I have recently been informed that the EUCogIII Coordination Council has voted in favour of supporting in full my research summer visit at the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems in Plymouth University.

During this visit, I will be working with the tactile sensitive Aldebaran Nao on learning and producing tactile gestures using a novel Hierarchical SOM algorithm. Besides having the opportunity to explore social motor skills in tactile sensitive robots, I will also analyse whether it is possible to further extend this algorithm in the Reinforcement Learning domain.

Our Nao and the iCub are using the same tactile technologies that have been developed by our ROBOSKIN partners. More information about this visit will be published in due time.

Once again, I would like gratefully acknowledge the support of EUCogIII.