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Humanoids that Learn Socio-Communicative Skills by Observation

From 2009-01-01 to 2012-06-30, closed project | HUMANOBS Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 111 729

EU contribution:

EUR 2 025 000

Coordinated in:

Iceland

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-3See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Developing new cognitive architectural principles to allow intelligent agents to learn socio-communicative skills by observing and imitating people
Automatic imitation learning of socio-communicative skills is an interesting research topic with significant potential benefits for future autonomous systems, robots and intelligent interfaces. HUMANOBS will develop new cognitive architectural principles that allow intelligent agents to learn socio-communicative skills by observing and imitating people. The resulting system will control a virtual humanoid television host, capable of conducting a simulated TV program and taking interviews with human users through speech and gesture (including face, body, arm and hand). The long-term framework is one in which humanoid agents and robots have autonomy for learning multimodal skills in dynamic social situations.

Objective

Human communicative skills rely on a complex mixture of social and spatio-temporal perception-action processes. Autonomous virtual agents that interact with people could benefit greatly from socio-communicative skills; endowing them with such skills, however, could mean decades of person-years in manual programming. Enabling the agents to learn these skills is an alternative solution the learning mechanisms for this, however, are also well beyond the state of the art. Our goal is to develop new cognitive architectural principles to allow intelligent agents to learn socio-communicative skills by observing and imitating people in dynamic social situations on the job. Skill development, in our approach, is a fundamental architectural feature: Learning happens through unique architectural constructs specified by developers, coupled with the ability of the architecture to automatically reconfigure itself to accommodate new skills through observation. As an appropriate and challenging demonstration the resulting system will control a virtual humanoid television host, capable of taking interviews with users and conducting a 10-minute TV program. By observing and imitating humans the TV-host will acquire increasingly complex socio-communicative skills; by the end of the project it will have reached socio-communicative skills comparable to an average human television show host. The agent's skills will be evaluated using a thorough, formal method.

Coordinator contact

Kristinn THORISSON, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +354 599 6427
Fax: +354 510 6201
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Coordinator

HASKOLINN I REYKJAVIK EHF
Iceland

EU contribution: EUR 606 410


MENNTAVEGUR 1
101 REYKJAVIK
Iceland
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Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Bjorgvin Richardsson
Tel.: +354 599 6437
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Participants

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALEDELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 236 138


STABILE LE GERRE
6928 MANNO
Switzerland
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Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Faustino Gomez
Tel.: +41 91 610 8541
Fax: +41 91 610 8661
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UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 328 313


CALLE RAMIRO DE MAEZTU 7 EDIFICIO RECTORADO
28040 MADRID
Spain
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Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Ricardo Sanz
Tel.: +34 913363061
Fax: +34 913363010
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REYKJAVIK UNIVERSITY
Participation ended
Iceland

EU contribution: EUR 0


OFANLEITI 2
103 REYKJAVIK
Iceland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Kristinn Thorisson
Tel.: +354 599 6427
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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 305 663


PIAZZA MARINA 61
90133 PALERMO
Italy
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Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Ferdinando Di Siena
Tel.: +39 091 7028505
Fax: +39 0916598043
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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 349 013


PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7
00185 ROMA
Italy
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Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Rosario Falcone
Tel.: +39 06 44595 283
Fax: +39 06 44 362 368
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COMMUNICATIVE MACHINES LIMITED
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 199 463


482 LANARK ROAD WEST
EH14 7AN EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Thor List
Tel.: +44 131 208 1302
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