The project proposes visionary and high risk research that will provide better understanding of the role of communication in collections of embodied and situated agents using the methodological and theoretical tools of complex systems science and computer science. We aim at studying how communication arises, what different types of communication systems there are or can be, what the different pre-conditions are that must be satisfied for the emergence of different types of communication systems, what kind of new performances at the collective level are made possible by different communication systems, what is the role of the communication network topology in such performances.
The project will investigate basic properties of different communication systems, from simple communication systems in animals to human language and technology supported human communication, to clarify the nature of existing communication systems and to provide ideas for designing new technologies based on collections of embodied and communicating devices. The aim of the project is the development of a new generation of embodied agents that are able to interact directly (i.e. without human intervention) with the physical world and to communicate between them and with other agents (including humans). This will be achieved through the development of new design principles, algorithms, and mechanisms that can extend the functionality of existing technological artefacts (mobile phones, Wi-Fi devices, robots and robot-like artefacts, etc.) and can lead to the development of new artefacts exploiting the characteristics of ECA gents.
Fields of science
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringinformation engineeringtelecommunicationstelecommunications networks
- natural sciencescomputer and information sciences
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringinformation engineeringtelecommunicationsmobile phones
- humanitieslanguages and literaturegeneral language studies
Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project
405 30 Goeteborg
92110 Clichy La Garenne