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IM-CLeVeR

Project ID: 231722
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Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots

From 2009-01-01 to 2013-04-30, closed project | IM-CLeVeR Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 7 726 783

EU contribution:

EUR 5 899 884

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-3See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Robot design methodology for skills acquisition
<a href="http://www.im-clever.eu" target="_blank">IM-CLeVeR</a> aims to develop a new methodology for designing robots controllers that can cumulatively learn new efficient skills through autonomous development based on intrinsic motivations and reuse such skills for accomplishing multiple, complex, and externally-assigned tasks. During skill-exploitation, the robots will exhibit fast learning capabilities and a high versatility in solving tasks defined by external users due to their capacity of flexibly re-using, composing and readapting previously acquired skills. The project will advance the scientific and technological state of the art, both in terms of theory and implementations, in autonomous learning systems and robots.

Objective

IM-CLeVeR aims to develop a new methodology for designing robots controllers that can: (1) cumulatively learn new efficient skills through autonomous development based on intrinsic motivations, and (2) reuse such skills for accomplishing multiple, complex, and externally-assigned tasks. During skill-acquisition, the robots will behave like children at play which acquire skills autonomously on the basis of "intrinsic motivations". During skill-exploitation, the robots will exhibit fast learning capabilities and a high versatility in solving tasks defined by external users due to their capacity of flexibly re-using, composing and re-adapting previously acquired skills.This overall goal will be pursued investigating three fundamental scientific and technological issues: (1) the mechanisms of abstraction of sensory information; (2) the mechanisms underlying intrinsic motivations, e.g. "curiosity drives" that learn to focus attention and learning capabilities on "zones of proximal development"; (3) hierarchical recursive architectures which permit cumulative learning. The study of these issues will also be fuelled by a reverse-engineering effort aiming at reproducing with bio-mimetic models the results of empirical experiments run with monkeys, children, and human adults. The controllers proposed will be validated with challenging demonstrators based on a single humanoid robotic platform (iCub).As a main outcome, the project will significantly advance the scientific and technological state of the art, both in terms of theory and implementations, in autonomous learning systems and robots. This overall goal will be achieved on the basis of the integrated work of a highly interdisciplinary Consortium involving leading international neuroscientists, psychologists, roboticists and machine-learning researchers.

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Coordinator contact

Gianluca BALDASSARRE, (Coordinator)
Tel.: +39 06 44 595 231
Fax: +39 06 44 595 243
E-mail

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 1 681 479


PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7
00185 ROMA
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Vitali Isabella
Tel.: +39 06 44595 323
Fax: +39 06 44595 243

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Participants

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALEDELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 1 005 367


STABILE LE GERRE
6928 MANNO
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Carlo Lepori
Tel.: +41 58 666 6672
Fax: +41 58 666 6661

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STIFTUNG FRANKFURT INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 571 532


RUTH MOUFANG STRASSE 1
60438 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Gisbert Jockenhöfer
Tel.: +49 69 798 47610
Fax: +49 69 798 47611

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UNIVERSITA CAMPUS BIO MEDICO DI ROMA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 378 449


VIA ALVARO DEL PORTILLO 21
00128 ROMA
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Gianfilippo Capriotti
Tel.: +3906225419146
Fax: +3906225419456

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 770 923


FIRTH COURT WESTERN BANK
S10 2TN SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Peter Redgrave
Tel.: +44 114 222 6562
Fax: 44 1142221455

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UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 589 180


CROMORE ROAD
BT52 1SA COLERAINE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Ann Marie Patton
Tel.: +44 (0) 28 70324378
Fax: +44 (0) 28 70324905

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ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 902 954


King Street, Old College
SY232AX ABERYSTWYTH
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Emyr Reynolds
Tel.: +44 1970 622257
Fax: +44 1970 621753

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