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AMARSi

Project reference: 248311
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Adaptive Modular Architecture for Rich Motor Skills [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2010-03-01 to 2014-02-28

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 9 208 448

EU contribution:

EUR 6 997 978

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-4

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Richness of biological motor behavior in robotic systems

The motor skills of today’s robots still must be qualified as poor. The AMARSi Integrated Project aims at a qualitative jump toward biological richness of robotic motor skills. To achieve this goal, a number of innovative scientific concepts and interdisciplinary research methods will be implemented.
Acquiring rich motor skills will change the role of robots in our human’s society in two fundamental ways. First, such robots will be much more versatile than today, with greatly expanded ranges of practical usages. And second, the naturalness and compliance of their motor behavior will make them blend into the everyday routines of human society, physically safe and psychologically acceptable.

Objective

Compared to animals and humans, the motor skills of today's robots still must be qualified as poor. Their behavioural repertoire is typically limited to a narrow set of carefully engineered motor patterns that operate a rigid mechanics and lack situated adaptivity, learnability and dynamical fusion of motor primitives into complex, task-oriented behavioural patterns.\nThe AMARSi Integrated Project aims at a qualitative jump toward biological richness of robotic motor skills, a jump to complex, task-oriented interaction sequences between a robot and a human caretaker.\nIt comprises leading groups from robot engineering, compliant mechanics, morphological computing, human motor research; biomechanics, theoretical biology, machine learning. The project deploys:\n- coordinated and simultaneous development of compliant mechanics, pervasive learning and dynamical-systems based control architectures, centered on the concept of adaptive modules;\n- mutually informing research in human motor behavior and robotics;\n- reliance on compliant mechanics and morphological computing for flexibility, computational and motoric speed, safety and damage-robust learning;\n- novel learning paradigms (unsupervised, reinforcement and imitation) drawing from principles of reservoir computing;\n- control architectures based on dynamical (neural) systems throughout, also on the higher cognitive levels.\nRobotic demonstration with a compliant version of the iCub robot and a compliant quadruped Cheetah platform will manifest progress. The robots will engage in an interaction with a human caretaker at the level of a young child playing open-ended in a cluttered and rough environment. Hardware and software solutions will be made publicly available as open sources.\nUltimately, the naturalness of such compliant robots will let them blend into the everyday routines of human society, physically safe and psychologically acceptable.

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Coordinator contact

Jochen STEIL, (Coordinator)
Tel.: +49 (0) 521 106-67109
Fax: +49 (0) 521 106-89042
E-mail

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 25
BIELEFELD, Germany
Administrative contact: Iris Litty
Tel.: 0049-521-106-2569
Fax: 0049-521-106-6445
E-mail

Participants

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
Rechbauerstrasse
GRAZ, Austria
Administrative contact: Wolfgang Maass
Tel.: +43-316-873-5822
Fax: +43-316-873-5805
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
SINT PIETERSNIEUWSTRAAT
GENT, Belgium
Administrative contact: Saskia Vanden Broeck
Tel.: +32 92643 029
Fax: +32 92643 583
E-mail
UNIVERSITAET ZUERICH
Switzerland
Raemistrasse
ZURICH, Switzerland
Administrative contact: Rolf Pfeifer
Tel.: +41 44635 2407
Fax: +41 44635 4507
E-mail
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Bâtiment CE-3.316 Station 1
LAUSANNE, Switzerland
Administrative contact: Auke Jan Ijspeert
Tel.: +41-21-6932658
Fax: +41-21-6933705
E-mail
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany
Wilhelmstrasse
TUEBINGEN, Germany
Administrative contact: Martin Giese
Tel.: +49-7071-29-89124
Fax: +49-7071-360-021
E-mail
JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH
Germany
Campus Ring
BREMEN, Germany
Administrative contact: Ronald Kieschnick
Tel.: +49 421 200 4515
Fax: +49 421 200 49 4515
E-mail
WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israel
HERZEL STREET
REHOVOT, Israel
Administrative contact: Talia Tzahor
Tel.: +972-8-934-4026
Fax: +972 8 934 4165
E-mail
FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA
Italy
VIA ARDEATINA
Roma, Italy
Administrative contact: Andrea d'Avella
Tel.: +39-06-51501484
Fax: +39-06-51501482
E-mail
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
VIA MOREGO
GENOVA, Italy
Administrative contact: Sara Pittaluga
Tel.: +39 010 71781 490
Fax: +39 010 720321
E-mail
Record Number: 93718 / Last updated on: 2014-09-09