[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position on Multidimensional peripersonal space sensing, University of Genoa

Silvio P. Sabatini silvio.sabatini at unige.it
Tue Apr 14 07:34:24 PDT 2015

Applications are invited for one full-time PhD studentship (with 
scholarship) for a period of 3 years, at “The Physical Structure of 
Perception and Computation” (PSPC) lab of the Department of Informatics, 
Bioengineering, Robotics, and System Engineering (DIBRIS), University of 
Genoa, Italy.

The position, starting Nov 1st 2015, is on one of the following research 

1/ Representing peripersonal space through sensorimotor likelihoods.
The activity will focus on the design of theoretical models by 
converting computational approaches from engineering into cortical-like 
models of implicit representations of the peripersonal space.

2/ Integration of motion-in-depth multi-sensory information flows in the 
peripersonal space.
The goal of the project is to investigate how different cross-modal 
information can enable arm and hand-related actions in the peripersonal 
space. Specifically, the focus will be on the development of a 
neuromorphic cognitive system for detecting/encoding motion-in-depth 
multimodal information flows relative to body parts.

Both projects will provide the opportunity to work on neural modeling, 
visual psychophysics, robotics, or a combination of them. Experimental, 
modeling, and theoretical approaches might be pursued with a different 
accent according to personal attitude.

Ongoing cooperation, at international level, with research groups of 
different disciplines, will ensure a highly interdisciplinary and 
stimulating environment.

Successful applicants would have a good honors _Master degree_ in 
Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or related disciplines, strong 
interest in computational neuroscience, and an open mind for 
interdisciplinary research.

Online application are available from April 13, 2015 at 12.00 noon 
(Italian time) to June 10, 2015 at 12.00 noon (Italian time).

Full details on the call and the application procedure will soon be 
available at:
http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/XXXI/ENG/ and

Prospective students, please contact Silvio Sabatini 
(silvio.sabatini at unige.it), providing your CV and qualifications, the 
name and contact details of two references, and a description of your 
research interests indicating which of the two positions you are 
interested in.

DIBRIS is a unique inter-school department of the University of Genoa, 
bridging together researchers from the former Science and Engineering 
Faculties. It offers an excellent multidisciplinary, interactive and 
collaborative research environment combining expertise in computer 
vision, computational neuroscience, neuromorphic computing, robotics and 

PSPC-Lab (www.pspc.unige.it), has a long-standing expertise in visual 
coding and multidimensional signal representation, robot perception and 
computer vision. In the last five years, the lab’s research activity 
focused on the analysis of the structural mechanisms of visuo-spatial 
cognition, responsible for orienting and interacting in the 3D space.

Silvio P. SABATINI, PhD                         [PSPC Research Group]
Professor of Bioengineering
DIBRIS - University of Genova     |  e_mail:silvio.sabatini at unige.it
Via Opera Pia, 11A                |  phone: +39 010 3532092/3532794
I-16145 Genova (ITALY)            |  fax:   +39 010 3532289/3536533

"Imagination is more important than knowledge..."   [Albert Einstein]

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