[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc position in robot learning by imitation at the Italian Institute of Technology

Calinon Sylvain sylvain.calinon at iit.it
Mon Mar 1 01:10:46 PST 2010


The Italian Institute of Technology (an English language research
institute) has openings for:

Post-Doctoral Researcher: Robot learning by imitation

The Advanced Robotics Department at the Italian Institute of Technology
(IIT) is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow with
experience/interest in topics related to robot programming by
demonstration, applied machine learning, adaptive control or human-robot
interaction. Robotics research at IIT concentrates on a
multidisciplinary approach to "humanoid technologies" encompassing
machine learning and artificial cognition, leading to technologies and
systems with human-like features and performance.

The successful applicant will join and help to develop a team studying
novel approaches in robot programming by demonstration to endow the
humanoid platform iCub and the force/torque controlled Barrett WAM
robotic arm with adaptive and flexible controllers for learning
manipulatory tasks in dynamic environment. By taking inspiration from
the way humans learn new tasks by imitation, research will be conducted
to provide robots with the capability to develop skills through human
guidance and to collaborate safely with users through compliant
kinaesthetic interaction.

The candidates are expected to have an Engineering BSc/MSc degree (EE,
CS or Physics/Maths) and a PhD degree in Robotics/Computer Science (not
necessarily in human-robot interaction) with a strong background in
machine learning and/or adaptive motor control. Strong programming
skills in C, C++, MATLAB or equivalent are also required. Applicants
demonstrating excellence in other related areas are encouraged to apply.
International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic
support with visa issues.

Salaries will be dependent on experience and will be in the range
30k-40k Euros per year excluding additional pension, health, etc
benefits.

Contracts are for up to 4 years with possible future career options on
successful completion.

For further information contact Sylvain.Calinon at iit.it or
Darwin.Caldwell at iit.it

Applications, including cover letter, CV, and the contact information
for at least two references should be emailed to Floriana.Sardi at iit.it
(+39 010 71781 407), Sylvain.Calinon at iit.it and Darwin.Caldwell at iit.it
by Friday March 26th 2010.


Additional information:

Advanced Robotics Department, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT):
  http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics.html
Sylvain Calinon's webpage:
  http://programming-by-demonstration.org/SylvainCalinon/
Humanoid robot iCub:
  http://www.iCub.org

--
Sylvain Calinon, PhD
Team leader - Advanced Robotics Dept,
Italian Institute of Technology (IIT),
Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova




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