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Mind and Time: Investigation of the Temporal Traits of Human-Machine Convergence

Mind and Time: Investigation of the Temporal Traits of Human-Machine Convergence

Objective

Contemporary research endeavours aim at equipping artificial systems with human-like cognitive skills, in an attempt to promote their intelligence beyond repetitive task accomplishment. However, despite the crucial role that the sense of time has in human cognition, both in perception and action, the capacity of artificial agents to experience the flow of time remains largely unexplored. The inability of existing systems to perceive time constrains their potential understanding of the inherent temporal characteristics of the dynamic world, which in turn acts as an obstacle to their symbiosis with humans. Time perception is without doubt, not an optional extra, but a necessity for the development of truly autonomous, cognitive machines.
TIMESTORM aims at bridging this fundamental gap by shifting the focus of human-machine confluence to the temporal, short- and long-term aspects of symbiotic interaction. The integrative pursuit of research and technological developments in time perception will contribute significantly to ongoing efforts in deciphering the relevant brain circuitry and will also give rise to innovative implementations of artifacts with profoundly enhanced cognitive capacities.
Equipping artificial agents with temporal cognition establishes a new framework for the investigation and integration of knowing, doing, and being in artificial systems. The proposed research will study the principles of time processing in the human brain and their replication in-silico, adopting a multidisciplinary research approach that involves developmental studies, brain imaging, computational modelling and embodied experiments. By investigating artificial temporal cognition, TIMESTORM inaugurates a novel research field in cognitive systems with the potential to contribute to the advent of next generation intelligent systems, significantly promoting the seamless integration of artificial agents in human societies.
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FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

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N Plastira Str 100
70013 Heraklion

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 562 500

Participants (6)

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UNIVERSITE CLERMONT AUVERGNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 408 750

UNIVERSITE BLAISE PASCAL CLERMONT-FERRAND II

France

THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 475 000

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 392 500

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 532 500

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 521 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641100

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    30 June 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 892 500

  • EU contribution

    € 2 892 500

Coordinated by:

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece