[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Internship Opening on "3D Perception and Learning for Quadrupedal Robot Navigation/Locomotion and Tool Manipulation" at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Internship Opening on "3D Perception and Learning for Quadrupedal Robot Navigation/Locomotion and Tool Manipulation" at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa

Dimitrios Kanoulas
Research Internship: “3D Perception and Learning for Centaur-like Robot Locomotion/Manipulation”

Video: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_L7JssknlCvw&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=DMGvl5RtQhKWHFOmRK5c1kncuVwTPrlJxxduUPFulSo&s=1VtxpIas9nIvD6HVfe8c_i2hzqTblRc5Y9TcL9Qd-eg&e=

Where: Humanoids and Human-Centred Mechatronics Lab (HHCM), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa, Italy.

Starting Date: As soon as possible; February-April 2019 (preferable)

Deadline: February 30, 2019 (the applications will be evaluated in a FIFO order)

Duration: 6-9 months with potential follow up enrolment to continue for PhD studies.

Topic: "3D Perception and Learning for Quadrupedal Robot Navigation/Locomotion and Tool Manipulation"

Tutors: Dr. Dimitrios Kanoulas, Dr. Nikos Tsagarakis

Contacts: [hidden email], [hidden email]

The Humanoids and Human Centred Mechatronics Research Line at the Department of Advanced Robotics of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) (an English language Institute, placed in Genoa) is seeking a fully funded max 9-11 months research intern (Msc should have been completed), with a strong ambition to pursue a research career, to work on our EU-funded CENTAURO(www.centauro-project.eu) centaur-like robot.

We are looking for highly motivated scientists with a MSC degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering/Science.

  After Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 the need of robots to deal with unstructured environments and replace humans in hazardous tasks became one of the main open problems in robotics. Rapid advancements in actuation and control over the past few years enabled articulated legged robots to function in several environments. Still, the problems of: 1) navigation in rough terrain and 2) tool manipulation and reasoning in uncertain setups using 3D perception, remain two of the main open challenges in robotics.
  The aim of this topic is to develop new geometric or machine learning (e.g. deep learning) methods for environment reconstruction and cognition that enable a limbed mobile robot, such as CENTAURO (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.centauro-2Dproject.eu&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=DMGvl5RtQhKWHFOmRK5c1kncuVwTPrlJxxduUPFulSo&s=PXuifyNT2Tzd7VlYNlRx74JQyFKTFcWP51TLW0tcGXg&e=), to perform mobile legged locomotion and manipulation in unstructured environments, using 3D perception for foot-placement and hand-placement for path planning and mapping (SLAM). Several exteroceptive (stereo/event/rgb cameras, RGB-D sensors, 2D/3D lidar scanners) sensors will be used on the limbed robot, to acquire RGB images and dense 3D point clouds. Geometric simplifications for reasoning the contact between the robot's body (e.g., foot, hands, arms) and the environment will need to take place. Moreover, path planning methods need to be developed to extract primitives for locomotion and manipulation. The development and testing will take place on our full-size quadrupedal robot in real-world environments.

-  The person in interest should have acquired a Masters degree (obtained within the past six months from the application) in a relevant field.
-  This topic lies in the intersection of Vision, Learning, and Robotics. A background in any of Robotics, Computer/Robotic Vision, Path Planning, Robot Learning is desirable.
-  Ideal applicants should have strong C++ (Python and Matlab are a plus) programming skills.
-  Machine learning and computer vision skills are required.
-  Knowledge of the Robot Operating System (ROS) and the Point Cloud Library (PCL) is a very big plus.
-  The applicants should be fluent in English and team players.

The applicants should submit their CV electronically outlining experience and qualifications, a short statement (max 1 page) about the research areas of interest as well as the names of two referees to Dimitrios.Kanoulas@iit (cc-ed [hidden email]), quoting [HHCM-INTERNSHIP] in the email subject (total email size should not exceed 1MB).


Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, nanoscience and technology.

In order to comply with Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), the candidate is kindly asked to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data. We inform you that the information you provide will be solely used for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper-based means, observing the rules on the protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art. 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

  Dimitrios Kanoulas, Ph.D.
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