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  Remote collection and analysis of biomechanics data

   School of Engineering and the Built Environment

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  Dr Jennifer Martay, Dr S Sadeghi-Esfahlani, Mr Alireza Sanaei  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Research Group

Future Cities Research Network

Biomechanics Lab (Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care)

Proposed supervisory team

Dr Jennifer Martay

Dr Shabnam Sadeghi-Esfahlani

Mr Alireza Sanaei

Dr Stephen Hughes (HEMS)


Healthcare, Telemedicine, Quality of life

Summary of the research project

The lockdown due to Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of telemedicine: being able to collect and analyse data with the patent and doctor at different locations. The NHS will continue telemedicine after lockdown ends, particularly for regular monitoring of long-term patients, due to telemedicine being “convenient, accessible, and cost-effective” (1).

The ability to remotely collect and analyse data is also beneficial to research. For example, longitudinal studies (participants required to regularly come into the lab for repeated measurements) often had low participant retention levels. These retention levels can be improved by allowing participants to collect the data at home in their own time.

In this PhD, you will develop methods of using everyday devices to collect biomechanics data, which will then be sent for remote, automatic analysis (you will also create these analysis methods). Developing and validating these data collection and analysis methods will be major objectives of this PhD. A third major objective will be then applying your methods to conduct a longitudinal study into an aspect of healthcare.

(1) Technology Enabled Care Services. (n.d.). Available at [Accessed 15 March 2021].

Where you'll study



This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you wish to be considered for this project, we strongly advise you contact the proposed supervisory team. You will also need to formally apply for our Engineering and the Built Environment PhD. In the section of the application form entitled 'Outline research proposal', please quote the above title and include a research proposal.

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