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. By some measures it is the best research centre in Italy
IIT has a very large presence in robotics research, and is the home of
several famous robots such as iCub, Walkman and HyQ
If you are looking for opportunities to study robotics, or to work at IIT,
then you have three main sources of information:
the openings page on the IIT
website and the mailing lists
Robotics Worldwide and
euRobotics (the European robotics mailing list). If you choose the
IIT page then you need to know that robotics has been split up into several
'lines', each one accounting for only a subset of the available opportunities,
so you may have to browse several lines before you find what you are looking
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
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):
For more information, see the IIT PhD
- Announcements are made in April and May (on both mailing lists), with
instructions on how to apply.
- The application deadline is in June.
- Successful applicants are made an offer in August, with an acceptance
deadline in September.
- 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, as explained on the website.
Several IIT staff offer to supervise M.Sc. projects, and IIT has arrangements
with a few universities for this purpose. Generally speaking, you have
to be studying at a European university, and you have to be
self-supporting. (IIT does not pay your living expenses, etc., but see
also internships below.)
Most students who do their projects at IIT are the recipients of grants, or
similar funding, obtained via their universities. 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.
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
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
Longer-term enployment opportunities are listed on
the IIT openings page, as
explained above, and they are posted to
Robotics Worldwide and
euRobotics. They can arise at any time of year.
Page last modified: May 2019
Author: Roy Featherstone