaction permits the bootstrapping of language capabilities, which on their part enhance cognitive development. This is possible through the integration and transfer of knowledge and cognitive processes involved in sensorimotor learning and the construction of action categories, imitation and other forms of social learning, the acquisition of grounded conceptual representations and the development of the grammatical structure of language. <br/>The project will lead to the development of: (a) new theoretical insights, models and scientific explanations of the integration of action, social and linguistic skills and in particular on the hypothesis that action, social and linguistic knowledge co-develop and further bootstrap cognitive development, (b) new interdisciplinary sets of methods for analysing the interaction of language, action and cognition in humans and artificial cognitive agents, (c) new cognitively-plausible engineering principles and approaches for the design of robots with behavioural, cognitive, social and linguistic skills. <br/>Overall, the project proposes visionary research that will provide a new standard in embodied cognitive science and will demonstrate the effectiveness of the method proposed by integrating interdisciplinary theoretical and experimental research on a single advanced robotic platform.

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Coordinator contact

Angelo CANGELOSI, (Project coordinator)
Tel.: +44 1752 586217
E-mail
Angelo CANGELOSI, (Project coordinator)
Tel.: +44 1752 586217
E-mail

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 1 425 275


Portland Villas 17
PL4 8AA Plymouth
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: John Martin
Tel.: 44 1752 233559
Fax: 44 1752 232367
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 869 440


UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 25
33615 BIELEFELD
Germany
Administrative contact: Anita Adamczyk
Tel.: +49-521-1062569
Fax: +49-521-1066445
E-mail
SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 445 823


CAMPUSVEJ 55
5230 ODENSE M
Denmark
Administrative contact: Jens V. Kierkegaard
Tel.: +45 65502911
Fax: +45 65501090
E-mail
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 997 512


PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7
00185 ROMA
Italy
Administrative contact: Stefano Nolfi
Tel.: +39-06-44595233
Fax: +39-06-44595243
E-mail
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 1 630 800


VIA MOREGO 30
16163 GENOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: Simone Ungaro
Tel.: +3901071781405
Fax: +39010720321
E-mail
RIKEN THE INSTITUTE OF PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL RESEARCH
Japan

EU contribution: EUR 28 800


HIROSAWA 2-1
351-0198 WAKO SHI SAITAMA
Japan
Administrative contact: Naomi Azuma
Tel.: +81-48-467-9299
Fax: +81-48-467-2634
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 852 350


COLLEGE LANE
AL10 9AB HATFIELD, HERTFORDSHIRE
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Tracey Cook
Tel.: 44(0)1707284698
Fax: 44(0)1707284303
E-mail
Record Number: 85727 / Last updated on: 2016-04-02