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ROBOTics for Development Of Cognition

Objective

The ROBOT-DOC proposal aims at the establishment of a multi-national doctoral training network for the interdisciplinary training on developmental cognitive robotics. Developmental robotics is a novel approach to the design of robots that takes direct inspiration from the developmental mechanisms studied in children by psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists. The Fellows will develop advanced expertise of domain-specific robotics research skills and of complementary transferable skills for careers in academia and industry. They will acquire hands-on experience through experiments with the open-source humanoid robot iCub, complemented by other existing robots available in the network’s laboratories. The hardware and software of iCub is just becoming available, so ROBOT-DOC provides an excellent one-off timely opportunity to make real international progress in Europe by training a critical mass of researchers. Research training will be centred on a series of training milestones such as two summer schools, international conferences and interdisciplinary research methods workshops. Fellows will also be directly involved and closely supervised for research in novel projects on embodied cognition, motivational and affective mechanisms, neuro-robotics modelling, developmental psychology, sensorimotor learning, social interaction and higher-order cognitive modelling. An individual coaching programme will support each Fellow’s training progress as well as professional and personal enhancement through individualised skill development plans. The ROBOT-DOC network consists of an excellent balance of academic and industrial partners, and of European and international laboratory leaders in developmental cognitive robotics. The network activities will have a significant impact on the career perspectives of the Fellows through training opportunities on industrial and academic research projects and skills. The network will contribute to the enhancement of the European R&D interd

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
Address
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 832 473
Administrative Contact
John Martin (Dr.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 434 026
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zürich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Rolf Pfeifer (Prof.)
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 380 523
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Sica (Ms.)
HOGSKOLAN I SKOVDE
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 413 364
Address
Hogskolevagen 1
54 128 Skovde
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tom Ziemke (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 392 706
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sebastian Kraus (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 429 053
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Reams-Behboud (Ms.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 428 214
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rosemari Finn (Ms.)
TELEROBOT OCEM
Italy
Address
Via F. Semini 28C
16163 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesco Becchi (Dr.)
TELEROBOT SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 182 471
Address
Via Buccari 9
16153 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Gaggero (Mr.)