09-04-18 AI and Robotics seminar by Prof. Giorgio Metta

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We are pleased to invite you to attend the lunch seminar titled “The iCub (and friends) project : Building your personal humanoid”. The iCub is a humanoid robot designed to support research in embodied AI. At 104 cm tall, the iCub has the size of a five year old child. It can crawl on all fours, walk and sit up to manipulate objects. Its hands have been designed to support sophisticate manipulation skills. The iCub is distributed as Open Source following the GPL licenses and can now count on a worldwide community of enthusiastic developers. The entire design is available for download from the project’s repositories (http://www.iCub.org). More than 30 robots have been built so far which are available in laboratories across Europe, US, Korea, Singapore, and Japan. It is one of the few platforms in the world with a sensitive full-body skin to deal with the physical interaction with the environment including possibly people. I will present the iCub project in its entirety showing how it is evolving towards fulfilling the dream of a personal humanoid in every home.

About the speaker:

Giorgio Metta is Vice Scientific Director at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Director of the iCub Project at the same institute where he coordinates the development of the iCub robotic platform. He holds a MSc cum laude (1994) and PhD (2000) in electronic engineering both from the University of Genoa. From 2001 to 2002 he was postdoctoral associate at the MIT AI-Lab. He was previously with the University of Genoa and since 2012 Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Plymouth (UK).

Giorgio Metta is member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, the European reference organization for robotics research. He research activities are in the fields of biologically motivated and humanoid robotics and, in particular, developing humanoid robots that can adapt and learn from experience. He is the author of more than 250 scientific publications. He has been working as principal investigator and research scientist in about a dozen international as well as national funded projects.

Details about the event:

Date: Monday 9 April 2018,

Time: 12.30 to 13.30

Venue: Aula, Collegezaal C, Mekelweg 5

Lunch buffet open from 12.00. Hope to see you all there!

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