Summer Student Visit at the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems, Plymouth University

This student visit is intended on performing experiments for learning tactile gestures on real humanoid robots using a novel hierarchy of Self-Organizing maps that has been developed during my PhD. In the past, similar hierarchical models were introduced by developmental psychologists; however, these computational models have only been demonstrated in abstract domains to relate their learning features to infant cognition, e.g., understanding of causal events, or for gesture recognition. By extending these models, we have made it possible to learn motor skills via imitation in a real humanoid robot.

Event dates: 19 Jun 2013 - 19 Sep 2013

After the end of the EU funded ROBOSKIN project, the one and only tactile sensitive Aldebaran Nao robot is located at the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems in Plymouth University. The costs of the required equipment have already been covered by ROBOSKIN project which was successfully completed last year; therefore, the EUCog's contribution will be limited to the default subsistence costs of the student for the maximum duration of 28 days plus the return flights.

Finally, it will be a unique opportunity for the Cognitive Robotics Research Centre in University of South Wales to set the ground for future collaborations with the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) in Plymouth University.