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ICT 2010

iCub friends: beyond the RobotCub project

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.

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Coordinator: Giorgio METTA (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Dept. of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Italy)

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Giorgio METTA, 24/06/2010 00:58

Well, I'm one of the organizers and proposer of the networking session. Clearly I'd like to see this retained for the ICT exhibit in September. We hope to attract interest around the idea of a common platform for cognitive systems and robotics.


Rich WALKER, 15/09/2010 16:32

I'm interested in how and why iCub is a more (or less!) interesting platform than something like the Willow Garage PR2 system, with the ROS software stack. Will that be addressed here?


Oguzhan OZCAN, 15/09/2010 16:53

I am interested in the topic if you need playful interaction design


Peter VOJTAS, 26/09/2010 20:28

we have robocup participants at our department for many years ...


Giorgio METTA, 28/09/2010 00:41

Hi Rich Walker, if you're at the session or visit at our stand with the iCub, then we'll be more than happy to discuss differences between PR2+ROS vs. iCub+YARP... btw: iCub started before PR2 :)


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