Welcome to the HySociaTea project

HySociaTea is short for Hybrid SociaTeams for Long-Term Collaboration in Cyber-Physical Systems. In this project, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz – DFKI) investigates how teams of humans, robots and software agents (i.e. virtual characters and softbots) can work collaboratively in a production scenario.

Many large-scale real-world problems, such as effective disaster response, the careful dismantling of contaminated structures or the efficient manufacturing and construction of complex artifacts, require the coordination of such teams of humans, robots, and software agents to accomplish the collection of challenging tasks. It is well known that more can be achieved through teamwork in a shorter timeframe and at a higher quality than by individual performance. Our vision of effective hybrid social teams of humans, robots and software agents working together seamlessly in dynamic cyber-physical environments can only be achieved by combining the research excellence and experience of all relevant DFKI research departments of all three main sites (Bremen, Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken) in a joint effort. HySociaTea is thus a collaborative grand challenge project, which combines the diverse DFKI competencies in a wide spectrum of subfields of AI to address a fundamental research goal in the area of intelligent interacting agents.

The envisioned characteristics of our hybrid social team of physical and virtual agents imply the following fundamental research challenges:

  1. Distributed problem analysis and task allocation based on skills, knowledge and experience
  2. Sharing goals, plans as well as intentions and coordinating plan execution
  3. Understanding all physical and communicative interactions of all team members
  4. Developing social group behavior and emotional coherence
  5. Building mutual trust and demonstrating accountability for the assigned subtasks
  6. Compensating weaknesses of individual team members by empathetic help

 

HySociaTeam

The HySociaTeam during the first HySociaTea Hackathon at the Bremen site