Francesco Nori

Hosted at Frog Milan

part of a series on Robot

About the speaker

Francesco Nori is a researcher at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. He has been one of the main developers of the iCub robot with specific focus on humanoid motion control. Throughout the last years he has been working on research topics related to motion planning, torque control, (active and passive) compliant actuation, whole-body motion control and interaction control. Part of his research activities have been dedicated to human motion analysis, trying to find common principles in human and humanoid motion control leveraging on tools such as stochastic calculus, optimal control and dynamic models of articulated structures.

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Interacting with Humans with iCub-humanoid

The next step of the digital era foresees a widespread use of robots, i.e. artificial machines capable of interacting with the environment and with humans. This talk will give fundamental, historical and philosophical motivations that guided recent research activities towards the problem of studying how humans interact with the environment and among themselves. The talk will conclude with the presentation of the iCub humanoid, an open-source robot designed to advance the current state-of-the-art in the following directions: decisional autonomy, dependability/adaptability, perception and, in a single all-embracing word, cognitive abilities.