[robotics-worldwide] PhD Positions in Rehabilitation Robotics (UT Austin and Rice University)

Ashish Deshpande reneu.mahi at gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 10:41:53 PDT 2011


The ReNeu Robotics Lab, at The University of Texas at Austin, and MAHI Lab,
at Rice University, have open PhD positions on an exciting collaborative
research project in rehabilitation robotics. The objective of this
NSF-funded project is to design a hand exoskeleton for stroke rehabilitation
by analyzing the passive dynamics in the human hand and by implementing key
features in a novel hand exoskeleton. The team of engineers from Rice
University and UT Austin will work closely with the researchers at
TIRR/Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

The project will involve a) modeling of hand biomechanics and control
through human subject experiments, b) design of mechanisms and control of
novel a wrist-hand exoskeleton, and c) testing of the exoskeleton with
stroke patients. Members of both the MAHI lab and the ReNeu Robotics Lab
will work closely on these activities.

*Qualifications*

**

Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in mechanical
engineering or closely related fields (e.g. robotics, electrical engineering
or control engineering).  We seek applicants with background in dynamic
systems and controls, experience in hardware fabrication, and interest in
human biomechanics and neuromuscular control. Complementary skills in
computer science, biomechanics, and/or neuroscience would also be valuable,
although not required.

Excellent communication and collaboration skills are required as the
selected students will be expected to work closely with the team members
from the two labs, and also with the clinicians and patients.

*Application Process *

The selected candidates will join the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering
at one of two institutions. The choice of the institution will depend on the
matching of the candidate’s interests and project requirements. Interested
candidates should send an email, *before* sending their application, at
Reneu.Mahi at gmail.com.

Students can enter the programs either in January 2012 (application deadline
November 1, 2011) or August 2012 (application deadline February 1, 2012).

For more information about the labs please visit our websites -

ReNeu Robotics Lab: (http://www.me.utexas.edu/~reneu/)

MAHI Lab Website: (http://mahilab.rice.edu)

Best regards,

Dr. Ashish D. Deshpande and Dr. Marcia K. O'Malley


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