august 2012

Cari colleghi,

vi inoltro la newsletter della I-RAS.

Cordiali saluti,

Gianluca
www.i-ras.unicas.it

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INDICE

1. Cena I-RAS
2. Video I-RAS: richiesta contributi
3. PhD positions at IIT
4. 2-year Research Fellowship on Machine Learning for Anomaly Detection
5. Dottorato in fisica e chimica dei sistemi biologici
6. IEEE RAS Summer School Program. Call for Proposals

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1. Cena I-RAS

Cari colleghi,

Il ristorante per la cena I-RAS di mercoledi 12 settembre alle 20.30 e' "La Locanda dei Mestieri", si trova a Piazza Piano di Corte. Non ha un sito web ma e' a 5 minuti a piedi dalla sede del convegno.

Durante la cena verra' premiato il lavoro vincitore dello "Young Author Best Paper" award del 2012.

Ovviamente la partecipazione non e' limitata ai soli membri I-RAS. Inoltrate pure l'invito a colleghi che volessero partecipare chiedendogli solo la cortesia di avvisarmi.

Queste le indicazioni dalla sede del convegno:

http://maps.google.it/maps?saddr=Via+Giovanni+De+Nicastro,+82100+Beneven...

Gianluca

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2. Video I-RAS: richiesta contributi

Stiamo raccogliendo dei contributi per il video I-RAS. Se avete uno spezzone di video anche di pochi secondi che ritenete possa essere di interesse pensate alla possibilita' di inviarlo. Quello che cerchiamo sono spezzoni che possano suscitare la curiosita' dei non addetti ai lavori, quindi strutture robotiche costruite ad-hoc oppure brevi movimenti "attraenti".

In attesa di predisporre un sito ftp con cui caricare i contributi vi chiediamo di inviare all'indirizzo antonelli@unicas.it:

- descrizione del video
- formato
- durata
- risoluzione
- dimensione del file

Gianluca

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3. PhD positions at IIT

Dear all,
I would like to advertise the availability of several PhD positions (with
scholarship) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of
Technology) to work on topics related to the iCub humanoid robot
(http://www.iit.it/icub, http://www.iit.it/rbcs). IIT is an English-language
working environment based in Genoa (ITALY) with state-of-the-art
laboratories and worldwide collaboration in the field of robotics, machine
learning, neuroscience, cognitive systems, and nanotechnology. In relation
to the iCub humanoid robot, the following themes are pursued:

Theme 2.1: Social augmentation for robotic platforms using Computer Vision
and Machine Learning
Theme 2.2: Haptic exploration for humanoid navigation with a compliant robot
Theme 1.2: An integrated dynamic engine for simulation, prediction,
perception and motor control
Theme 1.3: iCub whole-body motion coordination exploiting distributed force
and tactile sensing
Theme 1.4: Adaptive motor control with passive variable stiffness actuators
Theme 1.10: Learning affordances for and from manipulation
Theme 1.11: Towards a Humanlike "memory" for Humanoid robots
Theme 1.12: Sound localization and visio-acoustic cues integration
Theme 1.13: Actuators for humanoid robots based on electroactive polymers
Theme 1.14: Tactile object exploration
Theme 1.15: Event-driven visual perception
Theme 1.16: Event-driven tactile sensing
Theme 1.17: Emergence of invariance in a computational visual system:
humanoid robots as a platform to understand the computations in the visual
cortex
Theme 1.18: Moving in peripersonal space
Theme 1.19: Development of soft MEMS tactile sensing technologies for
robotics
Theme 1.21: Grounding language on the iCub
Theme 1.22: Human-Robot Interaction

Full details of the call and the application procedure can be found at:
http://www.iit.it/en/openings/phd-calls/1595-phd-school-in-life-and-huma...
-technologies.html

PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION -- SEPTEMBER 21st, NOON, ITALIAN
TIME

More details on these themes can be found on the Annex A-4 of the call (with
additional contact information). If you have general questions about the
iCub or our research, please don't hesitate to contact me at
giorgio.metta_(at)_ iit.it.

Please note that the application procedure requires preparing and uploading
a set of documents here:
http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/xxviiiciclo/IITen

by the deadline of Sept 21st.
In case you have troubles in preparing the application please kindly ask Ms.
Anastasia Bruzzone
(anastasia.bruzzone _(at)_ iit.it) who is responsible for the administrative
procedure.

