[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] Open PhD student position on lower-limb exoskeletons
elena.garcia at car.upm-csic.es
Thu Sep 18 05:00:46 PDT 2014
The Centre for Automation and Robotics, joint center of Spanish National
Research Council (CSIC) and Technical University of Madrid (UPM) offers
a PhD student position for a four year research on the optimization of
wearable lower-limb exoskeletons for the physical therapy of children
suffering from neuromuscular diseases.
The PhD research is supported by a research project. Below is the abstract.
- Masters degree on Robotics and Automation or equivalent
- Background in robotics for healthcare
Please send CV (resume), copy of passport and academic qualifications to
elena.garcia at csic.es before Sept. 24.
The permanent sitting position in children causes a chronic
physiological degeneration, which is added to the patient's own illness
and significantly speeds up the loss of health. This project aims to
increase the quality of life of these children with the development of a
device which allows to maintain walking ability artificially. To achieve
this, the research project focuses on Type II Spinal Muscular Atrophy
(SMA). These children never walk, their life expectancy is short and
the quality of life of these patients and their families is really limited.
This is a multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial project aimed at (1)
optimizing the technology of lower limb exoskeletons for use by people
who suffer from degenerative diseases, (2 ) demonstrating their benefits
in the quality of life of patients through clinical evaluation in
children affected by SMA type 2. This evaluation will be conducted in
collaboration with a Hospital of reference. The project also involves
the active collaboration of a company with experience in healthcare
which will ensure the transfer of the developed technology to our society.
*Dr. Elena García*[web site <http://www.car.upm-csic.es/fsr/egarcia/>]
Field and Service Robotics Group [LinkedIn
Centre for Automation and Robotics
Spanish National Research Council - (CSIC-UPM)
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