Applied Informatics Group


The iCat research platform is a plug & play desktop user-interface robot developed by Philips Research (Eindhoven, the Netherlands). The iCat is a user-interface robot without an on-board processor. It can be controlled by a PC via USB.

The iCat can create facial expressions such as emotional displays by moving its eyebrows, eyelids, eyes, lips, and the head. It can communicate its mode of operation (e.g. sleeping, awake, busy, or listening) via LEDs located in the feet and the ears. The USB webcam in the nose of iCat can be used for different computer vision tasks, such as object and face recognition. Stereo microphones, a loudspeaker and a soundcard placed in the feet of iCat are used for playing sounds and speech. Thus, it is possible to record speech and to use it for speech recognition and understanding tasks.  

Associated Scenarios

Little Red Riding Hood Scenario

Associated Projects

SFB 673 Project C2 "Communicating Emotions"

External References

Philips Research, Robotics

iCat Community Website

Recent Best Paper/Poster Awards

Goal Babbling of Acoustic-Articulatory Models with Adaptive Exploration Noise
Philippsen A, Reinhart F, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) 


Are you talking to me? Improving the robustness of dialogue systems in a multi party HRI scenario by incorporating gaze direction and lip movement of attendees
Richter V, Carlmeyer B, Lier F, Meyer zu Borgsen S, Kummert F, Wachsmuth S, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human-agent Interaction (HAI) 


"Look at Me!": Self-Interruptions as Attention Booster?
Carlmeyer B, Schlangen D, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (HAI)


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