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Matteo Laffranchi
2 postdoc positions available at Rehab Technologies, IIT, Genoa, Italy, on the control of lower limb exoskeletons and lower limb prosthetics:


=======================================THEME 1=======================================

Analysis and control of novel lower limb prosthetic systems

The Rehab Technologies Lab, (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__rehab.iit.it_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=SkmzqvigjeqOacCQKBr1w2R6b-FBVvD7Hxrp0vJRST8&s=hvm5OQZDWFuJLwdJZZnygkkBeD1pcPCvmaytPXHoUeo&e=) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy, is seeking to appoint one Postdoctoral Researcher to carry out research on the control of lower limb prosthetic systems.

The theme is as follows:

State-of-the-art lower limb prosthetic systems are generally semi-active (so-called ‘electronic’ prostheses). These typically employ inertial sensors, force sensors and encoders to estimate the configuration of the user during gait and activity being performed, and use this information to control the mechanical impedance of the joint. Active prostheses are similarly feedback controlled, but also provide an active power boost/assist to the patient for tasks which otherwise would be difficult or impossible. Thus, the control algorithm must detect the patient’s activity and phase of gait, and appropriately modulate actuator power to execute a diverse range of tasks.

Control design that satisfies the expectations and needs of the patient will be a key differentiating factor for advanced prostheses, and will drive adoption of the product over competitors in the market. We also believe that achieving the goals of safety, predictability, naturalness (biomimicry) and personalization will require a comprehensive integration of the fields of human-machine interaction (HMI), neuromechanics physiology, and control system design. This could lead to improvements in, for example, prosthesis functionalities (e.g. by reducing the articular stress of the user/prosthesis, and by realizing biomechanics that can mimic that of a healthy subject).

The aim of this project is to develop novel control architectures and control strategies to display required volitional and reflex behavior with the characteristics of safety/robustness, fluidity, predictability, and reduced training time for the patients. These algorithms are to be tested on the range of prosthetic prototypes we are currently developing in-house. Tools that may be applied include neuromusculoskeletal modelling, sensor selection, system identification, machine learning and robust control design. This will contribute to the technical progress of the IIT experimental prosthetic devices, which will be evaluated by means of bench tests, biomechanical prototypes, and tested on amputee patients.

The project will be carried out at the Rehab Technologies Lab of IIT. It will be a technological challenge in which the Rehab Technologies team will share resources, competencies and motivation to achieve excellent results transferable to the medical field. We are looking for a highly motivated, outstanding candidate with the following profile:

- a solid background in controls/biomedical/mechatronic engineering, with focus on locomotion control

- PhD in related field

- Publication record showing evidence of strong expertise in the field, or relevant industrial experience

During this period, the postdoctoral researcher will develop the following skills and experience:

- Autonomously analyze the control requirements of complex prosthetic devices during gait and other non-cyclical activities.

- Develop practical control architectures and strategies to implement control designs

- Work in a real-world scenario by operating with both engineers and clinicians

- Develop a solid background in medical and prosthetic devices

To apply, please send your CV, publication list, cover letter and at least one reference to [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>  keeping [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> in cc., using “Post-Doc application – Prosthesis Control” as title of the mail.


