[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Internship Opening on 'Perception for the WALK-MAN Humanoid Robot' at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa, Italy

Dimitrios Kanoulas Dimitrios.Kanoulas at iit.it
Tue Nov 1 13:14:24 PDT 2016

Research Internship Opening on 'Perception for the WALK-MAN Humanoid Robot'
at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa, Italy

Where: Humanoids and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab, Department of Advanced
Robotics (ADVR) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), in Genoa,

Starting Date: As soon as possible; February-March 2016 (preferable)

Deadline: November 30, 2016 (Please note that an FCFS policy will be
followed in the evaluation of the applications until a suitable candidate
is appointed.)

Duration: 6-8 months with potential follow up enrollment to continue for
PhD studies.

Topic: "3D Perception for Humanoid Robots: Rough terrain locomotion"

Tutors: Dr. Dimitrios Kanoulas, Dr. Przemyslaw Kryczka, Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis

Video of our WALK-MAN humanoids robot: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_kZzwVwzAWME&d=DgIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z502uUpIWoC5FJU14b9ikUxO6sXQ6vqLBZY3uDhJnRU&s=Fz9Z4IBsx5BfL08Lz1LRiKIAmOr_ao8meOJPMdvOTqo&e= 

WALK-MAN facebook page:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_WalkmanRobot&d=DgIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Z502uUpIWoC5FJU14b9ikUxO6sXQ6vqLBZY3uDhJnRU&s=WLqaQZwWh3rty0ZxWZoDy2VT1FMb26b_9__yz_CBHV8&e= 

The Humanoids and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab at the Department of
Advanced Robotics in the Italian Institute of Technology IIT (an English
language Institute, placed in Genoa) is looking for a 6-8 months fully
funded research interns to work on the WALK-MAN EU project (www.walk-man.eu

In particular the WALK-MAN project has the goal to develop a humanoid robot
which can operate outside the laboratory space in unstructured environments
and work spaces as a result of natural and man-made disasters. Rapid
advancements in actuation and control over the last few years enabled
articulated humanoid robots to walk in uneven terrain. The problem of foot
placement in rough terrain for walking and grasping using 3D perception
remains one of the main challenges in robotics and is the key aspect for
completing locomotion and manipulation tasks in unknown environments.

Topic: '3D Perception and Path Planning for Humanoid Robots: rough terrain
  The aim of this research internship is to develop new environment
reconstruction techniques that enable the humanoid robot WALK-MAN to
perform legged locomotion in unstructured environments using 3D perception
for foot placement. The CMU Multisense-SL 3D sensor will be used on a
full-size humanoid robot (WALK-MAN), where the acquired dense 3D point
cloud will require geometric simplifications for reasoning the contact
between the robot's foot and the environment.  Moreover, a path planning
method to use the extracted primitives for locomotion would need to be
developed. The development and testing will take place to our full-size
humanoid robot WALK-MAN on real-world environments. Modeling these contact
areas around and on the robot while using Simultaneous Localization and
Mapping (SLAM) techniques for creating and keeping a spatial map of these
with respect to the robot are going to be developed, integrated with the
planning and control system, and tested in real-world experiments.

Details can be found under the WALK-MAN website: www.walk-man.eu or under

Contact: For any further questions concerning the research internship,
please contact Dimitrios Kanoulas at Dimitrios.Kanoulas at iit.it.

Application Requirements:
To apply please send to Dimitrios Kanoulas (Dimitrios.Kanoulas at iit.it),
Przemyslaw Kryczka (Przemyslaw.Kryczka at iit.it), and Nikos Tsagarakis (
Nikos.Tsagarakis at iit.it):
1) a detailed CV
2) the name and contact of at least one referee
3) a short paragraph describing your research interests and background

To be eligible, you must have recently (at most 6 months) completed a
Masters degree, or expect to complete one in the next 6 months.

Ideal applicants should have strong C++ programming skills.  A background
in Robotics/Perception/Planning is desirable, while knowledge of the Robot
Operating System (ROS) and the Point Cloud Library (PCL) is a big plus. The
applicants should be fluent in English.

Best Regards,
  Dimitrios Kanoulas, Ph.D.
  Postdoctoral Researcher

*Dept of Advanced Robotics (ADVR)  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
(IIT-Genova)  Via Morego 30,Genova 16163, Italy*

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