Postural support seating is often necessary for individuals with severe motor impairments (such as athetoid cerebral palsy), but assessing such seating systems rely heavily on subjective opinion. Motion capture systems offer an objective alternative, but these are expensive and too cumbersome to apply in the field. This studentship will explore the use of force sensors and pressure mapping combined with biomechanical simulation systems (such as AnyBody) to develop objective ways of monitoring seated posture without the need for motion capture.
The project represents a new collaboration in the area of Robotics (Dr Raymond Holt) and Biomechanics (Dr Claire Brockett, Dr Sarah Astill) and will receive industrial support from JCM Seating, part of Sunrise Medical group.
Value:Â This studentship, which is open to UK, EU and international students, will cover academic fees and a maintenance of Â£14,254 in 2016/17.Â
Number of awards:Â 1Â
Entry requirements:Â Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in mechanical, mechatronic or medical Engineering.
If English is not the applicantâ€™s first language, they must provide evidence that they meet theÂ Universityâ€™s minimum English Language requirements.
Main contact:Â ContactÂ Dr Raymond HoltÂ to discuss this project further informally.
Application deadline:Â Friday 15 January 2016
How to Apply:
Applications for this scheme will open on Friday 30th October. This is when details about the application process will be made available.
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