L2TOR: Second language tutoring using social robots
L2TOR (pronounced ‘el tutor’) is a scientific research project on second language tutoring using social robots funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. The project aims to design a child-friendly tutor robot that can be used to support teaching preschool children a second language (L2) by interacting with children in their social and referential world. The project is led by Plymouth University, with Professor Tony Belpaeme as coordinator.
Three new Sklodowska Marie Curie ITN grants awarded in the Spring of 2015: APRIL EID, SECURE ETN and DCOMM ETN
The APRIL European Industrial Doctorate, led by Cangelosi, Belpaeme and Dahl, will look at personal robotics applications through interaction and learning. This is in collaboration with Aldebaran Robotics.
Angelo Cangelosi and Jeremy Goslin will be supervising tow ESR PhD students in the new H2020 SECURE ETN to look at the role of language, non-verbal behaviour and affordances in human-robot interaction.
Cangelosi will also lead the CRNS partnership of the DCOMM ETN on Deictic Communications.
DECORO: Developmental context-driven robot learning
A two year Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) has been awarded to the researcher Martin Stolen with the supervision of Professor Angelo Cangelosi.
ENACT: Enhancing negotiation skills through on-line assessment of competencies and interactive mobile training
Davide Marocco has been awarded a two year LLP KA3 Multilateral funded project with the aim to achieve a new milestone towards the provision of innovative pedagogy and assessment methods for helping people to enhance and (self-)assess their negotiation competences based on recent psychological modelling and the application of current ICT research (e-learning, mobility, internet, artificial intelligence).
THRIVE: Trust in human-robot interaction through embodiment (US Air Force Office Science and Research)
Angelo Cangelosi has been awarded a contract from the US Air Force Office of Science and Research (AFSOR-EOARD) to work on trust in human-robot interaction. The $540k contract will see the hiring of two four-year PhD students, one designing the social skills of the robots and the other carrying out experiments on trust relationships between robots and human participants.
Cross-modality integration in animal locomotion (BBSRC)
Roman Borisyuk, in collaboration with Alan Roberts and Steve Soffe of University of Bristol and Wen-Chang Li from University of St Andrews, has been awarded a large three year BBSRC funded project to understand how multi-modal sensory signals are integrated and used to generate and direct locomotion. The project will use both animal (frog tadpoles) and computational models to explore the neural networks responsible for the locomotor response.
DREAM : Development of robot-enhanced therapy for children with AutisM spectrum disorders (FP7)
Tony Belpaeme is involved in a new, EU funded, project to support children with autism through robot therapy. The €6,600,000 DREAM project will start in 2014 and run for four and a half years. Partners include Skövde University (Sweden), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), University of Babes Bolyai (Romania), Plymouth University (UK), University of Portsmouth (UK), University of Twente (The Netherlands) and Aldebaran Robotics (France).