an open source cognitive humanoid robotic platform

funded by the EU Commission under the Cognitive Systems and Robotics program

  • RT @Dr_J_Law: The @ShefRobotics @iCub is up and running!
  • the iCub is advertizing a number of PhD positions in humanoid robotics at IIT starting Nov 1st. Apply by Aug 22nd.
  • A commentary on humanoid robotics by Giorgio Metta (of course involving the iCub) appeared on @euronews explorers:
  • iCub appears on the @SPARCrobotics website under the heading of "success stories" of European robotics, look here:
  • The iCub at the #WSF14 from the NYU with the Empire State Bld. Visit us at the Kimmel Center 10th floor. Today!
New life is being injected into the iCub platform through the development of force control. This new skill enables safe and gentle interaction of the robot with human teachers. A short video shows this new feature used by an experimenter to teach simple actions to a brand new iCub. Click here to see the video iCub grasping skills have been recently improved as a result of the Poeticon EU project. Simple actions such as grasping are combined through the use of spoken language tools developed by the Poeticon teams. In this example, the iCub pours cereals in a cup. Click here to see the video Lorenzo, the guy in the picture, is checking the new iCub before running a manipulation experiment. The iCub is being fitted with a capacitive skin system in the fingertips and palms that enables measurement of contact and the implementation of safe grasping strategies. Click here to see the video New visual skills of the iCub. Independent motion tracking for the iCub using optical flow. See how we can easily track objects or people that move independently of the iCub. Click here to see the video The iCub met the Italian President in 2010 during a visit to Genoa and IIT. Here the President is asking about the robot after receiving the latest IIT leaflet from the hand of the iCub. Also in the picture, Giorgio Metta, Giulio Sandini and Roberto Cingolani. Click here to see the video The iCub was in Hannover in April 2010 as part of the Italian delegation to the international fair and exhibit. Here's interacting with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel while showing its movement coordination skills and software reliability. The iCub ran uninterrupted for three full days attracting thousands of curious visitors. Click here to see the video Working with us: if you have a technical background and you think your life is with robotics, then why don't you contact us at We are constantly looking for good designers, programmers and open source believers to join our team based in Genoa.

The iCub is the humanoid robot developed at IIT as part of the EU project RobotCub and subsequently adopted by more than 20 laboratories worldwide. It has 53 motors that move the head, arms & hands, waist, and legs. It can see and hear, it has the sense of proprioception (body configuration) and movement (using accelerometers and gyroscopes). We are working to improve on this in order to give the iCub the sense of touch and to grade how much force it exerts on the environment. is Open Source and distributed according to the GPL v2.0 © 2004-2014 the RobotCub Consortium