The iCub team (https://www.iit.it/research/lines/icub) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow to work on “the design of better iCub hands”.
We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow to design, build, install and test new hands for the iCub robot. This postdoc position foresees the conceptualization, design into our CAD system (Creo), fabrication (by relying on our fully-equipped machine shop), and finally installation (with support from our technical staff) to test the prototypes on the existing iCubs in our laboratory. In particular, we would like to improve on the reliability of the current hand’s design possibly increasing also the overall delivered force (at the fingers). The iCub with the new hands will be interacting with people in generic human-robot interaction experiments. The new hands will therefore require means of “protection” to ensure the robot’s safety.
This research is part of a large-scale project, funded directly by IIT, that aims at developing innovative robotic technologies applied to the diagnosis and therapy of neuro-developmental disorders (NDDs), as well as to study neurotypical development. Evidence from research on neuroplasticity indicates that early diagnosis followed by appropriate intervention is critical to optimize the outcome for children suffering from many NDDs, including autism, and improve their skills and functioning in daily social environment. The theragnostic robotics program will integrate cognitive neuroscience, robotics and electronics to address the following grand challenges:
The successful candidate will be offered a salary commensurate to experience and skills.
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