In July of 2003, the first annual robotics summer school sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Foundation of Robotics Research took place in Volterra, Italy. In this small picturesque town in the Tuscan province, approximately 40 faculty, students, and researchers gathered to share their knowledge of human-robot interaction in the school organized by professor Henrik Christensen from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and professor Ronald Arkin from the Georgia Institute of Technology. During those five days, summer school participants heard lectures from six leading researchers in the field, discussed their own research,…
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