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About the Project

There has been a surge in the use of wearables for sensing health indices such as blood pressure or body stress, to replace or augmenting physical capability [1-4]. Based on our experience in the fabrication of soft sensors and actuators, in this project, we aim to design, develop, and test advanced robotic wearables that increase the productivity and well-being of people at work, school or home.

This research will take place in the Sheffield Biomedical Robotics Laboratory. More details about the projects that run in our laboratory and publications are at the link: https://sites.google.com/site/danadamian/research

The project is interdisciplinary with a core focus on the robotics field. This gives you the opportunity to learn and develop technologies from diverse fields, such as engineering, biology, medicine, and psychology.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded research project.

We require applicants to have either an undergraduate honours degree (2:1) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant science or engineering subject from a reputable institution. For this project you will need to be skilled in design, control or system integration. If you have a degree in Medical Sciences or Psychology and are interested in experimental research and system integration, you are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants can apply for a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these Scholarships is highly competitive: View Website

References

[1] Shull P. and Damian D.D. (2015) Haptic Wearables as Sensory Replacement, Sensory Augmentation and Trainer for Sensory Impairments – A Review, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 12:59

Full details of how to apply can be found at the following link:
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/research-degrees/applyphd

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