His team has taught the robot to perform basic motor skills, like reaching, grabbing, listening and moving its head and eyes. Levinson said that these skills must be perfected before they can begin their planned projects.
He has four major projects that his Ph.D. students will focus on: teaching the robot to juggle, to walk, talk, and create memories.
The purpose of all of these projects is to understand how the iCub learns about its external world, according to Levinson.
"This is a more or less general understood procedure that has not been done with humanoid robotics," said Levinson.
He said his team will show it things they want it to learn (i.e., juggling), and the iCub will learn how to do it through experience. The team will show it how to juggle, then give the robot either positive or negative feedback based on whether or not they think it's learning correctly.
The so-called legged locomotion project will involve teaching the robot how to walk. Levinson and his team want to learn about the iCub's mental representation of its external world based on how it learns to move.