Be the Bot

Project Info

Project Description

Be the Bot
30 settembre 2018
9.00 – 13.30

Stazione Leopolda


Responsibles: Manuel Catalano, Danilo Caporale 

Modern robotic technologies, together with the most recent technologies of computer graphics, remote presence and virtual reality, are leading us to a new era where not only robots can coexist with each other, but we ourselves can use them as robotic avatar of our body, allowing us so you can “live” in environments far from us, or be able to intervene in dangerous situations. This new generation of robots has the ability to perceive the environment that surrounds them, but also has the ability to interact with it and with the human beings that populate it, adapting it and transforming it appropriately.
This workshop will present some of the latest robots developed by three Italian research centers, international excellence in robotics, the Italian Institute of Technology, E. Piaggio Research Center and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. These “Avatar” robots have been designed to intervene in disaster situations, such as after a seismic event, to interact with people, or to perform car races.
The workshop will also present the robot Ego, a semi-anthropomorphic robotic avatar, designed for interaction with humans and used to simulate intervention and inspection scenarios in areas damaged by natural or man-made disasters. During the workshop it will be possible to play the role of the robot, having therefore the possibility to operate it and impersonate it through the use of virtual reality systems and wearable control interfaces. The pilot sees and hears what he sees and hears the robot, and the automaton moves by performing the same movements as the person who is driving it, which can then experience the sensation of having a robotic body.


9:00 – 9:15
Introduction. Be the Bot!
G. Catalano

9:15 – 9:45
Robots for unstructured environments (to be confirmed)

9:45 – 10:15
Humanoids@Work: robot Avatar for monitoring and inspection after a disaster
G. Catalano

10:15 – 10:45
Robotic interfaces for telepresence and remote presence: from remote inspection to bilateral manipulation (to be confirmed)

EGO: a robotic avatar for interaction with man and the world

11:00 -11:30
Autonomous driving systems for cars … racing: the Roboteam Italia E24

11:30 – 13:00
Be the Bot!



Manuel Catalano, Researcher at E. Piaggio Center, University of Pisa

Danilo Caporale, Researcher at E. Piaggio Center, University of Pisa

Frisoli, School of Advanced Studies Sant’Anna, Pisa

Lentini, Foundation Italian Institute of Technology and Research Center “E. Piaggio” – University of Pisa

Tsagarakis, Foundation Italian Institute of Technology