[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Internship Opening: Control of a Centaur-like Robot at the Humanoids Lab of IIT Genoa (Navvab Kashiri)

Navvab Kashiri Navvab.Kashiri at iit.it
Mon Jul 27 07:37:19 PDT 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 desirable.

For any further information regarding this research internship, please contact Dr. Navvab Kashiri at: navvab [dot] kashiri [at] iit [dot] it<mailto:kashiri at iit.it>

More information about the opening, and the application instruction, can be found at:


Application deadline: September 1st, 2015
Dr. Navvab Kashiri
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Humanoids & Human-Centred Mechatronics Lab,
Department of Advanced Robotics,
Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia,
Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova, Italy

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