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FP7 Sera project

SERA

Project reference: 231868
Funded under

Social Engagement with Robots and Agents

From 2009-01-01 to 2010-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 1 484 952

EU contribution:

EUR 1 150 000

Coordinated in:

Austria

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

The project SERA studies social interaction between users and a robot (Nabaztag) in real life situations.

The project SERA (Social Engagement with Robots and Agents) aims to advance science in the field of social acceptability of verbally interactive robots and agents, with a view to their applications especially in assistive technologies (companions, virtual butlers). To this aim, the project will undertake a field study in three iterations to collect data of real-life, long-term and open-ended relationships of subjects with robotic devices.

 

The three iterations test different conditions (functionalities) of the equipment which will consist of a room equipped with sensors at the subjects’ home, a computer and a simple robotic device (the Nabaztag) as the front-end for conversational interaction. The scenario of the field study is taken from the general themes of companion technologies and lifestyle reassurance, mainly health- and fitness related. The sample will consist of three subjects out of the target audience for companion technologies in the first iteration, to which three new subjects will be added in each of iterations 2 and 3. In the first iteration, the Nabaztag will be used with few extensions to the functionality available off-the-shelf, and its social capabilities will be limited. This iteration will serve as a baseline for the following project phases. In iteration 2, sensor equipment, adapted speech recognition, and improved social awareness will lead to more engagement with the robotic interface, possibly with over-estimation and hence disappointment on the part of the subjects. Iteration 3, finally, will apply insights from theory and architecture development and thus represent a further step in the direction of socially acceptable companion technologies.

 

In each iteration, the setup will be tested in the subjects' home for about a week, and audio and video data will be collected. The project partners will analyse the data in parallel, using different, mainly qualitative, methods. Data analysis will be prepared and accompanied by theoretical and methodological research in order to a) take into account the state of the art and b) ensure quality of the field study. The results from the data analysis will feed back both into theory and architecture development. In particular, the project will use findings from the field study to specify, build and implement a reference architecture for social engagement, and use it for developing a showcase system of combined speech based service applications with relevance to the target field and audience.

Objective

The project SERA (Social Engagement with Robots and Agents) aims to advance science in the field of social acceptability of verbally interactive robots and agents, with a view to their applications especially in assistive technologies (companions, virtual butlers). To this aim, the project will undertake a field study in three iterations to collect data of real-life, long-term and open-ended relationships of (fully consenting and healthy adult) subjects with robotic devices. The three iterations test different conditions (functionalities) of the equipment, which will consist of a room equipped with sensors at the subjects' home, a computer and a simple robotic device (the Nabaztag) as the front-end for interaction. The project partners will analyse the collected audio and video data in parallel, using different, mainly qualitative, methods. Data analysis will be prepared and accompanied by theoretical and methodological research in order to a) take into account the state of the art and b) ensure quality of the field study. The project will use findings from the field study to specify, build and implement a reference architecture for social engagement, and use it for developing a showcase system of combined speech based service applications with relevance to the target field and audience.

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Coordinator contact

Sabine PAYR, (Senior Researcher)
Tel.: +43-1-5336112-20
Fax: +43-1-5336112-77
E-mail
Sabine PAYR, (Senior Researcher)
Tel.: +43-1-5336112-20
Fax: +43-1-5336112-77
E-mail

Coordinator

OESTERREICHISCHE STUDIENGESELLSCHAFT FUER KYBERNETIK
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 315 976


FREYUNG 6/6/7
1010 WIEN
Austria
Administrative contact: Inge Hauer
Tel.: +43-1-5336112-20
Fax: +43-1-5336112-77
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 159 840


UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE
45141 ESSEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Sandra Kramm
Tel.: +49-203-3792661
Fax: +49-203-3791216
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 312 285


DRIENERLOLAAN
7522 NB ENSCHEDE
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Lynn E. Packwood
Tel.: +31-53-4894111
Fax: +31-53-4893503
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 361 899


Western Bank, Firth Court
S10 2TN SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Joanne Watson
Tel.: +44 (0) 114 22 24754
Fax: +44 (0)114 22 21455
E-mail
Record Number: 89259 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01