[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for participation: HUMANOIDS 2014 Tutorial: One day with a humanoid robot: a crash course on the iCub software tools

Lorenzo Natale Lorenzo.Natale at iit.it
Thu Oct 9 03:51:41 PDT 2014

Call for participation, tutorial session:

One day with a humanoid robot:
a crash course on the iCub software tools

2014 IEEE-RAS International conference on Humanoid Robots
November 18th 2014, Madrid Spain

== Background and Objectives ==

This tutorial session will feature a series of talks aimed to illustrate the with practical examples the software tools for connecting to the iCub robot, reading the sensors and controlling the actuators in different modalities (joint, task space, position or torque). We will also describe the latest development that includes software simulators, libraries for machine learning and whole-body control.

The tutorial session has the following goals. The first is to illustrate the software architecture of a full humanoid robot, including the interface to all the available sensors and the actuators. The second goal is to disseminate various software tools that have been developed in the past few years, some of which have been described only partially in scientific publications. All the software is open-source and it can be freely used and adapted to other research projects and robots. Finally, the tutorial session will provide an overview of the latest software development on the iCub platform. An iCub platform will be made available at the tutorial during a hands-on session that will give participants the possibility to write and test code on the real platform.

== Intended Audience ==

This tutorial session goes beyond the users of the iCub and covers a broader audience of robotic researchers. The session will provide the participants with the unique opportunity to use a complex robotic system and get an overview of its software infrastructure. The software libraries and tools that will be illustrated in the tutorial are in fact open-source and generic and can be used by students and researchers in their own projects. The simulators can be used by researchers but also for training activities in classes.

== List of speakers ==
This is a list of speakers that have been contacted and have agreed to give a talk or a tutorial:
Giorgio Metta, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - A ten-minute introduction to the iCub robot.
Lorenzo Natale, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - Communication and coordination using the YARP middleware.
Ugo Pattacini, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - Cartesian and Gaze control on the iCub robot.
Francesco Nori and Silvio Traversaro, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - A software library for whole-body control.
Alessandro Rudi and Lorenzo Rosasco, University of Genoa - GURLS: A Least Squares Library for Supervised Learning.
Silvio Traversaro, Alessio Rocchi, Enrico Mingo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - The iCub gazebo simulator.
Timothee Habra, Université Catholique de Louvain and Houman Dallali, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - Robtran: A Fast Symbolic, Dynamic Simulator interfaced with Yarp
Ugo Pattacini, Vadim Tikhanoff and Marco Randazzo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - Hands-on session on the iCub.

Check out the official website for more information:


Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Lorenzo Natale, PhD
lorenzo.natale at iit.it
via Morego, 30 16163 Genova
Ph: +39 010 71781946
Fax: +39 010 7170205

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