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Humanoids 2017 photo competition and winners

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29 November 2017



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The Humanoids 2017 conference earlier this month hosted an excellent photo competition. I was lucky to be one of the judges, along with Erico Guizzo from IEEE Spectrum, and Giorgio Metta as awards chair.

The decision, which was tough given the excellent submissions, was based on social media votes and scores for originality, creativity, photo structure, and tech or fun factor.

The overall winner for Best Humanoid Photo featured a pensive iCub and was entitled “To be, or not to be” by Pedro Vicente from the Vislab in Lisbon.

Title: “To be, or not to be”
Robot: iCub
Photo by: Pedro Vicente, Vislab@ISR-Lisboa

Finalists, in no particular order, were:

Title: “One who doesn’t throw the dice can never expect to score a six. One who doesn’t throw the ball can never expect to learn to juggle.”
Robot: NICO ( Neuro-Inspired COmpanion )
Photo by: Erik Strahl, Universität Hamburg (University of Hamburg, Germany).

Title: “Ready to explore (TORO accompanied by LRU, two experimental robots for verifying concepts for planetary exploration)”
Robot: Toro, LRU
Photo by: Maximo A. Roa, Christian Ott, Johannes Englsberger, Bernd Henze, Alexander Werner, Oliver Porges, DLR – German Aerospace Center

Title: “Sweaty goes Japan”
Robot: Sweaty
Photo by: Heitz, Benjamin, University Offenburg


The winner for Best Funny Humanoid was this picture of a frustrated SABIAN entitled “If only I had a self-driving car” by Marco Moscato at the Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

Title: “If only I had a self-driving car.”
Robot: SABIAN (Sant’Anna BIped humANoid)
Photo by: Marco Moscato, The Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Finalists, in no particular order, were:

Title: “NAOs’ Kindergarten :) “
Robot: Nao
Photo by: Mohsen Kaboli, Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Title: Ain’t easier than imagenet
Robot: iCub
Photo by: Lorenzo Natale, Elisa Maiettini, Vadim Tikhanoff, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Title: “The Humanoids deadline is in six hours- I need those results!”
Robots: Talos and Nao
Photo by: Aljaž Kramberger, Barry Ridge, Robert Bevec, Miha Deniša, Miha Dežman, Rok Goljat and Andrej Gams, Jožef Stefan Institute.


You can see all the other photos below. Congratulations to all the participants, and to the Humanoids 2017 team for the organisation!

Title: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” (千里之行,始於足下) , https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/a_journey_of_a_thousand_miles_begins_with_a_single_step
Robot: SABIAN (Sant’Anna BIped humANoid)
Photo by: Marco Moscato, The Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Title: “Ready for the match of the year: Baxter VS McGregor”
Robot: Baxter
Photo by: Alessandro Albini and Simone Denei, DIBRIS (Univiersity of Genoa, Italy)

Title: “Valkyrie preparing to use a drill”
Robot: Valkyrie
Photo by: Nicholas Thoma, NASA

Title: “DYROS JET Ready for Action”
Robot: DYROS JET
Photo by: Jaehoon Sim, Seoul National University, South Korea

Title: “What’s up bro”
Robot: DYROS JET
Photo by: Jaehoon Sim, Seoul National University, South Korea

Title: “JET prefer riding”
Robot: DYROS JET
Photo by: Jaehoon Sim, Seoul National University, South Korea

Title: “Walking to the future”
Robot: DYROS RED
Photo by: Mathew Schwartz, Seoul National University

Title: “Machine Learning”
Robot: DYROS JET
Photo by: Jaehoon Sim, Seoul National University, South Korea

Title: “The Creation of Vizzy”
Robot: iCub [left], Vizzy [right]
Photo by: João Avelino, VisLab, Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico

Title: Dialogue of generations
Robots: Romeo & HRP2
Photo by: Mehdi Benallegue, CNRS-LAAS, France

Title: Discussing the fate of humanity
Robots: Romeo & HRP2
Photo by: Mehdi Benallegue, CNRS-LAAS, France

Title: NimbRo-OP2 vs. Sweaty (RoboCup 2017 AdultSize Final)
Robots: NimbRo-OP2
Photo by: Sven Behnke, University of Bonn

Title: NimbRo-OP2 kicking
Robot: NimbRo-OP2
Photo by: Sven Behnke, University of Bonn

Title: They grow up so fast…
Robot: NimbRo-OP2
Photo by: Sven Behnke, University of Bonn

Title: Posing with NimbRo-OP2
Robot: NimbRo-OP2
Photo by: Aimee Han, ROBOTIS.

Title: “Yes, I’m drunk.”
Robot: iCub
Photo by: Daniele Pucci, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Title: “I’ve lost my mind for the conference”
Robot: iCub
Photo by: Daniele Pucci, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Title: “Don’t look at me, I’m naked!!”
Robot: iCub
Photo by: Daniele Pucci, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Title: “Discobolus”
Robot: Talos
Photo by: Carlos Viva, PAL Robotics

Title: “Walk like an egyptian”
Robot: Talos
Photo by: PAL Robotics

Title: “Soccer Champion”
Robot: Nao
Photo by: Mathew Schwartz, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Title: “Brace yourselves. iCub is coming.”
robot: iCub, the Night King
Photo by: Marco Randazzo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy.

Title: “Blessed among women: life is not so hard when you are a broken robot”
Robot: iCub
Photo by: Brice Clement, INRIA Nancy, France

Title: “Fainting robot (TORO getting tired of doing experiments)”
Robot: Toro
Photo by: Maximo A. Roa, Christian Ott, Johannes Englsberger, Bernd Henze, Alexander Werner, Oliver Porges, DLR – German Aerospace Center

Title: “Challenging Yoga pose (Toro getting ready for transportation)”
Robot: Toro
Photo by: Maximo A. Roa, Christian Ott, Johannes Englsberger, Bernd Henze, Alexander Werner, Oliver Porges, DLR – German Aerospace Center

Title: “Pick and install (TORO picks a part for installation on an airplane frame – project COMANOID)”
Robot: Toro
Photo by: Maximo A. Roa, Christian Ott, Johannes Englsberger, Bernd Henze, Alexander Werner, Oliver Porges, DLR – German Aerospace Center.

Title: “I could work faster, if only I had ten fingers.”
Robot: Nao
Photo by: Aljaž Kramberger, Barry Ridge, Robert Bevec, Miha Deniša, Miha Dežman, Rok Goljat and Andrej Gams, Jožef Stefan Institute.

Title: “(He)iCub and “integration””
Robots: Nao and HeiCub
Photo by: Yue Hu, Optimization, Robotics and Biomechanics (ORB), ZITI, Heidelberg University

Title: “I want a head” – the (!)sad story of a headless iCub”
Robots: Nao and HeiCub
Photo by: Yue Hu, Optimization, Robotics and Biomechanics (ORB), ZITI, Heidelberg University.

Title: If I had a robot…. – Elementary school students draw what they would like a robot do for them.
Robots: Pepper, iCub, Nao…
Photo by: Wibke Borngesser, Institute for Cognitive Systems, TU München.

Title: Sweaty supports exhausted coach during RoboCup Soccer
Robot: Sweaty
Photo by: Sandra Lutz-Vogt, Univ. Appl. Sci. Offenburg




Sabine Hauert is President of Robohub and Associate Professor at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Sabine Hauert is President of Robohub and Associate Professor at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory





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