Ph. D. Student in Human Robot Interaction
Scadenza: 15 December 2022
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) has opened a full-time (100%) position for a Ph. D. Student in Human Robot Interaction, within the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA) USI SUPSI, at the Department of Innovative Technologies (DTI) based at the USI-SUPSI university campus in Lugano-Viganello (East Campus). The contract will start on 1 January 2023 or the date to be agreed upon.


  • Research activities in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics, with a particular focus on Human-Robot Interaction. The work is framed within the exciting European research project SERMAS (Socially-acceptable Extended Reality Models and Systems) on cutting-edge technologies for the next generation of social, intelligent, and secure agents assisting and/or cooperating with humans in everyday life activities.
  • Hands-on tests and evaluation of robotic simulations and experiments with both fixed and mobile platforms.
  • Implementation of AI-based and robotic algorithms.
  • Writing scientific papers (Journals and Conference Proceedings), project deliverables, and internal reports.
  • Public speaking and presentation to a wide audience (for example in conferences, workshops, and project review meetings).



  • Master in Robotics, Computer Science Engineering, Informatics, or other relevant fields.
  • Outstanding background in the robotics and machine learning domain. The candidate should be highly motivated in extending her/his theoretical background and practical experience in both domains.
  • High motivation and commitment with a strong desire for research and publishing at top-ranked conferences and journals.
  • High programming skills, knowledge of the robotics operating system (ROS), and Linux-based operating systems.
  • Familiarity with Python programming language.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Good organizational skills, ability to work independently, plan the work steps, and be proactive on schedule.
  • Ability to work in a team and with colleagues and other members of the Institute and engage in scientific dialogue.
  • Strong motivation and commitment to fulfill research activities, milestones, and deadlines.
  • Interest in teaching and tutoring students is also required.


  • Experience in projects involving Python and/or C++ language skills.
  • Familiarity with robotic systems and platforms.
  • Hand-on experience with mobile (wheeled and/or aerial) robots.
  • Experience with perception algorithms, especially vision-based frameworks.
  • Knowledge of deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch and Tensorflow.

We offer

  • Fixed-term employment contract.
  • Fully-funded Ph.D. at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI).
  • Stimulating and international workplace at IDSIA USI-SUPSI in the new campus in Lugano-Viganello (Switzerland), and access to the facilities of the robotics lab at IDSIA.
  • Attractive salary in line with Swiss standards.
  • Covering the costs of participation in high-profile conferences and workshops.

Additional information

The requirements for this function are published within the "Direttive interne SUPSI" and within "Regolamento del personale SUPSI" on the Italian website.

For further information, please contact:
Antonio Paolillo
Alessandro Giusti

Applicants should submit the following documents, written in English:

  • Motivation letter (1-2 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae with publications list (if any) and a link to the Master thesis.
  • List of courses and grades of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (transcript of records).
  • List of (at least) two references (with e-mail addresses).

Applications will be considered only if submitted electronically within December 15th, 2022,  through the appropriate online form.
Applications which are incomplete, or sent after the deadline, will not be considered.