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SOcial Cognitive Robotics in The European Society

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Project "SOCRATES" data sheet

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Organization address
city: UMEA
postcode: 901 87

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙874˙726 €
 EC max contribution 3˙874˙726 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.1. (Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-ITN-ETN
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-11-01   to  2020-10-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UMEA UNIVERSITET SE (UMEA) coordinator 527˙318.00
4    OREBRO UNIVERSITY SE (OREBRO) participant 527˙318.00
6    UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG DE (HAMBURG) participant 498˙432.00
9    Alfred Nobel Science Park SE (Karlskoga) partner 0.00
10    Asea Brown Boveri SA ES (MADRID) partner 0.00
11    Center for Digital Innovation IL (Beer-Sheba) partner 0.00
12    FUNDACIO ACE ES (BARCELONA) partner 0.00
13    PAL ROBOTICS SL ES (BARCELONA) partner 0.00
14    UMINOVA INNOVATION AB SE (UMEA) partner 0.00
15    Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP UK (London) partner 0.00


 Project objective

SOCRATES is a PhD training program for 15 young researchers, created to develop the field of Social Robotics with an application focus on Robotics in Eldercare. The research in Social Robotics has a common theme of Interaction Quality, which is a concept for characterization of how a specific mode of interaction is fit for a given task, situation, and user. Interaction Quality often changes, for instance if an older adult gets tired and loses focus when interacting with a robot. Interaction Quality also depends on the robot’s functionality and design, and will be addressed from a range of perspectives in five research workpackages: • Emotion: novel multi-modal methods to perceive human emotions from facial expressions, body motion, auditory and language cues • Intention: new techniques to infer human goals and intention from natural language and video analysis • Adaptivity: techniques to adapt a robot’s behaviour to user needs • Design: Novel design methods for hardware, interfaces, and safety • Acceptance: Procedures for evaluation of user acceptance Additional value and impact is generated by the unique multidisciplinary collaboration between academic disciplines that normally do not work together; computer science, cognitive science, biomechanics, ethics, social psychology, and social science. Intersectoral collaboration between academia, caregivers, business developers, and robot manufacturers will further strengthen novelty and impact by ensuring that relevant needs are addressed, and that research result are both economically and technically feasible. The outcome of SOCRATES will be a new generation of researchers with the ability to interact with scholars from different ‘schools-of-thought’ in areas that are well within as well as outside of their areas of expertise.


List of deliverables.
Report on user study on social acceptability and deception Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Algorithms for inference of intention and action from speech Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:17
Report from user studies on different interface designs and modalities Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Report on a methodology for conducting longitudinal ethnographic studies in evaluations of robotics for older adults Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Deep neural model for recognition of emotional states using auditory input Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Report on user study on how telepresence systems with adjustable autonomy affect perceived safety Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Algorithms that make it possible to tune the robot for individual users Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:17
Multimodal interaction framework architecture Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Report on user study with older adults violations of social dialogue norms Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Algorithms for inference of intention from vision Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Deep neural model for recognition of emotional state using visual upper-body and face input Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Report on safety study with older adult users interacting with a robot for an ADL task Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:17
Report on adaptive hardware design Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:18
Implementation of system for sliding autonomy Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:17
Model for recognition of emotional states from gait Documents, reports 2019-06-19 12:48:17
Supervisory Board Other 2019-06-19 12:48:16
SOCRATES Website, and social media accounts on line Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-06-19 12:48:16

