june 2013

Cari colleghi,

vi inoltro la newsletter della I-RAS.

Cordiali saluti,

Gianluca
www.i-ras.it

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INDICE

x. Rettore della Università Politecnica delle Marche
x. Openings in Vision for Modelling/Tracking Deformable Objects
x. Openings in Robotic Dynamic Manipulation
x. Call for PhD Programme in Perceptual Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
x. New Book Announcement - Robotic Tactile Sensing: Technologies and System
x. Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD)
x. European Journal of Control in progress - archivio disponibile su Science Direct

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x. Rettore della Università Politecnica delle Marche

E' con piacere che vi comunico un'altra carica prestigiosa di un membro I-RAS, il nostro collega Sauro Longhi e' stato eletto Rettore della Università Politecnica delle Marche!

Complimenti e buon lavoro,
Gianluca

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x. Openings in Vision for Modelling/Tracking Deformable Objects

PRISMA Lab – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e Tecnologie dell’Informazione
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Naples, Italy

The PRISMA Lab at the University of Naples Federico II is seeking to recruit junior/senior postdoctoral research fellows that will have a key research role in the area of Vision/RGB-D camera, especially for what concerns the modelling and tracking of deformable objects.
 
The successful candidates will conduct their research at the PRISMA Lab on the new European Research Council Advanced Grant project on the theme of “RObotic DYnamic MANipulation”. This is the only robotics proposal among the 302 selected in Physical Sciences and Engineering in the 2012 call out of the total of 2304 proposals. The ERC AdGs are the most prestigious grants awarded at the European level.
The goal of RoDyMan project (www.rodyman.eu) is the derivation of a unified framework for non-prehensile manipulation, where the mobile nature of the robotic system and the manipulation of non rigid or deformable objects will be explicitly taken into account.
 
We are looking for highly-motivated young scientists with a background and PhD in Vision/RGB-D camera and a well-established publication record in the area of tracking non rigid and/or deformable objects and in one or more of the following areas:
- Point clouds and RGB-D cameras
- Real-time object reconstruction
- Computer science (parallel computation and CUDA programming)
- Robotics
Strong competencies in C/C++ programming and MATLAB are essential.

Qualified potential applicants holding a PhD degree should provide the following material:
1) Cover letter briefly describing their background and career plans
2) CV
3) Link to their research web-site
4) A list of the top 5 publications in Robotics/Image Processing or related areas
5) Date of availability
6) Names and contact information of at least two references
 
All documents should be submitted via email as a single compressed/pdf file to Prof. Bruno Siciliano with the subject: POSTDOC CANDIDATE (DEFORMABLE OBJECT TRACKING).
 
About PRISMA Lab
University of Naples Federico II is the third oldest university in Italy. The School of Engineering, with a population of 11,000 students, is the oldest in Europe and has recently celebrated its second centennial since the foundation by King Gioacchino Murat in 1811. The PRISMA team operates in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, where since almost 30 years is conducting research in robotics. Current interests include force control, visual servoing, dual-arm/hand manipulation, human-robot interaction, service robotics, and aerial robotics. The team has gained world-wide recognition and is currently engaged in four projects and two forthcoming ones supported by the European Community. See www.prisma.unina.it for further information.
 
About Naples
Naples (Italian: Napoli) is the third largest city in Italy, and is the capital of the Campania region. World-known for its rich history, art, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy, Naples is a lively, exciting and bustling city situated on the southwest coast in a gorgeous gulf, and is surrounded by attractive tourist and archaeological sites such as Capri, Ischia, Amalfi Coast, Pompei, Ercolano, Mount Vesuvius. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naples for further information.
 
Salary and Duration
The position is full time and will be paid according to the current Italian scheme. Depending on the experience and seniority of the candidate, the salary will range between 1500 and 2500 Euro per month. The initial contract will be limited to one year with the possibility to extend up to three years. Positions will remain open until a suitable number of qualified candidates are selected.

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x. Openings in Robotic Dynamic Manipulation

PRISMA Lab – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e Tecnologie dell’Informazione
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Naples, Italy

The PRISMA Lab at the University of Naples Federico II is seeking to recruit junior/senior postdoctoral research fellows that will have a key research role in the area of robotic dynamic manipulation, specially focused on non-prehensile manipulation of rigid and non rigid, or deformable, objects.
 
The successful candidates will conduct their research at the PRISMA Lab on the new European Research Council Advanced Grant project on the theme of “RObotic DYnamic MAnipulation”. This is the only robotics proposal among the 302 selected in Physical Sciences and Engineering in the 2012 call out of the total of 2304 proposals. The ERC AdGs are the most prestigious grants awarded at the European level.
The goal of RoDyMan project (www.rodyman.eu) is the derivation of a unified framework for non-prehensile manipulation, where the mobile nature of the robotic system and the manipulation of non rigid or deformable objects will be explicitly taken into account.
 
