Experimentation with the physical world is a key to gaining insights about the real world and to develop cognitive skills necessary to exist and act in the real world. The more comprehensive and instructive the experiment, the more comprehensive and meaningful can be the insight drawn from it. Learning by experimentation has one crucial advantage over other facets of learning: the resources for learning, i.e. the learning material or training data, are basically unlimited.
In the XPERO consortium some of the top European research institutions in robotics, cognitive systems, cognitive robotics, cognitive vision, and artificial intelligence have gathered.
The overall objective of the XPERO project is to develop an embodied cognitive system, which is able to conduct experiments in the real world with the purpose of gaining new insights about the world and the objects therein and to develop and improve its own cognitive skills and overall performance.