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The iCub Summer School, “Veni Vidi Vici,” serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. In 2014, the school will be held in Sestri Levante, Italy, July 21-30.


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 20 2014. We begin the school the morning of Monday, July 21 2014, and finish in the evening of Wednesday, July 30 2014 (with departure on Thursday, July 31 2014). 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 Darwin project.