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Humanoid robotics

This resource highlights developments within humanoid robotics including presentations, videos and case studies.

About humanoid robotics

Typically a humanoid robot will comprise of a torso with a head, two arms and two legs, although some forms of humanoid robots may model only part of the body. The main difference which distinguishes humanoid robots from that of general robots, is that they are autonomous in nature and therefore posses the ability to adapt to changes in its environment.

When humanoid robots are created to resemble a male human, they are referred to as “Androids”, when they resemble a female human, they are referred to as “Gynoids”.

It is believed by many that humanoids will play an important role in a wide variety of tasks in homes, battlefields, nuclear plants and factory floors.


Generic picture of a robot

Humanoid robotics projects

Various global humanoid projects, which have provided further advancement to the area of humanoid robotics, are listed in these pages.

iCub robot

The iCub project

The iCub is the humanoid robot developed at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) as part of the EU project RobotCub and subsequently adopted by more than 20 laboratories worldwide.

The Keepon robot

The Era of Social Robots

The Wills Memorial building was the backdrop to the packed out Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) IET Public Lecture: Era of Social Robots delivered by Professor Shuzi Sam Ge, Director of Social Robotics Lab, Institute of Interactive Digital Media at the National University of Singapore.