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Welcome to the RobotCub Summer School!

School is over! Thank you all!
See school wiki for a record of activity.

The RobotCub Summer School, “Veni Vidi Vici,” serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. This year it will be held in Sestri Levante, Italy, 20-29 July, 2009.

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The RobotCub Summer School, "Veni Vidi Vici", serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. Our goal is to foster long-lived academic collaboration on robot software across the boundaries and lifetimes of individual projects. The school is hosted by the RobotCub consortium, a collection of institutions working towards an open platform for humanoid research.

This year's school is organized as a "code sprint" to pull together all the software needed to make a humanoid work -- control and perception algorithms for its head, hand, arm, legs, and full body.

This year, the school will be a peer-to-peer event. There will be no lectures, no strict division of instructors and students. All participants are expected to be competent C/C++ programmers with an interest in working with others like them. The school schedule will be organized flexibly around informal tutorials from participants on modules they are working on or interested in. These tutorials will certainly be given by the RobotCub members who will participate, but we encourage everyone to do this. The bulk of our time will be spent working together to integrate modules and implement interesting behaviors for the robot.


The school is structured as a series of hands-on practical laboratory sessions, and informal talks. There will be real robots to work with (including one full humanoid as pictured above). We will have a dedicated local network, including wireless. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop. The general topics of interest are: Motor control, Robot design, Image processing, Communication, Software engineering, and Machine learning.


We begin the school in the morning of Monday, July 20 2009, and finish in the evening of Wednesday, July 29 2009 (with people leaving during Thursday, July 30 2009). The school will not run on Sunday the 26th. The school day will generally be from 9am to 7pm, with several breaks.

Comments from Last Year's School

Malin says: Wow! My head is full of newly found knowledge on so many levels - not to mention tons of 'crazy' ideas and motivation. Awesome 10 days - thanks to all of you!

Vincent says: "Nice and creative people" + "Dedicated organizers" + "Perfect location" + "Wonderful robot and software" = VVV08. Thanks for this well balanced summer school.

Stéphane says: A really wonderful experience for my first summer school ! Great team, great robot and also great food ^^ I hope that I'll be able to come back next year !

Martin says: "Absolutely loved it. I had a really great time + learned a lot + met many amazing people. Thanks to all participants for making it such a perfect even!!! Hopefully, I will see you again."

Giacomo says: Great experience! I really enjoyed accessing such advanced robots, and working together with great guys. The location was beautiful too.

Baris says: Everything was just great, many thanks to both organizers and participants... See you all in the next "ROBCLUB Summer Scool"! [Ed note: this was an in-joke based on how a fancy restaurant rendered the school's name on their menu]

Andrea says: I agree with you all... I learned so much in this school! For example that french people can be humourous and nice, that programming can be a philosophy of life, that a robot is a big puppet that gets bored all day long, that matteo's ball tracking algorithm is the most versatile and that you can still be an engineer and try not to lose all your hair... thank you all guys!

Serge says: I also agree with all the statements above - it's been really brilliant! Great people with amazing amounts of knowledge/insights/wisdom between them, great school, great location. Hope to see you again! :)

Alexis says: Such an amazing time with such wonderful people! Interesting discussions, helpful and giving people and an awesome location. :) Thanks everyone! It was a good time living deeply and intensively, just what I needed! I hope to see you again soon. Pura vida!

Matteo says: It was an exciting experience, I loved meeting all you cool people and working/swimming/having fun with you. Plus, it was amazing that we were able to put all the pieces together and make the iCub grasp the ball. I can't wait to be with you again.


About RobotCub

RobotCub is a project to study cognition through robotics. Along the way, we are creating a completely open design for a humanoid robot - open hardware, open software, open mind. Our hardware designs and software are free and open source. The RobotCub consortium is composed of 16 partners, 11 from Europe, 3 from Japan and 2 from the USA. The coordinator is the LIRA-Lab at the University of Genoa, Italy