[robotics-worldwide] Postdoctoral position: iCub whole-Body motion coordination

Francesco Nori Francesco.Nori at iit.it
Mon Feb 4 02:49:13 PST 2013


*Introduction*
Within the context of an EU funded project (www.codyco.eu<http://www.codyco.eu>), the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is looking for a Postdoctoral fellow in the field of robot whole-body motion coordination. Duration of the project is four years. Goal of the project is to give the iCub humanoid robot (www.icub.org<http://www.icub.org>) the ability to control its body posture exploiting multiple contacts with the environment (including but not limited to feet). Possible scenarios include: (1) standing and balancing with its hands supported by a rigid table; (2) reaching a distant object with the help of an additional contact on a table; (3) blanching on soft contacts (e.g. rough terrain); (4) standing with the help of caregiver.

*Requirements*
Candidate should have a strong background either in control theory or software engineering. Experience with C++, muti-body simulations, numerical integration of differential equations and machine learning will be strongly considered. The contract duration may vary from two to four years and will be the matter of discussion with the candidates.

*Equipment*
Research will be entirely conducted with the iCub humanoid, a state-of-the-art robot equipped with whole-body force control and whole-body distributed tactile sensor. Thanks to these characteristics, the iCub is the unique platform suited to implement the above scenarios. The candidate will rely of full support from the iCub hardware (http://eris.liralab.it/wiki/Manual) and software (http://eris.liralab.it/yarp/) development team.

*Application procedure*
To apply please send your CV to the following email address: francesco.nori at iit.it<mailto:francesco.nori at iit.it>

*Location*
IIT is located in Genoa, Northwest of Italy closed to French border, a seaside ancient Mediterranean city set on the beautiful Italian Riviera. A distinguished arts environment and a diverse range of perspectives all combine to create a unique community due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006. The city's rich art, music, gastronomy, architecture and history, allowed it to become the 2004's European Capital of Culture.

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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>
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