[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position in rehabilitation robotics

Mahdi Tavakoli mahdi.tavakoli at ualberta.ca
Tue Apr 21 10:40:16 PDT 2015


A highly motivated student with experience in medical robotics and
especially rehabilitation robotics is invited to study at the PhD
level at the University of Alberta. The research project aims to
design and develop a haptic teleoperation environment that can engage
disabled children in play and learning activities.  Through exploring
the environment, a child develops cognitive and perceptual skills. In
a teleoperation setting, haptics is required to enable the child feel
at his/her interface what the robot is touching. Various methods for
assisting the child to be able to accomplish given tasks are being
explored (i.e., motion filtering, dual-user inputs, vision systems,
machine learning).

The research brings together engineering and clinical investigators
from the University of Alberta (Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering and Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine) and the Glenrose
Rehabilitation Hospital. The research will require a strong background
in robotics and human-machine interaction. Hands-on experience in
teleoperation control, haptics, haptic interface design, visual
servoing and C/C++ programming will be an asset. The successful
candidate will have a degree in electrical/computer/mechanical
engineering or computer science, good time management and writing
skills, and the ability to work effectively with other researchers.

The start date will be September 2015. The degree-granting department
will be the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the
University of Alberta. If you are interested in being considered,
please email the following documents as soon as possible and no later
than May 15, 2015 to Dr. Kim Adams <kdadams at ualberta.ca> and Dr. Mahdi
Tavakoli <mahdi.tavakoli at ualberta.ca>: (1) a CV, (2) transcripts
(official or unofficial) of previous university degrees, (3)
representative publications in electronic format, and (4) the contact
information of three individuals who can serve as references. You will
be contacted if there is sufficient interest in your application.
Decisions will follow an interview during which detailed information
regarding the research project will be provided. Interviews will start
on April 25, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Mahdi Tavakoli

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