[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] PhD Openings in Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics Systems, Dept. of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Mon Jul 28 12:58:40 PDT 2014


 PhD Openings in Humanoids and Human Centred Mechatronics

Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab
Department of Advanced Robotics

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)


The Humanoids and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab at the Department of Advanced Robotics in the Italian Institute of Technology IIT (an English language Institute, placed in Genoa) has a number of fully funded PhD openings (starting in November 2014) in the research areas of Humanoid Robotics and Human Centred Mechatronics Systems.  Young scientists holding excellent First/Master degrees in Mechanical / Electrical engineering, computer science, or other related fields are invited to apply for admission. Applicants should hold an excellent First/Master degrees in Mechanical / Electrical engineering and have strong competencies and interest in one or more of the followings areas: mechanism design, physical system modelling/ rigid body dynamics, robot control, MATLAB and C/C++ programming.  The successful candidates will be involved in Research projects funded by the European Union WALK-MAN(www.walk-man.eu), SAPHARI (http://www.saphari.eu/) and  WEARHAP (http://www.wearhap.eu/)  and will contribute to the development and control of the next generation of Humanoids Robots and Human Centred Mechatronics systems. For the PhD call of this year the following themes are available:

PhD Themes (Humanoids Robotics):
The target of these themes to improve the capabilities of the existing full body compliant humanoid COMAN (http://www.iit.it/en/advr-labs/humanoids-a-human-centred-mechatronics/advr-humanoids-projects/compliant-humanoid-platform-coman.html) by exploring both the mechatronic technological limits (structural materials, actuation and sensing) and control strategies towards the development of high performance humanoid system (www.walk-man.eu).


Theme 1: BUILDING THE HUMANOIDS OF THE FUTURE: EXPLORING THE MECHATRONIC TECHNOLOGICAL LIMITS AND NEW DESIGN PHILOSOPHIES
    FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH PERFORMANCE FUNCTIONAL HUMANOID PLATFORM
Theme 2: DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND CONTROL OF HIGH PERFORMANCE ROBOTIC ACTUATION SYSTEMS
Theme 3: NEW EFFICIENT ACTUATION SYSTEMS BASED ON THE BLENDING OF FORCED AND NATURAL DYNAMICS
Theme 4: HUMAN/ROBOT COOPERATIVE WHOLE BODY MANIPULATION
Theme 5: DYNAMIC LOCOMOTION CONTROL AND PLANNING
Theme 6: WHOLE-BODY SENSOR FUSION OF HUMANOID ROBOTS
Theme 7: 3D PERCEPTION FOR HUMANOID ROBOTS: ROUGH TERRAIN LOCOMOTION AND FREE-FORM OBJECT MANIPULATION

PhD Themes (Human Centred Robotics):
These themes focus on the development of robotic manipulator/arm systems and wearable robotic devices integrating novel actuation and sensing components and technologies which will ensure safe and perceptive collaboration and/or physical interaction between humans and robotic systems


Theme 1.  DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH POWER AND EFFICIENT ASSISTIVE SYSTEMS FOR THE LIMBS
Theme 2:  DEVELOPMENT AND CONTROL OF ROBOT MANIPULATORS FOR SAFER PHYSICAL HUMAN ROBOT INTERACTION
Theme 3:  WEARABLE HAPTIC SYSTEMS FOR DEXTEROUS TELEOPERATION AND VIRTUAL IMMERSION
Theme 4:  DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH PERFORMANCE HAPTIC TELE-MANIPULATION SYSTEM

More details for the above PhD themes can be found at: http://phd.dibris.unige.it/biorob/media/advancedhumanoidsdef.pdf. For any further enquiries concerning these research themes, please contact Nikos Tsagarakis at: nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it<mailto:nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it>

Application Requirements:
To apply please send a detailed CV, a statement of motivation, at least 2 reference letters, degree certificates, grade of transcripts and any additional support material to Nikos Tsagarakis: (nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it<mailto:nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it>). In addition, the applicants should fill the online application at: (http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/XXX/ENG/)  and upload the necessary application documents following the application procedures which can be found at: (http://phd.dibris.unige.it/biorob/index.php/how-to-apply)no later than the 22nd of August 2014, NOON, Italy time (Local time: GMT+2). International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues, etc.


Kind Regards,

Nikos Tsagarakis





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