[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD openings at the HRII lab of the Italian Institute of Technology (arash.ajoudani at iit.it)

Arash Ajoudani Arash.Ajoudani at iit.it
Tue Aug 2 03:53:47 PDT 2016

PhD Openings in Human-Robot Interfaces and Physical Interaction

The Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI2) Laboratory<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_research_lines_human-2Drobot-2Dinterfaces-2Dand-2Dphysical-2Dinteraction&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=Jolzot_uF25zEWXZLbFiu1WY4qcSRlV0VPGFTGpi3MY&s=D0xezh_mCmxh3aO8fnGqenkPp36tzVXCVV5FfghSn7s&e= > of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT - an English speaking institute placed in Genoa, Italy) offers two PhD positions in a joint PhD program<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.unipi.it_index.php_english-2Dnews_item_7652-2Dfive-2Dgrants-2Davailable-2Dfor-2Dthe-2Dphd-2Dprogramme-2Din-2Drobotics&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=Jolzot_uF25zEWXZLbFiu1WY4qcSRlV0VPGFTGpi3MY&s=vhrRjON9d8b_Dy7_q9eHO0j9fJkgT3Gf-g2CEB1F40w&e= > with the engineering school of the University of Pisa.

Research will be conducted at IIT on the topics of physical human robot interaction and cooperation, robotic manipulation, prosthetics control, and teleoperation (see suggested themes below). Successful candidates will have access to several robotic platforms such as WALKMAN and COMAN humanoid robots, a dual-arm KUKA IV+ platform, the Pisa/IIT Softhand, etc.

Requirements: We are seeking for highly motivated candidates with an excellent master degree in robotics, mechanical, biomedical or control engineering, or related fields. A good level of software programming (C++ and MATLAB) proficiency is required.

Application Procedure: In order to apply for these positions it is mandatory to refer to the procedures defined by Università degli studi di Pisa<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__dottorato.unipi.it_index.php_it_concorsi-2Dd-2Dammissione-2Da-2Da-2D2016-2D2017.html-23startOfPageId252&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=Jolzot_uF25zEWXZLbFiu1WY4qcSRlV0VPGFTGpi3MY&s=HiGvNDEXfZHn_s6mScmiJ-rVH2bhP05XCMo1_MvYrTo&e= >. The official notice and the procedure for admissions is available at this link:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_phd-2Dschool&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=Jolzot_uF25zEWXZLbFiu1WY4qcSRlV0VPGFTGpi3MY&s=jI5EN-IAygs3rPnxng3C-YI4mhyfJjx-JdCCrG_MVqc&e= 
Interested applicants should follow the admission instructions, and additionally submit their CV electronically outlining experience and qualifications, list of publications, a statement of research interests and plans and the names of at least two referees to Dr. Arash Ajoudani (arash.ajoudani at iit.it<mailto:arash.ajoudani at iit.it>), quoting HRII-PhD2016 in the email subject.

Please apply before August 25, 2016.

Suggested PhD themes (other creative ideas within the HRI2 scopes are welcome!):

Theme-1: Multimodal Interfaces for Human-Robot Co-Manipulation (Tutors: Dr. Luka Peternel and Dr. Arash Ajoudani)
Physical human-robot interaction and cooperation are two fundamental and necessary aspects for integrating robots into our daily lives. The robots are expected to help us in various tasks, of which many require collaborative effort to be successfully completed. In order to achieve such behaviour, the robot must be able to physically interact with the human counterpart and predict the intentions of the human, despite the additional interaction with the uncertain and unpredictable environment. Appropriate robot control methods therefore are essential for the robot to deal with various uncertainties, dynamically aspects and complex task requirements. A promising direction towards this goal is to adaptively regulate mechanical parameters of the robot, based on the task requirements and external feedback.
Another important aspect of robot control in human-robot interaction/collaboration is the presence of the human. The human behaviour is usually highly unpredictable and difficult to model. Indeed recent work at HRI2<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3De3t5odKe6-5Fc-26feature-3Dyoutu.be&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=Jolzot_uF25zEWXZLbFiu1WY4qcSRlV0VPGFTGpi3MY&s=TDy558LZXL87khN3vCfyi0K0IDIEmWMM5z7JXzOJRrA&e= > laboratory aims at developing appropriate human-robot interfaces to enable the robot to predict or extract the human intention from various feedback modalities (human motor behaviour, vision, interaction force, voice commands, etc.). In addition, other key aspects such as role-allocation in human-robot cooperation and partner's skill evaluation, which can enable the robot to adapt its behaviour to accommodate for different level of competence and capability of the human will be explored.

Theme-2: Design and Control Principles for Power Augmentation Devices (Tutors: Dr. Wansoo Kim and Dr. Arash Ajoudani)
Exoskeletons are wearable robotic devices that are used for human body power augmentation or rehabilitation. Such mechanism could prove indispensable in addressing problems of injuries and growing elderly population. As the exoskeleton is attached to the human body, it is imperative that appropriate control methods and human-robot interfaces are developed to enable coordinated motion and assistance in the complex daily tasks. The main objective in this research line is the development of appropriate control strategies to facilitate the interaction between the human, the power augmentation device and the environment. In addition, HRI2 aim at developing novel power augmentation devices, therefore, we highly encourage applications for hardware developments as well.

Theme-3: Shared Authority Approaches in Humanoids Control (Tutor: Dr. Arash Ajoudani)
The need to manipulate objects and tools in unstructured or hostile environments has led to the development of several Master-Slave teleoperation interfaces: from the most basic, unilateral position-based, to bilateral force-reflecting systems. Notwithstanding the widespread use of such frameworks, they are known to lack substantial requirements to render an appropriate interaction performance (e.g. soft interactions in unilateral and stability in the latter). Therefore, the main objective of this theme is to address such limitations by the development of novel and intuitive interfaces for the execution of dynamic remote manipulation tasks. Our objective is to extend the recent developments at HRI2 laboratory<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3Ddo1o0eLhVuY-26feature-3Dyoutu.be&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=Jolzot_uF25zEWXZLbFiu1WY4qcSRlV0VPGFTGpi3MY&s=kBmhaz4bSOxXNlxwCEkfYmPvoyKfxhj2owEr9yXmeQE&e= > on the teleimpedance control of compliant robotic arms to a large number of degrees of freedom, e.g. humanoid robots.

For more information, please contact Dr. Arash Ajoudani (arash.ajoudani at iit.it<mailto:arash.ajoudani at iit.it>).

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Arash Ajoudani, Ph.D.
Researcher (TT)
Human-Robot Interfaces and Physical Interaction (HRI2) Lab<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__iit.it_research_lines_human-2Drobot-2Dinterfaces-2Dand-2Dphysical-2Dinteraction&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=Jolzot_uF25zEWXZLbFiu1WY4qcSRlV0VPGFTGpi3MY&s=HiT4dE_fLncCpXTv7UsE4_MLwdvJiiDhGJXcU2MmLsM&e= >
Department of Advanced Robotics
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Via Morego 30, 16163, Genova, Italy
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