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The Thinking Head project is one of three Thinking Systems Special Initiatives jointly funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) for the years 2007 to 2011. The project is centred at and administered by MARCS Labs at the University of Western Sydney but, drawing on the resources of the ARC Human Communication Science Network (HCSNet), has sites at RMIT; Macquarie University; Flinders University; University of Canberra; Technical University, Berlin; Denmark Technical University; and Carnegie Mellon.

The Thinking Head project has two aims:
1. To build a new generation Thinking Head embodying human attributes to improve human-machine interaction
2. build a plug-and-play research platform for users to test software in an interactive real-time environment

These aims are being addressed by four teams of researchers, programmers, and developers, as follows:
- Head Building Team: Developing a plug-and-play research platform for users to test software in an interactive real-time environment
- Human-Head Interaction Team: Conducting research on various aspects necessary to build a new generation Thinking Head embodying human attributes
- Evaluation Team: Establishing and implementing an iterative build-evaluate-remodel-evaluate loop
- Performance Team: Producing engaging applications of the head in artistic installations

  Articulated Head