[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
Tue Sep 6 07:47:33 PDT 2016


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

Where: Humanoids and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab, Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR<redir.aspx?REF=Ixt6z1VP5WxPv8jGWNStS7MefAgprsZPVKPdvCiQNLAdwaqVZNbTCAFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmlpdC5pdC9lbi9yZXNlYXJjaC9kZXBhcnRtZW50cy9hZHZhbmNlZC1yb2JvdGljcy5odG1s>) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT<redir.aspx?REF=07TNKreKBCq9PY5emt6zAlOa8NZ5MjFLxHnVRIq3uiMdwaqVZNbTCAFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmlpdC5pdC8.>), in Genoa, Italy.

Starting Date: As soon as possible; October-December 2016 (preferable)

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Duration: 6-12 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 Tsagarakis

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


Video of our WALK-MAN humanoid robot: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_kZzwVwzAWME&d=DQIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=H_ElQPjujhwMnAa455D_bhXygEfrD3gKZ2n0PiAMUnw&s=5nydrJF6cGMJB9Xst9HwLskgsLzdQ8yRMisy_x0JhfU&e= <redir.aspx?REF=N4CsOQUwmQT2vPX-j_Q3-wei1JZciEmoEh1sHRnyBEcdwaqVZNbTCAFodHRwczovL3lvdXR1LmJlL2taendWd3pBV01F>
WALK-MAN facebook page:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_WalkmanRobot&d=DQIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=H_ElQPjujhwMnAa455D_bhXygEfrD3gKZ2n0PiAMUnw&s=JjVqg0zVd8iECOYymMAsTdcGN81jX_p8JosMCb1M2aM&e= <redir.aspx?REF=GCQKbOGKPF4zbt0Q1VrNQLRNAsodb5oroPFGwJutYvAdwaqVZNbTCAFodHRwczovL3d3dy5mYWNlYm9vay5jb20vV2Fsa21hblJvYm90Lw..>


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 8-12 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 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<redir.aspx?REF=VWbdD-tljWnQC2Z-LnyKjdB8RutP3JErwmRQqE3vFrkdwaqVZNbTCAFodHRwOi8vd3d3LndhbGstbWFuLmV1> or under dkanou.github.io/openings.html<UrlBlockedError.aspx>.


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.


Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, nanoscience and technology. In order to comply with Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), the candidate is kindly asked to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data.We inform you that the information you provide will be solely used for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper-based means, observing the rules on the protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data.Please also note that, pursuant to art. 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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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