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TRAINCREASE - From Social Interaction to Abstract Concepts and Words: Towards Human-centered Technology Development

IMC is partner in a new project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

2020.07.17 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

This project is aimed at strengthening the interdisciplinary field of research on the emergence, understanding and use of abstract concepts and words in human interaction, and its application to human-machine collaboration. The main goal is to strengthen the research and innovation potential of the UW as part of European Research Area (ERA) as well as its reputation and visibility in the ERA and worldwide through the collaboration with University of Manchester (UMan), Sapienza University of Rome (Uniroma1) and Aarhus University (AU).

The three partners are especially well suited to collaborate towards the objectives: UMan provides expertise in computational modeling of abstract concepts and words in the context of developmental robotics. Uniroma1 provides strong theoretical background and expertise in experimental research, including neuroimaging studies. AU provides a complementary anthropological perspective and expertise in naturalistic research on the social dimension of abstraction. UW provides expertise in ecological approach to abstraction and in dynamical systems theory and methods, which has integratory potential for the field.

The project period is three years begining from 01/01/2021 with a total budget of 900.000 Euro.



  • University of Warsaw, Professor Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi, Human Interactivity and Language Lab, 
  • The University of Manchester, Professor Angelo Cangelosi, Dept. of Computer Science,
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Roma La Sapienza, Associate Professor Anna Borghi, Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology,
  • Aarhus University, Professor Andreas Roepstorff, Interacting Minds Centre, School of Culture and Society and Department of Clinical Medicine.

Keywords: Social Interaction, Psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics: acquisition and knowledge of language, language pathologies, Cognitive science, Human computer interaction, Cognitive and experimental psychology: perception, action, higher cognitive processes, Abstract concepts, Abstract words, Language Development, Human Coordination, Human-Robot Interaction.

Project webpage here (University of Warsaw).


"This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952324".