IST 2001-37173

Artificial Development Approach to Presence Technologies

Adapt is funded within the FET Proactive Initiative 2002 PRESENCE RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

ADAPT is now terminated. For more information on some recent development of this line of research please see


The sense of presence arises from the perception of the relationship between our body and the environment and originates from our senses as well as from our past experiences. The main objective of ADAPT will be to study how the perception of self in the environment emerges during the early stages of human development and to implement an artificial instance of such developmental processes in an embodied artifact. In particular we propose to investigate the process of building a coherent representation of visual, auditory, haptic sensations. To achieve this a twofold strategy is pursued. On one side we aim to realize an artificial system capable of building internal representations. On the other side we will investigate when and how the developing brain starts to produce the unique experience-based repertoire of intentional percepts and actions.


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Dr. Giorgio Metta
  Viale F. Causa, 13 - 16145 Genova - Italy
  Phone: +39 010 353.2791  - Fax: +39 010 353.2948

Prof. Giulio Sandini
  Viale F. Causa, 13 - 16145 Genova - Italy
  Phone: +39 010 353.2779  - Fax: +39 010 353.2948

The Team:

University of Genova, Italy

Giulio Sandini, Giorgio Metta, Lorenzo Natale, Riccardo Manzotti (now at IULM, Milan), Carlos Beltran, Francesco Orabona

AI-Lab, Dept. of Information Technology University of Zurich, Switzerland

Rolf Pfeifer, Gabriel Gomez, Martin Krafft, Harri Valpola (now at LCE at HUT)

UMR7593, CNRS, University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France

Jacqueline Nadel, Arlette Streri (from Universitè Paris-V), Pierre Canet, Marie Maurer, Coralie Sann 

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