FG participants

The School of Computer Science of the University of Hertfordshire is home to the Adaptive Systems Research Group, comprising ten permanent academic staff and over 30 doctoral students and post-docs, who carry research in various aspects of Emotion modeling, Developmental Robotics, Socially Intelligent Agents, Human-Robot and Human-Computer Interaction, Embodied Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Sensor Evolution and Artificial Life. Lola Cañamero leads research on emotion modeling and its intersections with other areas such as developmental and embodied robotics, and human-robot / human-computer interaction, focusing particularly on the following main topics: architectures based on emotions and motivations for decision-making (behavior selection) in autonomous agents and robots; emotion-based learning of affordances in autonomous robots; the evolution of emotional expression and behavior in artificial agents; the role of affect in imitation; the development of affective bonds in robots and in artificial social groups; and expressive robotic heads for the study of emotion development and social interactions.

UH Team: Lola Cañamero (project coordinator), Peter-Paul Pichler (project manager), Sven Magg (project research administrator), Antoine Hiolle, John Murray, Rene te Boekhorst, Daniel Polani.

The French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) created in 1936 and monitored by the Ministry of National Education and Research, is the largest non-profit French Research Centre. Partner 2 is composed of a group of scientists working in the Emotion Centre of the CNRS Unit 7593, hosted in the Hospital La Salpetriere and associated to University Pierre & Marie Curie. CNRS unit UMR 7593, laboratory Adaptation, Vulnerability and Psychopathology, is devoted to designing research in various aspects of human psychopathology, developing animal models of specific psychopathologies (i.e. mice models of leucomalacia of premature newborns, of depression syndrome, of Korsakoff syndrome) and promoting clinical applications of the research findings via the use of modern technologies such as virtual environments for agoraphobia or anhedonia, and robotic tools for clinical remediation in autism. In this CNRS unit, Jacqueline Nadel supervises all the programs concerned with psychopathological development.

CNRS Unit 7593 Team: Jacqueline Nadel, Arnaud Blanchard, Stephanie Dubal, Philippe Fossati, Arnaud Revel, Robert Soussignan, Pierre Canet.

The Neurocybernetics team is a research group within the laboratory ETIS (Equipes de Traitement des Images et du Signal), attached to Cergy Pontoise University and ENSEA (Ecole Nationale Superieure d\'Electronique et ses Applications). The group carries interdisciplinary research in cognitive sciences, simulation of adaptive behavior, autonomous robots, epigenetic robotics, dynamical behavior, learning, neurobiological modeling, collective intelligence, and socially intelligent robots, with the goal of understanding the cognitive mechanisms used by animals and humans to learn how to survive in a given environment. Of particular relevance to this project is the study of learning and intelligence within a developmental perspective, to model the developmental sequence of young infants (from birth to a few months old) and learning and communication via imitation.

UCP ETIS Team: Philippe Gaussier, Pierre Andry, Matthieu Lagarde, Matthias Quoy, Philippe Laroque, Laurence Hafemeister, Cyril Hasson.

The Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA) at EPFL spinned-off from the ASL lab, the leading research center in autonomous mobile robotics and intelligent control in Switzerland, on the 1st January 2006. The lab focuses on machine learning, cognitive robotics, computational neuroscience and integrated mechatronics design. LASA is funded primarily by research grants from the EPFL, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the European Community. In addition, LASA has strong ties with various spin-off companies of the EPFL in the field of robotics. Research at LASA aims at developing robust and adaptive control architectures to realize intelligent robots. The research combines engineering, computer science and computational neuroscience methods for the development of learning control system to enable flexible human-robot interactions. The emphasis is given to research on learning of new motor skills, on the interpretation and recognition of gestures, and on the acquisition and interpretation of verbal communication. The lab has a particular interest in humanoid robots and develops various toy robots for use in educational and therapeutic applications with normal and disabled children.

EPFL LASA Team: Aude Billard, Sylvain Calinon.

The Centre for the Study of Emotion at the University of Portsmouth was established in 2002 and comprises many researchers and scholars interested in various aspects of emotion, and includes staff from Psychology (Faculty of Science), Creative Technologies (Faculty of Technology), and School of Languages and Area Studies (Faculty of Humanities) from University of Portsmouth. Kim Bard is Director of the Centre for the Study of Emotion, and leads research in both developmental psychology and comparative psychology. She has focused on the interaction of endogenous and exogenous variables in the determination of extant behavior. She has extensive experience in conducting interdisciplinary research while working in laboratory and field settings, with human and nonhuman primates. She currently holds a Research Interchange Grant from The Leverhulme Trust entitled “Chimpanzee emotions: developing a facial action coding system for chimpanzees”, with research partners at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, Atlanta GA and University of Kansas Medical School, Kansas City, MO.

UP Team: Kim Bard, Kate Thorsteinsson, Sarah-Jane Vick, Marina Davila Ross.

The Image, Video and Intelligent Multimedia Systems Lab (IVML) of ICCS (Institute of Communication and Computer Systems of the National Technical University of Athens) was established in 1988. The most important areas of R&D activities performed or supported by IVML include: Knowledge Based Adaptive Image and Video processing and analysis; Artificial neural network, fuzzy and neurofuzzy technologies; Content-based semantic retrieval of multimedia information; The MPEG-7, MPEG-21 standards and Semantic Web technologies; Intelligent Human Computer Interaction and Intelligent agents; Face, Emotion and Biometric Analysis and Recognition; MPEG-4 and Natural Synthetic Hybrid Coding; Augmented Reality; and Applications in Cultural Heritage, Surveillance, Communications, Medicine. IVML has been?involved in sixty R&D projects (twelve of them in progress), thirty of them funded by the European Commission and the rest by Greek organizations.

ICCS Team: Stefanos KolliasKostas Karpouzis, Nasos Drosopoulos, Amaryllis Raouzaiou, Lori Malatesta.

Entertainment Robotics, founded in 1999, is a spin-off SME company from the Adaptronics Group specialising in the development of robotic prototypes and products for the entertainment and health markets. The company has close collaboration with the AdapTronics Group, headed by Henrik Hautop Lund, at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute for Production Technology, whose research focus is on electronic hardware development and constructionist methods for developing edutainment robotic applications, and on robot morphology-control relationship. The group uses its extensive experience in biologically inspired robotics to develop user-guided approaches based on behavior-based robotics, evolutionary robotics, multi-agent systems, and neural network control for robots. The group specializes in developing edutainment robotic applications.

ER Team: Henrik Hautop Lund, Thomas Klitbo, Jacob Nielsen, Alireza Derakhshan, Luigi Pagliarini, Claus Isaksen.

ALDEBARAN Robotics designs, develops, manufactures, and commercializes humanoid robots and corresponding control software. The company is one of the few European companies working in the design and supply of robots, and the only one producing humanoid robots.

NAO, Aldebaran's 1st generation humanoid is an open, programmable and interactive platform already used for entertainment and research finalities. In 2007, NAO was chosen as the successor of SONY's AIBO for the ROBOCUP Standard League 2008. Aldebaran Robotics has delivered 100 robots for the international teams competing in the ROBOCUP Standard League 2008 which takes place in Shanghai in July 2008.

ALDEBARAN Robotics is a French SME created in July 2005 and based in Paris. In June 2008 the company has 30+ full-time employees (among which 20 engineers/PhD). Aldebaran Robotics' Team involved in the project: Bruno Maisonnier, Petra Koudelkova, Alexandre Mazel, Jérôme Monceau.