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Embodied and communicating agents

Objective

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.

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy

Participants (9)

COLLEGIUM BUDAPEST, INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY
Hungary
Address
Szentharomsag Ter 2
1014 Budapest
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Ecublens
1015 Lausanne
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
IT-FORSKNINGSINSTITUTET VIKTORIA AB
Sweden
Address
Viktoriagatan 13
405 30 Goeteborg
SONY FRANCE S.A.
France
Address
20-26 Rue Morel
92110 Clichy La Garenne
THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
Japan
Address
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
113-8654 Tokyo
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
Spain
Address
Placa De La Merce 10-12
08002 Barcelona
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles