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PhD openings at IIT Genoa in Quadruped Locomotion & Vision

open PhD positions at IIT in Quadruped Locomotion & Vision

The Dynamic Legged Systems Lab at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English language Institute, is seeking to appoint 2 outstanding, highly-motivated PhD students who will be involved in ongoing quadruped locomotion and vision research that aims to develop versatile all-terrain legged robots. The positions are fully funded, start in November 2020 and typically last 3-3.5 years. For more details on the topics and submission, visit

The DLS research line has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. We develop the hardware of quadruped robots, as well as the algorithms and software to make them move autonomously over unstructured terrain. One of the lab’s main research platforms is the hydraulic robot HyQ (, one of the world’s top performing quadruped robots.
Our most recent platform HyQReal has pulled a 3.3ton airplane in 2019.
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open PhD themes:

Theme 20: Computer Vision for Legged Robots
Tutors: Geoff Fink, Claudio Semini

Theme 21: Optimization-based planning for Legged Robots
Tutors: Michele Focchi, Claudio Semini

Theme 22: Machine Learning for Quadruped Motion Generation
Tutors: Victor Barasuol, Claudio Semini

For a detailed description of the themes and instructions on how to apply, visit:

The application deadline is strictly June 15th, 2020 (noon, CEST Italian time). Start the process a few days before the deadline and don’t forget to write and upload also the “research project” document.

Best regards,

Claudio Semini, PhD
Head of Dynamic Legged Systems Lab
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Via Morego 30, 16163 Genoa, Italy
phone: +39 010 2896 912