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Meet Poppy, the open source / open hardware humanoid robot inspiring innovation in labs & classrooms !

Friday, January 30th, 2015

This event has been rescheduled. New date and time will be updated soon.



Stephane Ribas
Research Engineer at INRIA, D2T Team, he is the community manager of the project.

Matthieu Lapeyre
Research Engineer at INRIA, Flowers Team, he is one the main author of the poppy creature.

Inria-0168-136 poppy_components


The European Research Council (ERC) grantee the INRIA Flowers Team, who is today presenting the first complete open-source 3D printed humanoid robot, called “Poppy”. Poppy is an opensource and open hardware humanoid robot that anybody can build – its body is 3D printed and its behaviour programmed by the user using differents languages (SNAP, Python, etc). However, it is not just a tool or a experimental platform for scientists and computer “geeks” – the team of developers aims to use the robot as part of vocational training in schools, giving students the opportunity to experiment and program 3D printed robots with various characteristics !

Poppy emphasis the importancy of the role of the morphology. More precisely, poppy investigates the impact of the bio-inspired thigh, bended of 6°, on the balance and biped locomotion. For instance, a recent experiment has shown the robot walks on a treadmill thanks to the social and physical guidance of expert users. Poppy demonstrated that the bended thigh reduces the upper body motion by about 45\% indicating a more stable walk.

This presentation aim to explain the story of the creation of Poppy; where does it come from? What are we trying to acheive? what are the issues? what are the challenges? How couyld you build your own, How can you program it…

We will also show use cases and see what scientists, labs, teachers, students can do with this very attractive and appealing robot!
We will end up with a demonstration and you will be able to control it with your own mobile phone.
This humanoid robot is not like others… its physical and software architecture enables an important amount of creativity and … innovation.

Click here for a Cool Poppy Video

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Evolving the Romibo Social Robot: Lessons in Design for Use, Misuse, Appropriation, Amalgamation, and Abandonment

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Speaker: Aubrey Shick
Date & Time:

Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 7pm


Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Campus

NASA Ames Research Park Bldg. 23, Moffett Field, CA 94035               –           Google Map
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Romibo robots are being used around the world in a wide range of applications never expected.

Beginning life as Aubrey Shick’s graduate research project in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Romibo has been touched by dozens of individuals and continues development today as a product of Origami Robotics Inc. Over 30 Romibo robots have been built and span seven major design generations. Robots have been placed in 5 countries with uses including: academic research on social robot physical form features, cross-cultural multilingual hack-a-thons with Spanish and German students, STEM outreach with underprivileged African American children in Atlanta, robot-facilitated art-therapy, NASA Mars-analogue habitat pet for astronauts in isolation research, individualized clinician-patient therapy, classroom reading skills in after school programs and public libraries, social skills for children with autism, intergenerational teens+eldercare programs, English language skills for Danish students and other applications.


About Speaker:

A rural American girl from the Rust-belt lands in the heart of Silicon Valley. Aubrey Shick began as a sculptor, attendend Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh for Industrial design, but quickly wondered across campus and found herself in the Robotics Institute. Midway though a Ph.D in Human-Computer Interaction, Aubrey developed a low-cost social robot for autism therapy. She left the program with her masters and acquired funding to continue development at the Quality of Life Technology Center in the Robotics Institute. With an award from the National Science Foundation, she incorporated Origami Robotics to commercially develop the Romibo robot. Aubrey served as the CEO of Origami Robotics from 2011 until June of 2014.

Aubrey Shick is currently an independent social-tech consultant in robotics, wearables, smart-environments and other personal electronics.

RomiboCES2_2 romiboSuit3 Eyes-Larry & Romibo AubreyShick-GoS-LabBuild

Signal Processing Applications: Expanding our World, Bringing Us Closer – A Historical Perspective

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


Dr. John Treichler, IEEE Fellow, Raytheon



1 AMD Place, Sunnyvale, CA 94088 (Commons Bldg – map or Google Maps)

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6:30pm: Networking/Light Dinner

7:00pm: Announcements

7:05pm: Presentation

8:15pm: Adjourn



Free. Donation accepted for food.



Many amazing pieces of technology have come out of Silicon Valley over the past 60 years. To some it may appear that they arrived into the marketplace full-blown and complete, but in fact almost all of them had their roots in an application for which there was no reasonable or affordable solution at the time. This presentation explores the evolutional path followed by most of them, from very expensive, barely-working Hero experiment to reliable low cost commercial product. This is illustrated with examples that started with national defense needs, and then, with the introduction of ever improving semiconductors and digital signal processing (DSP), have turned into common place commercial products. From these examples a pattern becomes clear which can be reasonable expected to extend well into the future.



John Treichler received his BA and MEE degrees from Rice University, Houston, TX in 1970 and his PhDEE from Stanford in 1977. He served as a line officer aboard destroyers in the US Navy from 1970 to 1974. In 1977 he joined ARGOSystems in Sunnyvale CA and then helped found Applied Signal Technology, Inc. in 1984 after serving for a year as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University.