Best regards,

Giorgio Metta <giorgio.metta@iit.it>

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Via Morego, 30                           
16163 Genoa, Italy                        
Ph: +39 010 7178-1411
Fax: +39 010 7170-817

URL: http://pasa.liralab.it

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4. 2-year Research Fellowship on Machine Learning for Anomaly Detection

We are opening a 2 years position for a Research Fellowship on the topic of Machine Learning for Anomaly Detection.  The activity will take place in PERceptual RObotics (PERCRO) of Scuola Superiore S.Anna, Pisa, Italy (http://www.percro.org)

The objective of the research project is to study and implement innovative techniques for the identification and localization of anomalies in sensor data based on machine learning for the application in industrial and robotics domains. The objetive is to create models from sensor data and characterize possible anomalies in real-time. The starting point of the research is in the domain of audio from multiple sources for improving productive and energetic efficiency.  A connected objective of the research is the presentation of the results on mobile terminals supporting the understanding of phenomena integrating multiple sources of information. This activity will be performed in the context of a collaboration with a large italian industrial partner.

The planned candidate should have a PhD in Computer Science or Automation, or equivalent research experience. The salary is competitive 23k€ net/year.

The submission for this position will be open between 23rd of August and 7th September 2012, with the position starting from 1st November. The details will be posted on Scuola Superiore S. Anna institutional website (http://www.sssup.it).
For questions contact me at e.ruffaldi@sssup.it

Regards,
Emanuele Ruffaldi

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5. DOTTORATO IN FISICA E CHIMICA DEI SISTEMI BIOLOGICI

fino al 30 Agosto, sono aperti i termini per la presentazione on-line delle
domande di ammissione al

        "DOTTORATO IN FISICA E CHIMICA DEI SISTEMI BIOLOGICI"

presso la SISSA di Trieste.
Il bando e' disponibile al link
http://www.sissa.it/gare/show_announcements.php?p=COURSES_PHD_C2&id=1113
mentre le domande possono essere presentate online al link
http://www.sissa.it/applications/phd/

Attualmente sono disponibili 4 posizioni di dottorato su tematiche
riguardanti:

- Sviluppo di algoritmi per simulazioni di biomolecole
- Simulazioni atomistiche di facmaci interagenti con proteine e acidi nucleici
- Cinetica, meccanica e termodinamica di biuopolimeri (a livello atomistico e/o coarse-grained)
- Simulazioni e modellistica di motilita' cellulare
- Rational drug design
- Systems biology

Ti saremmo grati se potessi trasmettere questa nota a studenti
potenzialmente interessati a intraprendere un simile percorso di ricerca
nell'ambiente multidisciplinare e internazionale offerto dalla SISSA.

Gli studenti interessati potranno trovare informazioni piu' dettagliate
riguardo le procedure di
selezione, inclusi i testi degli esami scritti degli anni passati, alla
pagina web:http://www.sissa.it/sbp/web2011/phdcourse.html .

Segnaliamo inoltre che, in aggiunta alla borsa di studio ministeriale
tutti gli allievi SISSA beneficiano di un contributo per le spese di
alloggio di 100 Euro mensili lordi e di un ulteriore contributo per
l'acquisto di un laptop personale, come riassunto dalla brochure allegata.

Ti ringraziamo fin d'ora per qualunque input o segnalazione che vorrai
fornirci.
Un cordiale saluto,

Claudio Altafini (altafini@sissa.it)
Cristian Micheletti
Alessandro Laio
Giovanni Bussi

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6. IEEE RAS Summer School Program. Call for Proposals

The IEEE RAS Summer School program is jointly run by the Member Activities Board (MAB) and the Technical Activities Board (TAB) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). The program is intended to sponsor or co-sponsor up to three summer schools per year around the world. One of the three summer schools will be fully sponsored by RAS to a level of $40,000, and it will rotate annually through RAS' three geographical regions in a round robin fashion. The other two summer schools will be cosponsored with interested organizations in the other two geographical regions up to a level of $20,000 each.

The review of summer school proposals is based on assessments from two different viewpoints, the first one with respect to the general structure, including organizational matters and budget, and the second one with respect to the technical content:

1) The Education Committee will check the general organizational structure of the summer school, including budget aspects and guide through the general application process.

2) Suited Technical Committees (TCs) of the RAS have to endorse the proposal. Current TCs are listed at <http://tab.ieee-ras.org/>.

More detailed information can be found in the Education Column of the March 2012 issue of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM) [1]; the column is open access and can be downloaded from <http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6174338>.

The deadlines for the submission of proposals for the coming years are as follows:

* Proposals for 2013
  - Deadline: 01. September 2012
  - Decision: IROS12

* Proposals for 2014
  - Deadline: 01. April 2013
  - Decision: ICRA13

* Proposals for 2015
  - Deadline: 01. April 2014
  - Decision: ICRA14

The official submission of a proposal must be via email to: RAS@ieee.org

[1] A. Birk, S. Stramigioli, S. Tadokoro
Propose an RAS Summer School
IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 19(1), pp.104-107, 2012
<http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6174338>

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