Funded Projects

Important note: the projects below are recommended for funding to the national research funding organisations of CHIST-ERA by the Call Steering Committee of CHIST-ERA. The actual funding of the projects depends on the successful completion of contracts negotiation at the national level.

Benchmarks for UndeRstanding Grasping

Grasping rigid objects has been reasonably studied under a wide variety of settings. The common measure of success is a check of the robot to hold an object for a few seconds. This is not enough. To obtain a deeper understanding of object manipulation, we propose (1) a task-oriented part-based modelling of grasping and (2) BURG - our castle* of setups, tools and metrics for community building around an objective benchmark protocol. The idea is to boost grasping research by focusing on complete tasks. This calls for attention on object parts since they are essential to know how and where the...

Object recognition and manipulation by robots: Data sharing and experiment reproducibility (ORMR) (2017)

Collaborative Annotation of multi-MOdal, multI-Lingual and multi-mEdia documents

Human activity is constantly generating large volumes of heterogeneous data, in particular via the Web. These data can be collected and explored to gain new insights in social sciences, linguistics, economics, behavioural studies as well as artificial intelligence and computer sciences. In this regard, 3M (multimodal, multimedia, multilingual) data could be seen as a paradigm of sharing an object of study, human data, between many scientific domains. But, to be really useful, these data should be annotated, and available in very large amounts. Annotated data is useful for computer sciences which process human...

From Data to New Knowledge (D2K) (2011)

Cooperative Autonomous Robots in Complex and Humans Environments

Public spaces in large cities are increasingly becoming complex and unwelcoming environments. Public spaces progressively become more hostile and unpleasant to use because of the overcrowding and complex information in signboards. It is in the interest of cities to make their public spaces easier to use, friendlier to visitors and safer to increasing elderly population and to citizens with disabilities. Meanwhile, we observe, in the last decade a tremendous progress in the development of robots in dynamic, complex and uncertain environments. The new challenge for the near future is to deploy a network of robots...

Adaptive Machines in Complex Environments (AMCE) (2013)

Emotion psychology meets cyber security in IoT smart homes

In Cocoon, we interweave innovations in two distinctly different disciplines to understand and improve security of home IoT technology: emotion psychology and cyber security. We produce an understanding of the psychology of IoT users, assess risks in current and future IoT systems, and formulate provisions for the design and integration of user-centric IoT in tomorrow’s homes. Home is a safe haven to experience privacy and control, personal autonomy and integrity. IoT technology is expected to merge physical and virtual worlds, creating smart home environments that enhance wellbeing. As the physical and the...

User-Centric Security, Privacy and Trust in the Internet of Things (SPTIoT) (2015)

A Context-Adaptive Content Ecosystem Under Uncertainty

The objective of CONCERT is to develop a content ecosystem encompassing all relevant players which will be able to perform intelligent content and network adaptation in highly dynamic conditions under uncertainty. This ecosystem will have as basis emerging information-/content-centric networking technologies which support intrinsic in-network content manipulation. The project will consider uncertainty aspects in the following two application domains: a) social media networks based on user generated content and b) CDN-like professional content distribution. Three dimensions of uncertainties will be addressed:...

Context- and Content-Adaptive Communication Networks (C3N) (2012)

COnsumer-centric Privacy in smart Energy gridS

Smart meters have the capability to measure and record consumption data at a high time resolution and communicate such data to the energy provider. This provides the opportunity to better monitor and control the power grid and to enable demand response at the residential level. This not only improves the reliability of grid operations but also constitutes a key enabler to integrate variable renewable generation, such as wind or solar. However, the communication of high resolution consumption data also poses privacy risks as such data allows the utility, or a third party, to derive detailed information about...

Resilient Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems (RTCPS) (2014)

Collaborative object recognition, shared manipulation and learning

CORSMAL proposes to develop and validate a new framework for collaborative recognition and manipulation of objects via cooperation with humans. The project will explore the fusion of multiple sensing modalities (touch, sound and first/third person vision) to accurately and robustly estimate the physical properties of objects in noisy and potentially ambiguous environments. The framework will mimic human capability of learning and adapting across a set of different manipulators, tasks, sensing configurations and environments. In particular, we will address the problems of (1) learning shared...

Object recognition and manipulation by robots: Data sharing and experiment reproducibility (ORMR) (2017)


Composing Quantum Channels

In classical information theory the major conceptual step, done by C. Shannon, was to abstract the intuitive notion of a communication channel, which lead to the development of classical information theory. With the development of quantum physics and the new possibilities it provides for communication and computation the mathematical concept of a quantum channel, describing general input-output relations was developed in the same way. Quantum channels are therefore the main building blocks of quantum information theory and unlike their classical counterpart their basic properties are not yet understood. Of...

Quantum Information Foundations and Technologies (QIFT) (2010)