PamiTC Job Board - Posting Details

Title: PhD call @ Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia on the topic Posted: May 25, 2015
Company/Institution: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Location: Italy
Department: iCub Facilty & PAVIS department


Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia ( together with the University of Genova opened the call for the 2015 Doctoral Course. In this context, a joint Ph.D. position is available at the iCub facility and Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision (PAVIS) dept. on the following theme:

Sensing humans: enhancing social abilities of the iCub platform Tutors: Dr Lorenzo Natale and Dr. Alessio Del Bue

Description: there is general consensus that robots in the future will work in close interaction with humans. This requires that robots are endowed with the ability to detect humans and interact with them. However, treating humans as simple animated entities is not enough: meaningful human-robot interaction entails the ability to interpret social cues and human intentions. Such capabilities are fundamental prerequisites to program the robot to react appropriately to humans and to bias the interpretation of the scene using nonverbal cues (gaze or body gestures). The aim of this project is to endow the iCub with a fundamental layer of capabilities for detecting humans, their posture and social intentions. Examples could be the ability to detect if a person is attempting to interact with the robot or his posture and intentions. Conventional research in Computer Vision and Machine Learning focuses on applications in which the image patch of a whole person (or group of people) is visible without strong occlusions in. On the other hand, face-to-face interaction requires developing novel algorithms for coping with situations in which large areas of the body are occluded or only partially visible.

Requirements: This PhD project will be carried out within the iCub Facility in collaboration with the Department of Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision (PAVIS). The ideal candidate should have a degree in Computer Science or Engineering (or equivalent) and background in Computer Vision and/or Machine Learning. He should also be highly motivated to work on a robotic platform and have computer programming skills.

More info on the above research topics can be found at: (theme 6)

or directly asked to and

Application Instructions: To apply, follow the instructions indicated in the link:

In short: a detailed CV, a research proposal under one or more themes chosen among those above indicated, reference letters, and any other formal document concerning the degrees earned.

Notice that these documents are mandatory in order to consider valid the application.

IMPORTANT: You need to specify the theme 6 and include a research statement (research proposal/project/plan/rationale) on such theme.

ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE is June 10th, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (noon – Italian time/CET) Strict deadline, no extension.

APPLICATIONS are possible through ONLINE PROCEDURE ONLY, look at: