[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Ph.D. position available at the IIT (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)

Francesco Nori Francesco.Nori at iit.it
Tue Aug 5 02:33:54 PDT 2014


=== Ph.D. call on exploiting distributed tactile and force-torque sensors in (1) whole-body motion control and (2) whole-body state estimation ===

WHAT: the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is the premier Italian scientific research Institute located at the beautiful seaside city of Genova. The institute in collaboration with the University of Genoa is offering Ph.D. scholarships within the context of (1) whole-body compliant motion control and (2) whole-body motion estimation. All research topics will take advantage of the iCub technology and most of them will be implemented on the iCub robot. Within the scope of the proposed project, the iCub is an ideal platform given its whole-body distributed tactile and torque/force sensors. At the moment of writing the present call the iCub is equipped with more the 4000 tactile elements, 6 force/torque sensors, more than 20 accelerometers and gyroscopes, position and current sensors on the 53 actuated joints. The research will be conducted in collaboration with the IIT research group lead by Francesco Nori and involved in two european projects: CoDyCo (www.codyco.eu<http://www.codyco.eu>) and Koroibot (www.koroibot.eu<http://www.koroibot.eu>). Research will involve both the iCub Facility and the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Science Department. Thanks to established  collaborations with leading world-wide laboratories and universities, research will be partly conducted in foreign countries with funded visiting periods.

WHEN: the deadline for applications is August 22nd, 2014 noon (Italian time/CET).

HOW: candidates should follow the instructions given here: http://www.iit.it/en/openings/phd-calls.html. Among the different curricula please consider applying to the following themes, reorganized by topic.

= iCub compliant whole-body motion control =
- Curriculum on Cognitive Robotics, Interaction and Rehabilitation Technologies -
Theme 6. Control of multi-body dynamics with compliant contacts

= iCub whole-body motion planning =
- Curriculum on Advanced and Humanoid Robotics -
Theme 10. Innovative solutions for (task/motion) planning and task scheduling in robotic settings.

= iCub whole-body state estimation =
- Curriculum on Advanced and Humanoid Robotics -
Theme 8. Whole-body force and motion estimation
Theme 9. Whole-body distributed dynamics computations

= Human whole-body state estimation =
- Curriculum on Curriculum on Cognitive Robotics, Interaction and Rehabilitation Technologies -
Theme 7. Simultaneous multimodal force and motion estimation

CONTACT: francesco.nori at iit.it<mailto:francesco.nori at iit.it>


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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>
Phone: (+39) 010 71 781 420           Fax: +39 010 71 781 208
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