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Call for Participation

 Veni, Vidi, Vici '07 - the 2st RobotCub Summer School!
 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
 http://www.robotcub.org/summerschool
 e-mail: summerschool at robotcub.org

The application process for the 2nd RobotCub Summer School, Veni Vidi Vici '07, is (NOT YET) now open. Simply send email to summerschool at robotcub.org before March 15, 2007. Please include your name, affiliation, position, and CV in pdf or plain text format. Places are limited. Cost per place is XXX Euro which includes food and lodging. You will be notified of acceptance by 21 March, 2006 after which you will be asked to pay and finalize the registration. For questions and special requests please don't hesitate to contact us at: summerschool at robotcub.org.

Aim

The school serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. Robots at the cutting-edge of research tend to be a complicated mish-mash of recently-developed hardware. We learn how to achieve modularity and code reuse in such situations, maximizing the time spent actually doing research, and facilitating collaboration across robot projects.

In the year since our previous school, the iCub humanoid robot has taken shape. This year's school is organized as a "code sprint" to pull together all the software needed to make a humanoid work -- control and perception algorithms for its head, hand, arm, legs, and full body. This code is being written by partners in the robotcub project who will be present at the school. You can experience and contribute to this effort.

We are committed to using and developing free and open source tools for robotics, to foster collaboration and increase the pace of research. We welcome participation at the school by anyone who wants to contribute. After the school, "version 1" of the iCub software will be released, with credit given to its creators.

We have a lot of work to do. Here's who we're looking for:

  • People who want to work with the iCub platform. This includes

members of the RobotCub consortium. It also includes researchers who wish to evaluate or learn about the platform.

  • Attendees of last year's school are welcome of course -- it would be

great to see you again! (The lab won't be quite as ridiculously scenic this time, but this time there's air-conditioning!)

  • ... ?

Format

The school is structured as a series of hands-on practical laboratory sessions, and informal talks. There will be real robots to work with (inventory). We will have our own local network, including wireless. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop.


Topics

Motor control, Robot design, Image processing, Communication, Software engineering, Machine learning

Location

The school will be held in the newly-formed headquarters of the Italian Institute of Technology, near Genoa, Italy. The resources of this institute, covering a range of humanoid technologies, will be available to students.


Timetable

The days will be full. We start at 9, and continue to 7 (breaks: morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea). We begin the school in the morning of Monday, July 16 2007, and finish in the evening of Wednesday, July 25 2007 (with people leaving during Thursday, July 26 2007).

About RobotCub

RobotCub is a project to study cognition through robotics. Along the way, we are creating a completely open design for a humanoid robot - open hardware, open software, open mind. Our hardware designs and software are free and open source. The RobotCub consortium is composed of 16 partners, 11 from Europe, 3 from Japan and 2 from the USA. The coordinator is the LIRA-Lab at the University of Genoa, Italy.