april 2013

Cari colleghi,

vi inoltro la newsletter della I-RAS.

Cordiali saluti,




1. Job: Position at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy
2. SW Engineer Position
3. Post-Doc position at Univ. of Sannio in Benevento
4. Short course on differential-geometric methods in computational multibody system dynamics
5. RoCKIn Camp and robot competitions
6. Petition for 2014 IEEE VP elect for Technical Activities
7. comunicato di chiusura Robobusiness Europe


1. Job: Position at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

Job: Position at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

Start: Fall 2013

Duration: The grant will be for 1 years, renewable up to three years (by mutual consent), with a yearly salary from € 12.500,00 to € 25.000,00 (depending on the experience and seniority of the candidate).

Topics: Cognitive Robotics

Language requirement: English

The PRISCA Laboratory (Projects of Intelligent Robotics and Advanced Cognitive Systems) at the University of Napoli “Federico II” is seeking applicants for a

research position. The research to be carried out will be in the context of the EU FP7 project SAPHARI (www.saphari.eu), which is about safe and autonomous human-aware robot interaction.

Applications are invited from candidates with good Master or a PhD in Cognitive Science, Robotics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Electronic Engineering or other relevant disciplines. Research would be carried out in one of the following areas related to the study of the mechanisms underlying the regulation of attention in cognitive control:

- Attentional Systems in Cognitive Robotics;
- Reactive/Deliberative Robotics Architectures;
- Motivation and Emotion in Decision Making/Action Selection;
- Human-robot interaction;
- Human Intention Recognition in HRI.

Candidates must have a strong research record and a solid background in software programming (C++) and hands-on experience with mobile robotics platforms and sensors.

Experience with R.O.S. is highly desirable.

How to apply

Please send your CV and letters of recommendation to dr. Silvia Rossi (silrossi@unina.it), to prof. Luigi Villani (lvillani@unina.it) and to prof. Bruno Siciliano (siciliano@unina.it).

If you have any questions related to the position, please don't hesitate to contact dr. Silvia Rossi by e-mail.

The selection will be based on CV and interview, and foreign applicants will be interviewed in teleconference. Lodging assistance will be provided through the University Office for Foreign Students.


2. SW Engineer Position

Job Title: Software Engineer

Reports to: Principal Engineer

The Company and the Position:

MEDra s.r.l. is a medical robotics startup, founded in Nov 2011, based in
Calci, Pisa. The Company is enrolled in the Registry of Innovative Startups.

MEDra is engaged in the development of medical equipment for third parties and
in basic R&D for the next generation of products for medical intervention and

The Software Engineer position is offered as a two-year employment contract
with base and variable compensation linked to performance.

The successful candidate must excel in a high-energy, small team environment,
be able to drive to solutions from rough requirements, and have a commitment to
high product quality. A strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward
is required, as is the ability to make work fun and interesting.

The present position offers the opportunity to develop some of the skills
required below on the job, through mentorship.

For further information, please email: Giuseppe.Prisco@medra.co.

Primary Function of Position:
The Software Engineer will design, implement and verify software for medical
robots and their components. He/She must be able to report progress and
milestones relative to the overall development project.

The primary responsibility of the position will be the embedded software
controlling moltiple coordinated axis of motion in real-time.
Additional responsabilities include contributing to multiple areas of software
development, including but not limited to the following:
• selection of new operating systems, processors and control boards
• control and integration of external OEM devices
• hardware / software diagnostic-tool design and development
• UI software
• 3D graphics
• Medical Imaging SW

Skill/Job Requirements:

• Professional written and spoken English
• Experience with commercial embedded SW preferred
• Strong inter-disciplinary understanding (e.g. familiarity with
electrical principles of sensor acquisition and motor control)
• Experience in developing driver-level software for motion control
hardware is ideal
• Experience in developing serial protocol communication and debugging
using a Digital Oscilloscope.
• C/C++, Unix, Matlab programming proficiency
• Strong ability to isolate and debug embedded hardware and software
• Excellent written and oral communications skills
• Comfortable with all phases of the product development lifecycle
including design, implementation, debug, verification, qualification, and
• Good communication and documentation skills, generation of formal
design documentation, review, and control
• Experience with UI design, 3D graphics or medical imaging SW is a


