[robotics-worldwide] Research Position in urban autonomous driving

Domenico G. Sorrenti sorrenti at disco.unimib.it
Thu Oct 20 10:55:29 PDT 2011

Research Position in Urban Autonomous Driving

The IRA lab. of Dept. Informatica, Sistemistica and Comunicazione of
Universita` degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca has an opening for a 2-years
full-time research fellowship in the framework of an applied research
project, co-funded by Regione Lombardia, the university, and Info Solution
S.p.A., a SME specializing in embedded control and guidance applications,
for different markets.

An objective of the funding programme is to have the person taking this
position employed by the company, after the end of the fellowship. Potential
candidated are therefore invited to contact soon Domenico G. Sorrenti, to be
put in contact with the company, so that the selection procedure could base
also on an evaluation from their side.

The activity will take place at the university, where both a vehicle and
suitable private spaces for trials are available, as well as at Info Solution

The project title is "OMMAVE: Odometria Multi-sensoriale per la Mobilità
Automatica di VEicoli" (Multi-sensorial odometry for the automatic mobility
of vehicles).

In short the project objective is: "A localization component for autonomously
driven vehicles will be developed. This component will integrate with the GPS
signal, overcoming its absences, due to vegetation, buildings. clouds, etc.
The component will exploit data from sensors as cameras, laser scanners, and
inertials. The expected usage, in the medium term, of this product is in the
autonomous driving of vehicles for transport of people and goods in urban
settings, based of fleets of autonomous vehicles."

The succesful candidate, besides holding a laurea magistrale degree (or
equivalent degree, i.e., 5 years after high school) in a scientific or
technological area, will have to:
- have good programming abilities;
- have an introductory knowledge of:
  - analytic and projective geometry, and linear algebra,
  - mechanics of bodies, representation of rototranslations,
  - robotics, and Bayesian filtering,
  - software engineering,
  - C and C++ programming languages,
  - Matlab programming environment,
  - OpenCV library.

"Nice to have" competences are:
- writing capabilities of contributions to international conferences/journals,
- knowledge of the graphic programming environment gnome under linux,
- knowledge of the graphic programming environment QT,
- knowledge of public domain cartographic systems,
- design of printed circuit boards.

The deadline for submitting the application is November 4th, 2011.

The selection will be performed by a commission, basing on the evaluation
of submitted documentation, and an interview, which is scheduled for November
18th, 2011 at 12:00am (GMT+1). Candidates can ask to arrange a telematic
interview at the same time.

The call can be found at the following link (in italian and english):

The call is also available at the Italian Ministry for University and
Research website:

Further details can be asked to Domenico G. Sorrenti, tel +39 026448.7841,
email sorrenti at disco.unimib.it.

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