VSD full article about the Rhoban Football Club  (01/08/2013)

Engadget: “We see a lot of robots around here. But few can evoke emotion without resorting to a doe-eyed visage or plush, Dough-Boy bodice. That’s what makes Acroban so interesting. Dispensing with the cheap parlor tricks, Acroban still comes across as child-like, playful, seemingly dependent upon your care and guidance.”

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Plastic Pals: “Acroban is an exciting example of what is possible using commonly available parts and a lot of ingenuity […] Uncommon among most humanoid robots, its spine has 5 joints alone, as well as springs and elastics, which help to dampen the effects of unexpected external bumps and knocks […] It successfully shrugs off bumps from a ball thrown at its upper body that would turf most of the RoboCup Humanoid league.”

Europe1-Rhoban Wired Gadget Lab: “The Acroban robot is no Marvin, the Paranoid Android. Instead, Acroban promises a sunny personality that’s just right for kids. […]. The most interesting part of the robot is how well it reacts to situations that would seem almost normal in a human context. For instance, when the robot is walking, a person can hold the robot arm and drive it in any direction easily. It’s like steering children who are just learning to walk, says the researchers. All of this is done without providing the robot with any sort of verbal command.”




News Papers


Scientific and dissemination Papers

Paul Fudal, Hugo Gimbert, Loïc Gondry, Ludovic Hofer, Olivier Ly and Grégoire Passault. An Experiment of Low Cost Entertainment Robotics. In Proc. of Int. Symp. on Robot and Human Interactive CommunicationIEEE ROMAN 2013. Korea.

Hugo Gimbert, Olivier Ly. Lʼinsertion des robots dans la vie quotidienne. Réalités Industrielles – Annales des Mines – 2012

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer and Pierre Rouanet, Olivier Ly. Exploring robust, intuitive and emergent physical human-robot interaction with the humanoid robot Acroban. In proc. of 11th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoid’2011) – 2011 (Bled)

Matthieu Lapeyre, Olivier Ly, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer. Maturational constraints for motor learning in high-dimensions: the case of biped walking. In proc. of 11th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoid’2011) – 2011 (Bled)

Olivier Ly, Matthieu Lapeyre, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer. Bio-Inspired Vertebral Column, Compliance and Semi-Passive Dynamics in a Lightweight Humanoid Robot. In proc. of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS’2011) – 2011 (San Francisco). Also selected for IROS’2011 Special Demonstration Symposium.

Matthieu Lapeyre, Olivier Ly, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer. Modeling Maturational Constrains for Learning Biped Humanoid Locomotion. In Proc of Int. Conf. on Development and Learning (ICDL) – Poster session – IEEE 2011 (Frankfurt)

Olivier Ly and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer. Acroban the Humanoid: Compliance for Stabilization and Human Interaction. In IEEE/RSJ Int. Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS’2010) – Video Session (Taipei 2010). 

Olivier Ly and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer. Acroban the Humanoid: Playful and Compliant Physical Child-Robot Interaction. In ACM SIGGRAPH’2010 Emerging Technologies (Los Angeles 2010)