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:
- 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.
- Alternatively, you can subscribe to the mailing list
Robotics Worldwide, or
European Robotics mailing list, and receive announcements as they are
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):
- Announcements are made in April and May, with instructions on how to
- 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, for both European and non-European
applicants. (Note: application deadline for 2017 is 23rd
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.
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 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