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Robert Toscano
Bio
Robert Toscano has a passion for automation and loves the challenge that a multi-disciplinary industry like robotics presents. His masters thesis (completed in June 2008 at MIT) concerned the design and implementation of a semi-autonomous sociable robotic platform for robust interpersonal communication. He continued to absorb new technologies and new cultures through his research/development position abroad with the Music Technology Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. There he contributed to the streaming audio processing library known as Essentia which provides audio/music researchers efficient, correct, and easy-to-use audio analysis algorithms.
Projects
  • Giterdone - a Gedit plug-in that provides vcs visualization and management
  • Ubislideshow - a synchronized and distributed photo slideshow
  • Straph - a web application that graphs real-time streaming data
  • PhotoWeb - a zen-simplistic photo album viewer that supports video files
  • Phrygian - a web-based music player and library manager
  • HAGA - a smart global sequence aligner
  • CV - my resume
  • TCP - a tangible interface to a color palette
  • The Huggable - a new type of therapeutic robotic companion
Publications
Robert Toscano, Building a Semi-Autonomous Sociable Robot Platform for Robust Interpersonal Telecommunication, May 2008, M.Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Thesis.
J.K. Lee, R. Toscano, D. Stiehl, C. Breazeal (2008). "The Design of a Semi-Autonomous Robot Avatar for Family Communication and Education". Proceedings of the 17th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN-08). Munich, Germany.
Stiehl, W. D., Breazeal, C., Han, K., Lieberman, J., Lalla, L., Maymin, A., Salinas, J., Fuentes, D., Toscano, R., Tong, C. H., and Kishore, A. (2006). The huggable: a new type of therapeutic robotic companion. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2006 Sketches (Boston, Massachusetts, July 30 – August 03, 2006). SIGGRAPH '06. ACM Press, New York, NY, 14.
H. Knight, R. Toscano, W. D. Stiehl, A. Chang, Y. Wang, and C. Breazeal (2009). "Real-time Social Touch Gesture Recognition for Sensate Robots." To appear in proceedings of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS09), St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 2009.
H. Knight, A. Chang, W. D. Stiehl, R. Toscano, Y. Wang, C. Breazeal (2009). "Robot Design Rubrics for Social Gesture Categorization and User Studies with Children" Human-Robot Interaction Conference (HRI 2009): Societal Impact: How Socially Accepted Robots Can Be Integrated in Our Society Workshop. San Diego, California, 2009.
Talks
"The Huggable": project presentation at Dorkbot Barcelona 2009, Hangar, Barcelona, Spain, Jan. 15, 2009.
"The Design of a Semi-Autonomous Robot Avatar for Family Communication and Education": conference paper presentation at the 17th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, IEEE RO-MAN 2008, Münich, Germany, Aug. 2nd, 2008.
Exhibitions
"The Huggable": Interactive Demonstration of Second Generation Prototype at the "Our Cyborg Future?" Exhibition as part of the Designs of the Time 2007 Festival, Newcastle, UK, October 19th, 2007
"The Huggable": Interactive Demonstration of Second Generation Prototype at the AARP Life@50+ Conference, Boston, MA, September 6th-8th, 2007
"The Huggable": Interactive Demonstration of Second Generation Prototype during Microsoft Keynote at RoboBusiness 2007, Boston, MA, May 16th, 2007.
Patents
W. D. Stiehl, C. Breazeal, J. K. Lee, A. Z. Maymin, H. Knight, R. L. Toscano, I. M. Cheung (2008), "Interactive Systems Employing Robotic Companions" pending
Contact
robert@gombi.net
San Francisco, California