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EU Robotics Week

Also this year the European Robotics Coordination Office is organising a European Robotics Week. The idea is to “show the general public what robotics is all about and what important role robots play in Europe!”. The IDSIA Robotics Lab is again taking part. This year we:

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“Toward Intelligent Humanoids”

We, the robotics group at IDSIA, are proud to announce the release of our new video Toward Intelligent Humanoids (aka The Story of Several Nerds and Their Adorable Baby Robot), which we invite you to view at our new IDSIA Robotics website: http://robotics.idsia.ch/im-clever/ (embed after the jump) Continue reading

IROS 2012 Acceptance

The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, or IROS as it is commonly known, acceptence emails have been sent. From their email the number of submission was 1801(“the second highest in the history of IROS and a record for a robotics conference in Europe”) with 812 of those being accepted (i.e. 45%).

Compare this to IROS 2011 where acceptance was 32%. (790 papers have been accepted out of 2459 submitted). After googling this, I found more rates:
2010: 58.2%
2009: 54.5%
2008: 48.7% (661/1358)
2007: 52.4%

oh and my my paper did get accepted :) more about that later…

Apply and Participate in the iCub Summer School

Location of the iCub Summer School (taken from the official webpage)

IIT has recently released their Call for Participation for this year’s (already the seventh!) summer school focused on developing software for the iCub humanoid robot. It will be a great 10 days, at an awesome location, with a very cool robot and enough time to get your hands dirty. If everything goes right IDSIAni will be there too to show what we are working on here …
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Prospecting a Prospectus

Today it is exactly 13 months since I enrolled as a PhD student here in Lugano, at the UniversitĂ  della Svizzera Italiana (USI). It’s time to write my research prospectus, or at least try to find out what that is *uhm*
Although I am working for over a year here at IDSIA I have not yet a clear idea what I will do, but I heard that is normal in graduate school. So finally I set down and wrote up some ideas of what I want/can do in the next years to get my doctorate.
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Vision-eering

iCubRecently I have been working a lot on trying to make the iCub see things. A fully integrated computer vision or robotic vision system is a quite tricky mathematical and engineering problem. Here at IDSIA we were trying to develop an easy to use system that would allow to rapid prototyping (offline) vision modules for the iCub, mainly to detect and localise objects the robot is in later stages supposed to manipulate and interact with.
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European Robotics Week and IDSIA Robotics

This year’s European Robotics Week sponsored by the EU though one of its Framework Programmes (EUnited Robotics) is currently underway and there is a lot of things to see and do. Labs offering demos and presentations as well as hands-on workshops about the on-going robotics research in Europe. A new webpage www.robotics-labs.eu was started where one can check out the various labs and for some of them even be able to see live webcam feeds.

For IDSIA we did not get a webcam, but we nevertheless uploaded a movie about us and our current activities. Enjoy the film after the jump.

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Summer School 2011

Also this year I had the chance to attend a summer school, after ISRIS in 2009 and 2010 school at JAIST, I was going to this year’s Hands On Summer School on Neural Dynamics Approaches to Cognitive Robotics in Guimaraes, Portugal.

This school focused on the idea of Dynamic Neural Fields (similar but according to the presentations more powerful than Neural Network approaches) and how to use them in various robotic systems. The presentations, mainly given by researchers from the University of Bochum and Minho, ranged from computer science to neuroscience and included various applications, such as on mobile and humanoid robots (including the Nao and ARoS, a humanoid (upper body) robot built at Minho). The school ended with a project to be implemented (and yes there is a video of ARoS after the jump).

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Broken Shoulder

The iCub's shoulder

The iCub's shoulder, how it should not look

So the last two days we had the IM-CLeVeR Review Meeting here in Lugano and I helped showing some of the demos to the roughly 50 people involved in the project. As usual with robotics demonstration everything that could went wrong, and while reseting the software and homing the iCub, its shoulder decided to pop, as you can see on the picture.

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