CSRI: an innovation incubator. Katerina Pastra: an intellectual powerhouse. She has brought the linguistic perspective into Cognitive Systems Research, in a way that binds language to the senses and reasoning. My interaction with the CSRI team taught me modern, enactive computational linguistics in a succinct and efficient manner. I learned things I never had imagined that existed. After my computer vision research group started talking to the CSRI group about language and cognition, they elevated their understanding of matters of cognition, in a way that they would never have achieved through courses and instruction.
The CSRI in Athens is an excellent demonstration, and should be used as a role model, of the importance of the EU strategic focus and investment on cognitive systems and robotics research. The collaboration with Katerina, and her friendly and professional team at CSRI, has given us the possibility to integrate, and successfully test, our developmental robotics model of embodied language learning with the large-scale Praxicon system of goal-oriented knowledge representation. The POETICON++ project, led by Katerina at CSRI, has been an outstanding scientific and professional enterprise to advance our understanding of language capabilities in humans and their implementation in interactive robotic systems. The unique, friendly environment at CSRI has made such a scientific collaboration even more pleasant and successful.
My collaboration with Katerina Pastra started long time ago when we were both involved in the EU project Poeticon. She acted as coordinator and I really appreciated the passion she was able to transmit. It has been a very fruitful and stimulating collaboration, witnessed by the fact that we are actually running a continuation of the project: Poeticon++. CSRI represents a unique scientific environment producing high-level research, not only for Greece but internationally as well.
In competitive research, it is not easy to find a good collaborator striving for excellence. Working with CSRI has been a very pleasant and fruitful experience. Katerina Pastra and her team members do not only bring their fresh ideas and innovative thinking into the partnership, but also respond swiftly, commit and deliver highly qualitative outcomes. Impressed!
I work with the CSRI team in the context of the EU Project Poeticon++ that deals with cognitive robots and language. Working with the CSRI team has been very inspiring as they are very creative and open to multi-disciplinary challenges. I also appreciate that the CSRI team can cover deep theoretical aspects as well as the development of tools and delivers concrete solutions and systems that we can use in robotics.