Linguistic and direct transmission of concepts in human-robot networks

The CONCEPT project


The CONCEPT project is an EPSRC funded project at the University of Plymouth in which we study how humans can teach concepts to robots. There are strong indications that young children and adults rely heavily on language when acquiring knowledge and in the CONCEPT project we aim to recreate this aspect of human learning on a robot. The robot will engage with people and will tap into their willingness to teach and share information. However, human learning is slow (it typically takes newborn children three years to actively use 300 words and related concepts) and to speed up the concept acquisition process we will study how robots, once they have learned something, can swiftly exchange that knowledge with other robots over the internet.

Read the abstract.


1 June 2012

The CONCEPT project has finished now. Fred and Joachim are writing up their PhD theses.

1 December 2011

Frederic Delaunay and Joachim de Greeff attended Robotville, a robot exhibition at the Science Museum in London, to show the LightHead robot to the public. We received a lot of response from a variety of people, which made it an interesting 4 days.

15 April 2010

Frederic Delaunay was invited to spend two months at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar to support the human-robot interaction research of Majd Sakr. Fred will be helping to build a retro-projected robot face for a robotic receptionist.

2 March 2010

Our paper reporting on the study of a retro-projected robotic face and its effectiveness for gaze reading by humans was accepted at IEEE/ACM Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2010 in Osaka, Japan. Only 20% of submitted papers were accepted!

Oct 7, 2008 by TB

The project started on the 1st of October 2008. Two talented PhD students have joined us, Joachim de Greeff and Frederic Delaunay.


Tony Belpaeme (principal investigator)

University of Plymouth
School of Computing, Communications and Electronics
A318 Portland Square
PL4 8AA Plymouth

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