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Applications of Personal Robotics for Interaction and Learning

Objective

The aim of personal robotics is to design companion robots that can live and interact with people in a very intuitive way. This requires designing robots that are capable of adapting to the human users, via learning during interaction. This proposal aims at the timely establishment of the first European Industrial Doctorate in “Applications of Personal Robotics for Interaction and Learning” (APRIL) to train future researchers and engineers for the emerging field of personal robotics. APRIL strategically adopts a key entrepreneurial ethos which will equip PhD students with radical cross-sector and interdisciplinary skills and mind-set, by combing research on developmental and social cognitive systems with hands-on experiments on the application of human-robot interaction and assistive systems. APRIL is the result of the strategic synergies of Plymouth University Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems with its international leadership and reputation as UK and European hub in cognitive developmental robotics and human-robot interaction, and with Aldebaran Robotics A-Lab R&D Division which has the world leading market position in the personal robotics industry with the robots NAO and Pepper. This is complemented by six international partners from industry (SONY Corporation, MetraLabs GmbH), academia (Osaka, Humboldt Berlin) and robot users (San Raffaele Hospital Milan and SSSA DomoCasa Pisa). The doctoral training strategy of the EID will implement the latest innovative PhD training approaches of situative and social constructivist learning theories with a unique Coaching Programme for a tailored Individual Skills Development Plan, peer-support and student-centred cohort activities, as well as a strong leadership skills programme for continuous professional development. The two beneficiaries will contribute with a pool of over 12 academic and industry supervisors and will fund 5 additional PhD bursaries to match the EID cohort of the 5 Marie Skłodowska-Curie funded ESR

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
Address
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 819 863,64

Participants (1)

SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE
France
EU contribution
€ 525 751,20
Address
Rue Colonel Pierre Avia 43
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (6)

SONY CSL Tokyo
Japan
Address

Tokyo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
METRALABS GMBH NEUE TECHNOLOGIEN UND SYSTEME
Germany
Address
Weimarer Strasse 28
98693 Ilmenau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OSAKA UNIVERSITY
Japan
Address
1-1 Yamadaoka Suita
565-0871 Osaka
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDAZIONE CENTRO SAN RAFFAELE DEL MONTE TABOR
Italy
Address
Via Olgettina
20132 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments