UK: Phd Position – GCU School of Engineering and Computing

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Opportunity for a PhD Studentship in: Promoting independence by
designing enjoyable multimodal activities to encourage users to engage
in rehabilitation

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research Studentship
within the School of Engineering and Computing.  The studentship is
for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and
provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU* rate plus an annual
stipend of £14,275.  The successful candidate is expected to
undertake up to 6 hours of academic support activity per week.

*please note that only students from the EU/UK or who have residency
status can be considered (due to funding restrictions).

Project Description
The ability to move and perform the physical tasks of normal daily
activity is a crucial factor for a healthy and fulfilling life.
Across the lifespan illnesses and ageing factors affecting the
musculoskeletal or neurological systems of the body can reduce one’s
capacity to live an independent life.  The problem addressed in this
PhD is how to design multimodal rehabilitation activities for the
knee that are enjoyable and that promoteindependence.

The main objectives of the PhD are:
1. To create in the first instance multimodal activities for an
engaging knee rehabilitation routine. These activities will interact
with wireless motion capture sensors.  Appropriate visualisations of
the exercises and/or games need to be created.

2. To develop the preferred activities and feedback given user
preferences investigated in objective 1.

3. To evaluate the created activities in various ubiquitous settings
(e.g. users homes, sheltered homes and health care settings), to
assess their acceptability and usefulness in encouraging individuals
and groups to engage with rehabilitation.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a good honours
degree (minimum 2.1) or Masters in Computer Science or a related
discipline, who will have good programming skills and a strong
interest in some or all of the following: wireless technologies for
pervasive systems, healthcare wireless systems, and multimodal
Interaction. Solid programming skills in C++/Matlab/ J2ME/Java are
highly desirable

How to Apply:
For informal enquiries and application forms please contact the
group by email at: mig@gcal.ac.uk

Closing Date: 16th August 2010

Starting date of PhD is negotiable but no later than December 2010.

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