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EMICAB

Project reference: 270182
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Embodied Motion Intelligence for Cognitive, Autonomous Robots

From 2011-02-01 to 2014-07-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 040 826

EU contribution:

EUR 1 549 973

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
The EMICAB consortium takes a comprehensive approach to the engineering of artificial cognitive systems. The objective is to integrate smart body mechanics in intelligent planning and control of motor behaviour, accounting equally for problems in neuroscience (multi-sensory integration, internal body models, intelligent action planning) and technology (smart body mechanics, distributed embodied sensors and brain-like controllers). The overall technological goal is a dexterous hexapod robot that exploits its bodily resources for cognitive functions.

Objective

The EMICAB consortium takes a holistic approach to the engineering of artificial cognitive systems. Our goal is to integrate smart body mechanics in intelligent planning and control of motor behaviour. To achieve this goal the consortium accounts equally for problems in neuroscience (e.g., multi-sensory integration, internal body models, intelligent action planning) and technology (smart body mechanics, distributed embodied sensors and brain-like controllers). Our approach starts with a strongly sensorised bionic body with redundant whole-body kinematics and then designs the technological infrastructure such that cognitive mechansims emerge from distributed sensorimotor intelligence. The concept is based on neuroscience research on insects whose motor dexterity, adaptiveness and pre-rational abilities in learning and memory rival those of lower mammals: stick insects orchestrate a wide range of dexterous motor behaviours and flies can maintain object locations in short-term memory during navigation tasks, just to mention paradigms that are studied by UNIBI and JGUM. The partners UNICT and SDU will devise bio-inspired models and, in turn, guide ongoing experimental research in order to achieve the overall technological goal: a dexterous hexapod robot that exploits its bodily resources for cognitive functions. Two levels of analysis and modelling will be accounted for: the smart brain that captures various aspects of motion intelligence (motor learning, context-dependent actions, multi-sensory integration) and the smart body equipped with distributed proprioceptors and muscle-like compliance, allowing for novel, highly adaptive, neurobionic control strategies. The EMICAB robot will draw from its complex body features and learn by use of a manipulable internal body model. This will be monitored by an ambitious set of benchmarking scenarios. We expect mutual benefit for applied research on autonomous mobile robots and for basic research in neuroscience.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 531 600


UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 25
33615 BIELEFELD
Germany
Administrative contact: IRIS LITTY
Tel.: +49 521 1062569
Fax: +49 521 1066445
E-mail

Participants

JOHANNES GUTENBERG UNIVERSITAET MAINZ
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 365 425


SAARSTRASSE 21
55128 MAINZ
Germany
Administrative contact: Roland Strauss
Tel.: +49 6131 3925034
Fax: +49 6131 3925443
E-mail
SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 328 740


CAMPUSVEJ 55
5230 ODENSE M
Denmark
Administrative contact: Just Justesen
Tel.: +45 65501690
Fax: +45 65501635
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 324 208


PIAZZA UNIVERSITA 2
95131 CATANIA
Italy
Administrative contact: Paolo Arena
Tel.: +39 320 7979288
Fax: +39 095 7387985
E-mail
Record Number: 97463 / Last updated on: 2016-04-11