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    • ). The project is a four-year research programme which started in October 2013 and aims to developing a humanoid robot for disaster response operations.

      WALK-MAN is the acronym of “Whole Body Adaptive Locomotion and Manipulation” underlining its main research goal: enhancing the capabilities of existing humanoid robots, permitting them to operate in emergency situations, while assisting or replacing humans in civil damaged sites including buildings, such as factories, offices and houses. In such scenarios, the Walk-man robot will demonstrate human type locomotion, balance and manipulation capabilities. To reach these targets, Walk-man design principles and implementation relied on the use of high performance actuation systems, compliant body and soft under actuated hand designs taking advantage of the recent developments in mechanical design, actuation and materials.

      The first prototype of the WALK-MAN robot will participate in the finals in June 2015, but it will be further developed both in hardware and software, in order to validate the project results through realistic scenarios, consulting also civil defense bodies. The technologies developed within Walk-man project have also a wide range of other applications, including industrial manufacturing, co-worker robots, inspection and maintenance robots in dangerous workspaces, and may be provided to others on request.

      Technical details

      The prototype WALK-MAN platform is an adult size humanoid with a height of 1.85m an arm span of 2m and a weight of 118Kg. The robot is a fully power autonomous, electrically powered by a 2KWh battery unit; its body has 33 degrees of freedom (DOF) actuated by high power electric motors and all equipped with intrinsic elasticity that gives to the robot superior physical interaction capabilities.

      The robot perception system includes torque sensing, end effector F/T sensors, and a head module equipped with a stereo vision system and a rotating 3D laser scanner, the posture of which is controlled by a 2DOF neck chain. Extra RGB-D and colour cameras mounted at fixed orientations provide additional coverage of the locomotion and manipulation space. IMU sensors at the head and the pelvis area provide the necessary inertial/orientation sensing of the body and the head frames. Protective soft covers mounted along the body will permit the robot to withstand impacts including those occurred during falling incidents. The software interface of the robot is based on YARP (www.yarp.it) and ROS (www.ros.org).

      The WALK-MAN team information is available on the DARPA DRC website:


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      The primary goal of the Technical Committee on Robot Learning is to act as a focus point for wide distribution of technically rigorous results in the shared areas of interest around robot learning. Without being exclusive, such areas of research interest include:

    • learning models of robots, tasks or environments
    • learning deep hierarchies or levels of representations, from sensor and motor representations to task abstractions
    • learning of plans and control policies by imitation and reinforcement learning
    • integrating learning with control architectures
    • methods for probabilistic inference from multi-modal sensory information (e.g., proprioceptive, tactile, vison)
    • structured spatio-temporal representations designed for robot learning such as low-dimensional embedding of movements
    • developmental robotics and evolutionary-based learning approaches



    • [May 21, 2013] New Job opening – Post-doc in Robot Learning on topic: “Machine Learning for Robotics”. Details here: 
  • [March 28, 2012] New AIMSA 2012 Workshop organized by the TC on “Advances in Robot Learning and Human-Robot Interaction”. The workshop will be held on September 12, 2012 in Varna, Bulgaria. More information at the website of the workshop: ). The technical committee will not be involved in the reviewing process but will organize the session based on the list of accepted submissions with this keyword.

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    TC-organized Workshops

    This is a summary of the workshops which were organized by the IEEE TC on Robot Learning:


    Technical Committee Website:


    Chairs of the Technical Committee

    ashutosh saxena
    Ashutosh Saxena
    Cornell University, USA

    edwin olson
    Edwin Olson
    University of Michigan, USA

    petar kormushev
    Petar Kormushev
    Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

    wataru takano
    Wataru Takano
    University of Tokyo, Japan


    List of active Bulgarian researchers in robotics and machine learning:

    • is a professor at Tokyo City University, working on motion/force control, space robots, humanoid robots, and service robots.
    • is a professor at Sofia University, heading the master’s program on Mechatronics and Robotics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics.
    • is the author of robotics platform for manipulation planning, etc.
    • is a professor at Iowa State University. He constructed a dual-arm Barrett WAM robot and is researching in developmental robotics.
    • is a PhD student of prof. Alexander Stoytchev.
    • is an assistant professor at Ohio State University.
    • is a professor at Örebro University.
    • is a post-doc at Örebro University.
    • is a PhD student at Örebro University.
    • is a PhD student at CoR-Lab / TU Berlin.
    • is a PhD student at TU Berlin.
    • is a professor in Mechatronics & Robotics in “Mechatronic Systems” Department of BAS.
    • was teaching robotics at Stanford University, now works at Apple Inc.
    • finished her PhD at California Institute of Technology in 2007, now works at Google.
    • and Nedko Shivarov are with the Service Robots group at the at BAS, working on .
    • is an associate professor at New Bulgarian University. His work is mostly on cognitive science and not robotics.
    • is an associate professor at .
    • is a PhD student at University of Skövde, Sweden.
    • is doing research at TUM in Germany.
    • is an associate professor at University of Washington.
    • is teaching robotics at Technical University of Sofia.
    • is a PhD student at CCNY (City College of New York), doing research on 3D SLAM and Micro Air Vehicle Navigation.
    • was a PhD student at Stanford University, collaborating with prof. Sebastian Thrun on computer vision for robots. Now he is working at Google in Mountain View.
    • is an associate professor at the Mechatronic Systems dept. of BAS in Bulgaria.
    • is an associate professor and head of the department of Dynamics and optimization of controlled mechanical systems at BAS in Bulgaria.
    • is at Hamburg University of Technology, doing research on UAV robots (esp. quadrocopters and H-infinity controllers).
    • is a post-doc in control and dynamical systems at Caltech, doing research on motion planning and control.
    • is the CEO of Bionics4Robotics, which is a robotics- and AI- related company in Munich, Germany.
    • is a professor working on precision robotics and parallel manipulators at ETS, Canada.
    • works at SCHUNK as a Business Unit Manager System Solutions Mechatronics. His work is on building lightweight and modular robots.
    • is a Reader at University of Portsmouth, UK. His main research interests are in computational intelligence.
    • is with the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL), doing research in medical robotics.
    • is a professor at the Control Systems Department of Technical University of Sofia, Branch Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
    • is a professor at the Department of Systems and Control of Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.
    • was a student at University Bremen, Germany. Research areas: Robot Perception and Learning, AI, Mobile Sensor Networks.
    • is a post-doctoral researcher at Technische Universität München, Germany. Research areas: 3D shape registration, object recognition and pose estimation.
    • is a student at Edinburgh University, UK.
    • is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering at University of Nottingham, UK.
    • is the director of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at University of Nottingham, UK.
    • is a PhD student at GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
    • is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
    • is a PhD student at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
    • is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria.
    • is a PhD student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), USA.

    List of other Bulgarian robotics enthusiasts and hobbyists:

    • (Кирил Митов) and (Екатерина Аначкова) created a School of robotics for you鸿运彩软件下载ng children in Bulgaria called .
    • (Орлин Димитров) is a student who did restoration of the Bulgarian robot ROBKO 01 and created various controllers for it. He has a
    • (Борислав Маринов) created a website.
    • Dimitar Kurtev (Димитър Куртев) created a hexapod robot – video , more info .
    • (Симеон Янчев) created a Bulgarian online shop for hobby robotics  (магазин Роботев).
    • (Ахмед Мерчев) made a design for a humanoid robot under the name , but has not built a prototype of it yet.

    List of robotics related events and websites in Bulgaria:

    • PRACTRO – Robotics Conference with International Participation. Dimitar Cenev and Veselin Pavlov are constructing a website in Bulgarian called .
    • Robotics portal website in Bulgarian, maintained by Kamen Nenov: 
    • Student Robotics club – organized by students from TU-Sofia: