The research line “Human-Robot Interfaces and Physical Interaction” (HRI²), led by Dr. Arash Ajoudani, is active at the IIT Central Research Laboratories in Morego (Genova), the main premises of Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). HRI² laboratory investigates the modelling and analysis of the human physical interaction behaviour as well as robot planning and control.
Following an agreement with the “Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB)” of the “Politecnico di Milano” HRI² is offering 1 PhD position at Politecnico di Milano Phd school of Bioengineering on the specific project “Real-time monitoring of the human intention and physical capabilities in physical human-robot collaboration”. The PhD call is online and available at the Politecnico website for the additional calls of the 32nd cycle.
Recent technological advances in hardware design of the robotic platforms enabled the implementation of various control modalities for improved physical interactions with humans and unstructured environments. An important application area for the integration of robots with such advanced physical interaction capabilities is human-robot collaboration, representing high economic and social impacts and maintaining the sense of purpose of the involved people, as the robots do not completely replace the humans from the work process.
Nevertheless, since the human behaviour is usually highly unpredictable and difficult to model, the need for the development of 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.) becomes crucial.
Therefore, the main objective of this PhD theme is to develop multimodal human robot interfaces for real-time monitoring of the human intention (high-level) and physical capabilities (e.g. fatigue). On the robot side instead, adaptive and hybrid controllers will be developed to achieve effective physical interactions with the human and the external environment.
For more details, please see http://hri.iit.it/research/physical-human-robot-interaction-and-collaboration
Ideal candidates should be extremely motivated, hold a Master’s Degree in Physics, Engineering or related subjects, have an outstanding academic record, besides strong communication and team-working skills.
In order to apply for these positions it is mandatory to refer to the procedures required by the Politecnico di Milano. The official notice and the procedure for admissions is available at this link.
Interested applicants must follow the admission instructions and, additionally, can submit their CV electronically, outlining experience, qualifications, list of publications, a statement of research interests & plans and the names of at least two referees to Arash Ajoudani (firstname.lastname@example.org), submitting their CV and two possible contacts for a recommendation letter
Until March 6th, 14:00 Italian time, candidates can apply online to the Politecnico di Milano PhD. (Application link)