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The iCub summer school in 2013 will be:

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General Information

Before the school starts please do the following:

  • Add yourself to the list of participants: List of participants
  • Have a look at the possible projects and decide on what you would like to work: Projects. Feel free to add your own project so that other people can join. Add your name to the project.
  • Install the required software. Follow the instructions for Installation from sources here: Software Installation


Schedule and other info:

  • The school starts at 9am and finishes at 6:00pm, with lunch at 1pm and breaks at 11am and 4.30pm. Coordinate with the organizers if you want to come after dinner.
  • Most of the time is dedicated to free coding with tutorials and talks as specified below. The schedule changes often so keep an eye on the wiki :)
  • Tutorials in green are for beginners, tutorials in red are for everybody.
  • Internet connection at the school is notoriously slow (but you probably prefer a slow internet in Sestri Levante to a fast internet in IIT, Morego :) ). Please avoid large downloads. For convenience we have a local machine that hosts software packages: 192.168.10.102. Ask the organizers if you want to share large files with others.
  • Robot booking: VVV13-Robot Booking

Feedback

We would like to improve the school. Please email requests, complaints, suggestions, etc. to Giorgio Metta (giorgio.metta (at) iit.it). Don't be afraid of speaking the truth :) I really like to get as much information/feedback as possible to guarantee a better summer school in the future (or solve problems in this edition too).

Monday 15/7

9:00-9.30 Giorgio: Welcome and iCub presentation

9.30-10:00 Lorenzo: iCub software architecture Slides: File:Vvv13-Lorenzo-introduction.pdf

10:00-11:00 ALL: individual presentations: "introduce yourself in 2 minutes"

11:00-11:30 Break

11.30-13:00 ALL: setting up the software

15:00-16:30 Tutorial by Vadim: Getting accustomed with the robot: simulated iCub

16:30-18:00 Tutorial by Lorenzo: introduction to cmake, hello yarp slides and code: File:Vvv13-cmake.zip

"VVV2013 DAY1"

by Yoichi Matsuyama

Tuesday 16/7

If you haven't done so please add yourself to the list of participants, we hope to have a complete list: List of participants.

9.30-11:00 Tutorial by Lorenzo: YARP Code: File:Vvv13-move-ball.zip, slides: File:Vvv13-yarp-basics.pdf

11:30-12:30 Talk: Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Fast learning with a self-model and the transferability approach

Jean-Baptiste Mouret's page

15:00-15:30 Tutorial by Katrin: Getting accustomed with the robot: the real iCub

15:30-16:30 Tutorial by Andrea: working with the skin File:Skin tutorial.pdf

17:00-18:00 Tutorial by Lorenzo: automation (to be confirmed) Slides: File:Vvv-gyarpmanager.pdf

Wednesday 17/7

9:30-11:00 Tutorial by Lorenzo: Basic motor control and modules code: File:Vvv13-head-tracker.zip

11:30-12:00 Talk by Armando Tacchella, Dependable robots using formal methods

14:30-15:30 Tutorial by Ugo: Gaze and Arm interface; slides+code

15:30-17:30 Forming groups: Groups page

17:30-18:00 Group presentations (1 slide for each group)

Thursday 18/7

Message from Giorgio: we would like to shoot nice videos of the final demos next 
Wednesday (the last day). Please make sure the final presentation is as professional 
as possible :)

Please update group page if you haven’t done it yet: Groups_page

Sign up here VVV13-Robot Booking if you want to use the robot.

10:00:11:00 Talk: Francesca Odone and Lorenzo Rosasco, Learning Data Representations and Appications to Robotics

11:30:12:30 Tutorial by Lorenzo Rosasco and Matteo Santoro: GURLS: a Least Squares Library for Supervised Learning slides File:Vvv13-gurls.pdf

14:30-15:30 Talk by Qiang Li: Toward unknown object fine manipulation in hand

Friday 19/7

Please sign up here VVV13-Robot Booking if you want to use the robot.

If you are taking pictures at the school please add some of them here VVV13-pictures

10:30-11:30 Talk by Dimitri Ognibene: Attention and Behaviour

11:30-12:30 Talk/Tutorial by Sean: All You Should Know on Visual Recognition Pipelines: from Theory to iCub File:Visual Recognition Pipelines.pdf

16:00-17:15 Talk by Jan Peters, A lesson on machine learning (Part 1) slides,reading

Saturday 20/7

Important: we need to know who is having dinner (and who is not) at the hotel vvv13-sign-up-for-dinner

10:00-11:15 Talk by Jan Peters, A lesson on machine learning (Part 2) , see slides,reading to learn more.

11:30-12:30 Talk by Roberto Calandra, Bayesian Gait Optimization for Bipedal Locomotion File:VVV13BayesianGaitOptimization.pdf

14:30 School officially closes, but you can stay if you like (we need someone to be responsible for closing the school afterwards).

Sunday 21/7

Important: we need to know who is having dinner (and who is not) at the hotel vvv13-sign-up-for-dinner

Day off, enjoy the beach at Sestri Levante or visit Genova or Cinque Terre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinque_Terre).

Monday 22/7

If you are taking pictures at the school please add some of them here VVV13-pictures

11:30-12:30 Talk by Herman Bruyninckx, Best practices in robotics software development: from now to the future (part I)

14.30-15.30 Talk by Herman Bruyninckx, Best practices in robotics software development: from now to the future (part II)

Science fiction night: a collection of short movies will be shown. 
List to be announced (we don't want to spoil the surprise).
Time: 22.30
Where: at the summer school!
Program: click here
The Video Project! (massage from Yoichi):
I'd like to shoot short interviews with all of you (this is not mandatory). I'll ask two questions:
1) What are you working on at this summer school?
2) What is your impressions about the summer school (about environments, friends, and so on)?
Although the video duration is quite limited (please talk briefly: 30sec. at most for each question), 
I want you to talk as DEEPLY as possible. 
I'll ask each of you within the next three days. If you have any requests, please let me know. Thanks!

Tuesday 23/7

If you are taking pictures at the school please add some of them here VVV13-pictures

Tipping the Due Mari personnel. We are going to collect tips for the staff at Due Mari. If you agree, then please find Giorgio, give your contribution and sign the card/leave a message (starting Tuesday morning).

11.30-12.30 Talk by Ali Paikan, A port–arbitrated mechanism for distributed behavior selection in robotics Slides: File:Rfsm yarp.pdf, Code: File:Rfsm yarp example.zip

10.00-11:00 Tutorial by Ali: Using Lua with YARP to write state machines, Slides: File:Port-arbitration.pdf

14.30:15:30 Tutorial by Daniele, Using GIT

17:00-18:00 Group update: please describe what your demo will be tomorrow (1 or 2 slides each group).

Wednesday 24/7

14:00 Group picture!!

14:30-18:00 Students' presentations and group demos: VVV13 Final presentations

Dinner at Polpo Mario. Please sign up here (mandatory). 
Please sign also for your spouse or partner but please note that you need to pay separately 
for them (the school is only covering dinner for participants).
THIS IS URGENT, PLEASE REGISTER BY TUESDAY EVENING AT THE LATEST
Tipping the Due Mari personnel. We are going to collect tips for the staff
at Due Mari. If you agree, then please find Giorgio, give your contribution and sign
the card/leave a message (starting Tuesday morning).

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