3. Post-Doc position at Univ. of Sannio in Benevento

The Department of Engineering of the University of Sannio at Benevento, Italy, invites applications for a postdoc position in the area of analysis, control and optimization of complex dynamical systems. Candidates with a sound knowledge of control and optimization methods and an interest in both theoretical research and applications to practical problems are desired. Research experience is requested in at least one of the following areas: model predictive control, dynamic optimization, stochastic optimization, control systems design based on optimization methods. Previous experience with applications of control/optimization to smart grids and energy markets is a plus, but candidates with experience in other application areas are welcome. Candidates with a Ph.D. in Engineering or Mathematics with a focus on control or optimization are preferable, and they should have an excellent record of high-impact international publications. Monthly salary, over 12 months, will range between 1600€ and 2000€, according to qualification. The position is expected to start before summer.
Interested candidates are invited to get in touch with prof. Luigi Glielmo (glielmo@unisannio.it,polvere@unisannio.it).


4. Short course on differential-geometric methods in computational multibody system dynamics

Udine, Italy, September 16 - 20, 2013
CISM-Centre International des Sciences Me?caniques (International Centre
for Mechanical Sciences)

Advanced School coordinated by Zdravko Terze (University of Zagreb,
Croatia) and Andreas Mueller (Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany)

Introduction: Multibody system (MBS) dynamics, a branch of computational
mechanics dealing with modeling principles and computational methods for
dynamic analysis, simulation and control of mechanical systems, requires
efficient and reliable formulations and computational methods. Within
research of novel computational concepts, geometric aspects of kinematical
and dynamical modeling of MBS are increasingly recognized to play a
significant role. By operating on manifolds, and Lie-groups in particular,
instead of linear vector spaces, geometric algorithms respect the geometric
structure underlying many technical systems and hence offer attractive
features such as numerical robustness and efficiency as well as avoidance
of the kinematical singularities. Also, it is well-known that
differential-geometric methods are the key concepts in contemporary
mechanism design, and control theory. As such, geometric methods can
provide the unifying mathematical framework that allows for successful
studying of multidisciplinary interactions within complex environments.

Objective and Audience: The aim of the School is to deliver a panoramic
overview of the mathematical concepts underlying modern geometric
approaches to modeling, time integration, and control of MBS, followed by
an in-depth introduction to the relevant computational algorithms and
numerical methods. By merging geometric methods in MBS dynamics, non-linear
control and mechanism theory, the School provides a unique educational
platform that will deliver novel modeling concepts as well as theoretical
and computational insights into dynamics and control of mechanical systems.
The lectures take an application-driven approach, and numerous case-studies
from many fields of engineering are presented and documented. The School is
primarily aimed for the audience of doctoral students and young researchers
(post-docs) in engineering, mathematics and applied physics, but will be
valuable also for senior researchers and practicing engineers who are
interested in the field.

Lectures Outline: The lectures provide a hands-on introduction to
differential-geometric foundations and the audience will make acquaintance
with these topics in a natural and application-driven way. A central topic
of the school is efficient formulations using Lie-group concepts and screw
theory, giving rise to numerically efficient and stable algorithms for MBS
comprising rigid and flexible members. Special focus is given to energy and
structure preserving numerical integration methods on manifolds for
discrete and continuous systems. Natural coupling between mathematical
modeling, numerical integration and control issues are covered by the
lectures on variational integrators and optimal control with structure
preserving integrators. Specifically, lectures will include:
• introduction to mathematical concepts and differential-geometric modeling
(manifolds, Lie-groups, Lie-algebras, exponential maps, screw theory etc.);
• modeling of complex MBS using compact Lie- group formalisms;
• time integration on Lie-groups;
• geometrically exact formulations for beams and shells;
• energy-consistent time integration procedures for MBS with flexible
• numerical treatment of holonomic and non-holonomic constraints,
constraint stabilization;
• variational integrators, discrete mechanics and optimal control using
structure-preserving integration schemes applied to high degree-of-freedom
• Lie- group/screw theoretic framework for design of MBS and articulated
• multi-physics coupling procedures: aero-servo- elastic multidisciplinary
models and applications.
A treatment of many numerical case-studies in the domain of robotics, wind
energy systems, rotorcraft dynamics, aeronautical and mechatronical systems
will highlight compact formulations, relevance and computational advantages
of the geometric approach in the modern computational mechanics. The
unifying lecturing approach that combines computational procedures, control
algorithms and design aspects, and provides new insights into the coupled
modeling procedures, makes this School unique.

