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ECCEROBOT

Project reference: 231864
Funded under

Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot

From 2009-01-01 to 2011-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 999 276

EU contribution:

EUR 2 334 875

Coordinated in:

United Kingdom

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Anthropomimetic robot with the inner human body structure and mechanisms

Standard humanoid robots mimic the human form, but the mechanisms used in such robots are very different from those in humans. This places severe limitations on the kinds of interactions such robots can engage in and on the knowledge they can acquire of their environment. The anthropomimetic robot copies the inner structures and mechanisms of a human. ECCEROBOT has three goals: to design and build a robot using anthropomimetic principles; to characterise its dynamics and control it; and to exploit its human-like characteristics to produce some human-like cognitive features.

Objective

Standard humanoid robots mimic the human form, but the mechanisms used in such robots are very different from those in humans, and the characteristics of the robots reflect this. This places severe limitations on the kinds of interactions such robots can engage in, on the knowledge they can acquire of their environment, and therefore on the nature of their cognitive engagement with the environment. However, a new kind of robot is just beginning to emerge - the anthropomimetic robot. Instead of just copying the outward form of a human, it copies the inner structures and mechanisms - bones, joints, muscles, and tendons, and thus has the potential for human-like action and interaction in the world. Unfortunately, there are as yet no established methods for controlling such robots, nor even for describing their intrinsic movement patterns. This project has three goals: to design and build a robot using anthropomimetic principles; to characterise its dynamics and control it; and to exploit its human-like characteristics to produce some human-like cognitive features. The consortium already has access to an excellent anthropomimetic torso design; this will be further developed to include significant engineering refinements, and will be mounted on a powered mobile chassis to permit mobile manuipulation. Advanced techniques of motion capture and causal analysis will characterise the robot's intrinsic dynamics. Three major approaches to control will then be assessed: classical control theory, the use of physics based internal models, and sensory-motor strategies. These will be combined in a single architecture to cope with different types of tasks, and the consortium will then focus on the use the robot can make of its human-like interaction with the world to begin to cognise the world in a human-like way. Finally, the performance of the robot will be evaluated, both absolutely, and in comparison with the relevant outputs from the EU RobotCub project.

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Coordinator contact

Owen HOLLAND, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +44 1273 678627
Fax: +44 1273 678192
E-mail
Owen HOLLAND, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +44 1273 678627
Fax: +44 1273 678192
E-mail

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 536 049


Sussex House -
BN1 9RH FALMER, BRIGHTON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Rossana Dowsett
Tel.: +44 1273 678238
Fax: +44 1273 678192
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET ZUERICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 517 706


Raemistrasse
8006 ZURICH
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Rolf Pfeifer
Tel.: +41 44 635 43 53
Fax: +41 44 635 45 07
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 631 237


Arcisstrasse
80333 MUENCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Ulrike Ronchetti
Tel.: +49-89 289 22616
Fax: +49-89 28922620
E-mail
The Robot Studio SARL
France

EU contribution: EUR 449 273


RUE DES FONTANETTES
01220 DIVONNE-LES-BAINS
France
Administrative contact: Robert Knight
Tel.: +33-4-50428317
E-mail
ELEKTROTEHNICKI FAKULTET UNIVERZITET U BEOGRADU
Serbia

EU contribution: EUR 200 610


BULEVAR KRALJA ALEKSANDRA
11020 BEOGRAD
Serbia
Administrative contact: Veljko Potkonjak
Tel.: +381 11 3370164
Fax: +381 11 3248681
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
Participation ended
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 0


WIVENHOE PARK
CO4 3SQ COLCHESTER
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Shereen Anderson
Tel.: +44 1206 872169
Fax: +44 1206 873894
E-mail
Record Number: 89258 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01