[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Phd Position in Design principles and control of high performance robotic actuation systems

Navvab Kashiri navvab.kashiri at iit.it
Tue Apr 26 12:07:29 PDT 2016

/*ROBOTIC ACTUATION: Design principles and control of high performance 
robotic actuation systems*/
Curriculum Advanced and Humanoid Robotics: Theme 20/*
The Humanoids Lab at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is currently 
one of the world leading research institutes in the development and new 
actuation systems ranging from series compliant actuators to actuators 
with variable compliance and damping characteristics. Elastic components 
in the actuation may improve the motion efficiency of the robotic system 
through energy storage and release during locomotion or permit to 
generate high power motions during throwing, kicking and jumping 
actions. However, this energy efficiency improvement has not yet 
demonstrated in real systems powered by compliance actuators. Recently a 
new actuation concept based on an asymmetric antagonistic scheme has 
been developed at the Department of Advanced Robotics. This research 
will investigate this novel joint actuation and elastic transmission 
system and their associate control schemes and eventually demonstrate 
energy efficient and high peak operation using large energy storage 
capacity elements, efficient actuation drivers and energy recycling 
techniques. The developed joint concepts and controllers will be 
eventually applied to walking, hopping and in general legged robots. The 
research in the utility and control of the actuator will be also applied 
in high power bursts such as throwing, kicking and jumping of 
anthropomorphic robots. The work activity of this theme will be in line 
with the workplan of the WALK-MAN EU project (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.walkman.eu_&d=CwICaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=JL4N2KuB83VBF4zstxhIdUY7q2VnFtGh-HPZCbTTunI&s=zzuEyVUy_OH8ioYcSmaMyNFHUtO5lnOPy3wV0dP0LRw&e= ) *

T**utors*: /Nikos Tsagarakis, Navvab Kashiri
*Requirements: *We are seeking for highly motivated candidates with a 
background in Electronic/Mechanical engineering, Physical Sciences or 
Robotics. Candidates should have competencies in CAD mechanical design 
and/or robot dynamics and control. (Mechanical design 50%, 
Dynamics/Control %50).

*Application **deadline*: June 10, 2016 at 12.00 noon (Italian time)

*Application Instruction: *Application is electronic/online (ONLY) and 
consists of two fundamental steps

 1. Registration to the University's website: /
 2. Online application available at:

Required Documents*:

  * Your CV, and a scanned copy of your ID (identification document,
    such as your passport)
  * Your academic degrees, and a transcript of your courses and exams
  * A research proposal on this topic, i.e. Design and control of high
    performance robotic actuation systems.
    Check the template:
  * A declaration of truthfulness about all the documents you fill, to
    be offered during the registration process  in order to be filled
    and submitted (it involves printing and scanning)

More information about the application instruction can be found at: 
/https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_phd-2Dschool_phd-2Dschool&d=CwICaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=JL4N2KuB83VBF4zstxhIdUY7q2VnFtGh-HPZCbTTunI&s=3WE_gn7gg669FlWEwOLhQy1UgKBz2vw0UD_j2zoJjA0&e=  /

Navvab Kashiri (B.Sc.Eng., M.Sc.Eng., Ph.D.)
Post-doctoral Researcher
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Department of Advanced Robotics
Humanoids & Human Centred Mechatronics
Phone: +39 010 71781 582

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