The Advanced Industrial Automation Lab within the Advanced Robotics Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-speaking research Institute, is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work in the area of Robotics for Industrial Applications in the framework of SOFTMANBOT project funded by the European Union's H2020 Programme with Grant Agreement n. 869855..
Advanced Robotic Technology for Handling soft Materials in Manufacturing Sectors (SOFTMANBOT) is an industrial research project that will provide an innovative robotic system for handling flexible and deformable materials within labor-intensive production processes. The system will be composed by three main pillars: generic robotic perception (perception of the product and the human operator), a multi-sensor control and planning platform (advanced control algorithms for shape and contact servoing and AI-based task generalization) and smart dexterous grippers (smart mechanical design which will embody grasping/manipulation skills and integrate sensors, mainly tactile) able to handle soft components with high-levels of robustness and flexibility. Special attention will be paid to the integration of novel robotic concepts based on aspects of safety, ergonomics, adaptability, acceptance and user experience. Industrially relevant pilot demonstrators will be implemented for four key manufacturing sectors: toys, textile, footwear and tires. The successful candidates will work in a multidisciplinary team including mechanical, electronic and industrial engineers as well as physicists and mathematicians.
The successful candidate will work on the development of a novel perception system that will:
The successful candidates will be offered a competitive salary commensurate to qualifications and experience.
Interested applicants should submit in electronic form (1) a CV outlining experience and qualifications, (2) the complete list of publications, (3) a cover letter containing a statement of research interests and (4) the name and contacts of two referees to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, stating "SOFTMANBOT-Postdoctoral Position CB 78185" in the subject of the e-mail.
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