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NIFTi

Project ID: 247870
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Natural human-robot cooperation in dynamic environments

From 2010-01-01 to 2013-12-31, closed project | NIFTi Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 8 578 321

EU contribution:

EUR 6 610 986

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-4See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Working together to assess real-life urban disaster sites
<a href="http://www.nifti.eu/" target="_blank">NIFTi</a> 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.
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.
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

EU contribution: EUR 1 509 322


Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66123 Saarbrücken
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Walter OLTHOFF
Tel.: +49‐631‐20575‐500
Fax: +49‐631‐20575‐502
E-mail

Participants

BLUEBOTICS SA
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 539 000


PARC SCIENTIFIQUE DE L EPFL
1015 LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Nicola Tomatis
Tel.: +41 21 693 83 14
Fax: +41 21 693 83 15
E-mail
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 984 100


Raemistrasse
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Roland Siegwart
Tel.: +41 44 632 23 58
Fax: +41 86 079 214 49 27
E-mail
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czech Republic

EU contribution: EUR 702 560


ZIKOVA
166 36 PRAHA
Czech Republic
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Igor Mraz
Tel.: +420224352 014
Fax: +420224310784
E-mail
STADT DORTMUND
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 99 248


Hoher Wall
44137 DORTMUND
Germany
Activity type: Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Andrew Kunter
Tel.: +49 - 231 - 47 77 65 12
Fax: +49 - 231 - 47 77 65 80
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 012 280


Hansastrasse
80686 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Elke Rupp
Tel.: +498912053183
Fax: +49891205773183
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 729 424


Piazzale Aldo Moro
00185 ROMA
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Luigia Carlucci Aiello
Tel.: +39 06 77274134
Fax: +39 06 77274131
E-mail
MINISTERO DELL'INTERNO
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 66 960


Piazza del Viminale
00184 ROME
Italy
Activity type: Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Marco Frezza
Tel.: +39 06 46538396
Fax: +39 06 46525286
E-mail
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 968 092


Schoemakerstraat
2628 VK DELFT
Netherlands
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Ger Luijten
Tel.: +31(0)3463 56415
Fax: +31 (0)346 353 977
E-mail
Record Number: 93730 / Last updated on: 2016-04-02