Postdoctoral position in developing assistive intelligence of a personal humanoid for clinical rehabilitation and household elderly care - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 11/01/2018 - Expires on: 04/02/2018

Research at IIT is carried out in highly innovative scientific fields with state-of-the-art technology. Within IIT, the iCub line (www.iit.it/research/lines/icub) is looking for a postdoctoral candidate.

This position is funded within the framework of the Joint Lab recently established between IIT and Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus (www.dongnocchi.it). The Joint Lab’s research will develop applications of the personal humanoid R1 in the context of motor rehabilitation and elderly care, respectively in clinical and household environments.

R1 is a new humanoid in the IIT robotic ecosystem. R1’s design specifications address the problem of supporting and enhancing human-robot interaction while meeting the requirements of cost effective production by employing e.g. plastic materials. As for the main objectives of the Joint Lab, we aim to advance the current capabilities of R1 in scenarios where it will be required to: (1) assist and monitor patients with motor impairments during daily rehabilitation at hospital; (2) allow caregivers to operate the humanoid remotely to enable natural telepresence and tele-rehabilitation; (3) implement efficient solutions to improve the quality of life of frail elderly people in sensorized household settings (e.g. accomplish fetch-and-carry tasks, detect and handle emergency conditions, perform cognitive stimulation).

To attain the goals of the project, we are looking for a post doc researcher with outstanding competences and strong motivation to work with real robotic platforms and cooperate with end-users and health experts in a clinical environment.

Tasks will be:

  • To adapt existing and/or to develop novel methodologies for movements analysis, physical human-robot interaction, teleoperation, object recognition and manipulation, scene understanding;
  • To integrate software components in a coherent and solid architecture in order to leverage system usability;
  • To carry out experiments and verify functionalities under real world conditions on the R1 humanoid in hospital and domestic settings.

We seek a candidate with the following additional skills:

  • PhD degree in robotics, engineering, computer science or related areas;
  • Outstanding technical and theoretical background;
  • Hands-on experience in control theory and/or computer vision;
  • In-depth knowledge of embedded real-time systems;
  • Excellent C/C++ programming skills;
  • Familiarity with robotic middleware (e.g. YARP, ROS) and development tools (e.g. CMake and Git);
  • Ability to analyze, improve and propose new algorithms/solutions;
  • Excellent communication, teamwork and collaborative attitude;

An internationally experience-related competitive salary will be offered.

Interested candidates should send their application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. emailing their CV, a list of publications, and contact details of at least 2 referees. Please quote “BC 74827 – PostDoc FDG” in the subject.

The deadline for applications is February 4, 2018.

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT (www.iit.it) was founded with the objective of promoting Italy’s technological development and further education in science and technology. In this sense, IIT's scientific program is based on the combination of basic scientific research with the development of technical applications, a major inspirational principle. The research areas cover scientific topics of high innovative content representing the most advanced frontiers of modern technology, with wide application possibilities in various fields ranging from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnology

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.

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