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Welcome to VVV 2010, the iCub Summer School!

School is over!
Thanks to everyone for a fun 10 days!

And yes, before you ask, there will be a VVV11.


The iCub 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, July 19-28, 2010.

If you have any questions, please contact vvv10-admin@icub.org

Aim

The iCub 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.

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. The bulk of our time will be spent working together to integrate modules and implement interesting behaviors for humanoid robots.

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Format

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 at least two full humanoids). 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.

Timetable

Participants are expected to arrive at the venue on Sunday, July 18 2010. We begin the school the morning of Monday, July 19 2010, and finish in the evening of Wednesday, July 28 2010 (with departure on Thursday, July 29 2010). The school will not run on Sunday the 25th. The school day will generally be from 9am to 7pm, with several breaks.

Sponsors

This year, the school is sponsored by ITALK, a project to develop artificial embodied agents able to acquire complex behavioural, cognitive, and linguistic skills through individual and social learning. Thanks ITALK!

We are grateful to EUCognitionII for assistance with participant funding.

In previous years, the school was funded by RobotCub, a project to study cognition through robotics. Along the way, this project created a completely open design for a humanoid robot - open hardware, open software, open mind: the iCub.