=======================================THEME 2=======================================



Analysis and control of lower limb exoskeleton systems
The Rehab Techonology Lab (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__rehab.iit.it_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=SkmzqvigjeqOacCQKBr1w2R6b-FBVvD7Hxrp0vJRST8&s=hvm5OQZDWFuJLwdJZZnygkkBeD1pcPCvmaytPXHoUeo&e=) at Italian Institute of Technology (IIT - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=SkmzqvigjeqOacCQKBr1w2R6b-FBVvD7Hxrp0vJRST8&s=-SdmRdx259FjUMNAa1JpRncfUI40Psw_37E1rGB4nvg&e=) is seeking to appoint one Post-Doctoral position to carry out research on the control of a lower limb exoskeleton system for rehabilitation purposes. The offered position is to be carried out at the Morego headquarters of IIT.
Rehabilitation exoskeletons are complex electromechanical devices capable of supporting (partially or totally) the body weight and the patient's movement by applying forces. They also have the ability to measure with objectivity, repeatability and precision several parameters that indicate the performance of the patient during use. This makes it possible to make accurate and quantitative evaluation of the residual motor function of the patient, allowing to tune and define optimal control strategies either for actives of daily life  (climbing stairs, walking on uneven terrains, etc.) and for therapeutic protocols (joint range of motions, level of assistance provided to the movement, trajectory tracking, etc.) as well as to offer feedback to the patient for motivational purposes. Control strategies for exoskeletons tend to vary widely from one design to another, combining position-based and torque/impedance-based controls. Strategies change according to the context (daily-life activities or rehabilitation activities), the task to be executed, e.g. assistive or resistive exercises, and the level of residual capabilities of the patient. Given the nature of locomotion, which could be decomposed in multiple phases, it is possible to implement multiple control states depending on the gait cycle state. State machines can be employed also to switch among different control strategies depending on the tasks: walking on stairs, over a soft terrain, along a slope or on flat ground. These are adaptable to different situations, hovewer the main challenge lies in their implementation in a real-world device.
The aim of this project is to develop a complete control framework in order to enhance the exoskeleton performance for rehabilitation and daily-life activities for a lower-limb exoskeleton that is currently under development at IIT. This will contribute to the technical progress of the IIT experimental exoskeleton device which aims to become product in the next few years. The outcomes of this project will also be exploited to participate to the Cybathlon competition - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.cybathlon.ethz.ch_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=SkmzqvigjeqOacCQKBr1w2R6b-FBVvD7Hxrp0vJRST8&s=YiHnOfQarA-4zsOkmuvrQL6rQttjqAeKCCAVQ64ZkCw&e= in 2020.
The project will be carried out at the Rehab Technologies Lab of IIT. It will be a technological challenge in which IIT will share resources, competencies and motivation to achieve excellent results transferable to the medical field.
We are looking for a highly motivated and outstanding candidate with the following requirements:
-Solid background in one or more of the following areas:

-   Design (simulation) and implementation of control algorithms for locomotion

-   Kinematic and dynamic modelling

-   Motion planning and calibration

-   Signal processing

-   C, C++ (using an OOP approach)

•PhD in related field

 - Publication record showing evidence of strong expertise in the field, or relevant industrial experience


Any of the following skills will be considered a plus:

- Previous experience on exoskeleton devices

- A pragmatic mindset

- Understanding of biomechanics and mechatronics

During the Post-Doc, the researcher will be mainly involved in:
- Analyzing the dynamic behavior of the exoskeleton and its interaction with the patients - so to improve the device design
- Developing control algorithms and strategies intended to improve the exoskeleton dexterity (climbing stairs, stepping on stones, walk on uneven terrains, etc.) and performance (low-consumption trajectories or strategies) while reducing the patient effort
This position requires to work in a real-world scenario, cooperating with both engineers and clinicians.

To apply, please send your CV, publication list, cover letter and at least one reference to [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>  keeping [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> in cc., using “Post-Doc application – Exoskeleton Control” as title of the mail.

=======================================ABOUT US=======================================

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) – Rehab Technologies Lab
Rehab Technologies Lab is an innovation lab jointly created by IIT and INAIL to develop new high tech prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation devices of high social impact and market potential. The Lab is primarily focused on disability and rehabilitation, and exploits a co-creation process which involves scientists, patients and therapists in all the phases of the design, realization and testing of devices developed within the lab.
Among the devices recently developed in this lab there are a polyarticulated prosthetic hand (Hannes), a motorized exoskeleton for paraplegic subjects (Twin) and a rehabilitation robot for the lower limbs and trunk (Hunova). In addition, Rehab Technologies Lab is currently working on prostheses for lower and upper limbs, and robotic rehabilitation systems for neurological patients such as post stroke and multiple sclerosis patients.
The Rehab Technologies Lab has a strong expertise in robotics, innovative tools for the acquisition of surface EMG signals, signal processing of neural signals (LFPs, spikes, EEG, EMG), and open/closed-loop systems for neuroprosthetic applications in humans.


