VVV09 Participants

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This is a list of participants at the VVV09 summer school - please add yourself (some photos stolen from last years).

Username: VVV09. Password: the first word in the name of the town in which the school will take place; all lower case; “s****i”. We have a password to avoid automatic spam, rather than for security - if we get abused, a new password will be issued by email. If you have trouble guessing the password, send email to vvv09-admin@robotcub.org.

Normally, this page gets created during the first few days of the school, by the students themselves. This year we decided to open this page early, so that people can start collaborating even before the summer school begins! If you would like to, include in your profile a list of possible ideas for collaboration.

Giorgio Metta

 IIT and Univ. of Genoa, pasa@liralab.it, homepage, presentation (pdf)

Nicola Greggio

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  ARTS-Lab, Scuola Superiore S.anna, Pisa - Italy
  VisLab, Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon - Portugal. 
  email: nicola.greggio<at>sssup@it
  I developed a 3D stereo tracker that segments an object based first on the color and then fitting it as an ellipse; 
  here there's a video  [1]. 
  This returns the 3D spatial position of the object's centroid, based on the direct kinematics of the robot. 
  Currently I'm working on 2D multiple objects segmentation by means of EM applied to gaussian mixtures. 
  I recently developed an algorithm that varies the number of mixture components in runtime for best adapting to 
  the image while keeping the computational burden low.

Matteo Taiana

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  Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal.
  email: mtaiana <at> isr.ist.utl.pt
  skype: matteo.taiana
  presentation (pdf) home page research movies
  collaboration: I developed a 3D ball tracker that might be useful for people working on grasping.

Nieves Pavón

  University of Huelva. Huelva, Spain. Department of Information Technologies.
  email: npavon <at> dti.uhu.es
  home page
  I am finishing my Ph.D and my interest focused on Cognitive Robotics. 
  I have developed an indoor mobile robot for my research, you can see it in 
  this website. 
  Now I am including cognitive skills in order to get a cognitive autonomous 
  navigation system by means of Soft Computing techniques.
  I am using a range finder device to measure distances in a 2D framework for mapping and exploring the
  environment. I would like to program  artificial vision algorithms to focus the attention of the robot
  according to the 2D map provided by the range finder device.

Tyler Streeter

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  Virtual Reality Applications Center Iowa State University, Ames, IA USA
  (Soon IDSIA Lugano, Switzerland)
  Email: tylerstreeter <at> gmail.com

Paul Fitzpatrick

  Irish guy working in Italy while living in the US (I prefer not to do any two things in the same country).
  Email: paulfitz <at> liralab.it

Boris Durán

  Cognition and Interaction Lab (COIN), University of Skövde. Skövde, Sweden. 
  I'm starting my postdoc 'era' within the ROSSI project. I see myself as a cognitive 
  roboticist; I'm particularly interested in nonlinear dynamical systems theory 
  and how to create real autonomy using its tools.
  Email: boris.duran <at> his.se

Francesco Nori

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department
  my web page

Ugo Pattacini

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department
  my web page

Fabrizio Smeraldi

  I'm a lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science of 
  Queen Mary, University of London. My main interests are pattern recognition and
  the applications of learning theory. More information on
  my web page

Katrin Solveig Lohan

  Bielefeld University 
  Applied Informatics Group
  Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics - CoR-Lab
  ITALK project

Charles Clercq

  Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et Robotique (ISIR)
  Paris 6
  I'm actually in work-placement where I work on Direct Kinematic Model Learning.

Lydia Majure

 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 Language Acquisition and Robotics Group
 email: majure <at> illinois.edu
 My web page 

Sébastien Gay

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  PhD student at the Biologically Inspired Robotics Group, 
  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Swizerland.
  email: sebastien <dot> gay <at> epfl <dot> ch
  Web page : http://birg.epfl.ch/page70550.html
  I'm working on coordination between vision and locomotion.

David Vernon

  I'm working on the design of the iCub cognitive architecture 
  and implementing some of the vision and cognition modules.
  Email: david <at> vernon.eu

Logan Niehaus

 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 Language Acquisition and Robotics Group
 email: niehaus4 <at> uiuc.edu

Kail Frank

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  IDSIA - Lugano, Switzerland
  email: kail <at> idsia.ch
  My academic background is in mechanical engineering, although I have significant programming experience as well.
  I am interested in bringing these things together in the context of robotics, and pursuing next-generation control strategies for high DOF robots.

