NB: The COIN Lab and the InGaMe Lab have recently joined forces and formed the new Interaction Lab, now consisting of 20-25 people. The web pages do not reflect these changes yet, i.e. the information below reflects the old status at the beginning of 2012.
Research in the Cognition & Interaction Lab (COIN) is focused on embodied / situated / distributed cognition in natural and artificial cognitive systems - in particular:
- sensorimotor interaction between cognitive agents (humans, animals, robots) and their environments,
- social interaction between people, between robots, and not least between humans and robots, and
- human interaction with different types of information technology, in particular decision support systems and computer games.
In terms of methodologies used, most of our projects currently are in bio-inspired cognitive robotics and (neuro-) computational modeling, but we are also working with cognitive ethnography of human-machine and human-human interaction, motion capture and behavioral experiments with human subjects.
Current European cognitive systems & robotics projects that we are involved in:
- NeuralDynamics ("A neuro-dynamic framework for cognitive robotics: Autonomous generation of scene representations and behavioral sequences using online learning"), April 2011 to March 2015, coordinator: Prof Gregor Schöner, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Our lab's focus in this project is on motivation, the organization of sequential behavior and goal-directed sequence generation.
- ROBOT-DOC, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network on developmental cognitive/humanoid robotics, September 2009 - September 2013. Our lab's focus in ROBOT-DOC is on affective / emotional / motivational mechanisms in (humanoid) cognitive / developmental robotics.
- EUCogIII - the successor to the EUCogII network (cf below), November 2011 to December 2014.
Recently finished European projects:
- ROSSI, an FP7 STREP project on sensorimotor and social interaction (human-humanoid) and concept/language grounding, running March 2008 - February 2011 (probably extended to October 2011). Our lab's focus in ROSSI is on neurocomputational / dynamic-field- theoretical models of the mirror neuron system as well as action segmentation.
- ICEA, an FP6 integrated project on biologically inspired robotics and brain-based cognitive architectures, coordinated by our lab, which ran January 2006 - December 2009. The final review was in March 2010 and the project is considered "completed successful". Our lab's focus in ICEA was on cognitive-affective neurocomputational architectures.
- EUCogII, an FP7 network project on cognitive systems, running February 2009 - January 2012.
- euCognition, January 2006 - December 2008, was the predecessor to EUCogII and EUCogIII (cf above).
Other current externally funded projects:
The COIN lab currently consists of the following people.
- Hiran Ekanayake - affective computing & games
- Kiril Kiryazov - ROBOT-DOC
- Gauss Lee (Li Cai) - ROBOT-DOC
- Alberto Montebelli (planning to defend his PhD thesis June 2012)
- Henrik Svensson - embodied cognition & representation
- One Nao humanoid, inventively called "Nao".
- A number of wheeled robots: some e-pucks, some old Kheperas, and a very, very old Nomad 200 called "Marvin".