The consortium is made of 4 main partners (Inria Rhône-Alpes, Inria Paris, LS2N and LIG), 6 research teams. Anne Spalanzani, from the Chroma team, leads the project.
- Inria Rhône-Alpes will be represented by the Chroma and Pervasive Interaction teams. The overall objective of Chroma research team is to address fundamental issues that lie at the intersection of the emerging research fields called “Human Centered Robotics” and “Multi-Robot Systems”. The goal is to design algorithms and develop models allowing mobile robots to navigate and operate in dynamic and human-populated environments. Application domains concern autonomous vehicle driving (with Renault and Toyota), aerial robots for surveillance tasks and services robotics. The objective of the Pervasive Interaction research team is to develop the scientific and technological foundations for human environments that are capable of perceiving, acting, communicating, and interacting with people in order to provide services. Problems are related to acoustic and visual perception, cognitive systems, and human-computer interaction. Their goal is to make progress on the theoretical foundations for perception and cognition, as well as to develop new forms of human-computer interaction, using interactive environments as a source of example problems. Chroma will contribute on planning and making safe and socially compliant trajectories but will also contribute to build knowledge of social environments using proxemics theory. Pervasive interaction will focus on HRI strategies of communication.
- The Inria project-team Rits (Robotics and Intelligent Transportation Systems) has been involved over the last 20 years in the application of Information Technologies in the field of ITS. Rits has participated in numerous National and European research programs in this field such as ABV, LOVe, Carsense, DIATS, Stardust, Cybercars, CyberMove, REACT, NetMobil, HAVEit, CyberCars2 and CityMobil. INRIA Rits acts as the representative for the JRU (Joint Research Unit) LaRA encompassing INRIA, Mines ParisTech, a top level engineering school in France and its embedded research organisation Armines. Rits will contribute to the Perception and Communication part. They will participate to the integration of the entire systems on their platforms and mainly the Cybus automated urban shuttles. Rits will contribute in the localization and mapping modules as well as obstacle detection and tracking, overtaking and performing intelligent maneuvers. It will provide communication tools for V2V and V2I information exchange and interaction.
- LS2N will be represented by the ARMEN and PACCE teams. The ARMEN team is composed of 60 members aiming to design, model, identify, and control any kind of robots. Four main research axes concerns production robotics, humanoid robotics, bio-inspired robotics and mobile robotics. In the mobile robotics axe, research concerns autonomous and safe navigation, platooning, vision based control, multi sensor based control. The team has recently been equipped with two electrical cars (Fluence and Zoe from Renault). The PACCE team is the human factors group of LS2N. They coordinated two recent ANR projects (PREVENSOR and PARTAGE) and participated to other large-scale national and European consortiums (ARCOS, PReVENT) on driver modeling and ADAS. LS2N ARMEN team is world renounced for its work on modeling identification and control of robots and is a specialist in sensor based control and navigation (Vision is one of the main sensor). This team will contribute in the navigation and control module and in the demos on HIANIC Car ZOE. The LS2N PACCE team will contribute mainly on the Passenger’s state estimation but also on negotiation.
- The Hawai team is focused on creating social relevant multi-agent systems that solve real-world problems and enrich society. Hawai is one of the 23 teams that make up the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory (LIG), one of the largest computer science research laboratories in France. The team extends the notion of an agent-based society away from a collection of purely computational entities, to one that is composed of different types of agents, human and artificial, interacting in mutually beneficial ways. In particular, the team is focused on modelling social interactions and simulating human behaviours. Through agent based simulation the team has looked at analysing human mobility and crowd movements (ANR funded LIBRIS project and VUSIM AMD project); instilling social behaviours in artificial companions, i.e. robots and virtual characters, (ANR funded MOCA project); and embodying socio-communicative behaviours in humanoid robots (ANR funded SOMBRERO project). LIG Hawai will contribute to the crowd analysis by modelling crowd movements and social rules as well as predicting the behavior of people around the vehicle.