[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] 2 Postdoc positions on "Computational topology/geometry applied to cloth representation and manipulation by robots" at IRI, CSIC-UPC, Spain

Víctor Vílchez vvilchez at iri.upc.edu
Sun Jul 29 23:45:45 PDT 2018

Computational topology/geometry applied to cloth representation and 
manipulation by robots (ERC CLOTHILDE)
_Application Deadline: 10/08/2018_

IRI, CSIC-UPC in Barcelona, Spain, is seeking two Postdoc researchers to 
work under the framework of the European Project CLOTHILDE 
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.iri.upc.edu_project_show_187&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=haowXaXa8-ApWDrdL2OmZrO0UrZW6873WDqByXaK4eg&s=e3wy5TlvUIdQ1JkzXC3NP6aw5rwtApNTtH5N2RX8G8I&e=> (ERC Advanced Grant 2016).

IRI is a Joint University Research Institute participated by the Spanish 
National Research Council (CSIC) and the Technical University of 
Catalonia (UPC) that conducts research in human-centered robotics and 
automatic control. The institute is a key player in the Spanish robotics 
and automatic control scenes, and a valued participant in a large number 
of international collaborations including more than ten ongoing H2020 
projects and an ERC Advanced Grant. Recently, is has been recognized as 
a Maria de Maeztu Excellence Unit, the main accreditation given by the 
Spanish Government to research units that stand out for the impact and 
international relevance of their results.

The European Project CLOTHILDE (Cloth manipulation learning from 
demonstration) is an ERC Advanced Grant, awarded to Dr. Carme Torras, 
that started in January 2018.
The project aim is to establish the foundations of versatile cloth 
manipulation by robots. The theoretical ground will be to link machine 
learning and computational topology methods, so as to come up with a 
theory of cloth deformation under manipulation leading to a general 
framework for robots to learn to manipulate garments from human 
demonstrations. Such framework will encompass: non-expert teaching of a 
task, robot perception and skill learning, task-oriented cloth 
representation, probabilistic planning, robot task execution in varying 
initial conditions, failure diagnosis and informed requests for human help.

The CLOTHILDE project has been structured into four research 
workpackages, plus one integration workpackage. The four packages are: 
Theory of cloth manipulation, Cloth perception and representation, 
Probabilistic task and motion planning, and Manipulation learning from 

These positions correspond to the Theory of cloth manipulation 
Workpackage and its connection with cloth representation and motion 
planning. The tasks to be carried out are:
1. Research on combinatorial topology, computational geometry and tools
2. Research on surface representations in Computer Graphics, especially 
for clothing
3. Encoding manipulation-relevant features in cloth representation
4. Physical simulation of manipulation actions on clothing
5. Topological/geometric characterization of manipulation actions

The postdocs will be supervised by Prof. Carme Torras and will be 
incorporated into the Perception and Manipulation Group of IRI.
Both postdocs will be hired through a CSIC contract with a salary 
depending on experience and skills, and their incorporation will take 
place as soon as possible.
The duration of the contracts will be of one year, extendible until the 
end of the project (December 2022).

The candidates can be of any nationality. They should be a doctor with a 
solid mathematical and computer science background.
The candidate should have experience in carrying out research in 
geometry and computational/combinatorial topology, with application to 
computer graphics, computer vision, robotics, or related areas.

_More info and how to appl__y__:___https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.iri.upc.edu_jobs_64&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=haowXaXa8-ApWDrdL2OmZrO0UrZW6873WDqByXaK4eg&s=5yWNLZ0pBUBb_LyP_SyD0lyvaXN8uRSsi53iNtsrsyI&e=
_Application deadline:_ 10/08/2018

**We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Thank you.
Best regards,

Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), CSIC-UPC
Tel: +34 93 401 57 83, Fax: +34 93 401 57 50

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