We are looking for highly-motivated young scientists with a background and PhD in robotic dynamic manipulation and a well-established publication record in the area of non-prehensile manipulation and in one or more of the following areas:
- Non-prehensile robotic manipulation
- Modelling of mechanical systems
- Robot control
- Impedance and force control
- Autonomous robots
Strong competencies in C/C++ programming and MATLAB are essential.

Qualified potential applicants holding a PhD degree should provide the following material:
1) Cover letter briefly describing their background and career plans
2) CV
3) Link to their research web-site
4) A list of the top 5 publications in Robotics/Dynamic Manipulation or related areas
5) Date of availability
6) Names and contact information of at least two references
 
All documents should be submitted via email as a single compressed/pdf file to Prof. Bruno Siciliano with the subject: POSTDOC CANDIDATE (DYNAMIC MANIPULATION).
 
About PRISMA Lab
University of Naples Federico II is the third oldest university in Italy. The School of Engineering, with a population of 11,000 students, is the oldest in Europe and has recently celebrated its second centennial since the foundation by King Gioacchino Murat in 1811. The PRISMA team operates in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, where since almost 30 years is conducting research in robotics. Current interests include force control, visual servoing, dual-arm/hand manipulation, human-robot interaction, service robotics, and aerial robotics. The team has gained world-wide recognition and is currently engaged in four projects and two forthcoming ones supported by the European Community. See www.prisma.unina.it for further information.
 
About Naples
Naples (Italian: Napoli) is the third largest city in Italy, and is the capital of the Campania region. World-known for its rich history, art, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy, Naples is a lively, exciting and bustling city situated on the southwest coast in a gorgeous gulf, and is surrounded by attractive tourist and archaeological sites such as Capri, Ischia, Amalfi Coast, Pompei, Ercolano, Mount Vesuvius. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naples for further information.
 
Salary and Duration
The position is full time and will be paid according to the current Italian scheme. Depending on the experience and seniority of the candidate, the salary will range between 1500 and 2500 Euro per month. The initial contract will be limited to one year with the possibility to extend up to three years. Positions will remain open until a suitable number of qualified candidates are selected.

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x. Call for PhD Programme in Perceptual Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa-Italy opens a call for applications for several PhD positions in the area of Perceptual Robotics at the Institute for Telecommunication, Information and Perception Technologies (TeCIP Institute).

PhD Positions in Perceptual Robotics
6 positions are available in the PhD Perceptual Robotics curriculum, of which 3 with full scholarship.
The Perceptual Robotics curriculum offers the opportunity for students to undertake in-depth research on the themes of presence and advanced robotic technologies for the interaction in Virtual Environments and in Robotics. The program will allow students to work in a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment, with the opportunity of implementing and testing new ideas and concepts through the experimental facilities of the Scuola.

Applications for PhD are solicited in and not only in the following areas:
- Wearable robotics, new cutaneous and wearable haptic devices, new sensors and actuators, novel applications of robotic applications to rehabilitation, (contact a.frisoli@sssup.it)
- Human perception, haptic interaction in virtual environments, (contact bergamasco@sssup.it )
- Machine learning and intelligent controllers for human perception, teleoperation for autonomous robots, (contact c.avizzano@sssup.it)
- Immersive Virtual Environments, Advanced Interactive Computer Graphics, Mobile Augmented Reality, Applications of Virtual and Augmented Technologies, (contact f.tecchia@sssup.it )
- Energy efficiency for robotics, mechatronic systems for energy harvesting, (contact m.fontana@sssup.it )

In addition to the above 3 further full scholarships will be financed respectively by the Sequoia Automation on the theme of “High altitude wind generation”, by Telecom Joint Open Lab on the theme of “Sport and Well-being: zero-power wearable motion tracking” and by Ansaldo Energia on the theme of “Real-time Immersive Visualization of Industrial Virtual Environments”

The PhD program deals with several application domains, such as cultural heritage, technological aids for disabled persons, entertainment, medicine, simulators, rehabilitation, industrial design, training, interaction design. The candidates will carry out their activities on research themes of relevant interest at the European and international level, working in strict cooperation with leading actors in the above domains, including research institutions and industrial enterprises.
Details on PhD students allowance and benefits are available on the PhD Call for Application available at http://www.sssup.it/phdtecip .

The Doctoral Programme in Emerging Digital Technologies
The International Doctoral Programme in Emerging Digital Technologies is a three-year residential program with highly interdisciplinary connotation, involving structured courses and supervised research yielding an original dissertation to be discussed in a public examination. Teaching and working language is English.
The Ph.D. program provides lecture attendance and passing of the related exams, research activities, attendance of seminars and summer schools and periods abroad. At the end of the Ph.D. program, students will possess solid scientific and engineering skills, the ability to conceive and carry out original research projects, and an autonomous entrepreneurship spirit.
Admission Requirements
Applicants must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree or equivalent title without any restriction on the nationality of origin. Applicants should not be older than 35 years on July 5, 2013. Older than 35 may be exceptionally admitted by the Selection Committee considering their Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum.
Non-EU applicants should have already earned the Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree at the closing date of this call, and must enclose the relevant diploma or temporary certification among the enclosures submitted online. Current undergraduate students with EU citizenship, or non-EU undergraduate students attending a Master Degree Programme in EU, who will obtain a M.Sc. degree before October 31, 2013, may also apply. In this case, a successful application will be conditional to the subsequent completion of the degree and the transmission to the School of the adequate documentation, no later than November 4, 2013.

