[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc and Funded PhD for Robot Sim-to-Real Learning at IIT, Italy

Fei Chen Fei.Chen at iit.it
Mon Mar 4 09:38:37 PST 2019

The Department of Advanced Robotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-language research Institute placed in Genoa, Italy, is looking for highly motivated full-time fellows with a key research role in the area of robotics/computer sciences applied to robot sim-to-real learning.

The selected candidates will join the Active Perception and Robot Interactive Learning Laboratory (the APRIL lab) and have the opportunity to pursue research within the three year "Learn-Real" project. "Learn-Real" is a Chist-Era European project that aims to improve the sim-to-real reproducibility in learning physical manipulation skills of robots with physics-based, photorealistic simulator considering realistic variations of the environment (e.g. light and weather conditions). They will work in direct collaboration with researchers having an established expertise in robotics, robot vision, robot learning with an international academic consortium (Idiap/EPFL from Switzerland and Ecole Centrale de Lyon from France), and on various robot hardware platforms existed in IIT.

The selected candidates will be responsible with the development of robot simulators with high-quality realistic rendering capability of the simulated scenes and accurate physics simulating ability for robot modelling and dynamics. A further task will be the development of user-friendly toolset to let users contribute to the skill acquisition process (e.g., robot manipulates deformable objects) within this simulated environment, allowing the user: 1) to provide demonstrations by considering the discrepancy between the user and robot embodiment; 2) to reconfigure the virtual environment so that the robot can learn faster.

What required:

l  Experience programming of robot using simulator (e.g. Gazebo, V-Rep, pyBullet) or game engine (e.g. Unity 3D, Unreal Engine 4) as a plus.

l  Experience programming in C++, Python.

l  Working knowledge on deep learning or robot learning by demonstration.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit their detailed (1) CV, (2) motivation letter (with available starting time and duration), (3) any helpful information or documents to Dr Fei Chen (fei.chen at iit.it<mailto:fei.chen at iit.it>) with "Application - Learn Real [*Role], Your Name" as the email header. Please apply by April 1st, 2019.

*Replace [Role] with Postdoc or PhD

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - IIT - was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova, a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide, recruited an international staff of about 1200 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavour focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnologies.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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