[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] post doc position on touch driven manipulation, iCub Facility, IIT

Lorenzo Natale Lorenzo.Natale at iit.it
Fri Aug 29 07:35:57 PDT 2014

iCub Facility Department (http://www.iit.it/icub) is looking for a post-doc (IIT budget code: 69014, EPUE009401) to be involved in the FP7 project TACMAN "Tactile Manipulation" (http://tacman.eu) funded by the European Commission under the ICT 2013.10 call (Grant Agreement n. 610967).

TACMAN addresses the key problem of developing an information processing and control technology enabling robot hands to exploit tactile sensitivity and thus become as dexterous as human hands. The current availability of tactile technology now allows us to considerably advance in-hand manipulation. TACMAN's goal is to develop fundamentally new approaches to endow robots with tactile manipulation abilities by transferring insights from human neuroscientific studies into machine learning algorithms. 

We are looking for a young researcher with strong motivation to work with robotic platforms and skills to investigate and implement algorithms that exploit tactile feedback for object manipulation. 

Possible scenarios are:
touch-driven exploration and recognition of objects
grasping and re-grasping objects to achieve stable grip 
control of slip. 
The project will be carried out on iCub platform: a full-fledged humanoid platform endowed with articulated hands on which a new and complete tactile system has been recently installed. 

We seek a candidate with the following additional skills:
PhD in robotics, control theory or machine learning, signal processing, or related areas;
The ability to analyze, improve and propose new algorithms;
Good knowledge of C, C++ programming languages with proven experience in as well as familiarity with robotics middleware such as YARP, ROS and development tools including CMake, and Git.
An internationally competitive salary depending on experience will be offered.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, a list of publications and names of 2 referees to the following email address: jobpost.tacman at icub.iit.it 

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled or closed.

The official call is available here: 

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Lorenzo Natale, PhD
lorenzo.natale at iit.it
via Morego, 30 16163 Genova
Ph: +39 010 71781946
Fax: +39 010 7170205

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