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Integrating cognition, emotion and autonomy

Objective

The ICEA project will develop the first cognitive systems architecture integrating cognition, emotion and autonomy (bioregulation and self-maintenance), based on the architecture and physiology of the mammalian brain. A key hypothesis is that emotional and autonomic mechanisms play a critical role in structuring the high-level thought processes of living cognitive systems like ourselves. The robots developed will perceive and act in the real world, learn from that interaction developing situated knowledge (representations of their environments in spatial, emotional and behavioural terms), and use this knowledge in anticipation, planning and decision-making.

The brain and behaviour of the rat will be an important starting point because of the large scientific literature available for this species. Rat cognition will be studied and emulated both through an ambitious program of empirical studies in real animals and through computational modelling, at different levels of abstraction, on several, real and simulated, robot platforms. The project will develop two central, integrated platforms, rat-like in appearance, perceptual, and behavioural capacities. First, a robot, ICEAbot, equipped with multimodal sensory systems will serve as a real-world testbed and demonstrator of the cognitive capacities derived from models of rat biology.

Second, a 3-D robot simulator, ICEAsim, based on the physical ICEAbot, but also offering richer opportunities for experimentation, will demonstrate the potential of the ICEA architecture to go beyond the rat model and support cognitive capacities such as abstraction, feelings, imagination, and planning. This second platform will be made freely available to the research community as a potential standard research tool.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

HOGSKOLAN I SKOVDE
Address
Hogskolevagen 1
54 128 Skovde
Sweden

Participants (9)

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Warwick House, Farnborough Aerospace Centre
GU14 6YU Farnborough
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
75794 Paris Cedex 16
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
CYBERBOTICS SARL
Switzerland
Address
Chemin Du Vuasset
1028 Preverenges
MTA KFKI RESZECSKE- ES MAGFIZIKAI KUTATOINTEZET
Hungary
Address
Konkoly Thege Miklos Utca 29-33
1121 Budapest
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Firth Court, Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Avenida Ramiro De Maeztu 7
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITE PARIS VI PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE
France
Address
Tour Centrale 21Eme Etage - 4 Pl Jussieu
75252 Paris Cedex 05
UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY Bristol