[robotics-worldwide] PhD Openings in Humanoids and Compliant Robotics at Italian Insitute of Technology, Dept. of Advanced Robotcs

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Mon Sep 6 12:48:56 PDT 2010

PhD Openings in Humanoids and Compliant Robotics
Department of Advanced Robotics
Italian Institute of Technology

The Department of Advanced Robotics (http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics) at the Italian Institute of Technology IIT (an English language Institute) placed in Genoa has a number of PhD openings within the research areas of Humanoid Robotics and Compliant Actuation Systems (starting in January 2011).  Please see below the list of the available themes.

PhD Themes (Humanoids and Compliant Robotics):

Theme 1: Building the Next Generation of Humanoids: Exploring the Mechatronic Technological Limits and New Design Philosophies.

Available positions: 2

Theme 2: Bipedal Jumping and Running Motion Generation and Control of a Compliant Bipedal System

Available Positions: 1

Theme 3: Development and Control of a Variable Stiffness Actuated Humanoid Lower Body

Available positions: 2

Theme 4: Bipedal Walking Motion Generation and Control on Uneven Terrains using a Compliant Humanoid Robot.

Available positions: 1

Theme 5: Balance Stabilizer and Falling Strategies for a Compliant Actuated Bipedal System

Available positions: 1

Application Requirements:

The successful candidates will be involved in Research projects funded by the European Union (VIACTORS:http://www.viactors.eu and AMARSI:http://amarsi.soltoggio.net) and will contribute to the development and control of the next generation of Humanoids Robots based on novel compliant actuation systems.

Interested candidates holding a Master degree in Mechanical / Electrical engineering, computer science, or other related fields are invited to apply for admission. Applicants should ideally have strong competencies in one or more of the followings areas: mechanism design, physical system modeling/ rigid body dynamics, robot control, MATLAB and C/C++ programming.   Any additional experience in robotics research will be a plus.

To apply please send a detailed CV, a statement of motivation, at least 2 reference letters, degree certificates, grade of transcripts and any additional support material to Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis: (nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it<mailto:nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it>) and Floriana Sardi: (floriana.sardi at iit.it<mailto:floriana.sardi at iit.it>). In addition, the applicants should fill the online application form at (http://www.iit.it/en/home.html) under the "PhD School - Life and Human Technologies" Tab no later than the 24th of September 2010.

International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues, relocation, etc.

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