[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] 1 year research grant at the University of Bologna on "Development of a ROS-based mobile manipulator controller for industrial applications"

Gianluca Palli gianluca.palli at unibo.it
Mon Jul 8 00:56:03 PDT 2019

The Laboratory of automation and Robotics of the University of Bologna opens a 1 year research position on "Development of a ROS-based mobile manipulator controller for industrial applications" starting from October 1st, 2019.

This research activity is focused on the implementation of a real-time controller for mobile manipulators according to the ROS-Industrial specifications. This will enable the use of mobile manipulators able to react to a changing environment in an industrial setting. The
mobile manipulation platform will be used for servicing activities and for the interaction with appliances. The extension to industrial applications, such as automatic machine servicing and assembly, will be investigated.
The reason why an automatic solution for the interaction with appliances is required is related to the number of tests the appliance must pass before entering into the market. The appliances constructors are looking for an automated and flexible solution for the testing to
shorten the time to market, and the application of robotized solution seems very promising.
The main issues in this development are the number of variants, the partially unstructured environment, the presence of the human in the scene, the non-precise placement of the robot base, the complexity of the involved manipulation tasks just to name a few.
The project has a significant potential impact on many manufacturing fields in which conventional human-center production processes are implemented. This involves many fields, such as automotive, aerospace, food processing, switchgear cabling and so on.
This activity will be carried out in cooperation with a world-leading multinational appliance manufacturer. This activity aims at developing a mobile manipulator able to interact safely with appliances such as washing machines. The objective is to move from the actual human-driven 8-hours shift over 5 days a week to 24 hours, 365 days per year. In this way, a 60% reduction of the time to market is foreseen.

Details for the application can be found on


The deadline is on 22/07/2019 at 12:00.

The interview can be via skype and will be on 26/07/2019 at 10:00.

For additional details please contact me at gianluca.palli at unibo.it

Best regards,


Gianluca Palli, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Bologna
DEI - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering
CIRI - Advanced Applications in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Technology
LAR - Laboratory of Automation and Robotics

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