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MultiModal Mall Entertainment Robot

Objective

"In MuMMER (""MultiModal Mall Entertainment Robot""), we propose to address the important and growing market of consumer entertainment robotics by advancing the technologies needed to support this area of robotics, and also by explicitly addressing issues of consumer acceptance, thus creating new European business and employment opportunities in consumer robotics. Specifically, we will develop a humanoid robot (based on Aldebaran's Pepper platform) able to engage and interact autonomously and naturally in the dynamic environments of a public shopping mall, providing an engaging and entertaining experience to the general public. Using co-design methods, we will work together with stakeholders including customers, retailers, and business managers, to develop truly engaging robot behaviours, including telling jokes or playing games, as well as providing guidance, information, and collecting customer feedback. Crucially, our robot will exhibit behaviour that is socially appropriate, combining speech-based interaction with non-verbal communication and human-aware navigation. To support this behaviour, we will develop and integrate new methods from audiovisual scene processing, social-signal processing, high-level action selection, and human-aware robot navigation.

Throughout the project, the robot will be deployed in a large public shopping mall in Finland: initially for short visits to aid in collaborative scenario development, co-design, and system evaluation, and later for a long-term field study in the 4th year of the project. Through our co-design approach, we will both study and foster acceptance of consumer robots and thus positively influence the consumer markets of service robots.
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Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 815 178,75

Participants (6)

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 904 287,50
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDATION DE L'INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE IDIAP
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Marconi 19
1920 Martigny
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 851 771,25
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE
France
EU contribution
€ 958 750
Address
Rue Colonel Pierre Avia 43
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 600 347,50
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
KIINTEISTO OY IDEAPARK AB
Finland
EU contribution
€ 167 500
Address
Ideaparkinkatu 4
37570 Lempäälä
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)