january 2017

Dear colleagues,

with this newsletter you receive communications and news related to the Italian Chapter of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

My warmest whishes for a wonderful 2017


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1. Election Results of Chapter Chair and Vice-chair

2. 2017 I-RAS Video Contest “Robotics Made in Italy”

3. IEEE Fellow nominations

4. Post-doc and/or Experienced Graduate position in robotics – CNR (Federico Vicentini)

5. Software Engineer at Dynamic Legged Systems lab of IIT Genova (Claudio Semini)

1. Election Results of Chapter Chair and Vice-chair

In November and December 2016 we have voted for the I-RAS Chair and Vice Chair positions for 2017 and 2018. I wish to thank you all for having participated since we have reached the 20% of votants who have elected:

I-RAS Chair: Lucia Pallottino

I-RAS Vice Chair: Andrea Maria Zanchettin

My deepest thanks to Andrea that will help me in the next two years in proposing and organizing activities that, we hope, will make the chapter useful to members.

Lucia Pallottino

2. 2017 I-RAS Video Contest “Robotics Made in Italy”

It is my pleasure to announce the First “Robotics Made in Italy” Video Contest of the Italian Chapter, IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.
The Italian Chapter of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is seeking videos to highlight the Italian style in Robotics Research and Design. All University students, Ph.D. students and Post-Docs, members of the Society are invited to participate.

Create an original video in which the impact in the society and industry of the Italian style in Robotics is shown. Videos must be between 30 to 45 seconds and participants may compete individually or in teams up to 3 members.

Winning videos will be published in the IEEE media channels. Awarded Prizes are:

$1000 First place
$700 Second place
$300 Third place

Expression of interest in participating must be sent to lucia.pallottino@unipi.it, before January 31 2017, via e-mail with subject “RMI Video Contest”. Upon registrations details on the Video Format requirements and other information will be sent to participants.

Video Submissions deadline is April 30th 2017.

A 5-member jury will be nominated by the I-RAS chapter and will evaluate the videos.

To win, the video must show:

Italian Style
Creativity and execution
Clarity of presentation for general public
Incorporation of research results (hardware and/or software)

The contest is open only to undergraduate, graduate students or Post-Docs currently enrolled in an Italian University or Research Center. Awards can be assigned only to IEEE RAS members for 2017.

Questions? Email lucia.pallottino@unipi.it

Website and Call for videos:http://www.i-ras.it/node/258

Lucia Pallottino

3. IEEE Fellow nominations

The I-RAS chapter would like to congratulate its members that have been elevated to IEEE Fellow from the 1st of January 2017.

Giuseppe Oriolo, “for contributions to motion planning and control methods in complex robotic systems” (RAS),
Maria Pia Fanti, “for contributions to modeling and control of discrete event systems” (RAS),
Alessandro Giua, “for contributions to discrete event and hybrid systems” (CSS)

4. Post-doc and/or Experienced Graduate position in robotics – CNR

The Robotics Division (IRAS) at the Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation (ITIA) of the National Research Council (CNR), Milan (Italy), is seeking for highly qualified POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS and/or EXPERIENCED GRADUATES in the field of:

- Robot safety, automation safety and functional safety

- Physical human-robot interaction

- Robot modelling and design, most notably manipulators

- User experience, human factor, ergonomics and usability

- Robot control in Industrial Applications

Outstanding students and researchers from the areas of industrial robotics and automation are welcome to apply.

ASSIGNMENTS: successful candidates are expected to perform experimental research in the domain of safety-critical physical interaction, modelling of contacts with human body and reactions. Candidates are also expected to contribute to ongoing projects in the areas listed above (specifically EuRoC Project, Challenge 1) and to boost evidence-based results in human-robot interaction in industrial settings.

Ph.D. position applicants need to have a Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g., Robotics, Automation Science, Computer Science, Engineering) and have exhibited their ability to perform research in robotics and/or automation.

A successful Post-doc applicant should have a strong robotics and automation background, a solid track record of high ranking journals and conferences. A Ph.D. in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science (or another field clearly related to robotics) as well as strong organizational and coordination skills are necessary. Expertise in ROS, in automation protocols, expertise in working with industrial robot systems is a big plus.

A successful Experienced Graduate should have a good robotics and automation background, with expertise and skills in areas listed above. Expertise in working with real robot systems is necessary.


ITIA-CNR offers excellent technical facilities and industrial network. The positions are available immediately. Candidates should send an email to


With a CV specifically including participations in Funded Projects, a cover letter, the contact of two references, and a full list of publications with pdf of 2-3 most representative ones. Please indicate reference IRAS-2016-JOB05-ALL in the email subject. Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

5. Software Engineer at Dynamic Legged Systems lab of IIT Genova (Claudio Semini)

The Dynamic Legged Systems Lab (DLS Lab) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is looking for a full time SOFTWARE ENGINEER (deadline 15th of January 2017) with proven experience in programming (mostly C and C++). The DLS Lab is known for cutting-edge research in the area of high-performance legged robots. The Lab's main research platform is the hydraulic robot HyQ, one of the world’s top performing quadruped robots. Its successor is the new HyQ2Max robot. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing software for the locomotion and balancing layers (tightly working with the PostDocs and PhD students), the overall control architecture, as well as software in the areas of GUIs, embedded systems, communication and networking. Additionally, general software support for the different projects within the DLS Lab, e.g. the EU-funded project HyQ-REAL: www.hyq-real.eu Please visit the following page for a detailed list of requirements and other info: https://www.iit.it/careers/openings/opening/293-software-engineer-and-de...

The highly competitive salary will depend on qualifications and experience and will include additional health benefits. To apply please send electronically your detailed CV, university transcripts and cover letter outlining motivation, experience and qualifications for the post to selezioni@iit.it by January 15th, 2017 stating “DLSLab SW 2016” in the subject of the e-mail.

-- Claudio Semini,
PhD Head of Dynamic Legged Systems Lab
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Advanced Robotics Department
Via Morego 30, 16163 Genoa, Italy
phone: +39 010 71781 912
email: claudio.semini@iit.it
web: www.semini.ch or www.iit.it/people/claudio-semini.html