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—The development of robotic cognition and the advancement of understanding of human cognition form two of the current greatest challenges in robotics and neuroscience, respectively. The RobotCub project aims to develop an embodied robotic child (iCub) with the physical (height 90 cm and mass less than 23 kg) and ultimately cognitive abilities of a(More)
This paper describes the design of a robot head, developed in the framework of the RobotCub project. This project goals consists on the design and construction of a humanoid robotic platform, the iCub, for studying human cognition. The final platform would be approximately 90 cm tall, with 23 kg and with a total number of 53 degrees of freedom. For its(More)
This paper presents a research initiative on embodied cognition called RobotCub. RobotCub is an EU-funded project that aims at developing an open humanoid robotic platform and, simultaneously, following an original research path in synthetic cognition. We report on the motivations behind the realization of our humanoid robotic platform and the current(More)
We describe the design of an anthropomorphic robot, combining a binocular head, an arm and a hand, for research in visuomotor coordination and learning by imitation. Our goal was to produce a system resembling the human arm-hand kinematics as closely as possible, while keeping it simple and relatively low-cost. We present mechanical details, kinematics and(More)
Increased miniaturization of surgical instruments is essential to successfully perform surgical procedures in restricted areas as in many applications of minimally-invasive surgery. Miniaturization permits increase in dexterity and decrease in access incisions which are required in many surgical procedures. Tendon-based transmissions provide several(More)
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