may 2015

Cari colleghi,

vi inoltro la newsletter della I-RAS.

Cordialmente,

Lucia

www.i-ras.it

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INDICE

x. PhD school on Automatic Control "SIDRA 2015"x. IEEE 2015 International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems (MFI)

x. PhD position on Rehabilitation Robotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia x. PhD openings in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at University of Genova, Italy

x. PhD Positions available at IIT and University of Pisa

x. PhD positions available at the Italian Institute of Technology to work on the iCub (IIT)

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Dear Colleagues,

the Italian PhD school on Automatic Control "SIDRA 2015" will be held in Bertinoro

- Beginning on Monday July 13 at 8:30

- Ending on Saturday, 18 July 13:00.

The two themes of this edition are:

1) "Robot Control", coordinated by Alessandro de Luca (University of Rome "La Sapienza"),

2) "Underwater Robotics", coordinated by Gianluca Antonelli (University of Cassino).

All the relative information is available in the web pages:

http://www.lar.dei.unibo.it/SIDRA2015/

and

http://www.automatica.it/dottorato_scuole.htm.

The classes will be taught in English.

Participants will be housed at the University Centre of Bertinoro (Ce.UB). The available rooms will be assigned based on the booking date. Information about the Center is available on the web page http://www.centrocongressibertinoro.it/; the contact person at the Ce.UB is Ms Monica Michelacci (e-mail: mmichelacci@ceub.it - ??Tel. 0543 446 500).

The participation fee includes the registration fee and the cost of staying with half board (bed, breakfast and lunch). Rates are 500,00 Euro for accommodation in a double room and 630,00 Euro for single room accommodation (from the afternoon of Sunday, July 12 till the afternoon of Saturday, July 18).

The request to participate has to be submitted through the application form that will be available on the web from Ce.UB and it represents a formal commitment to attend the school.

The registration process follows the following "steps":

- June 5, 2015: Deadline for submission of application to be sent to the undersigned by filling out the form available at http://www.lar.dei.unibo.it/SIDRA2015/index.php/more-info#PreRegistratio... (in this site there are also other general information on the school)

- June 15, 2015: communication of admission to school will be sent out

- 26 June 2015: deadline for payment of the fee, to be paid according to the procedures that will be indicated on the entry form (which will be available on the web Ce.UB)

Upon departure, the Centre will release a receipt of the expenses incurred. For logistics contact Ms. Michelacci.

All students attending the school will receive a certificate of participation.

For those who are interested, a final test will also be offered.

The school is open to foreign PhD students.

With our best regards.

Claudio Melchiorri, Maria Elena Valcher

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Dal Prof. Bruno Siciliano:

Dear Bruno,

I would like to draw your attention to the IEEE 2015 International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems (MFI) taking place at San Diego State University, 14 - 16 September 2015. This year’s topic is Advances in Multisensor Fusion. Please see

http://mfi2015.sdsu.edu/

and the attached Call-for-Papers.

You are invited to submit a paper, organize a workshop or give a tutorial, see

http://mfi2015.sdsu.edu/MFI2015_WebPages_files/Workshops.htm

The deadline is 18 May 2015.

Uwe

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe D. Hanebeck

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Department of Informatics

Chair for Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems (ISAS)

Karlsruhe, Germany

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www.hanebeck.org

isas.uka.de

www.grk1194.kit.edu

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x. 1 PhD position with scholarship starting from November 2015 at the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, http://www.iit.it/rbcs

* Theme 12,

Modeling of the mechanisms underlying proprioception for rehabilitation

Proprioception has a critical role in promoting or hindering motor learning. A great majority of neurological patients present both motor dysfunctions and impairments in kinesthesia, but traditional robot and virtual reality training techniques focus either in recovering motor functions or in assessing proprioceptive deficits. An open challenge is to implement effective and reliable tests and training protocols for proprioception that go beyond the mere position sense evaluation and exploit the intrinsic bidirectionality of the kinesthetic sense, which refers to both sense of position and sense of movement. In order to do it the mechanisms underlying proprioception have to be studied from a computational point of view and translated into control algorithms in rehabilitation robots.

