The Cognitive Humanoids Laboratory relies also on mechanical, electronic and informatics support both internally and through the shared resources of the RBCS department. In particular, our technical infrastructure helps in developing new mechanical and electronic components, debugging existing solutions, and to maintain our robots and computational infrastructure. Mechanical development is carried out together with the mechanical workshop facility, electronics is developed in collaboration with the electronics design laboratory and the computer network is maintained together with the RBCS system administration group. We also developed the software and firmware infrastructure of the iCub (see for example yarp).
The current design focus on the development of a new release of the iCub called tentatively “v2” which includes force/torque control, a skin, and several mechanical improvements including bipedal walking capabilities (together with the advanced robotics department).
People: Lorenzo Natale, Francesco Nori, Alessandro Bruchi, Matteo Tamboli
Related project: RobotCub
|One of the blade servers controlling the iCub robot||iCub wiring in the Electronic Lab|
|Mechanical workshop facility||Electronics design laboratory|
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G. Metta, G. Sandini, D. Vernon, L. Natale, F. Nori. The iCub humanoid robot: an open platform for research in embodied cognition. In PerMIS: Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop. Aug 19-21, 2008, Washington DC – USA.
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