Zdravko Terze - University of Zagreb, Croatia
Andreas Mueller - Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany
Xilun Ding - Beijing University of Aero. & Astro, China
Olivier Bruels - University of Lie?ge, Belgium
Carlo Bottasso - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Todd Murphey - Northwestern University, United States

All lectures will be given in English. Lecture notes can be downloaded from
CISM web site, instructions will be sent to accepted participants.

Applicants must apply at least one month before the beginning of the
course. Application forms should be sent on-line through our web site:
http://www.cism.it or by post.
A message of confirmation will be sent to accepted partici- pants. If you
need assistance for registration please contact our secretariat.
The 700,00 Euro registration fee includes a complimentary bag, four fixed
menu buffet lunches (Friday not included), hot beverages,
on-line/downloadable lecture notes and wi-fi internet access.
A limited number of participants from universities and research centres who
are not supported by their own institutions can be offered board and/or
lodging in a reasonably priced hotel. Requests should be sent to CISM
Secretariat by July 16, 2013 along with the applicant's curriculum and a
letter of recommendation by the head of the department or a supervisor
confirming that the institute cannot provide funding. Preference will be
given to applicants from countries that sponsor CISM.
Information about travel and accommodation is available on our web site, or
can be mailed upon request.
Please note that the centre will be closed for summer vacation the first
three weeks in August.

CISM Short Courses are currently part of Doctoral programmes in a number of
European Universities and Higher Education Institutes. Upon agreement
between CISM representatives, course coordinators and the director of the
specific doctoral school, short courses can award credits for doctoral
programmes. A list of European Universities acknowledging CISM courses in
the frame of doctoral programmes includes TU Munich, TU Wien, ETH Zurich,
JKU Linz, and University of Udine. For more information, please go to
For more information about the short course please feel free to contact
Prof. Todd Murphey at t-murphey@northwestern.edu.

Todd Murphey
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Northwestern University


5. RoCKIn Camp and robot competitions

RoCKIn Camp 2013, Eindhoven June 28th-July 1st

RoCKIn is short for Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics is an EU-funded Coordinated Action aiming at the promotion of research and education through competitions (http://rockinrobotchallenge.eu).

The RoCKIn Camp 2013 aims at facilitating the entry of new teams in the RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@Work competitions that will be arranged by RoCKIn in 2014 and 2015. RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@Work take inspiration from the corresponding RoboCup leagues, but they will focus on benchmarking robotic systems and networked robots. Both competitions require basic navigation capabilities with no restrictions on the mobile platform, advanced perception, manipulation and human-robot interaction. RoCKIn@Home focuses on tasks that service robots execute in a real home environment, while the tasks to be performed RoboCup@Work target an industrial automation scenario.

The RoCKIn Camp 2013 will take place in 2013 during RoboCup2013 in Eindhoven. The goal is to enable members of potentially new teams to gather experience about the current status of RoboCup@Home and RoboCup@Work competitions and to get an introduction to the new RoCKIn competitions.
The activities planned in the four days of the RoCKIn Camp 2013 include lectures, experience on the field by attending parts of the competition, possibly contributing to the evaluation within the RoboCup@Home and RoboCup@Work, and the participation in the RoboCup Symposium on July 1st, 2013. Students and researchers who have an interest in entering the RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@work competitions, are invited to apply for the RoCKIn Camp 2013.
Admission to the RoCKIn Camp 2013 is limited to 16 participants. Applications include a curriculum vitae of the applicant, a description of ongoing research related to service robotics, and of the resources available (esp. robots) to the applicant. Further details are specified on the website (see below). Selection criteria include applicant’s motivation and capability for successfully entering the competitions.
The cost of travel, accommodation (in double rooms), access to the RoboCup 2013 venue and symposium, and a social event for the selected candidates will be covered by RoCKIn.

Applications can be submitted via: http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/rockin
Application deadline: April 15th, 2013
Notification of acceptance: April 22nd, 2013

In case of further questions, please contact Gabriele Randelli at randelli@dis.uniroma1.it.


6. Petition for 2014 IEEE VP elect for Technical Activities

Dear Colleague

continuing the fruitful experience as IEEE Director, I would like to
contribute as 2014 IEEE Vice President-Elect (becoming 2015 Vice
President for Technical Activities) to the development of the
technical activities of the IEEE and to their integration worldwide
with local associations and communities for a mutual synergic growth.

