[robotics-worldwide] open PhD position: RBCS - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Francesco Nori Francesco.Nori at iit.it
Fri Aug 3 06:07:07 PDT 2012


The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) calls for Ph.D. students in the field of robotics. Among the different proposed research themes I would like to promote three topics which will be conducted at the Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (RBCS, head: Prof. Giulio Sandini).

- Theme 1.2: An integrated dynamic engine for simulation, prediction, perception and motor control.
          * Keywords: robot dynamics, iDyn and iKin software libraries, modular software components.
          * Competences: software engineering, C++.
          * Hardware: iCub humanoid robot (http://www.icub.org).
          * Tutors: Francesco Nori, Lorenzo Natale.
          * Duration: 4 years.
          * Associated EU project: yes.
          * With: iCub Unit (head: Prof. Giorgio Metta).

- Theme 1.3: iCub whole-body motion coordination exploiting distributed force and tactile sensing.
          * Keywords: compliance, artificial skin, motion planning with multiple contact points.
          * Competences: control theory.
          * Hardware: iCub humanoid robot (http://www.icub.org).
          * Tutors: Francesco Nori.
          * Duration: 4 years.
          * Associated EU project: yes.
          * With: iCub Unit (head: Prof. Giorgio Metta).

- Theme 1.4: Adaptive motor control with passive variable stiffness actuators.
          * Keywords: compliance, passive variable stiffness actuators, machine learning.
          * Competences: control theory.
          * Hardware: experimental pnrVIA robot (http://people.liralab.it/iron/research.html).
          * Tutors: Francesco Nori.
          * Duration: 3 years.
          * Associated EU project: no.

Refer to http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/xxviiiciclo/IITen for details on themes and on-line application procedures. Application DEADLINE: September 21st @ 12:00 (CET). Feel free to contact me for further information.
Francesco
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Francesco Nori   Robotics Brain Cognitive Science Department
Cognitive Humanoids Lab      Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Via Morego, 30                           16163 Genova, Italy
http://people.liralab.it/iron/         francesco.nori at iit.it<mailto:francesco.nori at iit.it>
Phone: (+39) 010 71 781 420           Fax: +39 010 71 70 817
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