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Wireless Smart Tremor Detection and Inhibition System


   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Essential tremor (ET) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) are two of the most common adult-onset tremor disorders which cause shaking of different parts of patient’s body. The prevalence of PD increases with age and is estimated to be 1.8% in individuals who are 65 years of age and older. The prevalence of ET, which also increases with age, has been estimated to be 4.6% in that age group. In 2020, over 24 million people were diagnosed with ET globally where in United Kingdom, over one million people suffer with a neurological tremor of some kind. ET is not life-threatening, but symptoms often worsen over time which can affect the quality of life of a patient significantly. PD can cause severe effect on patient’s body such as slow or stopped movement, behavioural problems, depression, trouble sleeping and vision problems.

This project focuses to develop a wireless and smart system to detect the level of tremor and provide necessary stimulation to inhibit tremor and its effects. In this context, the PhD candidate will work on the characterization of the different levels of tremor in older people. They will also investigate the wirelessly powered implantable deep brain stimulation system for tremor inhibition. Finally, an adaptive system is expected to be developed where the tremor detection device will monitor the level of tremor and control the degree of stimulation wirelessly.

The PhD candidate is expected to have adequate knowledge on electromagnetism and electronics system designing. Candidates with good analytical skills will also be given preference.

The research project is based within Heriot‑Watt’s Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems (ISSS) and selected candidate will work as a part of Smart Systems Group led by Prof. Marc P.Y. Desmulliez. Heriot‑Watt is located on a modern campus on the outskirts of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), with excellent transport links to the centre of one of Europe’s most exciting cities.

Interested candidates can contact the primary supervisor of this project Dr. Sadeque Reza Khan () for any further details.

How to Apply

When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:

(a) in ‘Study Option’

You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Electrical PhD as appropriate and select September 2022 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)

(b) in ‘Research Project Information’

You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the potential supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts of your exam marks.


Funding Notes

This vacancy is open to individuals who qualify for home fee status as UK residents. The stipend for the 2022/23 academic year is £17,688 per annum and is increased annually.

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