Welcome to the RobotCub Summer School!

This is an archived school from a previous year.
For the latest summer school, see:

We are extremely grateful to the support of the euCognition network (www.eucognition.org) which allowed us to accept several excellent candidates who would otherwise not have been able to fund participation in the school.

The RobotCub Summer School, “Veni Vidi Vici,” serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. This year it was held in Sestri Levante, Italy, 21-30 July, 2008.

If you have any question or concern, please contact summerschool@robotcub.org.


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 tutorial 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 21 2008, and finish in the evening of Wednesday, July 30 2008 (with people leaving during Thursday, July 31 2008). Sunday the 27nd will be free.

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