[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Two fellowship positions on Haptics and Vision for Teleoperated Mobile Manipulation on EU Euroc Project at Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Fei Chen Fei.Chen at iit.it
Mon Jul 13 00:56:58 PDT 2015

(Apologies for multiple copies due to cross-posting)

The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-language research Institute in Genoa, Italy, is looking for TWO highly motivated full-time fellows with key research roles in the area of mobile manipulation. The selected applicants will join the Advanced Industrial Automation Laboratory and have the opportunity to pursue research within the FP7 European Robotic Challenge (EuroC) project funded by the European Commission under contract No. 608849. The project will involve collaboration with a consortium of leading universities and research institutes in Europe and will last until December 2017.

The main objectives of this project are to drive innovation in European robotics and manufacturing, and to strengthen collaboration and cross-fertilisation between the industrial and the research communities. Towards this aim EuroC has launches and will run three industrially relevant challenges in European robotics with applicability to the factory of the future (C1: Reconfigurable Interactive Manufacturing Cell; C2: Shop Floor Logistics and Manipulation; C3: Plant Servicing and Inspection). These challenges cover the most promising application scenarios, and thus, product visions, of the European robotics industry (For detail: http://www.euroc-project.eu/index.php?id=euroc_project).

The "AutoMAP" project, led by IIT, is a collaboration with CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) within challenge C2 - Shop Floor Logistics and Manipulation and is aimed at building a remotely controlled mobile manipulation system. This challenge is based on use case operations to be carried out on CERN's flagship accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the most powerful accelerator in the world and has been in operation since 2010. The main motivation for carrying out maintenance work using a remotely controlled mobile manipulation system is to reduce maintenance personnel exposure to hazards in the LHC tunnels - such as ionizing radiation and oxygen deficiency hazards. A second motivation is that the robot will be able to autonomously carry out the same tasks in the assembly facility as in the tunnel on collimators during their initial build and quality assurance. This robotic mobile manipulation system should be easily reconfigured by non-specialist personnel to perform autonomous/semi-autonomous tasks in the unstructured environment (autonomous navigation and identification of various types of collimators). Implementing a high performance teleoperation capability will also be necessary for work in the LHC tunnel to allow safe teaching and learning by teleoperation demonstration and to allow recovery without damaging delicate accelerator equipment in the event of unforeseen problems (For detail: http://www.euroc-project.eu/index.php?id=automap).

We are looking for TWO highly motivated young scientists with a background in Robotics and/or mechanics/control/electronics/computer science engineering to be responsible for the following two jobs respectively:
Job1 - Haptic:

*         Development of haptic interfaces using commercial haptic devices.

*         Integration of haptic control into a state-of-art KUKA mobile platform/iiwa arm.

*         Control of the movement of the KUKA mobile platform and arm using haptic devices.

*         Development of customized force sensing and feedback.

*         Motion sensing and motion tracking technologies.

*         Haptic rendering.

*         Teleoperation control.
Requirement: Proficiency in hardware design and mechanism analysis with a proven portfolio of practical designs, excellent hands-on practical skills and strong competences in robot kinematics/dynamics and physical system modelling are essential. Proficiency with force dimension haptic devices, i.e. Sensible Phantom Omni, Omega, Novint Falcon, etc would also be essential.
Experience programming in C++, Python as well as a working knowledge of ROS under Linux is desirable. Scientific curiosity, large autonomy and ability to work independently are also preferable.

Job2 - Vision:

*         Development of vision system from multiple RGB or RGBD cameras in both hardware and software.

*         Integrating vision system into a state-of-art KUKA mobile platform/LBR iiwa arm.

*         Integration of SLAM with vision.

*         Development of perception technologies for real time object detecting and tracking, position and orientation estimation.

*         Development of algorithms for 3D environment reconstruction, based on RGBD point cloud or RGB structure from motion technologies.
Requirement: Proficiency in conventional and advanced camera system, excellent hands-on practical skills and strong competences in camera selection, setup and analysis are essential.  Experience programming using image processing libraries, i.e. OpenCV, PCL and experience programming in C++, Python as well as working knowledge of ROS under Linux is desirable.  Experience with visual servoing technologies will be a plus. Scientific curiosity, large autonomy and ability to work independently are also preferable.
Note: The selected candidate must be currently pursuing a PhD in Robotics, Computer Science/applied mathematics, or related. Or alternatively he must have received a PhD degree in Robotics, Computer Science/applied mathematics, or related, within 6 months. The successful candidate will be offered fellowship with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is expected to start from October 2015 but it is also pending the signature of the grant agreement with the European Commission.

Interested applicants should submit their detailed (1) CV, (2) motivation letter, (3) any helpful relevant information or documentation, (4) available starting time and duration within email to Dr. Fei Chen (fei.chen at iit.it<mailto:fei.chen at iit.it>) with "Application - Euroc Vision (or Haptic), Your Name" as the email header. Please apply by July 20, 2015.

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - IIT - was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova, a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide, recruited an international staff of about 1200 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavour focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnologies.


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