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2010 Int’l Conference on Humanoid Robots

The 2010 International Conference on Humanoid Robots begins today and runs through Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.  Sadly we can’t attend but Michael Overstreet of I, Bioloid and Norri Kageki of GetRobo will be there, so be sure to check out their blogs.  We’ve looked through the schedule for Monday and picked out the presentations that we’re most interested in, to give those who aren’t attending a taste of what is actually going on there.

The DLR-Biped: Researchers at the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) will be presenting their new torque-controlled biped robot using their conventional DLR-KUKA joints.  Earlier this year we were the first blog to report on the new biped.  View the abstract here.

Kojiro: Researchers at Tokyo University say they’ve developed new joint springs for their musculoskeletal robot Kojiro that allows it to perform more powerful and flexible motions, such as American football motions.  View the abstract here.  Another lecture focuses on Kojiro’s more realistic neck.

Researchers from AIST, Nagoya University, and Toyota will show how they’ve improved a bipedal robot’s ability to walk on uneven terrain.  I’m not 100% sure but this may be the work done on the HRP-2 Promet first reported by GetRobo earlier this year.  View the abstract here.

LOLA: Researchers from the Technical University of Munich will present their full-scale humanoid robot LOLA navigating an unknown environment using only its on-board cameras.  This may be the same presentation seen in April this year.  View the abstract here.

Researchers from Waseda University will show a human mimetic robot hand and arm system grasping unknown objects without knowing the weight, friction, or stiffness.  This may be the same arm developed for TWENDY-ONEView the abstract here.

BERT2: The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (among others) will showcase the new version of their humanoid upper-torso robot, which is being used in human-robot interaction studies.  View the abstract here.

ARMAR-III: Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are doing a few presentations about their work on the ARMAR humanoids.  This one focuses on the robot’s speech recognition, which uses recordings of regular household conversations.  View the abstract here.


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