[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position openings at the Italian Institute of Technology

Giorgio Metta Giorgio.Metta at iit.it
Mon Jul 7 08:53:38 PDT 2014


Dear roboticists,

I would like to advertise the availability of several PhD positions (with scholarship) starting November 2014 at the iCub Facility in the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) to work on topics related to the iCub humanoid robot (http://www.iit.it/icub).



The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is an English-language working environment based in Genoa (ITALY) with state-of-the-art laboratories and worldwide collaboration in the field of robotics, machine learning, neuroscience, cognitive systems, and nanotechnology.



The iCub Facility leads IIT's research & technology development on the iCub humanoid robot platform. The iCub is the humanoid robot child designed to support researchers interested in the themes of learning, control, cognition, and interaction. The goal of the iCub Facility is to foster the development of the iCub, arrange and time the construction of new versions, supervise the incorporation of new technologies and possibly promote their commercial exploitation. We create opportunities for collaboration at IIT and worldwide in a large network of iCub owners via European funded projects or commercial contracts. The iCub Facility ideal candidates are students with a master's degree in engineering, computer science, or related disciplines, open to learning, to novelty but keeping always an eye on the possibility of implementing research on the state of the art iCub humanoid robot.



In relation to the iCub humanoid robot, the following themes are pursued:



1. EVENT-DRIVEN VISION SENSORS FOR HUMANOID ROBOTS

2. BUILDING THE NEUROMORPHIC ICUB

3. EVENT-DRIVEN VISION FOR THE ICUB

4. NEW TECHNIQUES FOR VISION-ASSISTED SPEECH PROCESSING FOR THE ICUB

5. SPEECH PRODUCTION FOR AUTOMATIC SPEECH RECOGNITION IN HUMAN-ROBOT VERBAL INTERACTION

6. TACTILE OBJECT EXPLORATION

7. DEVELOPMENT OF SOFT MEMS TACTILE SENSING TECHNOLOGIES FOR ROBOTICS

8. WHOLE-BODY FORCE AND MOTION ESTIMATION

9. WHOLE-BODY DISTRIBUTED DYNAMICS COMPUTATIONS

10. INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR (TASK/MOTION) PLANNING AND TASK SCHEDULING IN ROBOTIC SETTINGS



Full details of the call and the application procedure can be found at: http://www.iit.it/en/openings/phd-calls

Synopsis of the research themes, contact/reference researchers, bibliographical references can be found here: http://phd.dibris.unige.it/biorob/media/advancedhumanoidsdef.pdf



PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION -- AUGUST 22nd, NOON, ITALIAN TIME



To apply, please visit the following link and follow the "online application" link:

http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/XXX/ENG/



Applications are considered for the subsequent selection ONLY if received ELECTRONICALLY on the UNIVERSITY of GENOA's website strictly by the deadline.



It is highly recommended that prospective students contact Giorgio Metta at giorgio.metta_(at)_ iit.it well ahead of the deadline in case of questions about the iCub and the iCub's research, any questions or doubts about the application procedure as well as moving to and living in Genoa, etc.

Best regards,



Giorgio Metta <giorgio.metta at iit.it<mailto:giorgio.metta at iit.it>>



Italian Institute of Technology

Via Morego, 30

16163 Genoa, Italy

Ph: +39 010 7178-1411

Fax: +39 010 7170-817



URL: http://pasa.liralab.it



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