[robotics-worldwide] IROS Workshop on "iCub & friends"

Giorgio Metta pasa at liralab.it
Wed Jun 23 07:16:32 PDT 2010

Dear all,

This is to announce the first workshop on "iCub and friends -- a workshop on
Open Source Robotics" at the next IROS 2010 in Taipei on October 18th, 2010.
This is a full day workshop (number W02-MoF in the conference program).

If you intend to participate please send an email to giorgio.metta at iit.it
with the following:

1. Confirmation that you're willing to participate to the workshop 
2. Title of your talk (20-30 minutes duration)
3. Any other material that you think can fit into a CD, e.g.:
- a video
- slides of one of your recent presentations (connected to the workshop
- a recent paper

We have a limit of 250Mb overall (paperplaza limit).

You also need to register for the workshop on the IROS website, please see
instructions at: http://www.iros2010.org.tw/constructing.php?ns=1

I've prepared a webpage, please see:

The number of speakers is limited and clearly we are forced to check for
relevance with respect to the iCub community (see below).

-- Background --
The iCub is a humanoid robot shaped as a child of about four years of age
available as an open systems platform following the GPL license. The iCub
was originally designed by a consortium of 11 partners, with background
ranging from engineering to neurophysiology and developmental psychology,
within the RobotCub Integrated Project funded by European Commission through
its Cognitive Systems and Robotics Unit. The iCub can crawl on all fours and
sit up. Its hands allow dexterous manipulation and its head and eyes are
fully articulated. It has visual, vestibular, auditory, and haptic sensory

To facilitate the adoption of iCub as an open research platform, the
RobotCub project launched a call for research proposals in the area of
embodied cognition which resulted in the selection of seven winners that
received a complete iCub free-of-charge. More recently other groups joined
this initiative by building their own iCubs, e.g. the ITALK, ImClever,
Roboskin, CHRIS, Poeticon EU funded projects to name a few. 

This workshop is the first cohesive presentation of iCub-related activities
ranging from software development, control, vision, cognition and hardware,
sensors and so forth. 

-- The workshop --
Human intelligence develops through the interaction with the environment and
it is shaped profoundly by the interactions with other human beings. These
concepts altered in a fundamental way the relation between fields such as
neuroscience, information science, psychology, and robotics which are now
learning from each other and together are building a new interdisciplinary
science. As such, the study of artificial cognition and intelligence is
dependent on the use of physical bodies, and, ultimately, on the use of
humanoid robots. Humanoids are essential tools in the study of human
intelligence: since the development of cognitive skills is function of both
neural and physical activity, it is important to simulate human action when
investigating learning, adaptation, anticipation, reasoning, memory,
communication, and language to name a few. 

The RobotCub humanoid platform represents an important opportunity to move
this research agenda forward: through open collaboration, on the common
theme of embodied cognition, enabled by a shared humanoid platform - the
iCub -, and supported by a community capable of delivering on this vision in
the long run. The availability of a common platform, such as the iCub,
allows benchmarking and testing theories by comparing results obtained using
different method and, more importantly, it enables the accumulation of
results into a common "repository" shared among scientists. This paves the
way to a more scientific approach to intelligence for robots by enabling
researchers worldwide to access the same experimental facilities. 

Our goal is to present a broad overview of these activities which have now
reached a consistent critical mass.

-- Objectives --
. To show and demonstrate the iCub humanoid platform, including a vision of
the hardware and software;
. To showcase the strength of collaborative research using a common
. To show that open source development can help in building a critical mass
of researchers in the important topic of robot intelligence.

-- List of topics --
1. Introduction to the iCub hardware and software platform
2. Cognitive systems research on humanoid robots
3. Vision
4. Robot control
5. Manipulation and motor affordances
6. Speech and language
7. Human-robot interaction

-- Tentative list of presenters --
Giorgio Metta, Italian Institute of Technology (Italy)
Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth (United Kingdom)
Vadim Tikhanoff, Italian Institute of Technology (Italy)
Aude Billard, EPFL (Switzerland)
Vincent Padois, EPMC (France)
Peter Ford-Dominey, INSERM (France)
Auke Ijspeert, EPFL (Switzerland) 
Jochen Steil, Univ. of Bielefeld (Germany)
Michael Beetz, TUM (Germany)
Jochen Triesch, FIAS (Germany)
Yiannis Demiris, Imperial College (UK)
Yan Wu, Imperial College (UK)
KyuHwa Lee, Imperial College (UK)
Steve Levinson, UI Urbana Champaign (USA)
Mark Lee, Univ. of Aberystwyth (UK)
Stefano Nolfi, CNR (Italy)
Schmidhuber Juergen, IDSIA (Switzerland)
Paul Verschure, Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
Jose' Santos-Victor, IST Lisbon (Portugal)
Alexandre Bernardino, IST Lisbon (Portugal)
Nikos Tsagarakis, Italian Institute of Technology (Italy) 
Houman Dallali, University of Sheffield (UK)

-- Intended audience --
This workshop has a broader audience by showcasing cutting edge humanoid
robotics. In particular, it can be informative for researchers interested in
joining the iCub community or more in general interested in open source

-- Acknowledgement --
This workshop will be organized under the support of the EU projects ITALK,
CHRIS, Poeticon, eMorph, Roboskin, and the Marie Curie doctoral network

-- References --

Borisyuk R., Kazanovich Y., Chik D., Tikhanoff V. & Cangelosi A. (2009). A
neural model of selective attention and object segmentation in the visual
scene: An approach based on partial synchronization and star-like
architecture of connections. Neural Networks. 22, pp. 707-719.

Fitzpatrick, P., Metta, G., Natale,L. Towards long lived genes. Robotics and
Autonomous systems, 2008. 56(6): p. 29-45

Metta, G., Fitzpatrick, P., Natale, L. YARP: Yet Another Robot Platform.
International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems, special issue on
Software Development and Integration in Robotics, 2006. 3(1): p. 43-48.

Nosengo N.. "Robotics: The bot that plays ball" Nature Vol 460, 1076-1078
(2009) doi:10.1038/4601076a.

Tikhanoff V., Cangelosi A., Fitzpatrick P., Metta G., Natale L. &  Nori F.
(2008). An open-source simulator for cognitive robotics research: The
prototype of the iCub humanoid robot simulator. R. Madhavan & E.R. Messina
(Eds.), Proceedings of IEEE Workshop on Performance Metrics for Intelligent
Systems Workshop (PerMIS'08). Washington, D.C.

Giorgio Metta <giorgio.metta at iit.it>

Italian Institute of Technology
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16163 Genoa, Italy                         
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Fax: +39 010 7170-817

URL: http://pasa.liralab.it 

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