Work Plan

The organization of the technical work is built around the main objectives of BabyRobot.The work-plan flows naturally from core technologies (WP2,3), to communication technologies (WP4), to integration and use case development (WP5,6), and finally to exploitation (WP7). The work-packages and their tasks are built around the BabyRobot use cases, namely: core communication, communication and learning, collaboration and learning. Specifically, WP2 focuses on developing the core audiovisual processing technologies for extracting low-, mid- and high-level perceptual information from the microphones and cameras of the humanoid robots, WP3 focuses on developing the core robot control and learning technologies needed to endow the humanoid robot platforms with basic functionalities, such as gesture synthesis, environment interaction, developmental and imitative skill acquisition, while WP4 deals with the development of the communicative and interaction capabilities of the robot using both the gestural and spoken dialogue modalities, which will be grounded on child-robot interactive scenarios that will constitute the first use case of BabyRobot. Further on, WP5 will focus on integrating and evaluating the communication and learning capabilities on the robotic platform, grounded on child-robot interactive scenarios that will constitute the second use case of BabyRobot, while WP6 will focus on multiparty communication and collaboration capabilities integrated on the KASPAR robot, aiming to evaluate the use of the robot as a mediator for enhancing the collaboration skills of children with ASD, which will constitute the third use case of BabyRobot. Finally, WP7 will cover all the dissemination activities of the project and will also be devoted to exploitation of the project results, while WP1 will be devoted to management of the overall project. The workpackage structure and dependencies between WPs is shown in the following figure.