PANDORA is an EU FP7-ICT STREP research project between 5 universities across Europe in response to Challenge 2 of the Cognitive Systems and Robotics call.http://persistentautonomy.com/?page_id=27

Challenge 2 supports research on engineering robotic systems and on endowing artificial systems with cognitive capabilities. Both research strands are intricately intertwined: many functionalities and desirable properties of robotic systems rely on cognitive capabilities. Conversely, robotic systems are suitable platforms for motivating, guiding and validating more basic cognitive systems work.

Hard scientific and technological research issues still need to be tackled in order to make robots fit for rendering high-quality services, or for flexible manufacturing scenarios. Sound theories are requisite to underpinning the development of robotic systems and providing pertinent design paradigms, also informed by studies of natural cognitive systems(as in the neuro- and behavioural sciences).

Cognitive systems research extends beyond robotics. Hence, this Challenge will also address issues related to monitoring, assessing, and controlling heterogeneous multi-component and multi-degree-of-freedom systems, where this hinges on implementing cognitive capabilities.

PANDORA will further Objective 2.1 , specifically aiming for

(I) New approaches towards understanding and solving key issues related to the engineering of artificial cognitive systems;

(II) New approaches towards endowing robots with advanced perception and action capabilities;

(III) New ways of designing and implementing complete robotic systems to build a strong basis for research on ways of reaching the long term goals inherent in this challenge and to provide the means for carrying out that research;

(IV) New, scientifically grounded system architectures integrating communication, control and cognitive capabilities;

(V) A framework to facilitate cross-fertilization between academic and industrial research efforts in robotics.