VVV13, Veni Vidi Vici 2013, the iCub Summer School

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The iCub Summer School, “Veni Vidi Vici,” serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. In 2013, the school will be held in Sestri Levante, Italy, July 15-24.


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.

The 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.

The school is a peer-to-peer event. There are no formal lectures, and 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.


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, Machine learning, Free software, and Open-source hardware.


Participants are expected to arrive at the venue on Sunday, July 14 2013. We begin the school the morning of Monday, July 15 2013, and finish in the evening of Wednesday, July 24 2013 (with departure on Thursday, July 25 2013). The school day will generally be from 9am to 6:30pm, with several breaks.


This year, the school is sponsored by the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and by the CoDyCo project.

Last year, the school was sponsored by the Xperience project and EUCOG III. The year before that, the school was sponsored by ITALK, EUCOG II and the IIT RBCS.

In earlier 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.