[robotics-worldwide] Come hack humanoids! VVV11 iCub Summer School call for participation

Paul Fitzpatrick paul at robotrebuilt.com
Thu Mar 24 08:01:27 PDT 2011


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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
The sixth iCub Summer School, Veni Vidi Vici 2011
Held July 18-28 2011, Sestri Levante, Italy
Apply by May 11th, 2011: http://www.icub.org/summerschool
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This is a call for participation for Veni Vidi Vici 2011,
the sixth iCub Summer School.   The school is a hackathon
for robotics researchers interested in any combination of
humanoids, free software, open-source hardware, and
Italian beaches.  Those who would like to participate
should email their name, affiliation, and a CV (or
relevant website URL) to:
   vvv11-admin at icub.org
no later than:
   May 11th, 2011
Places are limited. Your application will be acknowledged
within two business days, and notification of placement
will be made on May 16th, 2011.  If placed, you will be
expected to register and pay by June 15th. The
school website is available at:
   http://www.icub.org/summerschool
Best regards,
   The VVV 2011 team

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FULL TEXT OF CALL
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VVV 2011, the Sixth iCub Summer School

Aim:
The iCub Summer School, "Veni Vidi Vici", serves to
consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering
for humanoid robots. Our goal is to foster long-lived
academic collaboration on robot software across the
boundaries and lifetimes of individual projects.
The iCub summer school is a peer-to-peer event; there are
no lectures, and no strict division of instructors and
students. All participants are expected to be competent
C/C++ programmers with an interest in working
with others (and an agenda of their own). The school
schedule will be organized flexibly around informal
tutorials from participants on modules they are working on
or interested in.

Format:
The school is structured as a series of hands-on practical
laboratory sessions, and informal talks.  Two full iCub
humanoids will be available for participants to work with.
We will have a dedicated local network, with wireless.
Participants are expected to bring their own laptop.

Topics:
Motor control, robot design, image processing,
communication, software engineering, machine learning,
free software, open-source hardware.

Location:
This year the school will be hosted at the Mediaterraneo
Foundation in Sestri Levante, Liguria, Italy.  See the
school website for venue details.  Comments on this venue
from other years -

   Nieves: A really beautiful experience! One of the best in
   my life. I have learnt a lot about robotics, humanity and
   friendship! Thank you very much!

   Serena: my first iCub summer school .. really hope the
   first of many! I had so much fun, thanks to all!

   Giacomo: Great experience! I really enjoyed accessing such
   advanced robots, and working together with great guys.
   The location was beautiful too.

   Federico: I will never forget this experience. A unique
   experience for life!! Working with a complete
   free-software/hardware humanoid robot it's an honor, and
   also in this nice place with great, friendly, collaborative
   and enthusiastic people with such a weather. Just amazing.
   I would like to give a lot of thanks to the organizers,
   they did a great job again. (And the food was the great!)
   And ..., and... . Hope to see you soon!

   Alexis: Such an amazing time with such wonderful people!
   Interesting discussions, helpful and giving people and an
   awesome location. :) Thanks everyone! It was a good time
   living deeply and intensively, just what I needed! I hope to
   see you again soon. Pura vida!

   Zenon: thank you for organizing this great summer school and
   putting so much time and effort into it....so much to learn
   and so much fun at such an awesome spot! viva vvv for many
   more years to come!

   Vincent: "Nice and creative people"+"Dedicated organizers"+
   "Perfect location"+"Wonderful robot and software" = VVV08.
   Thanks for this well balanced summer school.

Timetable:
We begin the school in the morning of Monday, July 18 2011,
and finish in the evening of Wednesday, July 27 2011 (with
people leaving during Thursday, July 28 2011). Sunday the
24th will be a free day (individual participants may
choose an alternate free day).  This year, the summer school
has the good fortune to be co-located with a workshop on
multi-sensory space perception (19-21 July), and we will be
sharing our room with the workshop speakers on the afternoon
of the 19th. Four talks will be offered to the school
participants.


Cost:
The summer school registration fee is 1300 euro. This fee
includes the school itself, food, and accommodation. Rooms
are shared between two people. A single room is 300 euro
extra (and subject to availability).

Our sponsors:
This year, the school is sponsored by ITALK, a project to
develop artificial embodied agents able to acquire complex
behavioural, cognitive, and linguistic skills through
individual and social learning.
   http://www.italkproject.org
In its formative years, the school was funded by RobotCub, a
project to study cognition through robotics. Along the way,
this project created a completely open design for a
humanoid robot - open hardware, open software, open mind:
the iCub.
   http://www.robotcub.org
   http://www.icub.org




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