Applied Signal Technology, now a mission area within the Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business unit of Raytheon, Inc, designs and builds advanced signal processing equipment used by the United States government and its allies for foreign intelligence collection.


He is currently the president of the Raytheon Applied Signal Technology business unit. He was elected a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1991 and was awarded the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Technical Achievement Award in 2000. He recently completed a three-year tour as the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Vice President for Membership and Awards.


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Control of Multi-Robot Systems: From Formations to Human-Swarm Interactions

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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Special Event: IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished LecturerTitle:   Control of Multi-Robot Systems: From Formations to Human-Swarm InteractionsSpeaker:  Prof. Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 7:00pm Networking/Refreshments, 7:30pm Presentation
Location: National Instruments, 4600 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054


The last few years have seen significant progress in our understanding of how one should structure multi-robot systems. New control, coordination, and communication strategies have emerged and, in this talk, we discuss some of these developments. In particular, we will show how one can go from global, geometric, team-level specifications to local coordination rules for achieving and maintaining formations, area coverage, and swarming behaviors. One aspect of this concerns how users can interact with networks of mobile robots in order to inject new, global information and objectives. We will also investigate what global objectives are fundamentally implementable in a distributed manner on a collection of spatially distributed and locally interacting agents.


Magnus Egerstedt is an IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturer. He is the Schlumberger Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he serves as Associate Chair for Research and External Affairs. He received the M.S. degree in Engineering Physics and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, the B.A. degree in Philosophy from Stockholm University, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Egerstedt conducts research in the areas of control theory and robotics, with particular focus on control and coordination of complex networks, such as multi-robot systems, mobile sensor networks, and cyber-physical systems. Magnus Egerstedt is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Network Control Systems, the director of the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (GRITS Lab), a Fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of the ECE/GT Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award, the HKN Outstanding Teacher Award, the Alum of the Year Award from the Royal Institute of Technology, and the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Technical Talk on ‘Service-Oriented Robotic Architecture for Space Robotics’

Monday, March 17th, 2014

By Dr. Lorenzo Fluckiger on 27 March, 2014


Dr. Lorenzo Fluckiger is a Senior Systems Scientist at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, working on robotic projects for the NASA Ames Research Center. He currently leads the K-Rex rover project for the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) and is a collaborator for the “Mars Science Laboratory” (MSL) mission. Dr. Fluckiger earned his Master in Micro- Engineering (1994) and his Ph.D. in Robotics (1998) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. During his Ph.D. he created a new virtual reality based user interface for robot manipulators, including a novel haptic device. Next, Dr. Fluckiger pursued a postdoctoral research fellowship at the NASA Ames Research Center, where he integrated his haptic device with the visualization software developed for the Mars Polar Lander Mission. Since 2001 Dr. Fluckiger has been working for the NASA Ames Research Center. He started as the lead architect of the Mission Simulation Facility (MSF). MSF has been used to develop, integrate and demonstrate autonomous software for the “Intelligent Systems” program. Then he joined IRG focusing his work on autonomous mobile robots. He participated in the Peer-to-Peer Human-Robot Interaction and took part in multiple robotic field tests performed in Moon/Mars analog environments .

Advanced software development tools and practices are necessary to cope efficiently with the complexity of the software powering any modern robotics system. This need is amplified for robots designed for the exploration of uncharted environments since the tasks involved require a high level of autonomy combined with a rich set of interactions with a control team. To address this challenge, the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) at the NASA Ames Research Center developed a Service Oriented Robotic Architecture (SORA) to control its exploration robot prototypes. SORA has enabled complex exploration scenarios in realistic environments to be tested while allowing IRG’s research in human-robot exploration to smoothly evolve. Based on a Service Oriented Architecture and robust middleware, SORA encompasses on- board robot control and a full suite of software tools necessary for remotely operated exploration missions. Lorenzo Fluckiger will present the lessons learned from more than six years of experiments with the SORA software system. Examples of robotic field tests conducted with the K10 and K-Rex rovers will be used to illustrate the SORA concepts. More specifically, the recent “Surface Telerobotics” experiment where astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) controlled K10 rovers at NASA Ames will be used to show how SORA can support space missions

Dr. Fluckiger has led the rover software team for four years. He was responsible for the software architecture and the continuous navigation system of the K10 rovers, with an emphasis on robot software architecture to support distributed control and human interactions. Dr. Fluckiger involvement with the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) project includes developing a 3D user interface to create command sequences for the Curiosity rover and a dynamic simulation of the rover mobility system and robotic arm. Currently Dr. Fluckiger is also in charge of the second generation of K-Rex, a wheeled robot designed to support IRG’s field tests by providing high terrain capabilities, easy integration with science instruments and excellent maintainability.