Research Project

SOCIAL PIA: Cooperative Social PIA model for Cybernetics Avatars (Moonshot Research and Development Program)


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Project Description

The SOCIAL-PIA (Cooperative Social PIA, Perception-Intention-Action, model for Cybernetics Avatars), is a project funded by JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency), under the Moonshot Goal 1 “Realization of a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space and time by 2050” (Prof. Norihiro Hagita) and in the Moonshot project “The Realization of an avatar-Symbiotic Society where Everyone can Perform Active Roles without Constraint” (Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro).

The aim of the project is to develop the cooperation between humans (with the operator and the end-user or bystander) and Cybernetic Avatars (CA) through the PIA paradigm (Perception-Intention-Action). The project proposes to conduct research on human intention and how it relates to the Situation Awareness and Decision-Making PIA processes, with two goals in mind: to assist the operator in handling Interactive/Cooperative tasks, and to improve the autonomous CA interaction/cooperation between CAs and end-users/bystanders. The PIA paradigm will allow to anticipate human action, be pro-active or follow a preestablished plan. The project will be demonstrated in interactive and cooperative telepresence tasks, to study the differences among different cultures: European vs. Japanese.