[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD positions in Autonomous Surgical Robotics at the University of Verona (Italy)

Paolo Fiorini paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Mon Mar 18 13:20:11 PDT 2019


Dear prospective PhD students,

The Altair Robotics Laboratory of the University of Verona is looking for two new PhD students to join the surgical robotics team to work within the ERC-ADG project ARS (Autonomous Robotic Surgery).

a.     Machine learning techniques to extract robotic surgery models from data sets.
This research will investigate the structure and the actual evolution of robot-assisted surgery through the examination of data collected during different types of real and simulated robotic interventions. The research will focus on the development of data-driven models that use/embed prior knowledge in the data analysis, identify possible variants to prior knowledge and propose the reward functions optimized by the operating surgeons.

b.     Modeling, analysis and control of a cognitive robot as a hierarchy of hybrid systems.
This research will analyze the interaction between the reasoning and the control parts of a cognitive robot, by modeling the complete system as a hierarchy of discrete and continuous controllers whose properties, including safety, should be theoretically analyzed and experimentally verified.

Applicants should have a MSc/MEng (or equivalent) in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or related disciplines. Applicants must have strong programing skills and background in Machine Learning or Control Engineering preferably with some experience in the integration of control and machine learning. The successful candidate to the first position is expected to have a strong background in machine learning and mathematical modeling. The successful candidate to the second position is expected to have a strong background in system theory, hybrid system control, and formal property analysis. Both candidates must be able to work in a heterogeneous multi-disciplinary team, and be able to test their results on the laboratory robots. The positions will start in October 2019.

Interested candidates should contact Paolo Fiorini (paolo.fiorini at univr.it<mailto:paolo.fiorini at univr.it>) as early as possible. Preliminary, in person interviews will be possible during ISMR19.



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