[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] PhD student position in Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Claudio Pacchierotti claudio.pacchierotti at iit.it
Wed Jun 3 07:12:47 PDT 2015

*PhD Student Position *in "Exploitation of environmental constraint in grasping
using compliant robotic hands" at the Dept. of Advanced Robotics of the
Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova, Italy



The spread of advanced manipulation systems is often limited by their
complexity, fragility, lack of strength, and difficulty of use. Our
objective to investigate how to design and control simple, compliant, yet
strong, robust, and easy-to-program, manipulation systems. In this
framework, one of the main ideas is that the physical constraints imposed
by objects in the environment and the manipulation system itself are not
regarded as obstacles, but rather as opportunities to guide functional hand
pre-shaping, adaptive grasping, and affordance-guided manipulation of
objects. The exploitation of these opportunities enables robust grasping
and manipulation in dynamic, open, and highly variable environments.
Environmental constraints can be fruitfully exploited if the manipulation
system is sufficiently soft, i.e., if it can easily comply and adapt to
features of the environment. One way to achieve this goal is to understand
the versatility and the stability of the human interaction behavior and
potentially integrate similar concepts into the robot control and design
frameworks for effective planning and realization of the reference


Candidates should have a track record of excellence in research, a computer
science and robotics background, a solid education in math, excellent
programming and software engineering skills, and you should be proficient
in the English language. Speaking Italian is not required. You will get a
competitive compensation, a stimulating, supportive, and well-equipped
research environment, great colleagues, and fun experiences in a very
exciting research center (www.iit.it).

*Info and application*
http://www.iit.it/en/openings/phd-calls.html (Curriculum in Advanced and
Humanoid Robotics, *theme #43*)


Prof. Domenico Prattichizzo (domenico.prattichizzo at gmail.com) and Prof.
Darwin Caldwell (darwin.caldwell at iit.it)

Please note that the deadline for applications is *10th of June 2015*, NOON,

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