PhD position on Assistive UIs at Biomedical Robotics Lab (IIT)
The Biomedical Robotics Lab at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT, Genoa, Italy) is seeking to appoint an outstanding and highly-motivated PhD student for open position related to assistive robotic systems. The position is fully funded, starts in November 2016 and typically lasts 3 years.
A Research Plan is in any case part of the application material to be submitted by the candidates.
- Course in Bioengineering and Robotics
- Curriculum "Advanced and humanoid Robotics" (code 6141)
June 10th, 2016 (noon, CEST Italian time).
Proposed research theme:
29. Novel Interfaces and Assistive Systems for ALS Patients
Tutors: Dr Leonardo Mattos, Dr Giacinto Barresi
Description: Technology can go a long way toward improving the quality of life of people who happen to have severe motor disabilities, including people with debilitating diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This PhD program will focus on the creation of novel human-computer interaction paradigms and user interfaces to enable people with ALS to realize fundamental activities such as communication, social interaction, environment control, and telepresence robot control. Particular attention will be paid to design and development of multisensory (visual, acoustic, tactile, motor) feedback for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). The research will involve close collaboration with partner clinicians and technology end-users, allowing the student to develop expertise both in biomedical engineering (biosensors, actuators, control systems) and human factors.
Requirements: background in biomedical engineering, robotics, computer science or related disciplines; interest in the design, implementation and evaluation of assistive systems. Experience in natural user interfaces, multimodal/multisensory user interfaces, or brain-computer interfaces would be advantageous. The candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English.
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