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Goal-Leaders

Project reference: 270108
Funded under

Goal-directed, Adaptive Builder Robots

From 2011-03-01 to 2014-02-28

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 357 421

EU contribution:

EUR 1 800 000

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Developing biologically-constrained architectures for adaptive service robots, with unprecedented levels of goal-directedness and proactivity

The Goal-Leaders project aims at developing biologically-constrained architectures for the next generation of adaptive service robots, with unprecedented levels of goal-directedness and proactivity. Goal-Leaders will realize builder robots able to realize externally assigned tasks (e.g., fetching objects, composing building parts) and, at the same time, keeping their drives within a safe range (e.g., never end up without energy or get hurt), by operating autonomously and for prolonged periods of time in open-ended environments. This robotic design methodology will have a significant impact both for the understanding of goal-directed action in living organisms and for the realization of goal-directed service robots by combining navigation and manipulation within an unconstrained environment.

Objective

The Goal-Leaders project aims at developing biologically-constrained architectures for the next generation of adaptive service robots, with unprecedented levels of goal-directedness and proactivity. Goal-Leaders will realize builder robots able to realize externally assigned tasks (e.g., fetching objects, composing building parts) and, at the same time, keeping their homeostatic drives within a safe range (e.g., never end up without energy or get hurt), by operating autonomously and for prolonged periods of time in open-ended environments. To this aim, Goal-Leaders will pursue a combined neuroscientific, computational and robotic study of three key sets of competences:-the biological and computational mechanisms behind an agent's goal system, which integrates somatic, affective, and cognitive elements, and realizes the setting and selection of the agent's goals;-the biological and computational mechanisms that support the assignment of situation-dependent value to an agent's state and action representations, and therefore realize the link between the agent's goal system and perceptual-motor processes;-the biological and computational mechanisms behind an agent's anticipatory and mental simulation abilities.The Goal-Leaders achievements beyond the state of the art will be assessed against behavioral and neuroscientific data, and by realizing three demonstrators in which robots will perform autonomous navigation and construction tasks, and will readapt without reprogramming to novel task allocations or changes in their environment.The project consortium includes a highly complementary, interdisciplinary team of top European researchers who focus on neuroscience, cognitive science, and robotics. Our robotic design methodology will have a significant impact both for the understanding of goal-directed action in living organisms, and for the realization of goal-directed service robots by combining navigation and manipulation within an unconstrained environment.

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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 472 033


Via San Martino della Battaglia 44
I-00185 Rome
Italy
Administrative contact: Rosario Falcone
Tel.: +39 0644 595 283
Fax: +39 06 44595 243
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 421 727


PLACA DE LA MERCE 10-12
08002 BARCELONA
Spain
Administrative contact: Eva Martin
Tel.: +34 93 542 21 40
Fax: +34 93 542 14 40
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 517 525


SPUI
1012WX AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Cyriel Pennartz
Tel.: +31 20 5257618
Fax: +31 20 5257709
E-mail
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 388 715


Paradisgatan
22100 LUND
Sweden
Administrative contact: Balkenius Christian
Tel.: +46 46 222 32 51
Fax: +46 46 222 44 24
E-mail
Record Number: 97732 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01