[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position on Rehabilitation Robotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Jacopo Zenzeri jacopo.zenzeri at iit.it
Tue May 5 02:45:02 PDT 2015


1 PhD position with scholarship starting from November 2015 at the
Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, Istituto Italiano di
Tecnologia, http://www.iit.it/rbcs

* Theme 12, Modeling of the mechanisms underlying proprioception for
rehabilitation

Proprioception has a critical role in promoting or hindering motor
learning. A great majority of neurological patients present both motor
dysfunctions and impairments in kinesthesia, but traditional robot and
virtual reality training techniques focus either in recovering motor
functions or in assessing proprioceptive deficits. An open challenge is to
implement effective and reliable tests and training protocols for
proprioception that go beyond the mere position sense evaluation and
exploit the intrinsic bidirectionality of the kinesthetic sense, which
refers to both sense of position and sense of movement. In order to do it
the mechanisms underlying proprioception have to be studied from a
computational point of view and translated into control algorithms in
rehabilitation robots. The research will involve experiments with human
subjects (healthy and impaired) using haptic interfaces, analysis of
movements and their neural correlates (using EMG, EEG, TMS). The knowledge
gained from the experiments will be also used to design more effective
haptic systems to be delivered potentially directly to clinicians.

Requirements: A degree in Computer Science Engineering, Bioengineering or
equivalent, with high interests in human sciences. Attitude for
experimental work, problem solving and computational modeling will
constitute factors of preference.

Reference: D.De Santis, J. Zenzeri, M. Casadio, L. Masia, A. Riva, P.
Morasso, V. Squeri, Robot-assisted training of the kinesthetic sense:
enhancing proprioception after stroke, Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:1037, 2015

* Official call: PhD Program in Bioengineering and Robotics. Curriculum on
Cognitive Robotics, Interaction and Rehabilitation Technologies:
http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/XXXI/ENG/
http://iit.it/images/phd-xxxi/RES.THEMES.COGNIROB.INTER.pdf

* Application *must* be done online, see instructions for applicants:
http://www.studenti.unige.it/postlaurea/dottorati/XXXI/ENG/

* Application deadline: June 10, 2015.

* Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact: Jacopo Zenzeri <jacopo
.zenzeri_(at)_iit.it> or Valentina Squeri <valentina.squeri_(at)_iit.it>

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Jacopo Zenzeri, PhD
Post Doctoral Researcher
Motor Learning and Robotic Rehabilitation Lab
Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Dept
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
via Morego, 30 16163 Genova, Italy
www.iit.it


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