[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Two Research Internship Openings on “Perception for the WALK-MAN Humanoid Robot” at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa

Dimitrios Kanoulas Dimitrios.Kanoulas at iit.it
Fri Nov 18 16:38:21 PST 2016

*Two Research Internship Openings on “Perception for the WALK-MAN Humanoid
Robot” at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), GenoaWhere:* Humanoids
and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab, Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR)
at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), in Genoa, Italy.

*Starting Date*: As soon as possible; February/March 2017 (preferable)

*Deadline*: December 15, 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 1: "3D Perception for Humanoid Robots: rough terrain locomotion"*
*Tutors*: Dr. Dimitrios Kanoulas, Dr. Przemyslaw Kryczka, Dr. Nikos

*Topic 2: “State Estimation/SLAM for Humanoid Robots”*
*Tutors*: Dr. Dimitrios Kanoulas, Dr. Przemyslaw Kryczka, Dr. Nikos

*Video of our WALK-MAN humanoid robot*: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_kZzwVwzAWME&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=zGhjdjuf32UKzJ9eREJfbJ6VEL-y3SwRgR7MWIYq_X4&s=Mii1Vkfz1jb4C6eYCBlZq042wvTtxm_1Xf6whHOumFE&e= 
*WALK-MAN facebook page*:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_WalkmanRobot&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=zGhjdjuf32UKzJ9eREJfbJ6VEL-y3SwRgR7MWIYq_X4&s=pvcMz5vqHGBkCSAshSS4VOj4F-aZFtizJhX2laYcxng&e= 

*Description*: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 two *6-8
months* fully funded *research interns* to work on the WALK-MAN EU project (

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 1: “3D Perception and Path Planning for Humanoid Robots: Rough
terrain locomotion”*
  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 on our full-size
humanoid robot WALK-MAN in 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.

*Topic 2: “State Estimation/SLAM for Humanoid Robots”*
  The aim of *this research internship* is to develop new humanoid state
estimation techniques for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM). A
variety of sensors (e.g. LIDAR, vision, inertial) will be used on the
full-size humanoid robot WALK-MAN. The big challenge and interest of this
project lies in the need of fusing uncertain measurements that come from
various sensors during locomotion. The methods that are going to be
developed will be integrated with the perception and planning system on the
robot, 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 a 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* and *signal
processing* 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.

*Official opening:*

*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  e-mail: **Dimitrios.Kanoulas at iit.it*
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