iCub Robot becomes New Friend of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

04/20/2010 : 17:15

copyright: Deutsche Messe Hannover

At the opening of Hannover Messe 2010, largest industrial fair in the world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had her joy in playing with iCub, a robot also used in CoTeSys.

At the opening of Hannover Messe 2010, largest industrial fair in the world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had her joy in playing with iCub, a robot also used in CoTeSys.

iCub is a cognitive robot with 53 degrees of freedom and with its 22 kg mass and 104 cm tallness resembling a 3-year old human. Within the EU-project RobotCub, seven copies of iCub were offered to European robotics research institutions. Prof. Michael Beetz of CoTeSys successfully applied for one specimen which arrived in 2009 and has been used since then for several projects. iCub's hands have been designed to support sophisticated manipulation skills, iCub has eyes and ears, tactile sensors, joints with force sensors, and sophisticated balance control.

The project is led by the University of Genoa in the persons of Prof. Giulio Sandini, Research Director at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and professor at the Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Telematica, Prof. Giorgio Metta (with specific responsibility for the robotic platform), and Prof. David Vernon (with specific responsibility for the cognitive architecture). The study of cognition and intelligence is more and more dependent on the use of physical bodies, and, ultimately, on the use of humanoid robots.

iCub is a European success story. CoTeSys is partner of the iCub users group. Prof. Gordon Cheng and Dr. Uwe Haass will represent CoTeSys in a panel discussion at Hannover Fair on potentials for a future European family of humanoid robots. iCub is shown at the Italian Pavillon in Hall 6.