july 2015

Cari colleghi,
vi inoltro la newsletter della I-RAS.
Cordialmente,

Lucia

www.i-ras.it

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INDICE

x. Fifth edition of the "Robotics Research Jam Session" (Pisa July 21st) (Antonio Bicchi)
x. RoboSoft Grand Challenge Announcement (Livorno April 2016) (Cecilia Laschi)
x. Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Individual Fellowship expression of interest (1st) (Paolo Fiorini)
x. Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Individual Fellowship expression of interest (2nd) (Paolo Fiorini)
x. International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR 2015, September 12-15 in Sestri Levante): Program available online (Antonio Bicchi)
x. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, New open-access Journal in Robotics (Gianluca Antonelli)

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x. Fifth edition of the "Robotics Research Jam Session" (Pisa July 21st) (Antonio Bicchi)

Dear Roboticist,

the fifth edition of the "Robotics Research Jam Session" organized by Centro "E. Piaggio" - University of Pisa with the Advanced Robotics Dept. of IIT will be held on July 21, 2015. The program, inspired to the theme of Soft Robotics for Natural Human-Robot Interaction, is available at
http://www.centropiaggio.unipi.it/robotics-research-jam-sessions-pisa.html

You are cordially invited to attend (free registration requested).

With warmest regards

Antonio Bicchi

The event is sponsored by the I-RAS.

July 21, 2014
Polo Etruria, Room F8
College of Engineering
University of Pisa

PROGRAMME

9:30 Welcome and Introduction
Antonio Bicchi, Università di Pisa

9:45 Multi-contact interactions with humanoid robots: walking, grasping and balancing
Máximo Roa, Robotics and Mechatronics Center, DLR, Munich, Germany

10:15 Danger field, safety field and other assessments: how to guarantee safe human-robot collaboration
Paolo Rocco, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

10:45 Weak force percepetion
Gabriel Baud-Bovy, Università di S. Raffaele, Milano e Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia di Genova, Italy

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 Vision-based control of humanoid robots
Marilena Vendittelli, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy

12:00 Title T.B.A.
Nikos Tsagarakis, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia di Genova, Italy

12:30 A Simple General-Purpose Balance Controller for Planar Robots Roy Featherstone, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia di Genova, Italy

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Why Robots Should Smell! Environmental Monitoring with Robot Systems Achim Lilienthal, Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS), Sweden

14:30 Motion Planning for Real World Robots
Kris Hauser, Duke University, USA

15:00 Robotic Systems to Enhance Surgical Performance and Safety
Darwin Caldwell, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia di Genova, Italy

15:30 Keep in touch with robots: robot skin technology
Giorgio Cannata, Università di Genova, Italy

16:00 Coffee Break

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x. RoboSoft Grand Challenge Announcement
The RoboSoft Grand Challenge is a competition which invites teams to test the design and control of their robots in challenging scenarios. It is intended for soft robots and the tasks were designed to tackle specific features of soft robots, like resilience, body compliance, delicate contact and deformability.

Date and Location: April 29 - 30, 2016, Livorno (Italy)
Total prize: 5000 € + additional in-kind prizes
Registration procedure and documents: http://www.robosoftca.eu/information/events/robosoft-grand-challenge
Information contact: Laura Margheri (laura.margheri@sssup.it)

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Cecilia Laschi, PhD, Professor of Biorobotics
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy

The BioRobotics Institute
viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera (Pisa), Italy
Tel. +39 050 883486, Fax: +39 050 883497, Mobile: +39-348-0718832
http://sssa.bioroboticsinstitute.it

Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics, Livorno
http://sssa.marinerobotics.it

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x. Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Individual Fellowship expression of interest (1st) (Paolo Fiorini)

MSCA-IF Expression of Interest: Rehabilitation techniques using robots and augmented reality

Description of the Institution

The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona is looking for a highly motivated candidate to apply for a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in the Altair Robotics Laboratory. The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona (Italy) was funded in 2001 and is located in the south of Verona. Its main research labs and offices are located in the area of the Medical-Scientific Centre of the university. The department has several research and teaching activities that represent a continuous of competences from mathematics, through computer science and computer engineering, up to physics. Active research areas are: discrete and application mathematics, theory of computation, machine intelligence, information systems, software engineering and security, applied computing, cyber-physical systems, applied and experimental condensed matter physics. Finally, the leadership of the department in applied research and the impact on the surrounding area are confirmed by research funding via European, national and regional programs and by the seven spin-offs created in the last years.
The ALTAIR Robotics Laboratory was founded in 2000, concurrently with the establishment of the courses Automatic Controls and Robotics within the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona. The main fields of exploration in the research group range from surgical and medical robotics, smart robotic instruments, images analysis, virtual and augmented reality to mobile robotics and UAVs.

