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 https://www.england.nhs.uk/tecs/ [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.
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.