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Goal-based Open-ended Autonomous Learning Robots

Objective

This project aims to develop a new paradigm to build open-ended learning robots called `Goal-based Open-ended Autonomous Learning' (GOAL). GOAL rests upon two key insights. First, to exhibit an autonomous open-ended learning process, robots should be able to self-generate goals, and hence tasks to practice. Second, new learning algorithms can leverage self-generated goals to dramatically accelerate skill learning. The new paradigm will allow robots to acquire a large repertoire of flexible skills in conditions unforeseeable at design time with little human intervention, and then to exploit these skills to efficiently solve new user-defined tasks with no/little additional learning. This innovation will be essential in the design of future service robots addressing pressing societal needs. The project will develop the GOAL paradigm by pursuing three main objectives: (1) advance our understanding of how goals are formed and underlie skill learning in children; (2) develop innovative computational architectures and algorithms supporting (2a) the self-generation of useful goals based on user/task independent mechanisms such as intrinsic motivations, and (2b) the use of such goals to efficiently and autonomously build large repertoires of skills; (3) demonstrate the potential of GOAL with a series of increasingly challenging demonstrators in which robots will autonomously develop complex skills and use them to solve difficult challenges in real-life scenarios. The interdisciplinary project consortium is formed by leading international roboticists, computational modelers, and developmental psychologists working with complementary approaches. This will allow the project to greatly advance our understanding of the fundamental principles of open-ended learning and to produce a breakthrough in the field of autonomous robotics by producing for the first time robots that can autonomously accumulate complex skills and knowledge in a truly open-ended way.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
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€ 1 278 708,75
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITE PARIS CITE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 360 778,00
Address
85 Bd Saint Germain
75006 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,25
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE INTERDISCIPLINAIRE
France
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€ 149 529,60
Address
8-10 Rue Charles V
75004 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

IMAGINE INSTITUT DES MALADIES GENETIQUES NECKER ENFANTS MALADES FONDATION

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France
Net EU contribution
€ 44 858,40
Address
24 Bd Du Montparnasse
75015 Paris 15

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
STIFTUNG FRANKFURT INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Germany
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€ 709 875,00
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Ruth Moufang Strasse 1
60438 Frankfurt Am Main

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Darmstadt Frankfurt am Main, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 933 125,00
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt

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Darmstadt Darmstadt, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITAET zu LUEBECK
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 5 000,00
Address
Ratzeburger Allee 160
23562 Lubeck

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00