[robotics-worldwide] Heterogeneous 3D Perception across Visual Fragments

Silvio Sabatini silvio.sabatini at unige.it
Sun Apr 19 03:54:18 PDT 2009


For everyone interested in the cognitive aspects of active 3D
perception, their neural correlates, and their implication for humanoid
robotics, I am pleased to point out a link to the project EYESHOTS
“Heterogeneous 3D Perception across Visual Fragments” that recently
ended its first year:

http://www.eyeshots.it/

EYESHOTS is a three-year project funded by European Commission through
its Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics Unit (E5) under the Seventh
Framework Programme (2007-2013). The consortium is composed of 7
research units of 5 research centers, which provide different expertise
ranging from robotics, computer vision, neuroscience and experimental
psychology:

University of Genoa, Italy (coordinator)
Westfälische Wilhems-University Münster, Germany
University of Bologna, Italy
University Jaume I, Castellòn, Spain
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

In general, there is a growing attention for moving the active vision
perspective from systems in which just the effects of action influence
the perception, to systems where the acting itself, and even its
planning, operate in parallel with perception, thus really closing the
loops and taking full advantage of a concurrent/anticipatory
perception-action processing.
 From this perspective, recent progress in vision research, computer
vision, robotics and experimental psychology closely relates to
sensorimotor paradigms at different levels of integration, specifically
suggesting advantages of a mutual calibration of the vision and the arm
systems.
 From this perspective, EYESHOTS aims to develop a system capable of
“mastering” the 3D space at a reaching distance, by gaining a perceptual
visuospatial awareness in head-centered coordinates for visually guided
actions in the peripersonal. The underling assumption is that a complete
and operative cognition of visual space can be achieved only through
active exploration of it: the natural effectors of this cognition are
the eyes and the arms.
The cognitive valence of an “early” perception-action embodiment in the
visual system is specifically investigated.

Contacts from similar projects, research programmes, as well as
individual research activities are welcome for exchange of knowledge and
specific synergies.

Silvio P. Sabatini, University of Genoa – Department of Biophysical and
Electronic Engineering

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