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HANDLE in European Robotics Week

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HANDLE project participates in the European Robotics Week


The European Robotics Week, Nov. 28 - Dec. 4, 2011, offers one week with 129 participating organisations and over 350 robotics related events throughout Europe.

As part of this event  teams involved in the HANDLE project will show their most recent  research work in different partner’s sites:

   * Université Pierre et Marie Curie: Nov. 28, Nov. 30, Dec. 2, 2011
   * University of Coimbra : Nov. 28 - Dec. 3, 2011
   * Universidad Carlos III de Madrid: Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2011.
   * Shadow : This event in particular is part of Robotville organised in the Science Museum (1-4 Dec. 2011).

More information on: http://www.robotics-week.eu/

 
Visit from Kunshan to the HANDLE platform at UPMC

As part of its dissemination activities, the HANDLE team at UPMC welcomed  on the 21st of Novembre a delegation from Kunshan, China. After a short presentation of UPMC’s involvement in research and its numerous European and international partnerships, the delegation, including the Director General of the Kunshan Bureau of Science and Technology, and members of the Kunshan Yang Cheng Lake Science Park, visited the ISIR lab. Finally, the delegation was introduced to the concepts and objectives of the HANDLE project. They witnessed a demonstration performed on the project platform and discussed possible future collaborations.


 
HANDLE meets Steve Cousins, Willow Garage CEO

CEO of Willow Garage Steve Cousins presented the company, its objectives and the main concept of current robotics applications to the ISIR lab at UPMC on November 16th, 2011.

During the meeting, ISIR presented its activities, and the HANDLE team presented the HANDLE project objectives and research. Guillaume Walck, engineer on the platform, described HANDLE project usage of ROS, the software suite maintained by Willow Garage. He talked about requirements of the HANDLE project in open-source software, especially ROS. He explained that the fast development curve induced by the open-source community efforts is a benefit for the project in terms of access to latest shared developments. The HANDLE project partners already actively participate in this community.


In answer to that, Steve Cousins also revealed a brand new, soon to be released, software package dealing with camera calibration that could be highly useful to the project.

The HANDLE platform was presented to Steve Cousins. He had several questions concerning the hardware, and was interested by the usage of ROS on the platform.

A few picture of the visit st ISIR (UPMC) Paris

 
HANDLE project appears in National Geographic magazine

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Fragment of National Geographic magazine containing an article about the project Handle. (download)

More information: http://www.nationalgeographic.com.es/2011/08/09/mano_artificial_del_futuro.html

 

 
Second Review Meeting

HANDLE’s second Review meeting took place in Paris, last April. The Project Officer in charge of the project at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Information Society and Media (DGINFSO), along with three independent experts assessed the progress made 2 years into the project. They took this opportunity to ask questions  to the representatives of the HANDLE consortium and assessed the displayed demonstrations.

The reviewer and HANDLE team

 

 
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