[robotics-worldwide] Phd position in Handibio laboratory in Toulon - South East France

DUNE Claire claire.dune at univ-tln.fr
Tue Jun 19 02:25:50 PDT 2012


A PhD position is now opened in our biomecanics and rehabilitation  
robotics laboratory.
The applications should be sent before the 30th of july for a start  
September the 1st.

PhD position in rehabilitation robotics and human motion analysis.
(Claire Dune, Philippe Gorce Handibio and Jean-Pierre Merlet INRIA-COPRIN)

Clinical evaluation of frailty in the elderly is the first step to  
decide the degree of assistance they require. This evaluation is  
usually performed once and for all by filling standard forms with  
macro-information about standing and walking abilities, eg by  
measuring the time taken to walk 10m.

In this project, a new frailty evaluation tool will be developed,  
based on a standard  zimmer-frame. The basic idea is to equip a  
standard medical device with sensors (force, vision, laser) to track  
the evolution of elderly walking ability in their every day life.

The first challenge is to model the human-walker system in order to  
find relevant biomechanic indices that indicate the degree of frailty.  
The second point is to estimate these indices using the data acquired  
by the walker. The results will be compared to those obtained with  
standard human motion analysis systems.

- Masters degree in computer science, electrical engineering with honors,
- Experience in robotics, signal processing,
- Good programming skills in MATLAB/Python C/C++
- A strong mathematical background is desirable

The HandiBio laboratory and the INRIA Coprin research team are located  
in the south-east of France, respectively in the University town of  
Toulon and Sophia Antipolis. Since 2011, HandiBio as joined the INRIA  
national research project PAL (Personnaly Assisted Living), lead by  
the Coprin team. They joined their expertise in biomechanics and  
robotics to develop new motion analysis devices for people frailty  

To apply, please contact by email Claire Dune  
(claire.dune at univ-tln.fr), Philippe Gorce (HandiBio, director)  
(gorce at univ-tln.fr) and Jean Pierre Merlet (Coprin director)  
(Jean-Pierre.Merlet at inria.fr)
and join:
- a brief description of your research interests
- a CV
- the email addresses of at least two references

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