Location University of Wollongong, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
Discipline
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
Funding
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian residents only

Integration of Sensing Technology into Soft Robotic Hand

This project aims to establish low-foot print sensors (eg. Pressure, proximity, slip) and in vitro neural interface to provide sensory feedback and lifelike sense of touch with the user of a multi-digit 3D fabricated prosthetic hand.

The soft robotics program is looking for highly motivated and ambitious PhD students who are interested in establishing novel design, actuation, sensing and manufacturing concepts for prosthetic devices based on soft materials, which are amenable to additive manufacturing. The overall aim of the projects is to establish a novel prosthetic hand based on the novel methodologies and concepts, and control it through sensory feedback and other possible neural interfaces. The PhD projects will investigate issues relating to fabrication, modelling and control and sensory feedback and neural interfacing of the prosthetic hand.

This project aims to establish skin-like wearable (i.e. surface or minimally invasive implantable) electrodes and transducers, which are compatible with natural control, in order to detect the user intention for a multi-digit 3D fabricated prosthetic hand.

The essential selection criteria are

  1. A bachelor degree in Mechatronics, Biomedical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.
  2. Previous research experience (e.g. a master degree in the disciplines listed in item 1) supported by high quality journal and conference publications is desirable, but not compulsory.
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  4. Excellent team player.

Please visit the following links about the current status of the ACES/UOW Prosthetic Hand:

www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4456672/robot-with-a-human-touch

www.electromaterials.edu.au/news/prosthetics-of-the-future-discussed-at-bamn-public-ethics-panel

Enquiries and to Apply

For more information on this opportunity please contact Prof Gursel Alici at gursel@uow.edu.au.

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