Fellowship position in Object Detection and Manipulation - VINUM Project - [ Fellow ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 30/04/2020 - Expires on: 31/05/2020

The Active Perception and Robot Interactive Learning Laboratory (APRIL) within the Advanced Robotics Research Line at IIT, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, is seeking to appoint one outstanding intern with a strong ambition to pursue a research career.

The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and have the opportunity to pursue research and development within the project “VINUM - Grape Vine Recognition, Manipulation and Winter Pruning Automation”, an Agri-Food project funded by the IIT-UNICATTOLICA Joint Lab. For more information regarding the project, visit: https://advr.iit.it/index.php/research/april

The aim of  this project is the application of two mobile manipulation platforms and systems, (1) a wheeled mobile platform with a commercial full torque sensing robot arm and multiple sensors, and (2) an under-develop quadruped robot mobile platform with a customized robotic arm and multiple sensors, for various maintenance and automation work in the vineyard, e.g., pruning, inspecting to tackle the shortage of skilled workers.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with a Msc. in Robotics, Computer Science or related field.


The work will mainly focus on the algorithm development for robot object detection and manipulation (collaborating with other team members):

- Modeling of plant, crop and fruit.

- Development of robust object detection for the whole plant or parts of it

- Integration of the robot vision algorithms into the pipeline for robot manipulation

- Development of demos within various challenging outdoor environments with real robot platform.


 - At the time of the application, the prospected candidate is about to complete a Master’s Degree in a relevant subject area or has obtained it within the past six months;

 - Strong communication and English language skills (written and oral) are mandatory;

Desired qualifications:

 - Experience programming in C++ or Python, and with ROS.

 - Working knowledge on computer vision or deep learning.

 - Strong interest in robotics.

 - Creative and proactive attitude.

 - Strong team player.

For any further inquiries concerning the position, please contact Fei Chen (fei.chen@iit.it)

Expected starting date is July 2020.

To apply, please send electronically a detailed CV outlining experience and qualifications, a statement about the research area of interest as well as the name and contacts of two referees to Fei Chen (fei.chen@iit.it), quoting (VINUM Fellow Jr 78086) in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.

Deadline: May 31st, 2020.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), 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.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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Fei Chen
Involved Research lines
Advanced Robotics


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