[robotics-worldwide] PhD opening position on Biped and Quadruped Design using Virtual Prototyping

Ferdinando Cannella Ferdinando.Cannella at iit.it
Thu Sep 13 10:48:57 PDT 2012

PhD Opening in Biped and Quadruped Design using Virtual Prototyping
Department of Advanced Robotics
Italian Institute of Technology

Theme 3.26: HyQ and CoMan new Design using the Virtual Prototyping

Tutors: Dr. Ferdinando Cannella,

Number of available positions: 1
In the near future, HyQ (http://www.iit.it/en/hydraulically-actuated-quadruped-hyq.html) and CoMan (http://www.iit.it/en/advr-labs/humanoids-a-human-centred-mechatronics/advr-humanoids-projects/compliant-humanoid-platform-coman.html) robots will run, but to face this challenge their structures must be very well designed to bear the stress and strain of foot/ground impact. The best way to do this task is to use the virtual prototyping design: Multi-Body Simulations (MBS) and Finite Element Modeling (FEM). Numerical simulation have become commonplace in recent years and is now the basis in the design of structures and mechanism. Not all problems can be solved analytically with equations and therefore we have to use Numerical Methods to solve day-to-day engineering problems. MBS works on rigid body  and is useful to create models that will produce results that are closer to the physical dynamics. FEM is so important that even introductory treatments of Mechanics of Materials should outline its principal features. Thanks to this analysis, it can be obtained good predictions of the behavior of a robot bodies and the times of prototyping can be enormously reduced. Joining these two numerical techniques, the dynamics and flexibility of the entire system is taken to account and the behaviour of the structure can be known more accurately. The best valuable advantage is that the obtained solutions are better than they could be foresee by anyone, because these methods take in account a lot of parameters that it is impossible for any human mind. Goal of these PhD is to apply MBS and FEM analysis to the HyQ and CoMan robots in order to develop new quadruped and/or humanoid features and shapes starting from the study of the existing models. For these reasons, we are looking for highly motivated candidate ables to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in the framework of funded research projects.
Requirements: successful  candidate  must  have  a  degree in  mechanical  engineering or  civil engineering. Good computing and multibody skills are also necessary for this positions. Knowledge about some of the software as MSC.ADAMS, MSC.NASTRAN, MSC.DYTRAN, ANSYS/WORKBENCH, LS-DYNA, ModeFrontier, Matlab or Octave will be taken in account.
This work will be developed under the supervision of Dr. Nikolaos Tsagarakis and Dr. Claudio Semini
For further details concerning this research project, please contact: ferdinando.cannella at iit.it<mailto:ferdinando.cannella at iit.it>

For further details concerning this research project, don't hesitate to contact ferdinando.cannella at iit.it<mailto:ferdinando.cannella at iit.it>

Application Procedure:

To apply please send a detailed CV, a statement of motivation, at least 2 reference letters, degree certificates,  transcripts of grades and any additional support material to the contact person of the selected theme. In addition, the applicants should fill the online application form at http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/xxviiiciclo/IITen

Application deadline: September 21th, 2012 (12 noon, Italian time)

Dr Ferdinando Cannella

Team Leader
Advanced Robotics Department
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
[Italian Institute of Technology]
Via Morego, 30
16163 Genova (Italy)
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