[robotics-worldwide] Ph.D. position on whole-body compliant motion planning

Francesco Nori Francesco.Nori at iit.it
Wed Aug 28 08:54:26 PDT 2013

Within the Ph.D. Program in Bioengineering and Robotics, the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) is looking for Ph.D. candidates in the field of whole-body compliant motion planning.

Research will be conducted on the topic of compliant motion planning exploiting whole-body distributed tactile and force/torque sensing. Experiments will be conducted on the iCub humanoid robot (www.icub.org<http://www.icub.org>). The research will leverage state-of-the-art technology in force, tactile and inertial sensing, thus making the iCub the ideal (if not unique) platform to robustly perform whole-body contact tasks in autonomous, unstructured and hard-to-predict contexts.

The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is an English-language working environment based in Genoa, Italy, with state-of-the-art laboratories and worldwide collaboration in the field of robotics, machine learning, neuroscience, cognitive systems, and nanotechnology.

Research on whole-body compliant motion planning will be conducted under the supervision of Francesco Nori, researcher at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in the Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Collaborations with the groups of Giorgio Metta (iCub facility) and Nikos Tsagarkis (Advanced Robotics Department) are already in place and the winning candidate will therefore have the chance to work also with these groups.

Strict deadline is September 20th 2013 at noon (Italian time). Applications needs to be submitted via the website http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/XXIX/bandoGeneraleEN. Please consider contacting me (francesco.nori at iit.it<mailto:francesco.nori at iit.it>) prior to application. Candidates interested in the above research topic should apply to the curricula "Cognitive robotics, interaction and rehabilitation technologies" on one of following themes:
(8.) iCub whole-body motion coordination exploiting distributed force and tactile sensing: from scene interpretation to action selection; (9.) Multi-contact dynamic engine for estimation, prediction, perception and motor control.
A more complete list of available research topics can be found here: http://www.dibris.unige.it/media/PhD%20Program%20in%20BioRob%20Cognitive%20Robotics%20v4.pdf

Research is funded by the EU project CoDyCo (www.codyco.eu<http://www.codyco.eu>).

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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