[robotics-worldwide] [jobs]: 1 PhD position on pHRI and Rehab Robotics at IIT

Jacopo Zenzeri jacopo.zenzeri at iit.it
Tue May 16 18:39:45 PDT 2017

1 PhD position with scholarship starting from November 2017 at the
Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, Istituto Italiano di
Tecnologia, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__iit.it_lines_robotics-2Dbrain-2Dand-2Dcognitive-2Dsciences&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=ycq6oW1wVr1NIRUoe29w_E6jxB26TE1rZleOUfg3zaU&s=6f3tRgIH6VXQwK0EdyEAvCZhqJvWY4LXDmTenjkBn-U&e= 

* Theme 4, Sensorimotor modeling to enhance skill learning and skill

Tutors: Prof. Gabriel Baud-Bovy, Dr. Jacopo Zenzeri

Description: Shaping sensorimotor processes through physical human-robot
interaction is the key to promote skill learning and skill recovery. In
particular proprioception has a critical role in promoting or hindering
learning mechanisms. These mechanisms are related to the body schema
concept: a dynamical system that generates goal-oriented, spatio-temporal,
sensorimotor patterns, integrating a direct and inverse internal model in a
multi-referential framework, and that plays a fundamental role in haptic
exteroception and motor control. Proprioception may be considered as the
“glue” that keeps the coherence of the body-schema during its incessant
evolution. Modeling these sensorimotor processes can be fundamental to
intervene when the goal is, for example, the optimization of skill recovery
after a brain injury. The research will involve experiments with human
subjects (healthy and impaired) using haptic interfaces, analysis of
movements, interaction forces and their neural correlates (using EMG, EEG,
TMS). The knowledge gained from the experiments will also be used to design
more effective robotic systems that exploit the models of sensorimotor

* Official call: PhD Course in Bioengineering and Robotics. Curriculum
“Cognitive Robotics, interaction and rehabilitation technologies”

* Application *must* be done online, see instructions for applicants:

* Application deadline: June 13, 2017.

* Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact: Jacopo Zenzeri

Jacopo Zenzeri, PhD
Head of the Motor Learning, Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Lab
Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy

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