T 011, 28/09/2010 (11:00-12:30)
Meet the iCub robot and find out how open-source robotics is improving research into artificial cognitive systems.
iCub, a humanoid robot modelled on a four-year-old child, is now available as an open-systems platform, following the award of the GPL licence. The young robot, which emerged from the RobotCub project funded through the European Commission’s cognitive systems and robotics unit, was originally designed by a consortium of 11 partners, with backgrounds ranging from engineering to neurophysiology and developmental psychology. The robot can crawl on all fours and sit up. Its hands can master dexterous manipulation and its head and eyes are fully articulated. It has visual, vestibular and auditory sensory capabilities. iCub will ‘star’ alongside some connected initiatives, such as the ITALK, RoboSKIN and AMARSi projects, in discussions on open-source robotics and the importance of a common platform.
Web site: http://www.icub.org
Coordinator: Giorgio METTA (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Dept. of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Italy)
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