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eSMCs

Project ID: 270212
Funded under

Extending Sensorimotor Contingencies to Cognition

From 2011-01-01 to 2014-12-31, closed project | eSMCs Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 791 659

EU contribution:

EUR 3 645 135

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

The majority of current robot architectures is based on a perception-then-action control strategy. This project will adopt a theoretical perspective that turns this classical view upside-down and emphasizes the constitutive role of action for perception. The key concept of our project is based on that of sensorimotor contingencies, that is, relations between actions and associated changes in sensory input. Extended sensorimotor contingencies ( <a href="http://esmcs.eu/" target="_blank">eSMCs</a> ) may be exploited for the definition of object concepts and action plans and their mastery can lead to goal-oriented behavior. The project investigates and validates the concept of eSMCs in natural cognitive systems, by carrying out behavioural and neurophysiological studies on healthy human subjects and patients with movement dysfunctions.

Objective

The majority of current robot architectures is based on a perception-then-action control strategy. In this project, we will adopt a theoretical perspective that turns this classical view upside-down and emphasizes the constitutive role of action for perception. The key concept our project is based on that of sensorimotor contingencies, that is, law-like relations between actions and associated changes in sensory input. We will advance this concept further and suggest that actions not only play a key role for perception, but also in developing more complex cognitive capabilities. We suggest that extended sensorimotor contingencies (eSMCs) may be exploited for the definition of object concepts and action plans and that their mastery can lead to goal-oriented behavior. The project pursues the following objectives: We will employ this approach to establish computational models that are suitable as controllers for autonomous robots; we will implement these eSMCs-based models on robotic platforms with different sensor-actuator equipment; we will investigate learning and adaptivity of eSMCs in artificial systems, focussing on sensorimotor interactions, object recognition and action planning; we will investigate and validate the concept of eSMCs in natural cognitive systems, by carrying out behavioural and neurophysiological studies on healthy human subjects; finally, we will test predictions derived from this concept in patients with movement dysfunctions, where ensueing changes in perceptual and cognitive processing will be tested. A set of benchmarks and task scenarios will be developed serving as demonstrators for the enhanced performance of artificial systems based on the eSMCs approach. Moreover, the usefulness of the approach for the development of applications in augmenting human behaviour will be demonstrated.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 033 598


Martinistrasse 52
20246 HAMBURG
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Andreas K. Engel
Tel.: +49 40 7410 56170
Fax: +49 40 7410 57752
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET ZUERICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 556 000


Raemistrasse
8006 ZURICH
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Rolf Pfeifer
Tel.: +41 44 635 24 07
Fax: +41 44 635 24 07
E-mail
UNIVERSITAET OSNABRUECK
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 518 032


NEUER GRABEN/SCHLOSS
49069 OSNABRUECK
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Peter König
Tel.: +49 541 969 2399
Fax: +49 541 969 2596
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 438 685


BARRIO SARRIENA
48940 LEIOA/BIZKAIA
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Ione Isasa
Tel.: +34946012895
Fax: +34946013550
E-mail
UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 550 020


PLACA DE LA MERCE 10-12
08002 BARCELONA
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Eva Martín
Tel.: +34 93 542 21 40
Fax: +34 93 542 14 40
E-mail
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 548 800


Valhallavaegen
10044 STOCKHOLM
Sweden
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Jeanna Ayoubi
Tel.: +468 790 8204
Fax: +468 7230302
E-mail
FUNDACIÓN IKERBASQUE/IKERBASQUE FUNDAZIOA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 0


ALAMEDA DE URQUIJO, PLAZA BIZKAIA 5ª PLANTA
48011 BILBAO
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Aitor Ayesta
Tel.: +34944052660
Fax: +3494052660
E-mail
Record Number: 97861 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01