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EFAA

Project reference: 270490
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Experimental Functional Android Assistant (EFAA) [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2011-01-01 to 2013-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 723 657

EU contribution:

EUR 2 850 000

Coordinated in:

Spain

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-6

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
As the introduction of robots into our daily life becomes a reality, the social compatibility of such robots gains importance. In order to meaningfully interact with humans, robots must develop an advanced real-world social intelligence that includes novel perceptual, behavioural, emotional, motivational and cognitive capabilities. The EFAA project will contribute to the development of socially intelligent humanoids by advancing the state of the art in both single human-like social capabilities and in their integration in a consistent architecture. EFAA proposes a biomimetic, brain-inspired approach. The central assumption is that social robots must develop a sense of self in order to overcome the fundamental problem of social inference.

Objective

As the introduction of robots into our daily life becomes a reality, the social compatibility of such robots gains importance. In order to meaningfully interact with humans, robots must develop an advanced real-world social intelligence that includes novel perceptual, behavioural, emotional, motivational and cognitive capabilities. The Experimental Functional Android Assistant (EFAA) project will contribute to the development of socially intelligent humanoids by advancing the state of the art in both single human-like social capabilities and in their integration in a consistent architecture.\nThe EFAA project proposes a biomimetic, brain-inspired approach. The central assumption of EFAA is that social robots must develop a sense of self as to overcome the fundamental problem of social inference. It is only in possessing the core aspects of a human-like self, that inferences about others can be made through analogy. The EFAA Biomimetic Architecture for Situated Social Intelligence Systems, called BASSIS, is based on our growing understanding of the neuronal mechanisms and psychological processes underlying social perception, cognition and action and will exploit the availability, amongst the members of the consortium, of a number of complementary prototype robot-based perceptual, cognitive and motor architectures. By integrating across these existing architectures, by directing focused effort on specific core problems, and by exploiting the availability of unique advanced real-time neuronal simulation and hardware, the impact of the EFAA project is assured.\nThe EFAA project will apply and benchmark BASSIS on a mobile humanoid assistant based on the iCub platform. The resultant system, EFAA, will actively engage in social interactions and interactive cognitive tasks. To facilitate the realization of these game like interactions and the performance analysis will be facilitated through a mixed-reality interaction paradigm using a table-top tangible interface system.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
Spain
Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, Spain
Administrative contact: Eva Martín
Tel.: +34 93 542 21 40
Fax: +34 93 542 14 40
E-mail

Participants

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE (INSERM)
France
101 Rue de Tolbiac
PARIS, France
Administrative contact: Hiba VERGNAUD
Tel.: +33 4721338839
Fax: +33 472138801
E-mail
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
VIA MOREGO
GENOVA, Italy
Administrative contact: INGRID SICA
Tel.: +3901071781418
Fax: +390107170817
E-mail
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus
LONDON, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Shaun Power
Tel.: +44 20 7594 8773
Fax: +44 20 7594 8609
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
FIRTH COURT WESTERN BANK
SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Joanne Watson
Tel.: +44 114 222 4754
Fax: +44 114 222 1455
E-mail
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Rue Michel -Ange
PARIS, France
Administrative contact: Sandrine Magnetto
Tel.: +33 472445641
Fax: +33 478890851
E-mail
Record Number: 97336 / Last updated on: 2014-09-09