SBRI Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute - France (Lyon)

Human and robot cognitive systems

A fundamental aspect of human cognition is the adaptive capability it provides which allows the individual to interact in a novel and compositional manner with objects and other individuals in the surrounding space.

These capabilities rely on perceptual processing, the integration of multimodal signals and the construction of multidimensional representations that can link high level processing from vision, action perception, speech and language, and cooperative interaction.

Our previous research has addressed sensory-motor integration and higher cognition including spatial integration and language comprehension through a variety of methods including human functional imagery and clinical neuroscience, neural network simulation and robotics. This has lead us to an understanding of certain canonical principals of the cortico-striatal system in sequence learning and language, and an understanding of how distinct cortical processes for sensory-motor integration operate at different time-scales in the construction of a coherent representation of space, towards a general model of integrated perceptual processing. These studies have provided the basis for our implementation of robotic systems capable of vision and language based interaction with humans, including the ability to learn new cooperative behaviours in real time.

One of the crucial issues that has emerged in this research is the realization that the nature of internal representations will be determined by the physiological structure of the system and its direct link with the nervous system, thus bringing us towards the “embodied cognition” stance. In this context we will develop a “hybrid” embodied cognitive system for a humanoid robot, the “iCub”.


Team Leader(s)


: Human and robot cognitive systems

Members list

Peter Ford Dominey
Team Leader / DR1

Carol Madden-Lombardi

Jocelyne Ventre-Dominey

Nicolas Cazin
PhD Student

Clément Delgrange
PhD Student

Selected Publications

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