[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD opportunity: Making Skippy Move

Roy Featherstone Roy.Featherstone at iit.it
Sat Apr 23 14:22:29 PDT 2016

Skippy is a highly athletic robot that is capable of enormous leaps up to 4 metres high, and yet also able to balance exquisitely on a single point.  Skippy pushes the limits on what is physically possible with today's motion technology, and breaks new ground in motion control.  You can find out more about Skippy here:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__royfeatherstone.org_skippy&d=CwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=M395tLCltvEPDB6fdufvXbXqnLIu6JwCMt_svIeGfZw&s=6RI_oR5x86a4BgL7MczX45SmNLqsCg6vJ2dU_pLJvas&e= 

An opportunity exists for a talented and ambitious individual to study for a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Roy Featherstone (me) as part of the Skippy project team at the Italian Institute of Technology https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__iit.it&d=CwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=M395tLCltvEPDB6fdufvXbXqnLIu6JwCMt_svIeGfZw&s=YMKiarFecaOT6yjoN2OPuujzAbY_YEmizOX4yOUQPjA&e=  which is an English-speaking research institute with a large presence in robotics.  This is a rare opportunity to study at a level of difficulty and reward far beyond an average PhD project, and would be suitable only for someone who is looking to dive into the unknown and achieve something remarkable.

Topics:  robot mechanical and electronic design; pushing IMUs to the limit; balance, hopping, somersaulting and tumbling controllers; robustness; reactive motion control and short-term planning; self awareness and self diagnosis; improving by doing; a unified control architecture for all of Skippy's behaviours.

Requirements:  a Masters degree in robotics, or other relevant subject, with outstanding grades, either now or before the end of October.

If you are interested in this project then you should contact me directly, attaching your CV, explaining what interests you, what motivates you, and how you think you could contribute to the Skippy project.  The official deadline for applications is June 10th.  However, you would have to contact me weeks in advance of this deadline if you want to be considered seriously.

Roy Featherstone

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