Important dates
• Submission of application – by July 4, 2013
• Titles assessment – by July 17, 2013
• Interviews – July 25th and 26, 2013
• Final ranking list - by July 31, 2013
The Ph.D. Programme will start on November 4, 2013.

How to apply
For further information please contact for scientific information Prof. Antonio Frisoli at a.frisoli@sssup.it and Prof. Carlo A. Avizzano at c.avizzano@sssup.it, and for all administrative issues feel free to contact phdtecip@sssup.it
Applications can be submitted on-line directly at http://www.sssup.it/domandeSssup/login.jsp

The TeCIP Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa
The Institute of Communication, lnformation and Perception Technologies (TeCIP), was established in 2001 as a Center of Excellence by the Italian University Education Ministry. It provides research and training related to information, communication, and perception technologies, focusing on computer applications and computer systems for embedded real-time systems; sensor networks; the study, design and construction of communication networks with partial or total use of photonic technologies; the use of photonic technologies in sensors and in biophotonics; and virtual environments and robotic systems as interfaces for the study of human-computer interactions and human perception.
The main aims of the institute are:
- promote research, including interdisciplinary, scientific and technological research of the highest quality, by attracting new resources and by increasingly asserting their role and identity both within Italy and internationally;
- offer innovative educational programs for postgraduates, PhD and Master students, and those attending first and second level standard courses in fields related to the activity of the institute and in accordance with organizational guidelines and regulations of the School.

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x. New Book Announcement - Robotic Tactile Sensing: Technologies and System

Book Review available in - June 2013 edition of IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine.

About the Book - This book presents an in-depth description of the solutions available
for gathering tactile data, obtaining tactile information from the data, and effectively
using the same in various robotic tasks. Better integration of tactile sensors on a
robot’s body is prerequisite for the effective utilization of tactile data. For this reason,
the hardware, software and application related issues (and resulting trade-offs) that
must be considered to make tactile sensing an effective component of robotic platforms
are discussed in-depth. To this end, human touch sensing has also been explored.
The design hints coming out of the investigations into human sense of touch can be useful
in improving the effectiveness of tactile sensory modality in robotics and other machines.
This book also presents a comprehensive description of semiconductor devices based tactile sensing.

Authors information available at: http://biomems.fbk.eu/Dahiya

Information on the book available at: http://www.springer.com/engineering/robotics/book/978-94-007-0578-4

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x. Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD)

This position is part of the European Commission funded interdisciplinary project on electronic skin and applications
in robotics. This project, called CONTEST (COllaborative Network for Training in Electronic Skin Technology), coordinated
by Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, is a multi-site initial training network (ITN) and aims to train young
researchers while investigating various critical aspects of flexible electronics, converging towards an electronically
enhanced and wearable smart skin.

We are now looking for an excellent Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) in the area of robotics. The PhD position is based
at Shadow Robot Company in conjunction with Imperial College London who will award the PhD. Research will focus on
skilful object manipulation and adaptive haptic exploration. Key objectives are:
(i) To develop a setup for haptic exploration of objects;
(ii) To develop human-like haptic exploration and manipulation of objects;
(iii) To study the use of tactile sensing in improving teleoperation with a non-haptic dataglove.

Experience with robot grasping, manipulation and control would be desirable. Key skills include good programming
ability (C++, Python), experience of ROS, familiar with electronic and mechanical design practices.The ESR is expected
to travel to various nodes of CONTEST network in Italy, UK and Germany.

Job advert available at: http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/jobDetails/33867485
Project Website - www.contest-itn.eu
Application deadline - 15 July 2013

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x. European Journal of Control in progress - archivio disponibile su Science Direct

Cari Tutti,

sono lieto di annunciare che la migrazione di European Journal of Control su Science Direct si e' felicemente conclusa.

Tutti i numeri della rivista, dalla primo fascicolo del 1995 a oggi, sono reperibili al sito:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/aip/09473580

Il precedente sito, gestito dal Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria del Politecnico di Milano,
non è più' attivo.

Segnalo infine una apprezzabile iniziativa promozionale presa dalla nuova casa editrice (Elsevier):
per l'intero anno 2013, tutti gli articoli saranno scaricabili gratuitamente
da chiunque fosse interessato alla loro consultazione.

Grazie per l'attenzione.

Molti e cordiali saluti,

Sergio Bittanti

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