The drawing contest "Mettici la faccia" launched by IIT in January 2014 has a winner: Alessio Vierti, 19 years old, a student at "Enrico Fermi" High School in Genoa. Alessio made the drawing of the face of the humanoid robot Coman. The face is round and coloured in blue and orange in order to "transmit humans a sense of confidence”. The drawing convinced the international group of scientists who are developing the robot. The prize for the student were 250 euros and a training course either in drawing or in English language after the summer.
Alessio Vierti has a passion for drawing and computer science, therefore in drawing the robot’s face he was able to combine the two. In the explanatory memorandum of his proposal Alessio wrote: "the humanoid robot CoMan is designed to be a useful resource for people in emergency situations, so I thought to give his face a look as much familiar and reassuring as possible", thus demonstrating a lot of attention to the interaction between humans and machines, which is a very important aspect in advanced robotics research. The proposed face has an ovoid shape and is blue in color, with a kind of semitransparent orange visor. The drawing will serve as a reference for scientists in the realization of the robot’s head.
Alessio met some researchers working on the robot Coman: Darwin Caldwell, director of IIT Department of Advanced Robotics, Nikolaos Tsagarakis, IIT researcher responsible for the Coman project, Alessio Rocchi, PhD student at IIT (photo by A. Abrusci - IIT). Vierti, along with his brother and parents, had the opportunity to see the robot live, to touch it and watch it move, as well as discuss with researchers about his future university choices – has just taken his high school diploma.
"Mettici la faccia " is the competition organized by IIT with the aim of raising young people’s awareness of science and technology through an interdisciplinary approach by stimulating their skills, artistic feeling and analytical spirit when it comes to look at a real scientific object. The contest was open to high school students of the Province of Genoa. The contest web page: metticilafaccia.iit.it