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NIFTi

Project reference: 247870
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Natural human-robot cooperation in dynamic environments

From 2010-01-01 to 2013-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 8 578 321

EU contribution:

EUR 6 610 986

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-4

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Working together to assess real-life urban disaster sites

NIFTi investigates how natural behavior in human-robot cooperation can arise. The project operationalizes natural cooperation as balancing operational and cooperation demands in a cognitive architecture (CA), to minimize human cognitive task load and optimize joint work flow. The CA combines projections with cognitive user models and plans to predict why changes in human behavior (due to attention, task load) may occur. The CA uses these predictions to anticipate how it should adapt acting and communication to align with the human. NIFTi focuses on cooperation in the USAR (urban search and rescue) domain, to restrict what actions, forms of communication and user aspects need to be taken into account.

Objective

NIFTi puts the human factor into cognitive architectures. NIFTi investigates how natural behavior in human-robot cooperation can arise. NIFTi operationalizes natural cooperation as balancing operational and cooperation demands in a cognitive architecture (CA), to minimize human cognitive task load and optimize joint work flow.<br/>NIFTi designs CAs by closely coupling cognitive user models to how the architecture understands the environment, how it performs actions, how it communicates. The architecture acquires maps which combine perceptual- and conceptual information. These maps capture where what is in the environment, and project this to how acting is affected. The CA combines projections with cognitive user models and plans to predict why changes in human behavior (due to attention, task load) may occur. The CA uses these predictions to anticipate how it should adapt acting and communication to align with the human. The CA bases planning and execution in a cognitive control model. Control uses attention, characteristics of agent morphology, and skill acquisition, to guide autonomous action execution in a cooperative context. The CA achieves balance by actively interconnecting content across modules. Content in modules is not isolated. In the NIFTi CA design, controllers interconnect content across modules, percolating content changes throughout the CA. Changes guide processing in a module; interconnectivity ensures behavior changes coherently system-wide. Controllers are learnt off- and online, using reinforcement learning and statistical (relational) learning.<br/>Adapting to a human thus permeates the entire architecture. NIFTi focuses on cooperation in the USAR domain, to restrict what actions, forms of communication, and user aspects need to be taken into account. USAR end users join NIFTi to yearly evaluate its approach in real settings, using an integrated CA on a new robot with adaptive active/passive locomotion to jointly explore a disaster area.

Related information

Coordinator contact

Kruijff GEERT-JAN, (Project coordinator)
Tel.: +49-681-85775-5153
Fax: +49-681-85775-5338
E-mail

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER KUENSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
Saarbrücken
Germany
Administrative contact: Walter OLTHOFF
Tel.: +49‐631‐20575‐500
Fax: +49‐631‐20575‐502
E-mail

Participants

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland
Raemistrasse
ZUERICH
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Roland Siegwart
Tel.: +41 44 632 23 58
Fax: +41 86 079 214 49 27
E-mail
BLUEBOTICS SA
Switzerland
PARC SCIENTIFIQUE DE L EPFL
LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Nicola Tomatis
Tel.: +41 21 693 83 14
Fax: +41 21 693 83 15
E-mail
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czech Republic
ZIKOVA
PRAHA
Czech Republic
Administrative contact: Igor Mraz
Tel.: +420224352 014
Fax: +420224310784
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany
Hansastrasse
MUENCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Elke Rupp
Tel.: +498912053183
Fax: +49891205773183
E-mail
STADT DORTMUND
Germany
Hoher Wall
DORTMUND
Germany
Administrative contact: Andrew Kunter
Tel.: +49 - 231 - 47 77 65 12
Fax: +49 - 231 - 47 77 65 80
E-mail
MINISTERO DELL'INTERNO
Italy
Piazza del Viminale
ROME
Italy
Administrative contact: Marco Frezza
Tel.: +39 06 46538396
Fax: +39 06 46525286
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
Piazzale Aldo Moro
ROMA
Italy
Administrative contact: Luigia Carlucci Aiello
Tel.: +39 06 77274134
Fax: +39 06 77274131
E-mail
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO
Netherlands
Schoemakerstraat
DELFT
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Ger Luijten
Tel.: +31(0)3463 56415
Fax: +31 (0)346 353 977
E-mail
Record Number: 93730 / Last updated on: 2015-09-10