Robot-Era Robot-Era Duration: 01.01.2012 > 31.12.2015
The Robot-Era Project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement num. 288899
FP7 - ICT - Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance

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Logo UOPThe Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems at the University of Plymouth is one of the leading international groups in the area of interactive robotics, cognitive systems and language modelling. In the last UK Research Assessment Excercise (RAE2008), The Centre’s research in computer science, artificial intelligence and cognitive robotics was rated as of world leading standards in the recent evaluation of UK academia (RAE2008). Overall, 100% of the research was judged as being of international repute, with 25% of work recognised as of world leading value. The Centre has 12 academic staff and over 30 PhD students and postdocs. Staff in the centre coordinate numerous UK and FP7 projects such as ITALK, SCANDLE, ALIZ-E, ROBOTDOC.


Within the Robot-Era project UOP provides and enhances the strategies and the tools for the Human Robot interaction between Robot-Era platforms and the elderly people. It aims to develop solutions favouring a more natural interaction between the user and the technology, based on new cognitive architectures for learning.


Robot-Era will benefit from the FP7 ITALK ( project’s progress on methodologies and cognitively-plausive principles on action and language integration in cognitive robots. The current project will provide an opportunity for extending the results of the ITALK project into a context of manipulation and linguistic communication for the care for the elderly.
As with respect to the FP7 ALIZ work on HRI and robot companion for disable children to the context of robot companion for the elderly.



Professor Angelo Cangelosi

Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems

University of Plymouth
Portland Square Building (A316)
Plymouth PL4 8AA (UK)
(tel) +44 1752 586217 (fax) +44 1752 586300



A. CangelosiProfessor Angelo Cangelosi is the Director of the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems. His main research expertise is on language and cognitive modelling in cognitive systems (e.g. iCub robot) and in the application of bio-inspired techniques to robot control. He is the PI/coordinator of two large FP7 projects ITALK (2009-2012, €6.25M) and Marie Curie ITN “RobotDoC” (2009-2013, €3.4M) and the UK EPSRC projects VALUE (action-vision affordances) and BABEL (neuromorphic engineering for robotics). He has produced over 200 scientific publications, is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Interaction Studies, has been chair of conferences (e.g. General Chair of the 2011 IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2011), and speaker at various conferences (e.g. keynote at 2011 IEEE/ACM HRI).

T. BelpaemeDr. Tony Belpaeme is Associate Professor at Plymouth University, UK. He is affiliated with the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems and the Plymouth Marine Institute, and is a member of the College of the EPSRC. His research interests include human-robot interaction, cognitive robotics, the influence of language on cognition and artificial intelligence in general. Belpaeme coordinates the FP7 ALIZ-E integrated project, which studies the science and technology behind long-term human-robot interaction. He also is involved with the FP7 ITALK, FP7 ROBOT-ERA and Marie Curie ROBOTDOC ITN, and the UK EPSRC project CONCEPT. He has authored several  publications on cognitive robotics and cognitive science and edited special issues on robots and cognition.

F. BrozDr. Frank Broz is a research fellow at Plymouth University. Previously, he worked at the University of Hertfordshire studying mutual gaze in human conversation to inform the development of robot gaze controllers as part of the ITALK project. He received his B.S. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in robotics from the CMU Robotics Institute.
His dissertation topic was on “Planning for Human-Robot Interaction: Representing Time And Human Intention.”


A. Di NuovoDr. Alessandro Di Nuovo received the PhD degree in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Catania, Italy, in 2009. He is currently Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Computing and Mathematics of Plymouth University. Before joining Plymouth he worked as postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Universities of Catania and Enna “KORE”. His research interests include theory and applications of cognitive robotics, computational intelligence, computer architectures and distributed programming.

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