H2020 Project SPRING awarded!

The Perception team is happy to announce that a new project has been awarded by the European Union under the H2020-ICT program.

The main objective of SPRING (Socially Pertinent Robots in Gerontological Healthcare) is the development of socially assistive robots with the capacity of performing multimodal multiple-person interaction and open-domain dialogue. In more detail:

  • The scientific objective of SPRING is to develop a novel paradigm and novel concept of socially-aware robots, and to conceive innovative methods and algorithms for computer vision, audio processing, sensor-based control, and spoken dialog systems based on modern statistical- and deep-learning to ground the required social robot skills.
  • The technological objective of SPRING is to create and launch a brand new generation of robots that are flexible enough to adapt to the needs of the users, and not the other way around.
  • The experimental objective of SPRING is twofold: to validate the technology based on HRI experiments in a gerontology hospital, and to assess its acceptability by patients and medical staff.

SPRING is an EU H2020-ICT research and innovation action (RIA) with eight partners: Inria Grenoble (coordinator), Università degli Studi di Trento, Czech Technical University Prague, Heriot-Watt University Edinborough, Bar-Ilan University Tel Aviv, ERM Automatismes Industriels Carpentras, PAL Robotics Barcelona, and Hôpital Broca Paris.

Website: https://project.inria.fr/spring/

Project duration: 48 months (1 Januray 2020 – 31 December 2023)

EU funding: 8,300,000€

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