The Advanced Robotics Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, an English-language research institute, is seeking a highly motivated, full-time post-doc, who will have a leading research role in the development of user interfaces for haptic teleoperation of complex robotic systems using augmented and/or virtual reality systems.
The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and have the opportunity to pursue research within the project “Sistemi Cibernetici Collaborativi – Teleoperation” in collaboration with INAIL (“Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro” - National Institute for Insurance against Workplace Injuries) CUP J32F17000950005.
The project will create the next-generation, collaborative master-slave teleoperation system for intuitive operation in hazard-prone industries, with the aim of reducing risks to workers’ health and safety.
Specifically, the objectives of the project are: (1) integration of a new hydraulic quadruped field robot; (2) development of a novel dexterous robotic manipulator arm for grasping and manipulation of objects; (3) development and integration of a novel master hand exoskeleton device for haptic tele-manipulation; and (4) development of novel user interaction interfaces for intuitive teleoperation using augmented reality and virtual reality systems. The project will be developed within an inter-disciplinary group (robotics, engineering, and ergonomics), in close collaboration with end-users.
We are looking for a highly energetic scientist with a PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, Robotics, or other fields related to UI\AR\VR, and an excellent track record in the area of robotics \ UI.
The work will focus on the design of novel user interaction interfaces to transform the master-slave teleoperation paradigm through the use of novel augmented reality and virtual reality technologies for bilateral haptic teleoperation. In the industrial environment, these systems will assist operators in visualizing the operating field and slave robots, access real-time feedback, etc. Your success in this role will be underpinned by your motivation for innovation and creativity, plus your ability to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into your work. The successful applicant will be a prime-mover in developing the user interface systems from the ground up and in evaluating them against the specifications of the project. The candidate will be responsible for communications with the collaboration partners through reports and demonstrations. You will join a motivated, inter-disciplinary group of researchers and engineers who will combine their individual disciplinary contributions into mission-focused R&D.
IIT is an English language institute and international applications are strongly encouraged.
The successful candidates will be offered a contract for the whole term of the project (36 months max.) with a highly competitive salary, which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Expected start date is October 2017 or soon after.
To apply, please send electronically a detailed CV (including list of publications), a letter outlining motivation and names of 2 referees to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31st, 2017 stating “IT-301 - Post-Doc ADVR INAIL [CB 74169]” in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.
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