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SOCRATES deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Oded Zafrani, Galit Nimrod
Towards a Holistic Approach to Studying Human–Robot Interaction in Later Life
published pages: , ISSN: 0016-9013, DOI: 10.1093/geront/gny077
The Gerontologist 2019-06-19
2018 Maitreyee Tewari, Suna Bensch
Natural Language Communication with Social Robots for Assisted Living
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Robots for Assisted Living - IROS\'2018 Workshop, 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018) 2019-06-19
2018 Odabasi, C., Vo, T. and Graf, B
Seamlessly Extracting Simple Gait Parameters By Using RGB Camera Mounted On Rollator
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2018), Workshop on Elderly Care Robotics – Technology and Ethics 2019-06-19
2018 N. Churamani, A. Sutherland, and P. Barros
An affective robot companion for assistingthe elderly in a cognitive game scenario
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Assistive Computing, IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI) 2018 2019-06-19
2018 Michele Persiani, Thomas Hellström
Text-Based Inference of Object Affordances for Human-Robot Interaction
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
IROS Workshop: Robots for Assisted Living, IROS 2018 2019-06-19
2018 Neziha Akalin, Andrey Kiselev, Annica Kristoffersson, Amy Loutfi
Enhancing Social Human-Robot Interaction with Deep Reinforcement Learning
published pages: 48-50, ISSN: , DOI: 10.21437/AI-MHRI.2018-12
FAIM/ISCA Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Multimodal Human Robot Interaction 2019-06-19
2018 Antonio Andriella, Guillem Alenyà, Joan Hernández-Farigola, Carme Torras
Deciding the different robot roles for patient cognitive training
published pages: 20-29, ISSN: 1071-5819, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2018.03.004
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 117 2019-06-19
2018 Sascha Griffiths, Tayfun Alpay, Alexander Sutherland, Matthias Kerzel, Manfred Eppe, Erik Strahl, Stefan Wermter
Exercise with social robots: Companion or coach?
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of Workshop on Personal Robots for Exercising and Coaching at the HRI 2018 (HRI2018) 2019-06-19
2018 Siqueira, H., Sutherland, A., Barros, P., Kerzel, M., Magg, S. and Wermter, S
Disambiguating Affective Stimulus Associations for Robot Perception and Dialogue
published pages: 433-440, ISSN: , DOI:
2018 IEEE-RAS 18th International Conference on Humanoid Robotics 2019-06-19
2018 A. Taranović, A. Jevtić, and C. Torras
Adaptive modality selection algorithm in robot-assisted cognitive training
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2018 2019-06-19
2018 Michele Persiani, Thomas Hellström
Intent Recognition for Robotic Applications
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Robots for Assisted Living - IROS\' Workshop, 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018) 2019-06-19
2017 Kiselev, A., Potenza, A., Bruno, B., & Loutfi, A.
Towards Seamless Autonomous Function Handovers in Human-Robot Teams
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
26th Ro-MAN 2017 - IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2017 2019-06-19
2018 Olatunji Samuel, Fleischmann-Serna Vardit, Honig S. Shanee, Zaichyk Hanan, Tamara Markovich, Oron-Gilad Tal, Edan Yael
User preferences for socially acceptable person-following robots: environmental influence case studies
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Workshop on Assistance and Service robotics in a Human Environment: From Personal Mobility Aids to Rehabilitation-oriented Robotics, IROS 2018 2019-06-19
2017 Potenza, A., Kiselev, A., Loutfi, A., Saffiotti, A.
Towards Sliding Autonomy in Mobile Robotic Telepresence: A Position Paper
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
ECCE 2017 - European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics,20-22 September 2017 2019-06-19
2018 Siqueira, H., Barros, P., Magg, S. and Wermter, S.
An Ensemble with Shared Representations Based on Convolutional Networks for Continually Learning Facial Expressions.
published pages: 1563-1568, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2018 2019-06-19
2017 Maitreyee Tewari, Thomas Hellström, Suna Bensch
Conversational Norms for Human-Robot Dialogues
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Robots for Assisted Living - IROS\' Workshop, 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018) 2019-06-19
2018 Shanee S. Honig, Tal Oron-Gilad, Hanan Zaichyk, Vardit Sarne-Fleischmann, Samuel Olatunji, Yael Edan
Toward Socially Aware Person-Following Robots
published pages: 936-954, ISSN: 2379-8920, DOI: 10.1109/TCDS.2018.2825641
IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems 10/4 2019-06-19

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