I think that IEEE technical activities should further:
- ensure flourishing of the current technical fields, as well as
develop interdisciplinarity and new technical areas;
- nurture diversity and inclusiveness as valuable treasures,
encompassing technological expertise, profession, culture,
geographic origin, gender, and age diversity;
- promote real globalization and engagement of the young generations
by empowering our technology-centric communities worldwide, e.g.,
via social networks and other media.

The elections will be held in August-September 2013. To get my name
added to the ballot, I need about 2200 signatures in response to my
petition. I sincerely hope that I can count on your support for this.

You can express your support by signing my petition electronically at
http://www.ieee.org/petition, using your IEEE web account, by June 14,
2013, 16:00 UTC.

You can find my background, achievements, and position statement at

I will really appreciate if you will sign my petition and spread the
word among your graduate students, colleagues and friends. Note that
graduate students can sign too!

Thank you in advance for your kind support and efforts!!

Best regards


Vincenzo Piuri
Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Italy
IEEE Fellow
Member of: IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Computational
Intelligence Society, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Control Systems
Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE
Instrumentation and Measurement Society, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE
Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society, IEEE
Systems Man and Cybernetics Society, IEEE Women in Engineering


7. comunicato di chiusura Robobusiness Europe

da parte di Monica Ravelli, Robobusiness Europe.

Grande successo per la prima edizione di Robobusiness Europe.

Genova, Magazzini del Cotone 11-12 aprile

Il tempismo non poteva essere migliore per l’organizzazione della prima edizione di Robobusiness Europe , l’appuntamento europeo dedicato al mondo della Robotica.

Come il suo sito web proclama: "E 'dove la robotica significa business." Robobusiness Europe ha presentato in due giorni di conferenze una panoramica completa delle opportunità di business e dei vantaggi offerti dal mercato Robotica con un focus particolare sulle attività che verranno sostenute dal 7 ° Programma Quadro dell'Unione Europea .

Robobusiness Europe si è dimostrato una eccezionale piattaforma per consentire l’incontro, il confronto e l’accordo tra ricercatori, imprenditori, aziende ed investitori attivi ed interessati in uno dei settori a più alta crescita e maggiore potenziale innovativo e di impatto sulla società e l’economia.

Ricercatori, aziende di robotica, start up, istituzioni finanziarie, erano tutti a Genova per imparare, discutere e scambiarsi idee sulle nuove tecnologie, per comprendere i bisogni delle imprese e delle istituzioni, come ospedali, servizi pubblici ...

Si sono alternati più di quaranta relatori provenienti da tutta Europa, presentando diversi argomenti: robots per industria, commercio , agricoltura, tecnologie robotiche per chirurgia e sanità, interventi di emergenza e in ambienti pericolosi, oltre a sistemi, componenti e software per il funzionamento dei robot.

Grande interesse ha avuto il secondo giorno l’intervento di Libor Kral(link) in cui sono state presentate le linee guida del programma Horizon 2020 e la previsione di investimento in questo settore da parte delle istituzioni comunitarie.

Il programma ha presentato un perfetto mix di soluzioni di avanguardia, informazioni sul settore, know-how ed opportunità di investimento.

Durante le pause i partecipanti si affollavano nella zona espositiva per confrontarsi con le soluzioni presentate dalle le aziende, start up e centri di ricerca di ricerca presenti nell'area. C'erano file di tavoli dove venivano mostrate demo, video e prodotti .

"E 'un nuovo e diverso modo di partecipare ad un evento , hanno risposto i partecipanti , e ci piace molto."

Molto apprezzata l’iniziativa ROBOMATCH organizzata da Unioncamere Liguria, in collaborazione con Camera di Commercio di Torino e Innovhub. Hanno offerto sessioni di incontri di affari tra imprese, centri di ricerca ed Università, mirati a sviluppare accordi commerciali, tecnologici e per progetti di ricerca nell’ambito della robotica e dell’automazione. Hanno partecipato 31 aziende per un totale di 69 incontri

La conferenza è stata suddivisa in 2 giornate con un ricchissimo programma.

Il primo giorno ha visto l’alternarsi di speaker europei di altissimo livello nelle 4 sessioni:

Sessione I: World Market Overview and Industry Driving Factors
Sessione II: Challenges in Industrial Robotics: Problems, Approaches & Solutions
Sessione III: Healthcare Robotics
Sessione IV: Robotics for Emergency Response & Dangerous Environments

Tom Green, redattore capo di Robotics Business Review, USA ha aperto I lavori delineando lo stato dell’arte della robotica in Europa e negli altri paesi, in particolare USA. Ha parlato degli utilizzi dei robot nell’industria e nei servizi, nonché degli scenari emergenti per le nuove applicazioni e tipologie, evidenziando una previsione di crescita del mercato in Europa e nel mondo. Tom ha sottolineato che l'Europa in qualche settore è davanti a Stati Uniti e che L’Europa sta investendo moltissimo nel settore per essere all’avanguardia.

