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deadline approaching: winter school on robot programming

Lorenzo Natale-2
Dear all,
The deadline for application is approaching (1 week). Please circulate to whoever you think may be interested (even non-iCub users).





This is a call for participation for VVV17, International Winter School on Humanoid Robot Programming (http://www.icub.org/winterschool/)

= Goals =

Humanoid robots are complex machines, equipped with sensors for visual, touch, auditory and force sensing. Programming such robots requires expertise in different disciplines encompassing control system theory, computer vision, machine learning and software engineering.

The aim of this school is to provide students with a complete overview of the research problems related to humanoid robot programming, from perception to control. The school is organized as a set of theoretical lectures followed by hands-on sessions using simulators as well as real robots. A set of evening talks by renown researchers in robotics will complement the main school activities by exposing students to the latest results in the field.

= Format =

This school is an evolution of the Veni Vidi Vici (VVV) iCub summer school, which started in 2006 and has been held for ten editions. With respect to the original format, the program has been revised to dedicate more hours to frontal teaching and enriched by invited talks. Yet, students will be given sufficient time to build practical programming skills thanks to extensive hands-on sessions on software simulators and real humanoid robotic platforms. Two iCub humanoid robots will be available to the students, equipped with a cluster of computers and GPUs in a dedicated LAN.

Participants are expected to have a background in robotics and computer programming in C/C++. They should also bring their own laptop to attend hands-on sessions.

= Topics =

This school will cover the following topics:

* Software architectures for robot programming (i.e. ROS, YARP)
* Robot kinematics, control in task and joint space
* Direct and inverse dynamics for whole-body control
* Robot vision
* Neuromorphic sensors and event-driven vision
* Machine learning (including deep learning)
* Methods and tools for software integration and concurrent development.

= Invited talks =

We will host a series of invited talks, confirmed speakers are:

* Danica Kragic, School of Computer Science and Communication Royal Institute of Technology
* Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
* Raia Hadsell, Google Deepmind
* Olivier Stasse, LAAS-CNRS

= Location =

The school will take place at the hotel Metropole in the beautiful town of Santa Margherita Ligure, located on the coast about 35km southeast Genova, Italy.

= Schedule =

The school begins in the morning of Monday, January 30th 2017 (participants are expected to arrive Sunday, the 29th), and finishes in the evening of Wednesday, February 8th (participants are expected to leave on Thursday, the 9th). Sunday, the 3rd, will be free (participants are encouraged to visit Santa Margherita or the riviera nearby).

= Application =

The school is open to PhD students and Post-Docs, perspective participants should email their name, affiliation, CV and a short synopsis of their research project to: [hidden email] no later than:

   November 15th

Places are limited. Applications will be acknowledged within two business days, and notification of acceptance will be made on November 21st.

= Organizers =

Lorenzo Natale, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Chiara Bartolozzi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Francesco Nori, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Giorgio Metta, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

= School site =
For further information, detailed schedule of the teaching and hands-on sessions please visit the school website (http://www.icub.org/winterschool/) or write to Lorenzo Natale (lorenzo.natale _AT_ iit.it)

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Lorenzo Natale, PhD
[hidden email]
via Morego, 30 16163 Genova
Ph: +39 010 71781946
Fax: +39 010 7170205

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Lorenzo Natale, PhD
[hidden email]
via Morego, 30 16163 Genova
Ph: +39 010 71781946
Fax: +39 010 7170205

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