The research will involve experiments with human subjects (healthy and impaired) using haptic interfaces, analysis of movements and their neural correlates (using EMG, EEG, TMS). The knowledge gained from the experiments will be also used to design more effective haptic systems to be delivered potentially directly to clinicians.

Requirements: A degree in Computer Science Engineering, Bioengineering or equivalent, with high interests in human sciences. Attitude for experimental work, problem solving and computational modeling will constitute factors of preference.

Reference: D.De Santis, J. Zenzeri, M. Casadio, L. Masia, A. Riva, P. Morasso, V. Squeri, Robot-assisted training of the kinesthetic sense: enhancing proprioception after stroke, Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:1037, 2015

* Official call:

PhD Program in Bioengineering and Robotics. Curriculum on Cognitive Robotics, Interaction and Rehabilitation Technologies: http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/XXXI/ENG/ http://iit.it/images/phd-xxxi/RES.THEMES.COGNIROB.INTER.pdf

* Application *must* be done online, see instructions for applicants: http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/XXXI/ENG/

* Application deadline: June 10, 2015. *

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact: Jacopo Zenzeri or Valentina Squeri

-- Jacopo Zenzeri, PhD

Post Doctoral Researcher Motor Learning and Robotic Rehabilitation Lab

Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Dept

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia via Morego,

30 16163 Genova, Italy www.iit.it

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Phd openings in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at University of Genova, Italy

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PhD openings in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering

University of Genoa, Italy ============================================

Dear all,

In the context of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems curriculum of the PhD Program in Bioengineering and Robotics (http://phd.dibris.unige.it/biorob/), I would like to advertise the following themes:

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*Theme 1: Advanced Autonomy and Cooperation for Unmanned Marine Systems*

Goals:

- Obstacle avoidance techniques for high speed vehicles (multiple obstacles, COLREGS implementation)

- Cooperative control of unmanned surface vehicles (patrolling and surveillance activities)

- Cooperative control of underwater autonomous vehicles (distributed acoustic array)

Available hardware for the experimental results:

- 10 small scale USVs, 2 eFolaga AUVs, possibly one catamaran

*Some of this research is framed within the on-going H2020 WiMUST project (started early 2015).

* Part of this research will be carried out in cooperation with the SEALab, a joint laboratory between ISME and CSSN (Center for naval experimentation support) of the Italian Navy. The SEALab has direct access to a vast restricted navigation area inside the port of La Spezia were field experiments will be done.

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*Theme 8: Robotics for Intervention*

Goals:

- Cooperative control of free floating intervention AUVs

- Cooperative control of mobile manipulators - Dynamic control of arm-vehicle systems

- Control with latency mitigation

Available hardware for the experimental results:

- a crawler mobile manipulator for outdoor environments, two youBot platforms, and the experimental setups available within the DexROV project. *

**Some of this research is framed within the on-going H2020 DexROV project (http://www.dexrov.eu/)*

*(started early 2015)*.

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*Requirements for both themes:

* Applicants are expected to have strong background and experience in at least one of the following topics: mechatronics, control theory, robotics. The candidates must have: strong programming skills (C/C++, Matlab); attitude to problem solving, to conduct experiments, and finally be motivated to work within a research team in collaborative projects.

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*A more detailed description of the themes can be found at:* http://phd.dibris.unige.it/biorob/media/PhD%20program%20in%20BioRob%20Ro... ============================================

*How to apply* Please refer to the official web page at: http://phd.dibris.unige.it/biorob/index.php/how-to-apply ============================================

*Deadlines* Application must be submitted through the on-line web system before: 10 June 2015, 12pm Italian time ============================================

*Laboratory information*

See the lab website: http://www.graal.dist.unige.it/ or http://www.graal.dibris.unige.it/

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Perspective applicants interested in the aforementioned themes are strongly encouraged to contact both Prof. Casalino and me giuseppe.casalino@unige.it - enrico.simetti@unige.it

However, note that the application must be submitted only throught the on-line web system.