La prima sessione ha presentato lo stato dell'arte dell’inserimento di robot nelle fabbriche del futuro.
Ruediger Dillmann del Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ha dato il via con una panoramica sullo stato dell’arte della ricerca a livello europeo. Arturo Baroncelli, vice presidente della Federazione Internazionale di Robotica e anche VP di Comau ha proseguito dando una panoramica del settore della robotica di oggi e di domani , Massimo Mattucci, presidente di EFRA haofferto ai presenti uno sguardo sulle fabbriche del futuro, Domenico Appendino,(UCIMU) ha fornito interessanti informazioni sui processi ed i flussi di lavoro in ambienti robotizzati.

Il pomeriggio ha visto due diverse sessioni in cui sono stati affrontati temi molto importanti: la chirurgia, l’assistenza sanitaria a domicilio, i robot di salvataggio e per utilizzi in ambienti pericolosi.

Il vincitore del Premio Engelberger e Direttore del famoso Istituto di Biorobotica presso la Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Paolo Dario, ha aperto la sessione dedicata alla Sanità con uno sguardo sullo stato dell’arte della robotica in medicina, ed è stato seguito da altri sei speakers che hanno coperto diverse aree dalla chirurgia assistita da robot alla riabilitazione, all’utilizzo di protesi robotiche all’assistenza domiciliare.

In contemporanea si svolgeva la sessione dedicata alla robotica per le gestioni delle emergenze La sessione ha visto presentare casi reali di utilizzi di robot nel terremoto in Emilia: verifica dello stato di edifici danneggiati, ecc..nonchè l’utilizzo di robot per la sicurezza negli impianti nucleari, robot subacquei e in tunnel pericolosi,.

Questi temi rivestono una forte attrattiva per i ricercatori:l’utilizzo di robot i consente infatti di salvare vite umane riducendo i rischi per le persone impiegate a risolvere situazioni di emergenza.

E 'anche interessante da un punto di vista commerciale, in quanto i possibili clienti per questa tipologia di sistemi sono più propensi prospettive di lungo termine, ed a testare le nuove tecnologie, semplicemente perché ci sono poche alternative valide.

La seconda giornata, è stata interamente dedicata agli investimenti ed ai finanziamenti per il settore delle robotica.

I partecipanti hanno avuto l’opportunità di ascoltare da Venture capitals europei ed italiani le miglior strategie per ottenere dei finanziamenti. E ‘ emerso chiaramente che la robotica è un settore in grande movimento e che offre eccellenti opportunità.

Al termine dell’evento per i partecipanti è stata organizzata una visita all’ IIT Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia dove è stato possibile vedere a diversi progetti di robotica tra cui I-cube.

Informazioni su Innovability e ClickUtility:

Innovability (www.innovability.it) è punto di riferimento italiano della filiera di operatori nel settore delle tecnologie ICT, in particolare wireless, mobile e multimedia; realizza eventi B2B e B2C di successo da oltre un decennio.

ClickUtility (www.clickutility) è specializzata in organizzazione eventi, formazione manageriale, marketing B2B, progetti europei; opera nei settori della mobilità e servizi pubblici locali, trasporti e logistica, energia e ambiente, Hi-tech.

Informazioni su EH Publishing Inc. / RoboticTrends Media Group - divisione di EH Publishing:

EH Publishing Inc. (www.ehpub.com) è leader nelle pubblicazioni, siti web, newsletter ed esposizioni per l'industria elettronica di consumo. EH Publishing Inc. raggiunge più di un milione di professionisti del settore e dei consumatori attraverso i canali multimediali dei prodotti di punta, compresi CE Pro, Commercial Integrator, Elettronica Casa e Media TechDecisions.

Robotics Trends Media Group è la prima società multimediale a servizio del mercato della robotica con Robotics Trends Publishing (www.roboticstrends.com), Robotics Business Review (www.roboticsbusinessreview.com) e Robotics Trends Events, che produce il RoboBusiness Leadership Summit (www.robobusiness.com) e le conferenze virtuali (www.robovirtualevents.com).