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RoboSoM

Project reference: 248366
Funded under

A Robotic Sense of Movement

From 2009-12-01 to 2013-05-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 170 862

EU contribution:

EUR 1 659 000

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

New design model based on the human sense of movement

The objective of RoboSoM is to investigate and to apply new approaches to the design and development of humanoid robots with advanced perception and action capabilities, showing robust, adaptive, predictive and effective behaviour in the real world. The expected robot behaviour is the capability to follow a visual target by coordinating eye, head, and leg movements, with head stabilization, walking smoothly and effectively in an unstructured environment, with a robust reactive behaviour, improved by predictions.

Objective

The proposal objective is to investigate new approaches to the design and development of humanoid robots with advanced perception and action capabilities, showing robust, adaptive, predictive and effective behaviour in the real world. The proposed new approaches are strongly based on the concept of human sense of movement by Alain Berthoz, a key partner in this proposal. There are two main ideas related to this concept, which are relevant to robotics: 1) the vestibular unified reference frame, as set by the vestibular system in the centre of the head; 2) Expected Perception (EP), or the capability to make predictions of consequences of actions, which is at the basis of the human predictive control. The expected robot behaviour is the capability to follow a visual target by coordinating eye, head, and leg movements, with head stabilization, walking smoothly and effectively in an unstructured environment, with a robust reactive behaviour, improved by predictions. This behaviour is a fundamental, but quite novel, capability for humanoid robots, and it may result in a truly robust and effective behaviour in many helpful tasks in real-world scenarios. The proposed project will use the existing and fully operational biped humanoid robotic platform named Sabian, available at SSSA. It is a copy of the Wabian robot developed at WUT. The legs have functional hip and waiste DOF that allow to de-couple the leg and head movements. This unique feature guarantees a truly human-like walking behaviour with head stabilization. IST has developed and has in its lab the same head as the Sabian robot. It is strong belief of proposers that the service robotics markets needs a new generation of robotic systems with a better behaviour in real world, in terms of sensory-motor performance, adaptability, robustness, and that understanding the principles underlying the biological brain sense of movement can lead to the design of robots that represent one important step in this direction.

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Documents and Publications

Open Access

Coordinator contact

Paolo DARIO, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +39-050883420
Fax: +39-050-883497
E-mail
Paolo DARIO, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +39-050883420
Fax: +39-050-883497
E-mail

Coordinator

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 618 302


viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
56025 Pontedera
Italy
Administrative contact: Paolo Dario
Tel.: +39050883420
Fax: +39050883497
E-mail

Participants

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France

EU contribution: EUR 349 400


RUE MICHEL -ANGE
75794 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Yurii Riabykin
Tel.: +33149604102
E-mail
WASEDA UNIVERSITY
Japan

EU contribution: EUR 300 500


1-104 TOTSUKA MACHI, SHINJUKU-KU
169-8050 TOKYO
Japan
Administrative contact: Katsuhiko Shirai
Tel.: +81332034141
Fax: +81352699061
E-mail
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 390 798


Avenida Rovisco Pais
1049-001 LISBOA
Portugal
Administrative contact: José Santos-Victor
Tel.: +351 218418294
Fax: +351 218418291
E-mail
COLLEGE DE FRANCE
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


Place Marcelin Berthelot 11
75231 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Bruno Jeanne
Tel.: +33144271313
E-mail
UNIVERSITE PARIS DIDEROT - PARIS 7
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


RUE THOMAS MANN
75205 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Aurelie Caulier
Tel.: +33157275471
E-mail
Record Number: 93814 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01