[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] post-doctoral position on vision for HRI at the iCub Facility

Lorenzo Natale Lorenzo.Natale at iit.it
Wed Jul 16 01:53:00 PDT 2014

IIT iCub Facility Department (http://www.iit.it/icub) is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to work on the WYSIWYD "What You Say Is What You Did" EU project (http://goo.gl/TwXR3s) funded by the European Commission under the FP7 programme (FP7-ICT-2013-10, Grant Agreement n. 612139). 

WYSIWYD will create novel "transparency" in human robot interaction (HRI) by allowing robots to understand both their and human actions and to interpret and communicate them in human compatible intentional terms expressed as a language-like communication channel. WYSIWYD will contribute to a qualitative change in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and cooperation, unlocking new capabilities and application areas together with enhanced safety and robustness. In this context it is fundamental that robots perceive humans and understand their communicative intentions. However, the most successful vision-based strategies for people localization are developed for "at distance" scenarios. These techniques are not well suited for typical "face-to-face" HRI, where human detection is made difficult by occlusions and large variability in pose and scale.

The research of this postdoctoral project aims to go beyond the state-of-the-art in terms of visual perception for HRI. We are looking for a highly motivated young researcher with strong motivation to work jointly in Computer Vision and Robotics. This project will be carried out on the iCub robot with the aim of implementing efficient tools for the detection of human body parts by using computer vision. We will develop new methodologies for detecting human body parts at close distance such as torso, arms and face with the goal of determining the intention of the human (gaze direction, relative position, hands configuration etc.).

The contract will be issued within the iCub Facility in collaboration with the Department of Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision (PAVIS).

We seek a candidate with the following skills:
- PhD in Robotics, Computer Vision or related areas;
- Ability to analyse, improve and propose new algorithms;
- Good knowledge and proven experience in C/C++ programming as well as familiarity with robotics middleware such as YARP, ROS and development tools including CMake, and Git.

An internationally competitive salary, dependent on experience, will be offered.

Interested applicants should submit a CV and a list of publications. Please send your application to jobpost.wysiwyd at icub.iit.it including at least 2 reference letters.

Please apply before September 15th 2014.

Please check the official call at: 


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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