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FrameWork FP6
Contract Number: 045169
Full Name FEEL, Interact, eXpress: a Global appRoach to develOpment With INterdisciplinary Grounding
Participants University of Hertfordshire (UH), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, UMR 7593 (CNRS UMR 7593), Universite de Cergy Pontoise - Laboratoire ETIS (Equipes de Traitement des Images et du Signal), Neurocybernetics team (UCP), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), University of Portsmouth (UP), Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS-NTUA), Entertainment Robotics (ER), SAS Aldebaran Robotics (ALDEBARAN)
Budget €274,800
Duration 2006-2010 (42 months)
Description The overall goal of this project is the interdisciplinary investigation of socially situated development from an integrated or “global” perspective, as a key paradigm towards achieving robots that interact with humans in their everyday environments in a rich, flexible, autonomous, and user-centred way. To achieve this general goal we set the following specific objectives:1)Identification of scenarios presenting key issues and typologies of problems in the investigation of global socially situated development of autonomous (biologically and robotic) agents, 2)Investigation of the roles of emotion, interaction, expression, and their interplays in bootstrapping and driving socially situated development, which includes implementation of robotic systems that improve existing work in each of those aspects, and their testing in the key identified scenarios, 3)Integration of (a) the above “capabilities” in at least 2 different robotic systems, and (b) feedback across the disciplines involved, 4)Identification of needs and key steps towards achieving standards in: (a) the design of scenarios and problem typologies, (b) evaluation metrics, (c) the design of robotic platforms and related technology that can be realistically integrated in people˘s everyday life. FEELIX GROWING takes a highly interdisciplinary approach that combines theories, methods, and technology from developmental and comparative psychology, neuroimagery, ethology, and autonomous and developmental robotics, to investigate how socially situated development can be brought to robots that “grow up” and adapt to humans in everyday environments.
URL http://www.feelix-growing.org 
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