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[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] 2 Postdoc positions at Rehab Technologies, IIT, Genoa, Italy

Matteo Laffranchi



2 postdoc positions available at Rehab Technologies, IIT, Genoa, Italy, on the control of lower limb exoskeletons and lower limb prosthetics:


=======================================THEME 1=======================================

Analysis and control of novel lower limb prosthetic systems


The Rehab Technologies Lab, (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__rehab.iit.it_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=hLAy1L1oSeTySaY-X4dE-DIDVkfiYnRhd_eUMEwk1XE&s=FhQKtZH48_XNebrwk1YIEAJyp8cppIh1yNih86lHvEI&e=) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy, is seeking to appoint one Postdoctoral Researcher to carry out research on the control of lower limb prosthetic systems.

The theme is as follows:

State-of-the-art lower limb prosthetic systems are generally semi-active (so-called ‘electronic’ prostheses). These typically employ inertial sensors, force sensors and encoders to estimate the configuration of the user during gait and activity being performed, and use this information to control the mechanical impedance of the joint. Active prostheses are similarly feedback controlled, but also provide an active power boost/assist to the patient for tasks which otherwise would be difficult or impossible. Thus, the control algorithm must detect the patient’s activity and phase of gait, and appropriately modulate actuator power to execute a diverse range of tasks.

Control design that satisfies the expectations and needs of the patient will be a key differentiating factor for advanced prostheses, and will drive adoption of the product over competitors in the market. We also believe that achieving the goals of safety, predictability, naturalness (biomimicry) and personalization will require a comprehensive integration of the fields of human-machine interaction (HMI), neuromechanics physiology, and control system design. This could lead to improvements in, for example, prosthesis functionalities (e.g. by reducing the articular stress of the user/prosthesis, and by realizing biomechanics that can mimic that of a healthy subject).

The aim of this project is to develop novel control architectures and control strategies to display required volitional and reflex behavior with the characteristics of safety/robustness, fluidity, predictability, and reduced training time for the patients. These algorithms are to be tested on the range of prosthetic prototypes we are currently developing in-house. Tools that may be applied include neuromusculoskeletal modelling, sensor selection, system identification, machine learning and robust control design. This will contribute to the technical progress of the IIT experimental prosthetic devices, which will be evaluated by means of bench tests, biomechanical prototypes, and tested on amputee patients.

The project will be carried out at the Rehab Technologies Lab of IIT. It will be a technological challenge in which the Rehab Technologies team will share resources, competencies and motivation to achieve excellent results transferable to the medical field. We are looking for a highly motivated, outstanding candidate with the following profile:

- a solid background in controls/biomedical/mechatronic engineering, with focus on locomotion control

- PhD in related field

- Publication record showing evidence of strong expertise in the field, or relevant industrial experience


During this period, the postdoctoral researcher will develop the following skills and experience:

- Autonomously analyze the control requirements of complex prosthetic devices during gait and other non-cyclical activities.

- Develop practical control architectures and strategies to implement control designs

- Work in a real-world scenario by operating with both engineers and clinicians

- Develop a solid background in medical and prosthetic devices


To apply, please send your CV, publication list, cover letter and at least one reference to [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>  keeping [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> in cc., using “Post-Doc application – Prosthesis Control” as title of the mail.


