VVV10 Participants

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This is a list of participants at the VVV10 summer school - please add yourself (for inspiration, see VV09/VVV08/VVV07/VVV06).

 For editing, you can ask for your own username/password (email 
 paulfitz@liralab.it) or use the username "vvv10" and password
 "s*str*" with the first star replaced with "e" and the last star
 replaced with "i".

If you would like to, include in your profile a list of possible ideas for collaboration. See also Groups and experiments.

Giorgio Metta

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

Paul Fitzpatrick

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

Giacomo Spigler

  Interested in Computational Neuroscience and Computer Vision stuff.

Daniel Krieg

  Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), Germany
  Working in Computational Neuroscience on self-organization and recurrent networks.
  Interested in Computer Vision and robotics.
  Email: krieg <at> fias.uni-frankfurt.de

Serena Ivaldi

  Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Italian Institute of Technology.
  Email: serena.ivaldi <at> iit.it

Erick Robert Swere

  Erick Picture small.jpg
  Cognitive Robotics Research Centre, Department of Computing - Newport Business School.
  Email: erick.swere <at> newport.ac.uk

Bruno Nery

  ISLab - Intelligent Systems Lab (ISR/IST, TULisbon)
  I'm interested in Cognitive Science and Robotics. My goal at the VVV'10 Summer School is to implement 
  a proof-of-concept for an online event segmentation (and adaptive strong adaptation) framework (for more 
  details click here). The result should be the iCub following a ball (on a series of inclined planes,
  maybe on a pendulum) with its head - do any of you guys have a colored ball?
  Email: bnery <at> isr.ist.utl.pt

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 and our self-made platform with Kuka LWR-4 arms and
 4-Fingered hands from the DLR:  TUM-Rosie in action
 I have concentrated in arm/hand movements for grasping. Lately working
 on grasping unmodeled objects, using a Mesa SR4k time of flight camera,
 and finger torque sensors to adjust the grasp.
 This is a video that we submitted to IROS2010 together with a paper:
 [link to youtube]
 Comparison of two approaches for grasp pose selection: kinematic mesh planner vs statistical
 [link to youtube]
 Want to see what our robot 'sees' when he grasps?
 [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).
 maldonad_(at)_cs.tum.edu  Introduction (pdf file) work-homepage 

Federico Ruiz Ugalde

 Ruizf small.png
 Let's do some lego building!!
 A Costa Rican in germany working with robot manipulation. Mechanical models of objects. 
 Prediction of robot actions on objects. In last summer school we manage to put two lego
 pieces together teleoperated. In prior summers schools we implemented a potencial field
 base end-effector arm movement system. It can avoid obstacles and follow goal points and
 orientations. I'm pretty sure this will be a Summer School as "Tuanis!" as the last three.
 email: ruizf<AT>in.tum.de  pdf file
 for instant messaging: memeruiz<at>gmail.com

Cem Karaoguz

  Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab), Bielefeld University
  Honda Research Institute Europe
  Email: ckaraogu <at> cor-lab.uni-bielefeld.de
  Main research interests: Active vision, active perception, system-wide learning

Onofrio Gigliotta

  Insitute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies CNR, Rome
  Intrested in embodied cognition and evolutionary robotics.
  Email: onofrio.gigliotta <at> istc.cnr.it

Paolo Tommasino


I'm studying BioEngineering in Rome. Interested in Rehabilitation Robotics, Sensory motor coordination and Force/Impedance control. tommasinopaolo@gmail.com

Björn Browatzki

  Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
  Currently at Italian Institute of Technology working on multimodal object recognition. 
  Interested in Computer Vision and Robotics
  Email: bjoern.browatzki<at>tuebingen.mpg.de

Salomon Ramirez-Contla

  University of Plymouth, Devon, UK
  salomon.ramirez-contla plymouth.ac.uk
  I am interested in developing a peripersonal space representation for humanoid robots. iCub will use this
  representation in object manipulation and avoidance of obstacles within the volume around it that is reachable
  with its arms. I am using a bottom-up approach     working with computer vision as well. I am from Mexico and
  look forward to make of this a great summer school.

Francesco Nori

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

Francesca Stramandinoli

  I'm working at the University of Plymouth as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher 
  in the European project RobotDoC, that focuses on the development of cognitive processes
  in robotic platforms. My research topic is about the grounding of language in humanoid robots,
  with particular attention to abstract words.   
  Email: francesca.stramandinoli <at> plymouth.ac.uk

Chris Larcombe

  I am currently in the first year of my PhD, working at Plymouth University (on the ITALK project).
  I have a background in Computer Science (B.Sc., Exeter, UK) and Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems (M.Sc., Sussex, UK).
  The latter was primarily focused on 'intelligence' in animals and machines from a dynamical systems perspective.
  Right now I'm researching the issue of scalability in 'teleonomic' (apparently purposeful) adaptive systems,
  in particular how dynamical systems can learn in real-time, with the help of an 'intelligent other' (tutor),
  to synthesise and recombine action primitives in complex ways, in order to solve multiple tasks in complex
  On a more practical level I am teaching the iCub to solve two object manipulation problems: stacking and sorting
  three coloured cubes. I'm interested in applying and further developing cybernetics and neocybernetics work,
  in particular the research of cyberneticist W. Ross Ashby.
  As for the summer school, i'd love to have a go with the force control (torque sensors) as I think this is rather
  useful, and it would be great to play around with some computer vision techniques.
  Perhaps these two (+ something else?) could be integrated to solve a task that requires selection of different learned
  postures (specified by force control) in different environments (determined through computer vision); e.g., reaching
  towards a coloured object in three or four different positions?

  Email: christopher.larcombe <at> plymouth.ac.uk

Jesus Conesa

  CAR-CSIC, Madrid, Spain
  Working on decision making intelligent systems applied to neutralize intrusion attacks in buildings like airports, or government infrastructures. 
  I'm interested on applying decision making intelligent systems for robots used in agriculture tasks
  Email: jconesa<at>iai.csic.es

Mandana Hamidi Mandana hamidi.jpg

  I am working at TeleRobotic and Applications Department, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
  I am working on advanced reasoning system in dynamic environment. It's always been my dream to apply my new algorithm on iCub. 
  I have a background in artificial intelligence 
  Email: mandana.hamidi<at>iit.it

Naveen Kuppuswamy

  During working hours, I pretend to study adaptive sensori-motor control on various kinds of bio-inspired 
  robots, at the Artificial Intelligence lab, University of Zurich. More info coming here when I stop drooling 
  at the landscape to hopefully figure out what I could attempt to work on \ṃ̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣̣/
  Homepage : http://ailab.ifi.uzh.ch/naveenoid/
  Email : naveenoid<at>ifi.uzh.ch

Kiril Kiryazov

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  skype : cMexypko
  Email : kiryazov AT gmail.com