The Robot Perception and Interaction Unit of the Athena Research and Innovation Center (Athena RC) 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 & interaction, computer vision, signal processing, speech communication, machine learning, and cognitive modeling of information from humans and computers.



Areas of Research Activities include the following:

  • Robot Perception and Interaction

  • Computer Vision and Image/Video Processing. 

  • Multichannel and Multimodal Audio, Speech and Language Processing.

  • 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.

  • Multimodal Digital Assistants and Interfaces.

  • Nonlinear systems, and Probabilistic Graphical models for Detection, Estimation, Inference. 

  • Cognitive systems for Perception, Action, Learning. Modeling of information processing in the Brain.

  • Other Applications areas: Biomedical data;  Remote Sensing data. 




Research Projects:

  • PILLAR-Robots

Full title: Purposeful Intrinsically motivated Lifelong Learning Autonomous Robots

Call identifier:  HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01

  • i-MRePlay

Full title: Smart personalized music recommendation and playlist generation

Call identifier:  3rd Call for H.F.R.I.’s Research Projects to Support Postdoctoral Researchers


Full title: Intelligent Automatic Sign Language Translation

Call identifier:  ICT-57-2020


  • VA-POC

Full title: Voice-Assistant-Proof of Concept

Call identifier: Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, S.A.

  • iMuSciCA

Full title: Interactive Music Science Collaborative Activities

Call identifier:  H2020-ICT-22-2016


  • BabyRobot

Full title: Child-Robot Communication and Collaboration: Edutainment, Behavioural Modelling and Cognitive Development in Typically Developing and Autistic Spectrum Children, 

Call identifier: H2020-ICT-2015-1


  • SpeDial

Full title: Spoken Dialogue Analytics, 

Call identifier: FP7-ICT-2013-SME-DCA


Full title: Distant-speech Interaction for Robust Home Applications, 

Call identifier: FP7-ICT-2011-7




  • 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 RC is closely collaborating with the following groups:

  • Computer Vision, Speech Communication and Signal Processing Group and Intelligent Robotics and Automation Lab 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 Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens.

  • Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH). 

  • Department of the Preschool Education and the Educational Planning, University of Aegean. Department of Early Childhood Care and Education, University of West Attica.

  • Strategis Maritime ICT Cluster.