[robotics-worldwide] PhD openings for the HyQ robot (Hydraulic Quadruped) project at the Italian Inst. of Tech.
claudio.semini at iit.it
Wed Sep 5 01:20:35 PDT 2012
The Department of Advanced Robotics (
http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics.html ) at the Italian Institute
of Technology IIT (an English language Institute) placed in Genoa, is
seeking to appoint several well-motivated PhD students who will be
involved in the *HyQ project* that aims to develop *versatile
all-terrain legged robots*. The positions are fully funded, start in
January 2013 and typically last 3 years. All positions are under the
co-supervision of the department's head Prof. Darwin G. Caldwell.
The Hydraulic Quadruped HyQ is a unique research platform. It is a fully
torque controlled hydraulic/electric quadruped robot equipped with
inertial measurement units, laser range finders and stereo cameras. HyQ
is able to perform highly dynamic motions like jumping and running, as
well as careful navigation over rough terrain.
The following research topics are available:
1) *Control and planning of autonomous dynamic legged robot locomotion*
Possible research topics include but are not limited to: Control of
floating base articulated robots, kino-dynamic planning, probabilistic
planning & control, force & impedance control, learning and adaptive
control of legged robots, dynamic terrain and obstacle perception and
modeling, path planning.
For more information contact Dr. Ioannis Havoutis: ioannis.havoutis at iit.it
2) *Perception and mapping on a quadruped robot*
Possible research topics will include methods to optimally acquire and
fuse information from the robot sensors, to build a simple but accurate
map of its surroundings, and to produce meaningful task specifications.
The perception process will be tightly coupled with the control and
planning subsystems of highly dynamic motion tasks.
For more information contact Dr. Stephane Bazeille: stephane.bazeille at iit.it
3) *Design and control of manipulator arms for a quadruped robot*
This topic includes the development of a pair of hydraulically actuated
manipulator arms to be mounted onto the HyQ robot. The arms will be used
for picking up and manipulating objects, opening doors, moving obstacles
and providing additional support to assist moving over very difficult
terrain. Concurrently, the candidate will work on control and
manipulation aspects related to the arms and the full robot.
For more information contact Dr. Claudio Semini: claudio.semini at iit.it
For more information on the topics and how to apply, please visit:
Italians as well as foreigners are eligible to apply.
Claudio Semini, PhD
Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Advanced Robotics Department
Via Morego 30, 16163 Genoa, Italy
phone: +39 010 71781 912
email: claudio.semini at iit.it
web: www.semini.ch or
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