Description of the Position

The robotic group of the Department of Computer Science looks for an experienced researcher (Post-Doc) with competences in robotics, control systems, software development and bioinformatics, to develop and extend projects in the field of rehabilitation robotics. The robotics group aims at reinforcing their knowledge in this field, by this opportunity. The Post-Doc will find an environment of researchers at all levels with whom he/she can collaborate to implement the project.
Since rehabilitation robotics covers quite a wide range of different sectors, the candidate(s) can present a statement of research in any of the following branches.
Rehabilitation aids can be used post-trauma or post-surgery to train and support recovery, promote healing and enable faster recovery while protecting and assessing the user.
Functional replacement aids are designed to improve mobility and motor skills and may be worn as a prosthesis or as an exo-skeletal device.
Neurorehabilitation or Cognitive rehabilitation is the branch of rehabilitation dedicated to patient recover after losing some neurological abilities or to help (re-)education of mentally disabled people. In this field also virtual and augmented reality, such as video-games, is used to improve the rehabilitation results.
Smart prosthesis able to adapt to the user’s gait and the environment take advantage of Robotics, which has the potential to combine improved cognitive awareness and increased dexterity and control particularly in upper limb and hand prosthesis and in controlling foot placement.
Mobility support systems (e.g. exoskeletons) help patients with reduced physical functions, either permanent or temporary, who benefit from increased mobility. In the future it is possible that such systems may be capable of compensating for cognitive impairment preventing falls and accidents.
The selected candidate will be invited to submit a MSCA IF proposal together with Prof. Fiorini, supervisor of the proposal. The involvement of the selected candidate in the proposal writing process will provide ample opportunity to tailor the proposal to his / her research interests. A successful application will result in a one-year, or a two-year appointment.

Number of positions: 1

Research Field: Robotics, Automation and Computer Science Engineering
Career Stage: Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research Profiles: Recognised Researcher (R2)

Benefits

The salary is paid monthly, the Post Doc will have a desk on a four-people office and he/she will access to the university facilities. The university also gives support for mobility period, assistance for application procedure to obtain entry visa, information about social security protection and rules, procedure to have health insurance in our country, support to find an accommodation in Verona and information on how to access to the university nursery for researchers with children.

Contacts

https://metropolis.scienze.univr.it/altair/
Requirements
An expression of interest shall be sent to Prof. Paolo Fiorini (paolo.fiorini@univr.it) AND Dr. Marta Capiluppi (marta.capiluppi@univr.it) before 15th of July 2015. Your file should contain the following elements:
• A short CV. Only CVs with considerable scientific achievements will be considered. Candidates should have an excellent track record of research; they should demonstrate the ability to grow into scientific/technological leadership roles.
• A statement of research.
• A letter of presentation.
• Contacts of two supervisors/mentors to whom it is possible to ask references.

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Prof. Paolo Fiorini, PhD
IEEE Fellow
Department of Computer Science, University of Verona
Ca' Vignal 2 - Strada Le Grazie 15, 37134 VERONA - Italy
Ph: +39 045 802 7963 -- Fax: +39 045 802 7068
http://profs.sci.univr.it/~fiorini

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x. Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Individual Fellowship expression of interest (2nd) (Paolo Fiorini)

MSCA-IF Expression of Interest: Smart instruments design for surgical robotic applications

Description of the Institution

The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona is looking for a highly motivated candidate to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in the Altair Robotics Laboratory. The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona (Italy) was funded in 2001 and is located in the south of Verona. Its main research labs and offices are located in the area of the Medical-Scientific Centre of the university. The department has several research and teaching activities that represent a continuous of competences from mathematics, through computer science and computer engineering, up to physics. Active research areas are: discrete and application mathematics, theory of computation, machine intelligence, information systems, software engineering and security, applied computing, cyber-physical systems, applied and experimental condensed matter physics. Finally, the leadership of the department in applied research and the impact on the surrounding area are confirmed by research funding via European, national and regional programs and by the seven spin-offs created in the last years.
The ALTAIR Robotics Laboratory was founded in 2000, concurrently with the establishment of the courses Automatic Controls and Robotics within the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona. The main fields of exploration in the research group range from surgical and medical robotics, smart robotic instruments, images analysis, virtual and augmented reality to mobile robotics and UAVs.

