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Integrating cognition, emotion and autonomy

Integrating cognition, emotion and autonomy

Objective

The ICEA project will develop the first cognitive systems architecture integrating cognition, emotion and autonomy (bioregulation and self-maintenance), based on the architecture and physiology of the mammalian brain. A key hypothesis is that emotional and autonomic mechanisms play a critical role in structuring the high-level thought processes of living cognitive systems like ourselves. The robots developed will perceive and act in the real world, learn from that interaction developing situated knowledge (representations of their environments in spatial, emotional and behavioural terms), and use this knowledge in anticipation, planning and decision-making.

The brain and behaviour of the rat will be an important starting point because of the large scientific literature available for this species. Rat cognition will be studied and emulated both through an ambitious program of empirical studies in real animals and through computational modelling, at different levels of abstraction, on several, real and simulated, robot platforms. The project will develop two central, integrated platforms, rat-like in appearance, perceptual, and behavioural capacities. First, a robot, ICEAbot, equipped with multimodal sensory systems will serve as a real-world testbed and demonstrator of the cognitive capacities derived from models of rat biology.

Second, a 3-D robot simulator, ICEAsim, based on the physical ICEAbot, but also offering richer opportunities for experimentation, will demonstrate the potential of the ICEA architecture to go beyond the rat model and support cognitive capacities such as abstraction, feelings, imagination, and planning. This second platform will be made freely available to the research community as a potential standard research tool.

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HOGSKOLAN I SKOVDE

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Hogskolevagen 1
54 128 Skovde

Sweden

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BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED

United Kingdom

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

CYBERBOTICS SARL

Switzerland

MTA KFKI RESZECSKE- ES MAGFIZIKAI KUTATOINTEZET

Hungary

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSITE PARIS VI PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE

France

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 027819

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 080 675

  • EU contribution

    € 5 800 000

Coordinated by:

HOGSKOLAN I SKOVDE

Sweden