Postdoc position on Model Driven Software Engineering for Mobile Manipulation with Safety Constraints - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 09/10/2019 - Expires on: 30/11/2019

The Humanoid Sensing and Perception laboratory ( at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is seeking to appoint a postdoc on Model Driven Software Engineering for Mobile Manipulation with Safety Constraints. This position is supported by the project SCOPE, which is funded by the Horizon 2020 EU project RobMoSys Grant Agreement 732410 through its second open call.

Safety is a fundamental concern in every robotic control system, but it becomes particularly relevant and difficult to address in situations where a robot operates in close interaction with humans and exhibits any level of decisional autonomy. Such is the case of robots built for assistive applications in which software defects have a direct impact on safety. Traditional development techniques are not able to increase confidence in immunity from serious flaws, unless substantial effort is spent in testing, leading to a considerable increase in costs and development time. Model Driven Software Engineering methods enable developers to design and implement robotic software by re-using available components whose properties and internal functioning are described by the digital equivalent of a data sheet. Beside components re-use, this sets the stage to derive the properties of the overall system by analyzing the properties of the individual sub-components and it creates the foundations for building tools that enable developers to automatically analyze properties of complex control systems.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher who will join our team to study Model Driven Software Engineering methods to develop mobile manipulation capabilities with safety constraints on our humanoid robot R1. The selected candidate will join the interdisciplinary iCub team, and will have the opportunity to work in an exciting and young environment, in close interaction with research engineers, Phd students and post-doctoral researchers.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in computer science, robotics, computer engineering or related fields;
  • Experience with C++ and development tools (e.g. CMake and GIT);
  • Strong motivation to work with real robotic systems;
  • Ability to communicate proficiently in English (written and spoken);

Desirable skills:

  • Knowledge of Behavior Trees;
  • Knowledge of robot control, navigation and grasping;
  • Familiarity with robotic middleware (e.g. YARP, ROS);

The successful candidate will be offered a salary commensurate to experience and skills.

Please apply by November 30th 2019, by sending your application to quoting exactly BC77543 – Postdoc position on Model Driven Software Engineering for Mobile Manipulation with Safety Constraints in the e-mail subject. Your application shall contain a detailed CV, a research statement, and the contact information of two referees.

IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova and a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide with an international staff of about 1100 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavour focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, material science, robotics, life sciences and nano-biotechnologies.

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Humanoid Sensing and Perception


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