International UJI Robotics School on Assistive Robots


 Summer School on Assistive Robots

7th International UJI Robotics School

September, 24-28, 2007
Bonaire Hotel, Benicàssim


 This year the Robotic Intelligence Lab of Jaume-I University, has organized a major event on the research and development of Assistive Robots, in collaboration with the Robotics Lab of the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid, Spain) and  the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweeden).

The school lecturers are leading world experts in the building and development of Humanoid Robots and related skills.

Aims and Scope

The attention of the robotics community has been drawn more and more on the development of different types of assistive robotics in the last years. This interest is not only motivated by the trend of designing robots with more complex capabilities, but mainly for the social implications of the applications of these robots. They must be able to perform a wide range of different tasks in partially or completely unknown environments. And, what is most interesting, they must able to cooperate and probably communicate with humans in a variety of modes. The development of such amount of different capabilities represents and ambitious and attractive research field for many scientists.

Researchers often find it difficult to study the fundamental concepts related the design of assistive robots, due to de variety of disciplines involved. For this reason, this symposium aims at being an interdisciplinary forum that can help to study and analyse the possibilities this field opens to research.

Probably the most exciting interest of assistive robots is their intense interaction with humans and their appropriateness for tasks in human-centered environments. But the exploitation of these capabilities requires the development of novel control strategies, and, more interestingly, more advanced human-robot cooperation and communication skills. Examples of the last are learning by imitation, language acquisition, and gesture recognition, among others.

The purpose of this school is to give the students a general background on these main topics. To achieve this goal, world-wide known lecturers would introduce the students in the basic concepts related to the design and development of assistive robots. The lecturers have been selected not only because of their knowledge in particular topics related with humanoid robots, but also for their valuable experience in the development of these robots, and their outstanding teaching experience.

Summarizing, the topics to be addressed in the program during the summer school are grouped in the following items:

  • Mechanical design and architecture of assistive robots:
    • Locomotion
    • Antropomorphic heads and hands
    • Robot heads
  • Advanced capabilities
    • Dexterous manipulation
    • Vision
    • Learning
  • Human-robot cooperation
    • Learning by demonstration
    • Communication through gestures
  • Projects and applications in real environments
    • Assistance to elderly, handicapped and ill people
    • Assistance at home and in hospitals, museus, shops, etc.
    • Relationship domotics-assistive robotics

 The participants will get in touch with other young researchers in the field and will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge through the interaction with experts. Another important objective is to provide European graduate students in robotics with a unique training opportunity in this emergent and fast-evolving domain. Students will closely interact for one week with some of the top-level researchers in the world in this domain. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their research work with them, as well as with other European students.

List of Lecturers



General Chair: Program Chairs:    
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Pedro J. Sanz
Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Organization Chair
Gabriel Recatalá
Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Carlos Balaguer
Carlos III University, Spain
Danica Kragic
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

Scientific committee:

  • Dr. Carlos Balaguer (Universidad Carlos III, Spain)
  • Dr. Claudio Melchiorri (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Dr. Roderic Grupen (University of Massachusetts, USA)
  • Dr. Rüdiger Dillmann (Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany)
  • Dr. Akihisa Ohya (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Local Organization:

  • Ester Martinez Martín
  • Mar Marcos López
  • Begoña Martinez Salvador
  • Patricio Nebot Roglá
  • Mario Prats Sánchez
  • Raúl Wirz
  • Pablo Domínguez Romo
  • Raúl Marín Prades
  • Enric Cervera Mateu
  • Antonio Morales Escrig
  • Eris Chinellato
  • Leonardo Nomdedeu Calvente
  • Juan Carlos García Sánchez
  • Javier Felip León
  • Reinel Beltrán Aguedo

Organizing Intitutions:

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Laboratory activities

The laboratory actives will take palce into differetn locations. Hence, students must group in two groups. They will carry out two different practices. After lunch the gruops will swap the locations and practices

Here you have the documents used in both avtivities

  1. Robonova-1 Activity
  2. LEGO Mindstorms Activity

Interaction atmosphere

As in previous editions of the International UJI Robotics School, one of the goals of this event is to maximize interaction between all participants --students and lecturers. This includes time for formal lectures, practical work, relaxed discussions, social activities and leisure.

The Summer School is expected to train no more than 40 students from all over the world. The scientists invited to lecture at the Summer School are of a high standard and well known in the Assistive Robotics scientific community. Practical sessions will be organized, in which the students will implement some of the techniques they have learnt. In the labs, students will be organized in groups, encouraging interactive work among them.

Being a relatively small group (30+ students and 5+3 instructors) participating in all the activities during the entire period will facilitate the interaction between students and senior scientists. Bilateral contacts will be encouraged along the entire period. Accommodation for students will be at some 50m from the school venue, the hotel where instructors will be lodged. In this way, interaction will be maximized while keeping a low-cost hosting for students.

Below you can get a graphic idea of the IURS school atmosphere.


The Summer School will involve a set of international experts in the field. In addition to these lectures, the summer school will include practical exercises in order to perform some implementations.

Here you can download the program.

Lectures will be given in English. The instruction will take place for a period of one week from Monday to Friday (Sept 24-28, 2007). Preliminary schedule is from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon and from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, with one afternoon free.

Other activities

There will be one whole day devoted to practical exercises in the lab. Other activities will include:

  • Active siesta. In order to facilitate the interaction between students and senior scientists a so-called active siesta will be organized everyday, for the students to informally interact with the lecturers. Speakers will be asked to be available after lunch from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. for informal discussion with students. Each student can choose a discussion group moderated by one of the instructors who typically meet outdoors on a cup of coffee, taking advantage of the hotel outdoor garden and good weather.
  • Students presentations. In order to maximize interaction among students, they are invited to briefly present their research work. For this purpose a 30-min slot is reserved everyday in the timetable right before the first morning lecture.
  • Students posters. Also, students are invited to bring their own posters so that after their talks they can easily have further discussions with those colleagues that were working on related topics. A specific poster session is scheduled.