The research line “Advanced Robotics” (ADVR), led by Pr Darwin Caldwell, is active at the IIT Central Research Laboratories in Morego (Genova), the main premises of Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). ADVR research concentrates on an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to humanoid design and control, and the development of novel robotic components and technologies. This encompasses activities from both the hard (mechanical/ electrical design and fabrication, sensor systems, actuation development etc.) and soft (control, computer software, human factors etc) systems areas of robotics..
Following an agreement with the “Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB)” of the “Politecnico di Milano” ADVR is offering 1 PhD position at Politecnico di Milano Phd school of Bioengineering on the specific project “Advanced Physical Human-Robot Interfaces for Exoskeletons”. The PhD call is online and available at the Politecnico website for the additional calls of the 32nd cycle.
The physical interaction between the human body and a wearable robot is a critical aspect. The way the assistive forces are distributed on the human surface determine the effectiveness and comfort of an exoskeleton. However, the design of the physical interfaces is a challenging task, since the surface of the human body is not uniform and can vary in time. Furthermore, it is important to consider other aspects related with the comfort such as temperature, humidity, breathability, biological compatibility, and so on.
The research would focus on the characterization of the human body surface and modelling of the interaction between a wearable robot and the human body, as well as the development and testing of advanced physical human-robot interfaces for an industrial exoskeleton.
Ideal candidates should be extremely motivated, hold a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering or related subjects, have an outstanding academic record, besides excellent communication skills in English, as well as ability to interact effectively with members of the research team.
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 Jesus Ortiz (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)