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Actanthrope Report Summary

Project ID: 340050
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: France

Mid-Term Report Summary - ACTANTHROPE (Computational Foundations of Anthropomorphic Action)

Actanthrope promotes a multidisciplinary perspective to explore original models of anthropomorphic action. The unique Anthropomorphic Action Factory at LAAS-CNRS gathers research supports that include humanoid robots and various motion capture facilities. It is also a meeting place welcoming researchers from various horizons. The first two annual workshops have seen the participation of researchers in robotics, mathematics, computer science, control theory, neurophysiology, biomechanics, philosophers, as well as dancers, choreographers and artists. Theoretical and technological developments in motion and action planning gave rise to a unique software platform for humanoid robot programming. The project also contributed to set up an artistic work aiming at freeing trees from their roots and exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. A research action with dance theorists and practitioners has opened new perspectives in anthropomorphic action modeling. Finally, by revealing original synergies in human locomotion, Actanthrope spearheads a new paradigm for humanoid robot design and control.

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