Postdoctoral position in sensor fusion for force, motion tracking, and physical human-robot interaction control of humans and humanoids - [ Postdoc ]

Added on: 13/06/2018 - Expires on 22/03/2019

The Dynamic Interaction Control Research Line within IIT iCub Facility is seeking to appoint an international full-time post-doc on the topic of force and motion estimation with whole-body distributed heterogeneous sensors. The research outcomes of the activities on force and motion estimation will be then used in a control framework for human robot interaction. Applications are foreseen in both humanoid motion control and wearable technologies.

The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and have the opportunity to pursue research within “An.Dy - Advancing Anticipatory Behaviors in Dyadic Human-Robot Collaboration” project carried out in partnership with other universities, research institutes and companies in Europe. The An.Dy project is funded by the European Union's H2020 Programme with Grant Agreement 731540.

The successful candidate will be involved in the development of a force and motion tracking system. Research will be conducted at the Dynamic Interaction Control laboratory. The laboratory, led by Prof. Giorgio Metta in cooperation with Dr. Daniele Pucci, combines theoretical investigations with real-time practical implementation on real hardware and embedded electronics. The research activity leverages a unique background available at the iCub facility. Technological background: whole-body distributed tactile sensors, wearable force plates, tactile foot soles and whole-body distributed accelerometers and gyroscopes. Software background: humanoid contact force and joint torques estimation based on whole-body distributed heterogeneous sensors (tactile sensors, force/torque sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes). Scientific background: Bayesian approach to solve inverse and forward dynamics computations with whole-body distributed sensing.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with a PhD in Robotics, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or other fields related to sensor fusion and/or filtering and/or state estimation. Candidates are required to have outstanding technical and theoretical skills. A strong and focused publication record in the area of sensor fusion and state estimation will be positively evaluated.

The work will focus on the development of a force and motion tracking system.

Desired qualifications:

  • PhD Degree in robotics, engineering, physics or mathematics;
  • Outstanding technical and theoretical skills;
  • Experience in estimation, filtering and sensor fusion;
  • Creative, proactive and collaborative attitude;
  • English language skills (written and oral).

The successful candidate will be offered a contract with a highly competitive salary.

Please apply within March 22, 2019 by sending your application to quoting exactly: BC 75515 – Post Doc An.Dy Project in the e-mail subject. Your application shall contain a detailed CV with list of publications, University transcripts, your best first-author paper, a cover letter outlining motivation and statement of research interests/plan and names of 2 referees. Only complete applications will be evaluated.


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