Venue: FZI, Karlsruhe, Germany
Thanks to all of the 17 participants for making this workshop a great time.
Last week, we held a successful Neurorobotics Platform (NRP) User Workshop in FZI, Karlsruhe. We welcomed 17 attendants over three days, coming from various sub-projects (such as Martin Pearson, SP3) and HBP outsiders (Carmen Peláez-Moreno and Francisco José Valverde Albacete). We focused on hands-on sessions so that users got comfortable using the NRP themselves.
Thanks to our live boot image with the NRP pre-installed, even users who did not follow the local installation steps beforehand could run the platform locally in no time. During the first day, we provided a tutorial experiment, exclusively developed for the event, which walked the users through the many features of the NRP. This tutorial experiment is inspired from the baby playing ping pong video, which is here simulated with an iCub robot. This tutorial experiment will soon get released with the official build of the platform.
On the second and third days, more freedom was given to the users so that they could implement their own experiments. We had short hands-on sessions on the Robot Designer as well as Virtual Coach, for offline optimization and analysis. Many new experiments were successfully integrated into the platform: the Miro robot from Consequential Robotics, a snake-like robot moving with Central Patterns Generators (CPG), revival of the Lauron experiment, …
We received great feedback from the users. We are looking forward for the organization of the next NRP User Workshop!