Giovanni Saponaro

  VisLab, Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal
  Email and website: http://users.isr.ist.utl.pt/~gsaponaro/
  Skype and AIM: giobbo19
  My recent master's thesis dealt with manipulation, 3D reconstruction and visual servoing on a humanoid.
  I am interested in bringing together existing iCub programs/demos (ball tracking, face tracking, attention system, what-have-you)
  under a decision mechanism that assigns priorities depending on "last-seen" memories of features and attaining a good
  exploration-exploitation tradeoff. This is a preliminary idea which I will gladly discuss in VVV09.

Manfred Kroehnert

 Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab (Prof. Dillmann), Institute for Anthropomatics, University of Karlsruhe
 email: Manfred.Kroehnert <at> ira.uka.de
 Currently starting to work on my diploma thesis.

Julian Schill

 Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab (Prof. Dillmann), Institute for Anthropomatics, University of Karlsruhe
 email: schill <at> ira.uka.de
 I just finished my diploma in computer science and currently I'm working as assistant. 
 My diploma thesis was about control of a humanoid, pneumatic robot hand. 
 I'm interested in control, hardware development and hardware-near programming.

Yan Wu

  BioART Lab (Dr. Yiannis Demiris), Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Imperial College London, UK
  Email: yan.wu08 <at> imperial.ac.uk
  URL: http://www.iis.ee.imperial.ac.uk/~yanwu
  I am interested in computational learning models for humanoids especially in the domains of grasping and tool-use.

Davide Zambrano

  ARTS-Lab, Scuola Superiore S.anna, Pisa - Italy
  email: d.zambrano <at> sssup.it
  I'm a Ph.D. student for the SSSA and I'm working on sensory motor coordination models for humanoid robots.
  I'm a Biomedical Engineer and my master thesis was about prediction and learning in eye movements. 
  I'm very interested in neural models and artificial neural networks.
  The page of our lab with our activities is:
  URL: http://www-arts.sssup.it/tiki/tiki-index.php?page=humanoid+robotics

Fan Zhang

  Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK
  Email: f.zhang <at> sheffield.ac.uk
  I have just finished my PhD. I'm working on developing control algorithms for iCub walking.

Theo Jacobs

  Department Robot Systems, group Domestic Service Robots, Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart, Germany
  I'm a Mechanical Engineer and I am mainly working on the hardware design of our Care-O-bot. Apart from that I am programming scenarios for Care-O-bot presentations, using Python.


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  I am doing my PhD in Advanced Robotics Lab, IIT. 
  Email: alexrobotics <at> gmail.com
  I focus on trajectory generation (walking pattern generator) of bipedal robots with compliant actuation, especially for human-like stretched knee walking.
  My Bio

Lars Schillingmann

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  Bielefeld University 
  Applied Informatics Group
  Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics - CoR-Lab

Alexis Maldonado

 I love robots, and during my PhD I have worked together with different ones: 
 started with medium-sized league RoboCup robots, then a big B21 robot with two 
 industry 6-DOF arms (Powercubes from Amtec), and finally have the pleasure of 
 working with the iCub (Our lab will have one as a part of the Open Call) and
 our self-made platform with Kuka LWR-4 arms and 4-Fingered hands from the DLR.  Image
 This is a video of our last demo: [link to youtube]
 For the summer school, I am interested two-handed manipulation with the iCub. 
 One idea for the demo is to build stacks of Lego pieces. Please let me know if you
 would like to do something in this direction (Manipulation, reaching, tool use).
 We will need the help of vision people for detecting the Lego bricks also!
 maldonad_(at)_cs.tum.edu  Introduction (pdf file) work-homepage 

Federico Ruiz Ugalde

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 We implemented a potencial field base end-effector arm movement system. 
 It can avoid obstacles and follow goal points and orientations, also 
 supports the concept of tools connected in the end-effector, and also one can
 control the velocity null space. We want to extend this system to deal with 
 to arms and also the torso. Maybe with this we can do some two handed manipulation. 
 We need some vision people to help us! I'm pretty sure this will be a Summer 
 School as "Pura Vida!" as the last one.
 email: ruizf<AT>in.tum.de  pdf file
 for instant messaging: memeruiz<at>gmail.com

Ewald Lutscher

  PhD at Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany.
  email: ewald.lutscher@tum.de
  I have just finished my diploma thesis (master thesis) and started to work as a PhD at Munich. I will probably try to implement a simple walking