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Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-Embodiment

Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-Embodiment

Objective

VERE aims to carry out research on the fusion of the human body with virtual or physical surrogates. By fuse we mean that human participants would operate under the illusion that the virtual body is their own, or that they are actually in the physical space of the real world in a robotic body that they perceive as their own. As well as providing a radical extension of traditional virtual reality through the notion of virtual body ownership, VERE would pioneer remote body ownership, that is where the participant stays in a reclining and immobile position but operates a virtual or physical remote body via a brain and body computer interface (BBCI). This BBCI uses real-time EEG and other physiological data to infer participant intentions, and exploits machine learning to drive the virtual or robotic body. Two exemplary applications would be developed during the research: one in the context of gender-based domestic violence and the other to give physically impaired people such as tetraplegics the ability to operate again in the physical world through their surrogate. Both applications will be with domain professionals. There would be up to two further applications during the course of the project, managed by external groups who would submit proposals to the VERE consortium to exploit the technology for other unforeseen applications. The proposal is organised as eight scientific workpackages underpinned by one on the science of body ownership led by a team of cognitive neuroscientists. The work is informed by consideration of its ethical implications, and provides a testing ground for experiments in neuroethics. Moreover the work clearly has implications for the notion of self and consciousness, and one WP will be devoted to these issues. The proposal has been formed by a highly interdisciplinary group. It also draws on earlier FET projects IMMERSENCE and PRESENCCIA but opens the door to a radically new form of human-computer confluence with beneficial applications.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Address

Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 172 205

Administrative Contact

Mel SLATER (Prof.)

Participants (16)

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GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OEG

Austria

GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 543 796

Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 440 000

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 764 036

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 667 440

JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 397 456

CONSORCI INSTITUT D'INVESTIGACIONS BIOMEDIQUES AUGUST PI I SUNYER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 689 692

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 591 462

INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER (IDC) HERZLIYA

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 465 417

WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 761 198

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 270 295

FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 463 090

INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 444 550

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 64 960

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 677 741

UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER 2 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES

France

EU Contribution

€ 84 662

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 257695

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 429 481

  • EU contribution

    € 9 498 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

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