In this blog, TIMESTORM scientific coordinator, Professor Panos Trahanias reviews the motivation and results of the project that tries to enable robots with the sense and perception of time to interact with humans.

Picture showing a human making breakfast together with a robot

FET Proactive TIMESTORM project focuses on temporal aspects of human-machine symbiotic interaction. The project research on time perception significantly contributes to the identification of the relevant brain circuits and to the practical implementation in robots with deep cognitive facilities. This project was one of  5 funded by the FET Proactive initiative Knowing, doing, being: cognition beyond problem solving (KnowDoBe).

TIMESTORM started in Jan 2015 and finished end of June 2018. The project consortium is led by Prof. Panos Trahanias from the Foundation for Research and Technology Hella, University of Crete and includes 5 other partners from UK, France, Germany and The Netherlands. They form an interdisciplinary consortium combining large-scale brain modelling, evolutionary computation, human-robot interaction, study of time and temporal abilities in young children, high-level cognitive models and conciousness, cognitive robotics and physical implementations.

In this blog Prof. Trahanias justifies the need for robots to be endowed with time-perception cognitive abilitites in ther symbiotic interaction with humans and reviews the work done in the TIMESTORM project, including a realistic "breakfast scenario" where the robot arranges breakfast with a human.

A FET Innovation Launchpad project, ΕNΤΙΜΕΝΤ followed in order to verify and substantiate the innovation potential of key TIMESTORM research results for commercial robots turning them into a genuine social and economic innovation.