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ICEA: Integrating Cognition Emotion and Autonomy

Project summary

ICEA is a four-year project, funded by IST Cognitive Systems Unit. The ICEA Project is focused on brain-inspired cognitive architectures, robotics and embodied cognition, bringing together cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, psychologists, computational modelers, roboticists and control engineers.
The primary aim of the project is to develop a cognitive systems architecture integrating cognitive, emotional and bioregulatory (self-maintenance) processes, based on the architecture and physiology of the mammalian brain.
The twofold hypothesis behind this research is that:
1. the emotional and bioregulatory mechanisms that come with the organismic embodiment of living cognitive systems also play a crucial role in the constitution of their high-level cognitive processes, and
2. models of these mechanisms can be usefully integrated in artificial cognitive systems architectures, which will constitute a significant step towards truly autonomous robotic cognitive systems that reason and behave in accordance with energy and other self-preservation requirements.
In ICEA we will develop a new generic autonomous agent architecture based on the extraction of control design patterns from bioregulatory, emotional and cognitive control loops based on the architecture and physiology of the rat brain.

Project ID: 
FP6-ICT-IP-027819
Project funding: 
FP - European Framework Programmes
Funding source: 
European Commission
Project Timeframe: 
Sun, 01/01/2006 - Thu, 31/12/2009
ISTC Contact Person: 
Gianluca Baldassarre
Coordinator: 

Tom Ziemke,
Cognition & Interaction Lab,
Informatics Research Centre,
University of Skövde

Partners: 

* Animat Lab,
  Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris VI,
  Université Pierre et Marie Curie,
  France, Paris
  Principal investigator: Jean-Arcady Meyer

* Laboratoire de Physiologie de la Perception et de l'Action,
  Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique,
  France, Paris
  Principal investigator: Sideny Wiener

* Adaptive Behaviour Research Group,
  Department of Psychology,
  University of Sheffield,
  UK, Sheffield
  Principal investigator: Tony Prescott 

*  Bristol Robotics Laboratory,
  CEMS Faculty,
  University of the West of England,
  UK, Bristol
  Principal investigator: Chris Melluish

* BAE Systems,
  Advanced Technology Centre,
  Advanced Information Processing Department,
  UK, Bristol
  Principal investigator:

* Cyberbotics Ltd.,
  Switzerland, Lausanne
  Principal investigator: Chris

* Computational Neuroscience Group,
   Department of Biophysics,
   KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics,
   Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
   Hungary, Budapest
   Principal investigator: Peter Herdy

* Autonomous Systems Laboratory,
  Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,
  Spain, Madrid
  Principal investigator: Ricardo Sanz

Budget
Project Total Budget: 
8,080,675
Project Total EC Contribution: 
5,800,000
ISTC Total Budget: 
1,248,067
ISTC EC Contribution: 
634,533
Keywords:
  • autonomy;
  • cognitive modelling;
  • embodiment;
  • emotions;