Enrico Simetti

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x. Ph.D. Positions available at IIT and University of Pisa

Cari amici,

We are seeking strong candidates for several Ph.D. positions in "Human Centered and Rehab Robotics"

The successful candidates will work on the following research projects at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa
and Centro "E. Piaggio", University of Pisa:

i) H2020 Walk-Man (http://www.walk-man.eu/, http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/finalist/walk-man): Humanoid robots for rescue in disaster environments

ii) H2020 SoMa (http://softmanipulation.eu/): Embodied Intelligence in Manipulation with Soft Hands

iii) SoftHand Pro (http://www.iit.it/en/research/iit-labs/rehab-technologies.html, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdnDD90ABlc): Design, Control, and Validation of a new generation of soft-robotics prosthetic hands

Desirable General Background (candidates should have all)
1) Fundamentals of robot kinematics and dynamics
2) Control systems analysis and design
3) Programming abilities in modern SW/MW environments

Desirable Specific Background (candidates should have one at least)
1) Advanced integrated mechatronic design
2) Nonlinear control and estimation: advanced methods and applications
3) Physical human-robot interaction (haptics, rehabilitation, prosthetics)

The Ph.D. position will start on November 1st, 2015. Earlier starts can be negotiated if needed.

Interested candidates should send an email to phd-robotics-info@unipi.it by May 31, 2015 with a CV and two reference contacts (best if the M.S. tutor and one external to the research group).

Antonio Bicchi

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x. PhD positions available at the Italian Institute of Technology to work on the iCub (IIT)

Dear roboticists,

This is to advertise the following Phd positions with scholarship at the iCub Facility, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. The positions are available through the PhD course of Bioengineering and Robotics, curriculum on Advanced and Humanoid Robotics. Successful applicants will join the iCub Facility department at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa (http://www.iit.it/icub). For additional details please check: http://www.iit.it/en/openings/phd-calls.html

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Theme 1: Articulatory information for automatic speech recognition in human-robot verbal interaction

Tutors: Giorgio Metta, Leonardo Badino

Description: State-of-the art Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) systems produce remarkable results in some scenarios but still lags behind human level performance in several real usage scenarios and perform poorly whenever the type of acoustic noise, the speaker's accent and speaking style are "unknown" to the system, i.e., are not sufficiently covered in the data used to train the ASR system. The goal of the present theme is to create a robust speaker-independent Key Phrases Recognition system where commands delivered by a user to a robot (i.e., the key phrases) have to be recognized in unconstrained utterances (i.e., utterances with hesitations, disfluencies, additional out-of-task words, etc.), in the challenging conditions of human-robot verbal interaction where speech is typically distant (to the robot) and noisy. To improve the robustness of the recognition system to intrinsically challenging and/or unknown conditions we will create recognition systems that combine acoustic features with p redicted vocal tract articulatory movements (Canevari et al. 2013) thus exploiting the articulatory representation of speech where phonetic targets (i.e., the articulatory targets necessary to produce a given sound) are largely invariant and complex phenomena observed in speech are can be compactly modeled.

Requirements: The successful candidate will have a degree in computer science, bioengineering, physics or related disciplines.

A background in speech and language processing is a plus.

Reference: [1] Canevari, C., Badino, L., Fadiga, L., Metta, G., "Cross-corpus and cross-linguistic evaluation of a speaker-dependent DNN-HMM ASR system using EMA data", Interspeech Workshop on Speech Production for Automatic Speech Recognition, Lyon, France, 2013.

Contacts: leonardo.badino@iit.it, giorgio.metta@iit.it

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Theme 2: Whole-body real-time motion planning and control in compliant humanoids: theory and implementation on the iCub

Tutors: Francesco Nori, Giorgio Metta, Daniele Pucci

Description: the iCub is among the few humanoids capable of whole-body motion control while being compliant to perturbations (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrPBSSQEr3A). These capabilities are possible thanks to the iCub peculiar sensors such as whole-body distributed tactile and force sensing. These sensors allow the iCub to simultaneously control joint movements, joint torques and interaction forces. Within this context, motion control is still an open research activity since previous approaches mainly dealt with kinematic movement planning. The iCub instead needs a dynamic planner to simultaneously plan movements, torques and interaction forces. The goal of the proposed theme is to develop a kinematic and dynamic motion control software. Given a control task, the foreseen controller will compute not only the kinematics (i.e. joint trajectories) but also the dynamics (i.e. joint torques and interaction for ces) to perform the task. Among the various solutions to the problem, optimal control wi ll represent a primary focus of attention. Specific tasks will include multi-contact motion planning [2], whole-body motion planning [3] and non-rigid contact motion planning. The project will be conducted within the context of a European project and the candidate will be asked to spend a six months experience in a foreigner country as a visiting Ph.D. student.