Description of the Position

The robotic group of the Department of Computer Science looks for an experienced researcher (Post-Doc) with competences in robotics, control systems, software development and bioinformatics, to develop and extend projects in the field of smart instrument design for surgical robots. The robotics group aims at reinforcing their knowledge in this field, by this opportunity. The Post-Doc will find an environment of researchers at all levels with whom he/she can collaborate to implement the project.
Reusability and modularity are key factors in design and manufacturing of the next generation of surgical instruments: smart surgical instruments. Instruments that are engineered based on patient-specific pre-operative data designed to follow specific access routes that cause minimal or zero trauma, that are inherently compliant by nature and embed distributed sensing in support of cognitive behaviour e.g. allowing local autonomy. Modularity in design and manufacturing will be essential to permit cost efficient design, composition and deployment of these instruments.
Moreover, the design and use of such smart instruments improves the dexterity and increases the precision of the intervention. This is due to their patient-specific design but also to the possibility of using different diagnosis tools, since instruments embed sensors or can be designed with different materials.
The design of smart surgical instruments is also connected with the 3D printing techniques, image analysis and sensor fusion methods and distributed control theories.
The selected candidate will be invited to submit a MSCA IF proposal together with Prof. Fiorini, supervisor of the proposal. The involvement of the selected candidate in the proposal writing process will provide ample opportunity to tailor the proposal to his / her research interests. A successful application will result in a one-year, or a two-year appointment.

Number of positions: 1

Research Field: Robotics, Automation and Computer Science Engineering
Career Stage: Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research Profiles: Recognised Researcher (R2)

Benefits

The salary is paid monthly, the Post Doc will have a desk on a four-people office and he/she will access to the university facilities. The university also gives support for mobility period, assistance for application procedure to obtain entry visa, information about social security protection and rules, procedure to have health insurance in our country, support to find an accommodation in Verona and information on how to access to the university nursery for researchers with children.

Contacts

https://metropolis.scienze.univr.it/altair/
Requirements
An expression of interest shall be sent to Prof. Paolo Fiorini (paolo.fiorini@univr.it) AND Dr. Marta Capiluppi (marta.capiluppi@univr.it) before 15th of July 2015. Your file should contain the following elements:
• A short CV. Only CVs with considerable scientific achievements will be considered. Candidates should have an excellent track record of research; they should demonstrate the ability to grow into scientific/technological leadership roles.
• A statement of research.
• A letter of presentation.
• Contacts of two supervisors/mentors to whom it is possible to ask references.

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Prof. Paolo Fiorini, PhD
IEEE Fellow
Department of Computer Science, University of Verona
Ca' Vignal 2 - Strada Le Grazie 15, 37134 VERONA - Italy
Ph: +39 045 802 7963 -- Fax: +39 045 802 7068
http://profs.sci.univr.it/~fiorini

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x. International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR 2015, September 12-15 in Sestri Levante): Program available online (Antonio Bicchi)

The program of the International Symposium on Robotics Research is now available online:
http://www.isrr-2015.org/index.php/program/technical-program

The symposium will be held on September 12 to 15, 2015, in Sestri Levante, Italy.

ISRR 2015 is structured in mini-symposia, interactive sessions and “Best Of 2014” sessions.
Each Symposium includes two invited talks and presentations of reviewed papers submitted to the Conference.
Interactive Sessions will be introduced orally and followed by one-to-one discussion at screens.
The“Greatest Hits” sessions include invited presentations of top-quality work who has recently received recognition with awards or other distinctions

Antonio Bicchi and Wolfram Burgard

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x. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, New open-access Journal in Robotics (Gianluca Antonelli)

Dear all,
several members of the RAS are now involved in the Editorial staff of a new open-access journal in Robotics and AI:

*Frontiers in Robotics and AI* is a new open-access journal to provide comprehensive and thematic coverage on various areas of robotics and artificial intelligence. Frontiers in Robotics and AI is composed of the following specialties:

Biomedical Robotics with Kaspar Althoefer
Computational Intelligence Mikhail Prokopenko
Ethics in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence with Matthias Scheutz
Evolutionary Robotics with Gusz Eiben
Humanoid Robotics with Giorgio Metta
Multi-Robot Systems with Herbert Tanner
Robotic Control Systems with Gianluca Antonelli
Sensor Fusion and Machine Perception with Shashi Phoha
Soft Robotics with Cecilia Laschi
Virtual Environments with Mel Slater
Vision Systems Theory, Tools and Applications with Antonio Fernández-Caballero
Bionics and Biomimetics with Danilo De Rossi
Neuroengineering with Laura Ballerini
Neurorobotics with Alois Knoll and Florian Röhrbein

and even more to come!

Best wishes,

Anna

Frontiers | Robotics and AI Editorial Office
Journal Manager: Anna Lukacs, PhD
EPFL - Innovation Square, Building I
Lausanne, Switzerland | T +41(0)21 510 17 08
www.frontiersin.org | twitter.com/FrontRoboticsAI

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