[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship expression of interest (1)

Paolo Fiorini paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Mon Jun 29 10:06:33 PDT 2015


MSCA-IF Expression of Interest: Rehabilitation techniques using robots and augmented reality

Description of the Institution

The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona is looking for a highly motivated 
candidate to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in the Altair Robotics 
Laboratory. The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona (Italy) was funded in 
2001 and is located in the south of Verona. Its main research labs and offices are located in the 
area of the Medical-Scientific Centre of the university. The department has several research and 
teaching activities that represent a continuous of competences from mathematics, through computer 
science and computer engineering, up to physics. Active research areas are: discrete and application 
mathematics, theory of computation, machine intelligence, information systems, software engineering 
and security, applied computing, cyber-physical systems, applied and experimental condensed matter 
physics. Finally, the leadership of the department in applied research and the impact on the 
surrounding area are confirmed by research funding via European, national and regional programs and 
by the seven spin-offs created in the last years.
The ALTAIR Robotics Laboratory was founded in 2000, concurrently with the establishment of the 
courses Automatic Controls and Robotics within the Department of Computer Science of the University 
of Verona. The main fields of exploration in the research group range from surgical and medical 
robotics, smart robotic instruments, images analysis, virtual and augmented reality to mobile 
robotics and UAVs.

Description of the Position

The robotic group of the Department of Computer Science looks for an experienced researcher 
(Post-Doc) with competences in robotics, control systems, software development and bioinformatics, 
to develop and extend projects in the field of rehabilitation robotics. The robotics group aims at 
reinforcing their knowledge in this field, by this opportunity. The Post-Doc will find an 
environment of researchers at all levels with whom he/she can collaborate to implement the project.
Since rehabilitation robotics covers quite a wide range of different sectors, the candidate(s) can 
present a statement of research in any of the following branches.
Rehabilitation aids can be used post-trauma or post-surgery to train and support recovery, promote 
healing and enable faster recovery while protecting and assessing the user.
Functional replacement aids are designed to improve mobility and motor skills and may be worn as a 
prosthesis or as an exo-skeletal device.
Neurorehabilitation or Cognitive rehabilitation is the branch of rehabilitation dedicated to patient 
recover after losing some neurological abilities or to help (re-)education of mentally disabled 
people. In this field also virtual and augmented reality, such as video-games, is used to improve 
the rehabilitation results.
Smart prosthesis able to adapt to the user’s gait and the environment take advantage of Robotics, 
which has the potential to combine improved cognitive awareness and increased dexterity and control 
particularly in upper limb and hand prosthesis and in controlling foot placement.
Mobility support systems (e.g. exoskeletons) help patients with reduced physical functions, either 
permanent or temporary, who benefit from increased mobility. In the future it is possible that such 
systems may be capable of compensating for cognitive impairment preventing falls and accidents.
The selected candidate will be invited to submit a MSCA IF proposal together with Prof. Fiorini, 
supervisor of the proposal. The involvement of the selected candidate in the proposal writing 
process will provide ample opportunity to tailor the proposal to his / her research interests. A 
successful application will result in a one-year, or a two-year appointment.

Number of positions: 1

Research Field: Robotics, Automation and Computer Science Engineering
Career Stage: Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research Profiles: Recognised Researcher (R2)

Benefits

The salary is paid monthly, the Post Doc will have a desk on a four-people office and he/she will 
access to the university facilities. The university also gives support for mobility period, 
assistance for application procedure to obtain entry visa, information about social security 
protection and rules, procedure to have health insurance in our country, support to find an 
accommodation in Verona and information on how to access to the university nursery for researchers 
with children.

Contacts

https://metropolis.scienze.univr.it/altair/
Requirements
An expression of interest shall be sent to Prof. Paolo Fiorini (paolo.fiorini at univr.it) AND Dr. 
Marta Capiluppi (marta.capiluppi at univr.it) before 15th of July 2015. Your file should contain the 
following elements:
• A short CV. Only CVs with considerable scientific achievements will be considered. Candidates 
should have an excellent track record of research; they should demonstrate the ability to grow into 
scientific/technological leadership roles.
• A statement of research.
• A letter of presentation.
• Contacts of two supervisors/mentors to whom it is possible to ask references.




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