[robotics-worldwide] PhD Openings in Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics Systems, Dept. of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Sun Sep 8 08:43:09 PDT 2013


 PhD Openings in Humanoids and Human Centred Mechatronics

Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab
Department of Advanced Robotics

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)


The Humanoids and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab at the Department of Advanced Robotics in the Italian Institute of Technology IIT (an English language Institute, placed in Genoa) has a number of fully funded PhD openings (starting in January 2014) in the research areas of Humanoid Robotics and Human Centred Mechatronics Systems.  Young scientists holding excellent First/Master degrees in Mechanical / Electrical engineering, computer science, or other related fields are invited to apply for admission. Applicants should hold an excellent First/Master degrees in Mechanical / Electrical engineering and have strong competencies and interest in one or more of the followings areas: mechanism design, physical system modelling/ rigid body dynamics, robot control, MATLAB and C/C++ programming.  The successful candidates will be involved in Research projects funded by the European Union and will contribute to the development and control of the next generation of Humanoids Robots and Human Centred Mechatronics systems. For the PhD call of this year the following themes are available:

PhD Themes (Humanoids Robotics):
The target of these themes to improve the capabilities of the existing full body compliant humanoid COMAN (http://www.iit.it/en/advr-labs/humanoids-a-human-centred-mechatronics/advr-humanoids-projects/compliant-humanoid-platform-coman.html)by exploring both the mechatronic technological limits (structural materials, actuation and sensing) and control strategies towards the development of high performance humanoid systems.


Theme 1. BUILDING THE HUMANOIDS OF THE FUTURE: EXPLORING THE MECHATRONIC TECHNOLOGICAL LIMITS AND NEW DESIGN PHILOSOPHIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH PERFORMANCE FUNCTIONAL HUMANOID PLATFORM
Theme 2. NEW DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND IMPLEMENTATIONS OF HIGH PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENT ACTUATION SYSTEMS
Theme 3. HUMANOID WALKING AND MOTION PLANNING: WALKING ON UNEVEN TERRAINS, PARTICULATE SURFACES AND TERRAINS WITH DIFFERENT STIFFNESS PROPERTIES
Theme 4. DYNAMIC SIMULATION STUDY AND EXPERIMENTAL IMPLEMENTATION OF HIGH PERFORMANCE LEG FOR JUMPING, HOPPING, AND RUNNING
Theme 5. WHOLE-BODY COOPERATIVE MANIPULATION DURING DYNAMIC LOCOMOTION
Theme 6. OPTIMAL CONTROL OF WALKING WITH A COMPLIANT HUMANOID
Theme 7. TASK-SPACE PRIORITIZATION OF COMAN BASED ON INVERSE DYNAMICS

PhD Themes (Human Centred Robotics):
These themes focus on the development of robotic manipulator/arm systems and wearable robotic devices integrating novel actuation and sensing components and technologies which will ensure safe and perceptive collaboration and/or physical interaction between humans and robotic systems


Theme 1.  DEVELOPMENT OF WEARABLE, HIGH POWER AND EFFICIENT, POWER AUGMENTATION ASSISTIVE SYSTEMS
Theme 2.  DEVELOPMENT AND CONTROL OF A NOVEL ROBOTIC MANIPULATOR BASED ON THE VARIABLE PHYSICAL DAMPING ACTUATION (VPDA) CONCEPT
Theme 3.  TACTILE SENSING FOR ROBOTIC ARMS AND DEXTROUS HANDS
Theme 4.  WEARABLE HAPTIC SYSTEMS FOR DEXTEROUS TELEOPERATION AND VIRTUAL IMMERSION

For any enquiries concerning the research themes, please contact Nikos Tsagarakis at: nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it

Application Requirements:
To apply please send a detailed CV, a statement of motivation, at least 2 reference letters, degree certificates, grade of transcripts and any additional support material to Nikos Tsagarakis: (nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it). In addition, the applicants should fill the online application and upload the necessary application documents at the following site: (http://www.iit.it/en/news/news/2011-phd-course-with-university-of-genova.html) no later than the 20th of September 2013, NOON, Italy time (Local time: GMT+2). International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues, etc.

Kind Regards,

Nikos Tsagarakis
Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab

Dept of Advanced Robotics (ADVR)
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT-Genova)
Via Morego 30,Genova 16163, Italy

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