A Short Guide to Opportunities in Robotics at IIT

The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a large, English-speaking research centre nestled among the coastal mountains of the Italian Riviera, near the city of Genoa in northern Italy.  It has a very large presence in robotics research—so large that it is split between three departments: (Roy is a member of Advanced Robotics.)  If you are looking for opportunities to study robotics, or to work at IIT, then you have two main sources of information:
  1. Each of the three departments listed above has an announcement of current openings on its home page.  There is also an institute-wide openings section on IIT's home page.
  2. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the mailing list Robotics Worldwide, or the European Robotics mailing list, and receive announcements as they are made.

Ph.D. Study

IIT is not a degree-awarding body.  Therefore, all students who work at IIT must be enrolled at a university, and they receive their degree from their university.  Most students are enrolled at the nearby University of Genoa, in the Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering.  If you are interested in studying robotics at IIT then here is an approximate time line (assuming enrollment at the University of Genoa):
  1. Announcements are made in April and May, with instructions on how to apply.
  2. The application deadline is in June.
  3. Successful applicants are made an offer in August, with an acceptance deadline in September.
  4. Studies begin on 1st November.

M.Sc. Study and Projects

Generally speaking, a Master's degree is a prerequisite for Ph.D. study at IIT.  If you are looking to do a Master's degree in robotics then one of the best choices is the European Master on Advanced Robotics (EMARO+).  Scolarships are available for this program, for both European and non-European applicants.  (Note: application deadline for 2017 is 23rd January.)

Several IIT staff offer and supervise M.Sc. projects.  This happens mostly in connection with EMARO and the University of Genoa.  However, special arrangements can be made to allow students at other (European) universities to pursue a Master's project at IIT.  If an IIT project or activity takes your interest then try contacting the relevant staff directly (e.g. the group or project leader).  For enquiries about the Skippy Project, contact me (Roy) at IIT.

Visitors

IIT is happy to host visitors.  The duration of a visit, and the question of who pays, will vary on a case-by-case basis.  If you would like to visit us at IIT then you should approach a relevant member of staff directly.

Internships

Internships are short-term employments—typically one year or less.  IIT uses them for a variety of purposes, and can be very flexible about them.  Two common uses are: to fill the gap between the end of M.Sc. studies and the beginning of Ph.D. studies, and to support a Master's student working on his final-year project.  Internships are usually announced as explained above, but sometimes an internship can be offered by special arrangement.

Employment

Longer-term enployment opportunities are listed on the web pages of the three departments and the IIT home page, as explained above, and they are posted to Robotics Worldwide and the European robotics mailing list.  They can arise at any time of year.
Page last modified:  January 2017
Author: Roy Featherstone