Requirements: candidate is requested to have a background in control theory, computer science and/or robotics. Specific background in optimal control will be positively evaluated.Special requirements: this theme is supported by an ITN-H2020 research grant (SECURE). Candidates should satisfy the eligibility criteria of the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions. The position is suitable for candidates who have not have resided or carried out their main activity in Italy for more than 12 months in the last 3 years preceding their recruitment.

Note: the position is associated with a considerably higher salary than a regular studentship and offers many opportunities to travel to the other European partners in the network.

Reference:

[1] F Nori, S Traversaro, E Jorhabib, F Romano and D Del Prete A.; Pucci. iCub Whole body Control through Force Regulation on Rigid Noncoplanar Contacts. Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

[2] A Escande, A Kheddar, S Miossec. Planning support contact-points for humanoid robots and experiments on HRP-2. 2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.

[3] Moritz Diehl, Hans Joachim Ferreau, and Niels Haverbeke. Efficient Numerical Methods for Nonlinear MPC and Moving Horizon Estimation. Nonlinear Model Predictive Control. Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences Volume

Contacts: francesco.nori@iit.it, giorgio.metta@iit.it, daniele.pucci@iit.it

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Theme 3:

Body representations learning for whole body control

Tutors: Giorgio Metta, Francesco Nori

Description: The goal of this PhD theme is to develop complex body representations for the iCub robot utilizing visual, tactile, force, and motor signals. This representation enables control of the robot in the presence of multiple potential or actual contacts. It will e.g. determine that certain configurations are convenient to support the robot during task execution and actively seek contact with the environment rather than avoiding it. This model will be also compared with an existing neuroscience model of the so-called peripersonal space representation. The main result will be a set of software libraries that contain learning methods (e.g. probability density estimation, regression, etc.) and sensory processing (e.g. optical flow estimation, stereo vision, etc.). These algorithms will jointly contribute to the acquisition of the body and peripersonal space representation. Specifically for this theme, we will seek to build controllers for the whole body of the robot (legs, arms, etc.) which us e the acquired sensorimotor representations.

Requirements: candidate is requested to have a background in control theory, computer science and/or robotics. Specific background in optimal control will be positively evaluated.Special requirements: this theme is supported by an ITN-H2020 research grant (SECURE). Candidates should satisfy the eligibility criteria of the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions. The position is suitable for candidates who have not have resided or carried out their main activity in Italy for more than 12 months in the last 3 years preceding their recruitment.

Note: the position is associated with a considerably higher salary than a regular studentship and offers many opportunities to travel to the other European partners in the network.

Reference:

[1] Roncone, A.; Hoffmann, M.; Pattacini, U.; Metta, G. Automatic kinematic chain calibration using artificial skin: self-touch in the iCub humanoid robot. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2014) pp.2305-2312 Hong Kong, China, May 31-June 7, 2014

Contacts: giorgio.metta@iit.it, francesco.nori@iit.it

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How to apply

Please note that the positions are available through the PhD course of Bioengineering and Robotics, curriculum on Advanced and Humanoid Robotics, offered jointly by IIT and the University of Genoa.

The official call and application forms are available on the website of the University of Genoa.

The official calls are available here:http://phd.dibris.unige.it/biorob/index.php/how-to-apply/themes (Advanced and Humanoid Robotics)

Applications must be submitted online, instructions for applicants are available here:

http://phd.dibris.unige.it/biorob/index.php/how-to-apply

* Application deadline: 10 June 2015, 12pm Italian time *

Applicants are strongly encouraged to get in touch the contact person(s) for the individual themes.

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Regards,

Giorgio Metta

Istituto Italiano di TecnologiaVia Morego, 30

16163 Genoa, Italy

Ph: +39 010 7178-1411

Fax: +39 010 7178-1205

URL: http://pasa.liralab.it