[robotics-worldwide] Open PhD Position Announcement - Smart Suit

Chen I-Ming (Assoc Prof) MICHEN at ntu.edu.sg
Wed Sep 6 22:08:49 PDT 2006


Open PhD Position Announcement
Smart Suit - Wearable embedded human body motion processing system
Modular Robotics and Locomotion Group
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in Nanyang Technological
Univ (NTU), Singapore
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Two fully funded PhD student positions are available in Jan 2007 in the
Modular Robotics and
Locomotion Group in School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in
Nanyang Technological 
Univ (NTU), Singapore (Contact: Prof. I-Ming Chen) under the project
titled, "Smart Suit - Wearable 
embedded human body motion processing system" in the framwork of
Thematic Research Program 
on Embedded and Hybrid Systems II (EHS-II) funded by Agency for Science
and Technology 
Research (ASTAR), Singapore. (http://www.ehs-sg.org)
 
 
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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The main objective of this project is to develop a high performance
un-tethered wearable human 
motion processing system for real-time sensing and processing of
anatomical motion data. Embedded 
sensing techniques for human movement detection, embedded motion data
fusion and processing 
capability, ergonomics of the wearable system, interaction between the
wearable sensing system 
and the physical/virtual environment will be the main research issues.
Major applications of this human 
motion processing system will be in the real-time control and
manipulation of virtual figures in 
interactive media, games and films, and articulated physical
biomechatronic systems, such as 
humanoid robots, exo-skeletons, and rehabilitation devices.
 
In addition to the Modular Robotics Group, the program's consortium
includes: 
School of EEE, NTU
Dept of EECS, Dept of ME, National University of Singapore
Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R), ASTAR
Institute of Microelectronics (IME, ASTAR)
 

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
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The two PhD research works will focus respectively on 
 
1) The devepment of kinematic models of various human joints and sensor
models
for intepretation of joint movements, localization and registration of
wearable sensors on human body,
kinematic calibration of the wearble sensors, fusion of complete human
limb movement.
 
2) Software architecture of human motion detection for the embedded
system, rehabilitation 
device design and control based on wearble motion sensor suit.
 
The candidates will work together with full time research staffs on the
sensor development for 
the complete system.
 

QUALIFICATIONS
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Applicants should preferably have an MSc in one of the following
disciplines:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Robotics
- Biomedical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
 
Candidates from other disciplines are also welcome if they demonstrate
skills in the above-mentioned 
areas.  Demonstrated proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory.
The candidate will be 
requested to do some class assistance and supervise undergraduate and
master projects. The 
successful applicants will be part of the team working on
robotics/mechatronics projects for 
entertainment and human assistive technology and be able to access the
excellent robotics 
research facilities in NTU.
 
The applications should be submitted to the Admission Office of NTU
online @
http://www.ntu.edu.sg/GradStudies/research+programmes/default.htm
In addition, please forward a copy of the application material and CV to

Professor I-Ming Chen (michen at ntu.edu.sg)
 
Prof. I-Ming Chen 
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Nanyang Technological University 
Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798
Email: michen at ntu.edu.sg
URL: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/michen/
Research:
http://www.ntu.edu.sg/mpe/Research/Groups/Mod_Robotics/index.htm
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