Robot Perception and Interaction Unit (RPI)

The Robot Perception and Interaction Unit of the Athena Research and Innovation Center (Athena RIC) was founded in 2009. It is a research unit with horizontal and multifaceted action for information processing and modeling. Its goals are to advance and sustain basic research in both theoretical and application problems whose fundamentals lie in the intersection of various fields of applied sciences and technology such as robotics, informatics, communications, and cognitive systems.

Emphasis is given on theoretical and algorithmic problems as well as novel multidisciplinary applications, including techniques of robot perception, robot interaction, signal processing, computer vision, speech communication, nonlinear systems, statistical processing and modeling, machine learning, and cognitive modeling of information from humans and computers.

Areas of Research Activities 

  • Robot Perception.
  • Robot Interaction.
  • Audio-Visual Perception.
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing.
  • Multichannel and Multimodal Speech and Language Processing.
  • Audio processing.
  • Biomedical signal processing and modeling.
  • Audio-Visual information processing as well as cue-integration and fusion of other multimedia streams that are produced and utilized in multimodal (audio, video, text, graphics, tactile) human-robot interaction.
  • Information processing topics in problems of cultural heritage and digital arts.
  • Nonlinear systems: Morphology, Fractals, Chaos, Automata.
  • Statistical systems and Graphical models for Detection, Estimation, Inference.
  • Cognitive systems for Perception, Action, Learning. Modeling of multimodal information processing in the Brain.

Research Projects

  • BabyRobot  | Child-Robot Communication and Collaboration: Edutainment, Behavioural Modelling and Cognitive Development in Typically Developing and Autistic Spectrum Children, 
  • iMuSciCA | Interactive Music Science Collaborative Activities
  • DIRHA | Distant-speech Interaction for Robust Home Applications, 
  • SpeDial | Spoken Dialogue Analytics


Collaborating Faculty members and Senior Researchers from Universities and Research Institutes of Greece, Europe and USA., Post-Doctoral Researchers Research Assistants, Graduate students Technical Support

Collaborating Groups

The RPI Unit of Athena RIC is closely collaborating with the following groups:

  • Computer Vision, Speech Communication and Signal Processing Group at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
  • Institute of Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), “Athena” Research and Innovation Center, Athens, Greece.
  • Department of Computer & Communication Engineering, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece.
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece.
  • Department of Philosophy and History of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UOA).