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Bayesian approach to cognitive systems

Objective

Despite very extensive research efforts contemporary robots and other cognitive artifacts are not yet ready to autonomously operate in complex real world environments. One of the major reasons for this failure in creating cognitive situated systems is the difficulty in the handling of incomplete knowledge and uncertainty.
In this project we will investigate and apply Bayesian models and approaches in order to develop artificial cognitive systems that can carry out complex tasks in real world environments. We will take inspiration from the brains of mammals including humans and apply our findings to the developments of cognitive systems.

The Bayesian approach will be used to model different levels of brain function, from neural functions up to complex behaviours. This will enable us to show that neural functions and higher-level cognitive activities can coherently be modelled within the Bayesian framework. The Bayesian models will be validated and adapted as necessary according to neuro-physiological data from rats and humans and through psychophysical experiments on human.

The Bayesian approach will also be used to develop four artificial cognitive systems concerned with
- autonomous navigation,
- multi-modal perception and reconstruction of the environment,
- Semantic facial motion tracking, and
- human body motion recognition and behaviour analysis.

The conducted research shall result in a consistent Bayesian framework offering enhanced tools for probabilistic reasoning in complex real world situations. The performance will be demonstrated through its applications to drive assistant systems and 3D mapping, both very complex real world tasks.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH
Address
Raemistrasse 101
Zuerich
Switzerland

Participants (10)

AEROSCOUT GMBH
Switzerland
Address
Schuerliweg 3
8046 Zuerich
BLUEBOTICS SA
Switzerland
Address
Parc Scientifique De L Epfl
1015 Lausanne
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris Cedex 16
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
Address
22 Avenue De Wagram
75008 Paris 08
FACULDADE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
Address
Rua Silvio Lima, Polo Ii - Universidade De Coimbra
Coimbra
IDIAP (FONDATION DE L'INSTITUT DALLE MOLLE D'INTELLIGENCE ARTIFICIELLE PERCEPTIVE)
Switzerland
Address
Rue Du Simplon 4
1920 Martigny
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau
78153 Le Chesnay
LES HOPITAUX UNIVERSITAIRES DE GENEVE
Switzerland
Address
Rue Micheli Du Crest 24
1211 Geneve
MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
Muenchen
PROBAYES SAS
France
Address
Rue Lavoisier 345
38330 Montbonnot Saint-martin