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JAMES

Project ID: 270435
Funded under

Joint Action for Multimodal Embodied Social Systems

From 2011-02-01 to 2014-07-31, closed project | JAMES Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 747 367

EU contribution:

EUR 2 860 000

Coordinated in:

United Kingdom

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-6See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

As robots become more and more integrated into our daily lives, they must increasingly deal with situations in which socially appropriate interaction is vital. A robot not only requires the necessary physical skills to perform objective tasks in the world, but also the proper social skills to understand and respond to the intentions, desires, and affections of the people it interacts with. The goal of the <a href="http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/rpetrick/projects/james/index.html" target="_blank">JAMES</a> project is to develop an artificial embodied agent that supports socially appropriate, multi-party, multimodal interaction. JAMES will focus on the qualitative aspects of task achievement in social situations, and how such tasks can be improved through multimodal communication.

Objective

The JAMES project ("Joint Action for Multimodal Embodied Social Systems") aims to develop a socially intelligent humanoid robot combining efficient task-based behaviour with the ability to understand and respond in a socially appropriate manner to a wide range of multimodal communicative signals in the context of realistic, open-ended, multi-party interactions.
To direct our research in JAMES, we will focus on five core objectives: (1) analysing natural human communicative signals, (2) building a model of social interaction, (3) extending the model to manage learning and uncertainty, (4) implementing the model on a physical robot platform, and (5) evaluating the implemented system.
The work in JAMES will build on state-of-the-art results and techniques in seven areas: social robotics, social signal processing, machine learning, multimodal data collection, planning and reasoning, visual processing, and natural language interaction.
JAMES will combine the analysis of human social communicative behaviour, the development and integration of state-of-the-art technical components, and the evaluation of integrated systems. Work on these threads will be interleaved: the results of the human data analysis will be used in the development of the technical components, while the robot will be used for further data collection and evaluation studies.
JAMES will extend the state-of-the-art in social robotics by moving beyond one-on-one, long-term relationships to deal with more open-ended, multi-party, short-term situations. The research in JAMES will also increase our understanding of how humans use multimodal social cues to communicate and coordinate their interactions in task-driven, joint-action contexts. The individual technical contributions to the system components will also providestate-of-the-art results in their respective research areas.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 823 875


OLD COLLEGE, SOUTH BRIDGE
EH8 9YL EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Gordon Marshall
Tel.: +44 131 651 4386
Fax: +44 131 651 4028

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Participants

FORTISS GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 603 631


GUERICKESTRASSE 25
80805 MUNCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Ines Lenz
Tel.: +49 89 360 35 2212
Fax: +49 89 360 35 2250

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UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 426 847


UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 25
33615 BIELEFELD
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Sebastian Kraus
Tel.: +49 521 106 4180
Fax: +49 521 106 6445

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FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 453 212


N PLASTIRA STR 100
70013 HERAKLION
Greece
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Panos Trahanias
Tel.: +30 2810 391715
Fax: +30 2810 391601

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HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 552 435


Riccarton
EH14 4AS EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Eva Olszewska-Day
Tel.: +44 131 4513073
Fax: +44 131 4513193

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