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A.I. and Robotics

IIT@MITLab Workshop: Robotics and Learning Theory at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Tomaso Poggio, Lorenzo Rosasco
Thu Feb 2, 11am-01:30pm, 46-5165

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up

In this meeting we will present the core activities within IIT and in particular a recent joint laboratory with MIT (IIT@MIT Lab) focusing on computational and statistical Learning Theory

•Emilio Bizzi, Institute Professor, Founding member McGovern Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
•Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director, Istituto Italiano di Technologia; Founder and Director of the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of INFM, Professor of General Physics at the Engineering Faculty, University of Lecce.
•Giulio Sandini, Director of Research at the Istituto Italiano di Technologia, Director of the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences departmen, Professor of bioengineering at the University of Genoa.
•Tomaso A. Poggio, Eugene McDermott Professor, Founding member McGovern Institute, Director of CBCL, Member of CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
•Lorenzo Rosasco, IIT@MIT Lab, Instituto Italiano di Technologia and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT.
Web: http://cbcl.mit.edu/IIT@MIT/IIT@MIT.html
Contact: Lorenzo Rosasco, 46-5162, lrosasco@mit.edu
Sponsor: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Open Robotics Laboratory
Michael Boulet, Aaron Enes, Keith Ruenheck, Nicholas Armstrong-Crews
Tue, Fri, Jan 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31, 3, 09:30-11:00am, 8-205

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 23-Dec-2011
Limited to 14 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

A hands-on introduction to applied robotics sponsored by MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Thanks to open source robotics libraries and inexpensive robot platforms, creating advanced robot capabilities has never been easier. Learn how to use the popular ROS robotics libraries and a small ground robot equipped with a Kinect sensor to demonstrate behaviors like person following, patrolling, exploration, and map-making. The course will focus on selecting, integrating, and tuning existing software packages with some high-level discussion of the underlying robotics technologies. No robotics experience is necessary, but some familiarity with the Linux and an interest in programming robots in C++ or Python operating system will be useful. Teams of two or three will share access to an off-the-shelf robot system throughout IAP. Participants will be challenged to demonstrate a creative or novel robot application in a YouTube-like video. \\*This work is sponsored by the Department of the Air Force under Air Force Contract #FA8721-05-C-0002. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government.
Contact: Michael Boulet, MITLL, (781) 981-4751, boulet@ll.mit.edu
Sponsor: Lincoln Laboratory
Cosponsor: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The iCub-humanoid Robot: A Hands-on Course
Tomaso Poggio, Giorgio Metta, Lorenzo Rosasco
Mon Jan 30 thru Fri Feb 3, 09am-07:00pm, 46-3015, with an hour break at 11

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 25 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: For org. reasons students shld register ASAP

This course 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. It is organized as a peer-to-peer event: there are little formal lectures and lot of free programming time on a real humanoid robot. All participants are expected to be competent C/C++ programmers with an interest in working with others like them. The schedule will be organized flexibly around informal tutorials. The bulk of our time will be spent working together to integrate modules and implement interesting behaviors for humanoid robots.
Web: http://icub.org/iap
Contact: Lorenzo Rosasco, 46-5162, lrosasco@mit.edu
Sponsor: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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