Project PERSEO (European Training Network on PErsonalized Robotics as SErvice Oriented applications project), which aims to train a new generation of research and professional figures to face research challenges in the market of personal robots.
Personal robotics presents several research challenges mainly related to the need for a high degree of personalization of robot behaviour for the user’s needs and preferences. There is the need to develop a research community to investigate different robot capabilities for understanding and modelling interaction with humans and for adapting the robot’s behaviour to each context. Software integration mechanisms are also needed that allow an easier personalized configuration approach for robots to be able to meet user needs.
PERSEO’s research program is organized into three Research Themes aimed at investigating personalization of robot capabilities at different levels of possible human-Robot interaction, in particular “Physical”, “Cognitive”, and “Social”. This requires research skills ranging from computer science and AI to automation, ethics, and psychology.
At PAL Robotics we will take part in Early Stage Research training and Human Action Learning and Physical Capabilities Modelling. Overall, the project will look at user-centred design and development of novel imitation learning techniques for enhancing PAL Robotics’ TIAGo robot.
The goal is to learn human actions while modelling the physical capabilities of the human and mapping them on the robot. This will include upgrading the robot’s hardware and software according to the experimental results.