[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] phd position on Tactile Object Exploration

Lorenzo Natale Lorenzo.Natale at iit.it
Thu Jul 3 16:22:24 PDT 2014

1 PhD position with scholarship at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

* Theme 6, Tactile Object Exploration.

Recent advances in tactile sensing have renewed the interest in the
development of control strategies that exploit tactile feedback to control the
interaction between the robot and the environment. Indeed, it has
been shown that tactile feedback can complement or even substitute for vision for
grasping, especially in those situations in which a model of the environment is not
available. In humans it is believed that haptic exploration is fundamental to generate
structured information to extract object properties like size, volume and shape.

The goal of this PhD project is to implement on the iCub strategies for object
exploration and grasping based primarily on haptic feedback. To this aim we will use
the sensory system of the iCub which includes a system of tactile sensors (fingertips,
hands and arms) and force sensors. We will also study algorithms for extracting
haptic features during object exploration and apply them to the problem of object

Requirements: the ideal candidate would have a degree in Computer Science,
Engineering or related disciplines; a background in control theory and machine
learning. He would also be highly motivated to work on robotic platform and have
computer programming skills.

* Official call:

Curriculum on Advanced and Humanoid Robotics, http://www.iit.it/en/openings/phd-calls 

* Application must be done online, see instructions for applicants:

* Application deadline: August 22, 2014.

* Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact: Lorenzo Natale <lorenzo.natale at iit.it> and Giorgio Metta <giorgio.metta at iit.it>

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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