[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD opportunity in Skippy (highly athletic robot) project at IIT

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD opportunity in Skippy (highly athletic robot) project at IIT

Roy Featherstone
Fully funded PhD position in Skippy project at IIT Genoa
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An opportunity exists for a highly talented and ambitious person to join the Skippy project team at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).

The Skippy project aims to create a highly athletic, small, light-weight robot that is capable of leaping 4 metres high, performing somersaults and other acrobatic movements, balancing on a single point, and a variety of other activities that require strength, speed, accuracy and skill.  Skippy is also rugged enough to crash land after making a mistake, and then get back up again unaided and undamaged.  This makes Skippy an ideal platform for ambitious motor-skill experiments, and for learning by doing.  For more information about Skippy see
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__royfeatherstone.org_skippy_index.html&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=w3iHwYAHgQHqlQ5QNT88gKbKNHEQHGdbpIIzdG8HXg0&s=xUxZTuay7X6H5OQcSLK36fX4cEvLEk08tpNxUosIYTQ&e=

IIT is a large, English-speaking research centre located near the city of Genoa in northern Italy.  It is well-equipped, well-funded, and has a large presence in robotics research.  For more details, see
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.iit.it_research_domains_robotics&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=w3iHwYAHgQHqlQ5QNT88gKbKNHEQHGdbpIIzdG8HXg0&s=hVKGnlHbH0VHLUFjloPCyhY2z90whIt_-IaPm9vzhME&e=

To apply for this opportunity, you must apply to the University of Genoa, which collaborates with IIT.  The place to start is https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__phd.dibris.unige.it_biorob_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=w3iHwYAHgQHqlQ5QNT88gKbKNHEQHGdbpIIzdG8HXg0&s=kWxQZ6UmUwnbGU5bf2w7Jo5hmDSDVZ03N48-1Z4v5WY&e=
Following the link "2018 Doctorate call now open" gets you to
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__phd.dibris.unige.it_biorob_index.php_how-2Dto-2Dapply&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=w3iHwYAHgQHqlQ5QNT88gKbKNHEQHGdbpIIzdG8HXg0&s=VFifnQqDbKsu31e9LHasRq8GRe9AUVD281ViU55ZETQ&e=
From there, the link "Advanced and Humanoid Robotics" gets you the list of Ph.D. themes.  Skippy is theme number 27, on page 30.  (Ignore the table of contents at the beginning of the file, which doesn't list the Skippy theme.)  Returning to the previous page, clicking on "Please check the University website" gets you to a page where you have to choose between instructions in Italian (Bando generale) and instructions in English (Bando generale (English version)).

Deadline: 12th June, but the procedure is complicated, so you should start now.
Also, it is a good idea to discuss your application with me (Roy Featherstone) in advance, and to send me a copy of your application at the time you submit it to the University.

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