[robotics-worldwide] PhD opening in robotics at the Institute for Medical Science and Technology - University of Dundee

Cecilia Tapia cice.tapia at gmail.com
Mon May 7 03:59:01 PDT 2012


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*PhD opening in robotics at the Institute for Medical Science and
Technology *

*University of Dundee*

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Colorectal cancer has become a major healthcare problem with over 1 million
new cases diagnosed yearly worldwide. Its incidence is increasing
significantly (currently the lifetime risk is estimated at 0.6%) and hence
there is an urgent need for new early stage screening and detection systems
that are both cost-effective and patient friendly. The 5-year EU-funded
CODIR project (COlonic Disease Investigation by Robotic Hydro-colonoscopy
in collaboration with Leeds University http://www.codir.org/) has been set
up to address this problem through the development a novel semi-autonomous
robot for colonic investigation and early diagnosis. The project is led by
the eminent surgeon Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri. The objective is to
create a holistic and patient-friendly system for inspection of the mucosal
aspect of the colon, under the control of a clinician operating the
endoluminal mini-robot platform from a consol.

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*Background*

A PhD studentship is now available at the Institute for Medical Science and
Technology (IMSaT, University of Dundee http://www.imsat.org/) as part of
the CODIR project to investigate and evaluate novel locomotion strategies
for the mini-robot platform. Key tasks will include

§              mechanical design and fabrication of potential locomotion
solutions

§              identifying and prioritizing those factors that affect
locomotion efficiency

§              optimization based on quantitative data obtained from
experiments

Candidates should have a degree in mechanical engineering and a strong
interest in micro robotics especially in locomotion in uncertain
environments. Experience of mobile robotics and/or control and energy
efficient locomotion will be valued. A proven interest in medical
engineering would be an advantage.

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*How to apply*

Applicants possessing (or about to possess) at least a 2.1 degree or
equivalent in mechanical engineering or a related subject are encouraged to
apply. The studentship will include University tuition fees for three years
for UK or EC citizens and a stipend increasing in years 2 and 3.



For consideration, apply by 10.06.2012.



For further information please contact: Dr Stuart Brown
s.i.brown at dundee.ac.uk



*non UK-EC candidates please contact us for further information related to
university fees


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