[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] iCub & friends workshop at ICRA 2014

Giorgio Metta Giorgio.Metta at iit.it
Sat May 31 09:16:49 PDT 2014

Dear roboticists,

This is to further announce the 10th anniversary workshop of the iCub project at ICRA in Hong Kong next June 5th 2014.



The iCub is a humanoid robot shaped as a four years old child. It is available as an open system platform following the GPL license. The iCub was originally designed by a consortium of 11 partners guided by the Italian Institute of Technology<http://www.iit.it/>, 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 tactile sensory capabilities. In the past few years the community of researchers working on the iCub grew at a constant pace. Today there are more than 25 iCub platforms available worldwide. Simultaneously the platform evolved significantly in terms of its sensors and actuators. Thanks to the recent improvements the iCub is now equipped with: whole-body distributed tactile and force/torque sensing, series elastic actuators for compliant walking experiments (the COMAN actuators) and movable head with microphones, speaker, actuated eyes, eyelids and lips for speech and human-robot interaction studies. The key advantage of the iCub is that it is an integrated platform that allows the study of complex tasks that require speech and auditory perception, vision as well as proper coordination and integration of sensory data and control. We believe that this, more than ever, requires that researchers with different expertise join forces and start working together. Having platforms with compatible software and hardware is clearly a unique opportunity for collaboration. This workshop is the third in a series happening approximately every two years and, in particular, it will present a cohesive description of the iCub-related activities ranging from software development, control, vision, cognition and hardware, sensors and so forth.


This workshop has two goals. The first goal is to bring together researchers working on the iCub humanoid robots and to present a complete overview of their recent activities. In particular we welcome contributions that demonstrate complex tasks that involve integration and coordination of several sensory modalities and whole-body control. The second goal is to foster collaboration among researchers that are working on different disciplines to advance the state of the art in humanoid robotics. In addition, the workshop will serve as a venue to start the preparation of a special issue for a prestigious journal. To conclude, with this 10th birthday workshop we aim at:

  *   Demonstrating the current development of the iCub platform;
  *   Providing an overview of the research on the iCub platform;
  *   Giving the opportunity of demonstrating and discussing recent results of integration activities;
  *   Advancing the state of the art in humanoid robotics by fostering collaboration among researchers working on different areas of robotics as e.g. speech, machine learning, vision, manipulation, locomotion, and whole-body control.

Speakers (click on the talk title to get the abstract)





Giorgio Metta

Ten years of the iCub project<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#metta>

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, iCub Facility


Nikos Tsagarakis

Recent advancements on the compliant humanoid COMAN development<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#tsagarakis>

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, ADVR


Francesco Nori

Optimal Whole Body Control of the iCub humanoid<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#nori>

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, RBCS


Francesco Becchi

Industrial perspectives of the iCub technology<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#becchi>

Telerobot, Concept Labs


Coffee break


Sylvain Calinon

Learning by imitation and exploration with the COMAN and iCub humanoid robots<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#calinon>

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Idiap Research Institute


Stefan Wermter

Sound Source Localization and Multimodal Integration with the iCub head<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#wermter>

University of Hamburg, Department of Computer Science Knowledge Technology


José Santos-Victor

Experiments with the iCub: modelling oculo-motor control and understanding object affordances<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#sanctor-victor>

IST, Institute of Systems and Robotics


Peter Ford Dominey

Cooperation with iCub<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#dominey>

INSERM Stem Cell and Brain Research Institute, Robot Cognition Laboratory


Jun Tani

Incorporating with stochastic processes and deterministic chaos in learning to model fluctuated<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#tani>

KAIST, Cognitive Neuro-Robotics Lab.




Karinne Ramírez Amaro

iCub at ICS-TUM: Semantic Reasoning, Constrained Manipulation and Humanoid Vision enable on the iCub<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#ramirez-amaro>

TU Munchen,Institute for Cognitive System


Jan Peters

Automatic Skill Learning: Useful technology for the iCub?<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#peters>

TU Darmstadt, Computer Science Department


Angelo Cangelosi

Embodied Language Learning in the iCub: From First Words to Numbers<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#cangelosi>

University of Plymouth, Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems


Patricia Shaw

A Psychologically Inspired Approach to Developmental Learning in Cognitive Robots<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#shaw>

Aberystwyth University, Department of Computer Science


Coffee break


Nicolas Sommer

Tactile exploration with the iCub robot<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#sommer>

EPFL, Learning Algorithms and System Laboratory


Jochen Steil

iCub goes interaction<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#steil>

Universität Bielefeld, Cognitive Robotics and Learning


Serena Ivaldi

iCub learning from humans via multimodal, physical, social and natural interaction<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#ivaldi>

TU Darmstadt, Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab


Zhang Chong

Simultaneous learning of vergence and smooth pursuit through active efficient coding<http://www.icub.org/other/icra2014-workshop_abstracts.html#triesch>

Hong Kong University of Science and technology


Workshop ends


·         This workshop will be organized under the support of the EU projects Codyco<http://www.codyco.eu/>, Xperience<http://www.xperience.org/>, Poeticon++<http://www.poeticon.eu/>, EFAA<http://specs.upf.edu/projects/2663>, Wysiwyd<http://staffwww.dcs.shef.ac.uk/people/N.Lawrence/projects/wysiwyd/>, Tacman<http://tacman.eu/>, Walk-man<http://www.walk-man.eu/>, Koroibot<http://orb.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/koroibot/>, RobotDoc.

·         This workshop is supported by the IEEE CIS Technical Committee on Autonomous Mental Development; more specifically by the task force on Action and Perception.

See you there...

Giorgio Metta <giorgio.metta at iit.it<mailto:giorgio.metta at iit.it>>

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Via Morego, 30

16163 Genoa, Italy

Ph: +39 010 7178-1411

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