[robotics-worldwide] PhD Studentships in Perceptual Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy

Antonio Frisoli a.frisoli at sssup.it
Mon Jun 8 08:12:49 PDT 2009

PhD Studentship in Perceptual Robotics, http://www.sssup.it/techschool

PERCRO – PERCeptual RObotics lab, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Pisa – Italy, www.percro.org

Four PhD student positions are available within the three-year 
residential PhD programme on “Perceptual Robotics” within the 
International School of Doctorate on Innovative Technologie at the 
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, starting on November 2009. The 
research area in Perceptual Robotics offers the opportunity to undertake 
in-depth research on the themes of presence and advanced haptic and 
robotic technologies for the interaction in Virtual Environments and in 
Teleoperation. Students will work in a multidisciplinary and 
collaborative environment with the opportunity of implementing and 
testing new ideas and concepts through the experimental facilities of 
the Scuola.

• Participation is open to EU (3 positions available in the Perceptual 
Robotics curriculum) and non-EU citizens (1 position available in the 
Perceptual Robotics curriculum). Knowledge of English is required as 
official language.
• Each Ph.D. student will be granted a 3 years scholarship by Sant’Anna 
School, which amounts to € 14.500 per year + free meals at school’s 
canteens + campus facilities
• Applicants must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree or equivalent 
title in computer science, engineering, mathematics or the physical 

In particular, the 2009 research applications in the curriculum of 
Perceptual Robotics are solicited, in connection with ongoing activities 
in EU-funded international Research Projects, in the following areas:

• Design and analysis of digital representations to model and interact 
with human skills. Teleoperation and passivity-based control: study of 
new paradigms for master-slave teleoperation over large distances with 
particular emphasis of remote skill transfer and teaching; Contact 
persons: prof. Carlo Alberto Avizzano, carlo at sssup.it
• Robotic-assisted neurorehabilitation: application of robotic devices 
for neurorehabilitation of patients with motor impairments, 
investigation of sensory-motor control laws in human motor control and 
force control of upper limb robotic exoskeletons, Contact person: prof. 
Antonio Frisoli, a.frisoli at sssup.it
• Design and analysis of probabilistic control system for robotic and 
mobile robotic devices: development of new algorithms to model the 
environment using the robot sensors as well as new algorithms to provide 
robots and mobile platforms with increasing level of autonomy. Research 
solution may be experiment using the PERCRO robot facilities as well as 
the PERCRO mobile platforms; Contact person: prof. Emanuele Ruffaldi, 
e.ruffaldi at sssup.it
• Technologies for real-time 3D graphics rendering, Contact person: 
prof. Franco Tecchia, f.tecchia at sssup.it

Deadlines and how to apply:
- Candidates are requested to apply online at: 
www.sssup.it/phdapplicationonline by June 11, 2009, 12.00 pm GMT. In 
case of problems with the online application, please contact the PhD 
Administration Office (tel. +39 050 88.33.36/83, e-mail: 
techschool at sssup.it).
- Please note that candidates who are interested in applying, should 
prepare a research proposal, which is part of the application file. 
Interested candidates are invited to e-mail directly the contact persons 
or PERCRO lab. at e-mail addresses above.
- Please refer to http://www.sssup.it/techschool for the details of the 

Antonio Frisoli
PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

PERCRO Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Polo Sant' Anna Valdera
56025 Pontedera Pisa
tel.: +39 050 883080 / +39 050 883786
fax. +39 050 883333
E-mail: a.frisoli at sssup.it

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