[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Internship Openings: Control of a Centaur-like Robot at the Humanoids Lab of IIT Genoa

Navvab navvab.kashiri at iit.it
Sun Dec 6 09:12:45 PST 2015

The Advanced Robotics Department at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
(IIT), an English-language research Institute located in Genoa (Italy), 
is seeking a motivated candidate with an outstanding academic record to 
pursue a research internship on the control of a Centaur-like robot.
/A centaur-like robot is being developed, with the aim of operating in 
hazardous scenarios including unstructured environments and work spaces. 
In order to exploit the major benefits associated with mobile robots, 
quadrupeds and humanoids, a centaur-like robot is designed based on the 
integration of the aforesaid classes of robots, in such a way that it is 
equipped with four wheeled legs and a humanoid upper-body. The robot is 
driven by state-of-the-art Series Elastic Actuators (SEAs) in order to 
provide mechanical robustness and suitable interaction performance./
The aim of this research internship will be to develop novel control 
schemes that enable the robot to perform both legged and wheeled 
locomotion/manipulation tasks. The whole body control of the robot, 
including individual manipulation and locomotion control, will be the 
main topic of this research study.
**A background in control theory, as well as in robot kinematics and 
dynamics, is required. Candidates must hold a Master's degree (or 
equivalent) in a relevant subject area, received within the last six 
months. Applicants should have good commands of the English language, 
and suitable computer skills. Experience with real hardware is highly 
For any further information regarding this research internship, please 
contact Dr. Navvab Kashiri at: navvab.kashiri at iit.it 
More information about the opening, and the application instruction, can 
be found at:

Application deadline: *January 17**^st **, 2016*
Navvab Kashiri (B.Sc.Eng., M.Sc.Eng., Ph.D.)
Post-doctoral Researcher

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Department of Advanced Robotics,
Humanoids & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab

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