[robotics-worldwide] Call for Project Proposals based on the ROBOSKIN technology

Fulvio Mastrogiovanni fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it
Mon Oct 18 01:13:46 PDT 2010


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Call for Project Proposals based on the ROBOSKIN technology
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ROBOSKIN is an EC-funded FP7 project aimed at developing and 
demonstrating a range of new robot capabilities based on the tactile 
feedback from large areas of a robot body provided by artificial skin. 
Skin-based behaviors are expected to improve the ability of robots to 
operate effectively and safely in unconstrained environments and also to 
communicate and co-operate with each other and with humans.

To support this aim, ROBOSKIN pursues three main objectives:

- To develop new sensory technologies providing tactile feedback from 
large areas of the robot body.
- To develop and integrate fundamental cognitive structures for 
efficient and safe use of tactile data.
- To develop cognitive mechanisms exploiting tactile feedback to improve 
human-robot interaction capabilities.

A contest is open to research groups proposing projects involving 
experimental activity based on the ROBOSKIN technology. The successful 
applicant will be awarded with:

- A complete "ROBOSKIN demo patch kit.
- Reimbursement for travel and accommodation costs (for one person) in 
Genova (Italy) to participate in the design and preparation of the 
awarded skin patch for the target robotic platform.

The "Call for Proposal" is open to all the researchers in Robotics and 
artificial Cognitive Systems. Ground-breaking proposals from top-class 
research groups or individuals worldwide are welcome. Each proposal will 
be evaluated by a board formed by the ROBOSKIN consortium, after 
consulting the European Commission. Proposals will be evaluated using 
several criteria.

Scientific Profile:
- Innovative use of robot skin (i.e., impact on research on Robotics and 
Cognitive Systems).
- Technical and temporal feasibility of the project.
- Feasibility of the proposed work plan, with a specific emphasis on the 
implementation, validation and testing plans.
- Suitability of the target robotic platform (e.g., in terms of 
available CAD models and ease of deployment).
- Ability to broaden the current ROBOSKIN scope w.r.t. target applications.

Applicant Profile:
- Track record of the Principal Investigator.
- Technical background of the applicant research group.
- Support facilities at the applicant's host Institute.
- Committed human resources.

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Key Dates
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Call Opening: September 2010
Deadline for Proposals: January 10, 2011
Results: January 31, 2011

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Submission Procedure
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Proposal should be sent by e-mail to giorgio.cannata at unige.it (and in 
copy to fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it) no later than January 10, 2011. 
All submissions will be acknowledged.

For further information please send and inquiry to 
giorgio.cannata at unige.it (and in copy to fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it) 
and periodically visit the ROBOSKIN official website for news about this 
Call:

www.roboskin.eu <http://www.roboskin.eu/>

An extended form of this Call is available at:

www.roboskin.eu/images/report/callforproposal1.pdf 
<http://www.roboskin.eu/images/report/callforproposal1.pdf>


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