Last Updated: 9 Jul 2020 (added link to PDF Cosy Book)

The CoSy project is a four-year project costing about 7M Euro, involving 7 European sites (plus one more to be added after the first year). The project is inspired by the visionary EC Framework 6 objective for 'Cognitive Systems':

"To construct physically instantiated ... systems that can perceive, understand ... and interact with their environment, and evolve in order to achieve human-like performance in activities requiring context-(situation and task) specific knowledge"

We assume that this is far beyond the current state of the art and will remain so for many years. However we have devised a set of intermediate targets based on that vision. Achieving these targets will provide a launch pad for further work towards the long term vision. In particular we aim to advance the science of cognitive systems through a multi-disciplinary investigation of requirements, design options and trade-offs for human-like, autonomous, integrated, physical (e.g. robot) systems, including requirements for architectures, for forms of representation, for perceptual mechanisms, for learning, planning, reasoning, motivation, action, communication and self-understanding. The results of the investigation will provide the basis for a succession of increasingly ambitious working robot systems to test and demonstrate the ideas in scenarios that require integration of components that are normally studied separately in various sub-branches of AI, Cognitive Science and Psychology.

The final version of CoSy book is available online. (PDF)

News: The CogX project, following on from CoSy began in 2008

Details are in

Presentation on CoSy by Henrik I Christensen, Oct 2004 (PDF)

Further details are in the following documents: a short summary of the CoSy project proposal, and the abstract from the CoSy project proposal (2 pages) (PDF version). Also, as the project proceeds more information will be provided at the main CoSy web site, e.g. in the 'deliverables' section.

Work proposed for CoSy at Birmingham

This is what we proposed in 2004.

The work at Birmingham will address theoretical issues and test ideas in the context of building a robot that manipulates 3-D objects on a table top, combining conventional robotic abilities with a wider range of capabilities, including conversing in natural language and self-understanding. This is the PlayMate scenario. This will build on research and teaching experience in the Intelligent Robotics Lab.

In addition the Birmingham team leads the theoretical workpackages on architectures for intelligent agents and forms of representation. (Many of the issues are explored in talks and papers in the Birmingham Cognition and Affect project, as well as in the CoSy Papers and Presentations directory.)

Because the problems are so difficult, open ended, and long term we are developing a methodology for trying, iteratively, to identify the long term problems and then work back through (partially ordered) stepping stones to tasks that are worth doing in the near term to further the long term ends. To aid in this task of requirements analysis, we have developed an experimental tool to drive the analysis, using a matrix of requirements organised in two dimensions, with long term, intermediate and short term requirements forming another dimension.

Technical reports, discussion notes, and presentations by members of the BHAM CoSy Group are available here. See the CoSy Book for more details

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