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Multiple positions in METATOOL EU project

Can robots invent tools in the same way ancient humans did?

The METATOOL project is a groundbreaking international and multidisciplinary project that aims at developing a novel computational model of cognition based on metacognition and predictive processing to enable tool invention and validating its utility in real robots in the context of conditional sequential tasks and tool invention.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player to contribute to the first ML metapredictive model of synthetic awareness to enhance adaptation and unlock tool invention. This will enable a robot to monitor and self-evaluate the consequence of the effects produced by its own actions, ground and reuse this information for adapting to new circumstances, and finally enable the possibility of creating new tools.

 The overall project aims to:

  1. The design of the theoretical foundations of a consistent model of tool invention based on awareness, with the neuroscience, cognition and AI experts of the consortium;
  2. The developing of a computational model of synthetic awareness based on metacognition and the predictive processing account of perception and action to unlock the mechanisms of tool invention;
  3. The validation of the model by teaching a robot how to create tools the way our ancestors did, with the experts in robotics.

Profile, detailed description and application link coming soon.

Questions contact


  • Universidad Polit├ęcnica de Madrid
  • Radboud University (Donders Institute)
  • TU Delft
  • University of Sussex
  • Humboldt University
  • PAL robotics
  • Senta