=======================================THEME 2=======================================



Analysis and control of lower limb exoskeleton systems
The Rehab Techonology Lab (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__rehab.iit.it_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=hLAy1L1oSeTySaY-X4dE-DIDVkfiYnRhd_eUMEwk1XE&s=FhQKtZH48_XNebrwk1YIEAJyp8cppIh1yNih86lHvEI&e=) at Italian Institute of Technology (IIT - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=hLAy1L1oSeTySaY-X4dE-DIDVkfiYnRhd_eUMEwk1XE&s=nDq4u0L7UyP-O8tTXnIvfsGRfDuwXwfEMz3kb2KCiN0&e=) is seeking to appoint one Post-Doctoral position to carry out research on the control of a lower limb exoskeleton system for rehabilitation purposes. The offered position is to be carried out at the Morego headquarters of IIT.
Rehabilitation exoskeletons are complex electromechanical devices capable of supporting (partially or totally) the body weight and the patient's movement by applying forces. They also have the ability to measure with objectivity, repeatability and precision several parameters that indicate the performance of the patient during use. This makes it possible to make accurate and quantitative evaluation of the residual motor function of the patient, allowing to tune and define optimal control strategies either for actives of daily life  (climbing stairs, walking on uneven terrains, etc.) and for therapeutic protocols (joint range of motions, level of assistance provided to the movement, trajectory tracking, etc.) as well as to offer feedback to the patient for motivational purposes. Control strategies for exoskeletons tend to vary widely from one design to another, combining position-based and torque/impedance-based controls. Strategies change according to the context (daily-life activities or rehabilitation activities), the task to be executed, e.g. assistive or resistive exercises, and the level of residual capabilities of the patient. Given the nature of locomotion, which could be decomposed in multiple phases, it is possible to implement multiple control states depending on the gait cycle state. State machines can be employed also to switch among different control strategies depending on the tasks: walking on stairs, over a soft terrain, along a slope or on flat ground. These are adaptable to different situations, hovewer the main challenge lies in their implementation in a real-world device.
The aim of this project is to develop a complete control framework in order to enhance the exoskeleton performance for rehabilitation and daily-life activities for a lower-limb exoskeleton that is currently under development at IIT. This will contribute to the technical progress of the IIT experimental exoskeleton device which aims to become product in the next few years. The outcomes of this project will also be exploited to participate to the Cybathlon competition - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.cybathlon.ethz.ch_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=hLAy1L1oSeTySaY-X4dE-DIDVkfiYnRhd_eUMEwk1XE&s=kV-0OHbA87R2Dmkxa0j6TaIt1MO-PvguwZxwrsPxszM&e= in 2020.
The project will be carried out at the Rehab Technologies Lab of IIT. It will be a technological challenge in which IIT will share resources, competencies and motivation to achieve excellent results transferable to the medical field.
We are looking for a highly motivated and outstanding candidate with the following requirements:
-Solid background in one or more of the following areas:

-   Design (simulation) and implementation of control algorithms for locomotion

-   Kinematic and dynamic modelling

-   Motion planning and calibration

-   Signal processing

-   C, C++ (using an OOP approach)

•PhD in related field

 - Publication record showing evidence of strong expertise in the field, or relevant industrial experience


Any of the following skills will be considered a plus:


- Previous experience on exoskeleton devices

- A pragmatic mindset

- Understanding of biomechanics and mechatronics

During the Post-Doc, the researcher will be mainly involved in:
- Analyzing the dynamic behavior of the exoskeleton and its interaction with the patients - so to improve the device design
- Developing control algorithms and strategies intended to improve the exoskeleton dexterity (climbing stairs, stepping on stones, walk on uneven terrains, etc.) and performance (low-consumption trajectories or strategies) while reducing the patient effort
This position requires to work in a real-world scenario, cooperating with both engineers and clinicians.

To apply, please send your CV, publication list, cover letter and at least one reference to [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>  keeping [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> in cc., using “Post-Doc application – Exoskeleton Control” as title of the mail.

=======================================ABOUT US=======================================

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) – Rehab Technologies Lab
Rehab Technologies Lab is an innovation lab jointly created by IIT and INAIL to develop new high tech prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation devices of high social impact and market potential. The Lab is primarily focused on disability and rehabilitation, and exploits a co-creation process which involves scientists, patients and therapists in all the phases of the design, realization and testing of devices developed within the lab.
Among the devices recently developed in this lab there are a polyarticulated prosthetic hand (Hannes), a motorized exoskeleton for paraplegic subjects (Twin) and a rehabilitation robot for the lower limbs and trunk (Hunova). In addition, Rehab Technologies Lab is currently working on prostheses for lower and upper limbs, and robotic rehabilitation systems for neurological patients such as post stroke and multiple sclerosis patients.
The Rehab Technologies Lab has a strong expertise in robotics, innovative tools for the acquisition of surface EMG signals, signal processing of neural signals (LFPs, spikes, EEG, EMG), and open/closed-loop systems for neuroprosthetic applications in humans.



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