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CRI - Companion Robotics Institute
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The Companion Robotics Institute (CRI) is a virtual research centre initiating and supporting international collaboration in inter-disciplinary research in the sub-fields of study focused on technical and societal challenges of robots acting as companions, co-workers/players with humans or with each other.

More specifically CRI seeks to promote Research Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI) in all aspects relating to the vision of semantic-cooperative integration of humans and robots (beneficial as well as possibly adverse side-effects); this includes the following research areas:

  1. Human-Robot Communication, Robotic Dexterity and Spatio-Temporal Reasoning
    •    Advanced Human-Robot Interfaces e.g. for assistive-rehabilitative applications  
    •    Ad-hoc speech-based Human-Robot dialogue capability in arbitrary changing environments
    •    Reasoning about sets, flows, time, space
    •    Single and two-handed multiple degrees of freedom dexterous manipulation and control
    •    Dynamic responsive navigation in unstructured spaces and/or dialogue
    •    Pervasive persistent interaction  
  2. Cooperativity and Coordinative Capability to support Teamwork:  
    •    Context-Sensitive, responsive and proactive cooperation, Focus Control, Context Switching
    •    Integrative State-Goal-and-Task-Space Awareness (of self and other agents)
    •    Capability for Coordinative Action and Orchestration
  3. Sociability: Process Integration, Social Acceptability and Beneficial Appropriation
    •    Personalise-ability, plug-and-play (COTS) customise-ability
    •    Business viability, cost-effectiveness, affordability engineering
    •    Awareness of Etiquette and Protocols
    •    Acceptability Models, societal integration, cultural match, (mis)appropriation
    •    Workflow and Business Processes embedded robotics integration
    •    Emotion Awareness and mood sensitivity
    •    Dynamic Usability Modelling, Usability Relationship Centred Evaluation (UI-REF)
    •    Availability of Benchmarking, Certification and Solution Integrator services  
  4. Learning Capability
    •    In respect of all the desired properties of Companion Robots: re-learning re-adaptive capability by the robot at least at two levels:
       i)    to optimise reflexive and reflective responsiveness online at run-time
       ii)   to optimise off-line evolutionary experience-based re-learning  
  5. Future Internet of People, Robots Things and Services Sociality
    •    Robot Social networks e.g. as in Robo-Earth
    •    Trusted networked based knowledge sharing: Human-Robot Networks, Robots Social Networks  
  6. Technological Convergence and Integration Requirements
    •    Semantic Interoperability Standards,
    •    Building automation Standards

The CompanionAble project is co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme

(Grant Agreement Number 216487).

Start Date: 1st January 2008
Duration: 48 Month

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