The Human-Robot Interfaces and Physical Interaction Research Line (http://hri.iit.it/) at the ADVR department of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is seeking to appoint an outstanding intern with a strong ambition to pursue a research career.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an MSC in Electrical/Mechanical/Control Engineering.
Robots are expected to help us in various tasks, some of which require collaborative effort to be successfully completed. To achieve a seamless and intuitive interaction, the robot must be able to physically interact with the human counterpart and predict the intentions of the human, despite the additional interaction with the uncertain and unpredictable environment. Appropriate robot control methods therefore are essential for the robot to deal with various uncertainties, dynamically aspects and complex task requirements. A promising direction towards this goal is to adaptively regulate mechanical parameters of the robot, based on the task requirements and external feedback.
Another important aspect of robot control in human-robot interaction/collaboration is the presence of the human. The human behaviour is usually highly unpredictable and difficult to model. Indeed, recent work at HRI2 lab (http://hri.iit.it/videos) aims at developing appropriate human-robot interfaces to enable the robot to predict or extract the human intention from various feedback modalities (human motor behaviour, vision, interaction force, voice commands, etc.).
Research will be conducted on the WALKMAN humanoid robot developed within the European project 'Walk-Man – Whole-body Adaptive Locomotion and Manipulation', funded by the European Union's FP7 with Grant Agreement 611832 (https://www.walk-man.eu/).
For further information please contact: Dr. Arash Ajoudani (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interested applicants should submit their CV outlining experience and qualifications, a statement about the research area of interest as well as the names of at least two referees to Arash Ajoudani (email@example.com), quoting [HRII-FELLOW JUNIOR] in the email subject.
Please apply before March 16, 2017.
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