PamiTC Job Board - Posting Details

Title: Post Doc at iCub Facility and PAVIS Department at Istituto Italiano di TecnologiaPosted: July 20, 2014
Company/Institution: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Location: Italia
Department: Icub Facility and PAVIS

Description: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is a private Foundation whose main objective is the promotion of Italy's technological development and higher education in science and technology. Research at IIT is carried out in highly innovative scientific fields with state-of-the-art technology.

IIT iCub Facility Department is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to be involved in the WYSIWYD "What You Say Is What You Did" EU project funded by the European Commission under the FP7 programme (FP7-ICT-2013-10, Grant Agreement n. 612139).

WYSIWYD will create novel "transparency" in human robot interaction (HRI) by allowing robots to understand both their and human actions and to interpret and communicate them in human compatible intentional terms expressed as a language-like communication channel. WYSIWYD will contribute to a qualitative change in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and cooperation, unlocking new capabilities and application areas together with enhanced safety and robustness. In this context it is fundamental that robots perceive humans and understand their communicative intentions. However, the most successful vision-based strategies for people localization are developed for "at distance" scenarios. These techniques are not well suited for typical "face-to-face" HRI, where human detection is made difficult by occlusions and large variability in pose and scale.

The research of this postdoctoral project aims to go beyond the state-of-the-art in terms of visual perception for HRI. We are looking for a highly motivated young researcher with strong motivation to work jointly in Computer Vision and Robotics. This project will be carried out on the iCub robot with the aim of implementing efficient tools for the detection of human body parts by using computer vision. We will develop new methodologies for detecting human body parts at close distance such as torso, arms and face with the goal of determining the intention of the human (gaze direction, relative position, ,hands configuration etc..).

The contract will be issued within the iCub Facility in collaboration with the Department of Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision (PAVIS).

We seek a candidate with the following skills: PhD in Robotics, Computer Vision or related areas; Ability to analyze, improve and propose new algorithms; Good knowledge and proven experience in C/C++ programming as well as familiarity with robotics middleware such as YARP, ROS and development tools including CMake, and Git. An internationally competitive salary, dependent on experience, will be offered.

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a CV and a list of publications. Please send your application to including at least 2 reference letters.

Please apply before September 15th 2014.

In order to comply with Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), the candidate is kindly asked to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data. We would like to inform the candidate that the information provided will be solely used for the purpose of assessing whether the candidate's professional profile meets the requirements of IIT for this position. Personal data will be processed by IIT, with its headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego, 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper-based means, observing the rules on the protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art. 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, the candidate may exercise his/her rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.