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Interactive Robotic Social Mediators as Companions

Project description

Advanced Robotics

State of the art research emphasises the important role of play in child development as a crucial vehicle for learning about the physical and social environment, the self, and for developing social relationships. IROMEC targets children who are prevented from playing, either due to cognitive, developmental or physical impairments which affect their playing skills, leading to general impairments in their learning potential and more specifically resulting in isolation from the social environment. IROMEC will investigate how robotic toys can provide opportunities for learning and enjoyment. The developed robotic system will be tailored towards becoming a social mediator, empowering children with disabilities to discover the range of play styles from solitary to social and cooperative play. Robustness, dependability as well as "plug&play" operation of the robot system are specially addressed.

A novel framework for robotic social mediators will be developed and evaluated by means of a dedicated robot setup in the context of therapy and education. The research focus of IROMEC is on the user oriented definition of appropriate play scenarios, development of evaluation methods, definition of robot behaviours and interaction modes, and finally a system development compatible with safety as well as market demands. Outcomes of IROMEC will demonstrate on a conceptual, experimental, and technological level the novel role of a robotic mediator in therapy and education of children who are usually prevented from play. IROMEC aims to set the basis of a new product and service in the area of special education and thus is in line with the focus of the given strategic objective.

IROMEC brings together 8 multidisciplinary partners from pedagogy, psychology, ICT and robotics. This consortium ensures that IROMEC will not only end up answering academic questions but succeeds in producing economical and viable results with a time-to-market of less than two years after project completion.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-IST-6
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

PROFACTOR GMBH
Address
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2444 Seibersdorf
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 241 793

Participants (9)

ARC SEIBERSDORF RESEARCH GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Donau-city Str. 1
1220 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
RISOLUTA TECNOLOGIA CON ESPIRITU SLL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 40 218
Address
Calle Tecnologia 10
11407 Jerez De La Frontera, Cadiz
Activity type
Other
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA DEL JUGUETE, CONEXAS Y AFINES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 115 063
Address
Avenida De La Industria 23
03440 Ibi (Alicante)
Activity type
Research Organisations
ROBOSOFT SA
France
EU contribution
€ 363 118
Address
Technopole D'izarbel
64210 Bidart
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 292 240
Address
Via Banchi Di Sotto 55
53100 Siena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DELLA VALLE D'AOSTA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 257 160
Address
Strada Cappuccini 2/A
11100 Aosta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK REVALIDATIEVRAAGSTUKKEN

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 188 219
Address
Zandbergsweg 111
6432 CC Hoensbroek
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING VILANS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Catharijnesingel 47
3511 GC Utrecht
THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 442 700
Address
College Lane
AL10 9AB Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments