supported by
EC project
STIFF/VIACTORS Summer School on Impedance supported by
EC project

This is a Summer School on Impedance devoted to human and robotic impedance. It has been jointly organised by the EU FP7 research projects STIFF and VIACTORS. Also check out the related EC project The Hand Embodied.

Dates: July 25-29, 2011

Venue: Frauenchiemsee, Bavaria, Germany

Keynote speakers:
Alin Albu-Schäffer, DLR
Antonio Bicchi, U. Pisa
Etienne Burdet, Imperial
Neville Hogan, MIT
Oussama Khatib, Stanford
Gerald Loeb, USC
Joseph McIntyre, UPD-CNRS
Patrick van der Smagt, DLR
Sethu Vijayakumar, Edinburgh

Audience: Ph.D. students, postdocs, and senior researchers working on robot control, neuroscience, and biophysics.

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