[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD openings on event-driven perception for humanoid robots

Chiara Bartolozzi Chiara.Bartolozzi at iit.it
Mon May 22 00:30:27 PDT 2017

We are looking for motivated and talented candidates for PhD scholarships at the iCub Facility, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, in the context of event driven perception.

What: Carrying out real-world tasks robustly and efficiently is one of the major challenges of robotics. Biology clearly outperforms artificial computing and robotic systems in terms of appropriateness of the behavioural response, robustness to interference and noise, adaptation to ever changing environmental conditions, or energy efficiency. All these properties arise from the characteristics of the radically different style of sensing and computation used by the biological brain.
In conventional robots, sensory information is available in a sequence of static frames and high dynamics can be sensed only by increasing the sampling rate. Unfortunately the available bandwidth limits the amount of information that can be transmitted forcing a compromise between resolution and speed. Event-driven vision sensors transmit information as soon as a change occurs in their visual field, achieving incredibly high temporal resolution, coupled with extremely low data rate and automatic segmentation of significant events.
Three different themes aim at the exploitation of event-driven sensing technology to the iCub humanoid robot, respectively aiming at:
-  the exploitation of highly dynamical, sparse information at high temporal precision from event-driven sensors for autonomous learning of objects using multimodal (visual and tactile) cues (theme 4)
-  learning the behaviour of objects during clumsy or imprecise manipulation and grasping, and using this knowledge to plan and perform corrective actions (theme 5)
-  develop compressive sensing and low-latency embedded visual processing for the iCub (theme 6)

Where: The positions are available through the PhD course of Bioengineering and Robotics, curriculum on Advanced and Humanoid Robotics. Successful applicants will join the iCub Facility department at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.iit.it_icub&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=8zY7EQ1yA8nxlaBWkLedfDQZ3cNf5Hcajyl-DWB2cHc&s=AOY7IKNZfrwswdh55JOBbx4rkDGXj0URV_2kez9m-3c&e= ). For additional details and the detailed description of each research theme please check: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_phd-2Dschool&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=8zY7EQ1yA8nxlaBWkLedfDQZ3cNf5Hcajyl-DWB2cHc&s=YNrkFB1sFRigGyj3JkMSa2xrxvR3g67-AoZXc7QejOw&e=  and the tips and tricks page

When: Deadline for applications is on June 13th 2017, 12pm CEST. Applications must be submitted online, instructions for applicants are available here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.studenti.unige.it_postlaurea_dottorati_XXXIII_ENG_&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=8zY7EQ1yA8nxlaBWkLedfDQZ3cNf5Hcajyl-DWB2cHc&s=m___Z97kjBuj7e6P6zM1SLGqDJxdtWFpAes9Dz750DY&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__phd.dibris.unige.it_biorob_index.php_how-2Dto-2Dapply&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=8zY7EQ1yA8nxlaBWkLedfDQZ3cNf5Hcajyl-DWB2cHc&s=N9BGTxyzcAhzjyAdE5xrk9-kDKYVTdJumU4Q7Vz1LvA&e= >

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