[robotics-worldwide] [jobs]: 2 PhD positions on Rehabilitation Robotics

Jacopo Zenzeri jacopo.zenzeri at iit.it
Fri Apr 22 09:45:46 PDT 2016


2 PhD positions with scholarship starting from November 2016 at the
Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, Istituto Italiano di
Tecnologia, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.iit.it_rbcs&d=CwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Gc2iU2U6KG2T5x8Sf7QGdTBj-8siiB7FpLB0wVO-nB4&s=M1nv0lvTW2AkGBiVcfyF2TzGsyTI0W6rJ2A1Iw8MTuE&e= 

* Theme 6, Robot technologies for evaluation of sensorimotor
impairment and neuromotor
rehabilitation

A great majority of neurological patients present both motor dysfunctions
and impairments in kinaesthesia, but traditional robot and virtual reality
training techniques focus either in recovering motor functions or in
assessing proprioceptive deficits. The open challenge is to implement
effective and reliable assessment and training protocols for sensorimotor
recovery that exploit the interaction capabilities of the robots. In order
to do it the mechanisms underlying sensorimotor deficits 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 (children and adults -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. The clinical experimental activities will be carried out at the
RBCS joint labs at Gaslini and S.
Martino Hospitals. A master degree in Bioengineering or equivalent, with
experience in the analysis and modelling of human movements, including EMG
processing. Attitude for experimental work, problem solving and
computational modelling will constitute factors of preference.

* Theme 7, Motor skill learning in dynamic environments

In the last decade there has been a growing interest in studying physical
coupling between humans or humans and machines. Indeed, developing a
machine capable of understanding the intention of a movement and
interactively cooperate with a human is among the frontiers of the research
in robotics as well as rehabilitation. The main idea behind the project is
to understand how humans (healthy and impaired) learn a skill and make the
robot able to transfer the skill itself to him. The research will involve
experiments with human subjects (healthy and impaired) using haptic
interfaces, mathematical modelling of human control strategies and design
of more effective robots able to effectively transfer skills. A master
degree in Bioengineering or equivalent, with experience in the analysis and
modelling of human movements, including EMG processing. Attitude for
experimental work, problem solving and computational modelling will
constitute factors of preference.

* Official call: PhD Program in Bioengineering and Robotics. Curriculum on
Cognitive Robotics, Interaction and Rehabilitation Technologies:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_phd-2Dschool_phd-2Dschool&d=CwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Gc2iU2U6KG2T5x8Sf7QGdTBj-8siiB7FpLB0wVO-nB4&s=9My1ZDZVZ6CB6BWpQGclXuVBhYz2SpPQB57MZXOLNh4&e= 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_phd-2Dschool-2Ddocs_110-2Dphd-2Dprogram-2Din-2Dbiorob-2Dcognitive-2Drobotics-2D2016_file&d=CwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Gc2iU2U6KG2T5x8Sf7QGdTBj-8siiB7FpLB0wVO-nB4&s=MMWGFR_Dwfz4sMuzHtn3rA1Iq9VOYYThr1YLtQfPuY8&e= 

* Application *must* be done online, see instructions for applicants:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_phd-2Dschool_phd-2Dschool&d=CwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Gc2iU2U6KG2T5x8Sf7QGdTBj-8siiB7FpLB0wVO-nB4&s=9My1ZDZVZ6CB6BWpQGclXuVBhYz2SpPQB57MZXOLNh4&e= 

* Application deadline: June 10, 2016.

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


-- 
Jacopo Zenzeri, PhD
Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher
Motor Learning, Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Lab
Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy


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