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Mechanised Orthosis for children with neurological disorders (MOTION)


The University of Kent is offering a PhD opportunity as part of the European collaborative research project titled Mechanised Orthosis for children with neurological disorders (MOTION), which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Interreg VA 2 Seas programme.

According to literature, 46% of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) may benefit from innovative technology to stimulate walking, such as exoskeletons. In this context, MOTION aims to:
(i) Advance development, validation, and adoption of bionic rehabilitation technology for children with neurological disorders to improve quality of life.
(ii) Establish trans-regional (UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands) networks transferring rehabilitation technology and related knowledge from research to practical application.
Main engineering project outputs are:
a) An autonomous and secure lower body exoskeleton for children.
b) A smart-textile, a functional, comfortable, attractive garment that integrates physiology-monitoring sensors suitable for children.
c) Statistical analysis of physiological and biomechanical measurements for practitioners and scientific community.

The successful candidate will be expected to:
• Undertake research, including theoretical and applied analysis, to develop novel solutions and adapt existing technology for image processing, analysis and understanding of microscopy images, and design and implement a robotic device, which will enable automated discovery of new compounds against Cryptosporidium.
• Liaise with project partners regarding the integration of the developed solution within the overall project demonstrator
• Publish and disseminate research findings in peer-reviewed journals
• Write reports and produce electronic and other material and content
• Present at seminars and briefings to academic audiences
• Present and participate in international meetings
• Some teaching input and student supervision
• Use research resources as appropriate, plan and manage their research work in collaboration with others.


Candidates should have a good honours degree or MSc in Biomedical, Electronic, or Mechanical engineering, and/or Computer Science, or areas relevant to the PhD topic, and ideally, be familiar with human physiology sensing (EMG, EEG, etc), and embedded programming and modelling for control in robotics.

How to apply

Apply for an Electronic Engineering PhD online at https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/262/electronic-engineering
stating you wish to be considered for the MOTION project.



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