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PhD Studentship: Developing a Wearable Soft Robot for Assisted Motion and Falls Prevention

University of Bath - Architecture and Civil Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bath
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th January 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019

Supervisor name: Dr Erfan Shahabpoor

Email contact:

Research Centre: BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM)

Assistive technologies have immense unexploited potential to help aging population to remain mobile and independent for longer. This project aims at developing a novel wearable soft lower-limb robot for aging population. As part of this project, various options for robot structure, sensory system, control system and actuation mechanism will be explored and the most fit combination for the purpose will be designed and developed in the Human-Environment Advanced Dynamics (HEAD) laboratory of the University of Bath. The emphasis is primarily on the electromechanical design of the robot. The developed robotic system then will be tested using different control schemes to identify the design strengths and shortcomings and to evaluate its effects on the users gait, balance and agility.

The PhD candidate will be able to use the state-of-the-art experimental and technical facilities of the HED laboratory of the University of Bath including optical and LIDAR-based movement/environment monitoring systems, optical motion capture, instrumented treadmill, wearable inertial measurement units, and EMG, EEG and ECG monitoring systems, etc. The equipment and technician time necessary for the development of the robot will be available to the candidate to develop the system.

The PhD candidate ideally (but not essential) has robotic/biomechatronic/mechanical engineering background and is familiar with mechanical design, control systems and human gait.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Erfan Shahabpoor Ardakani (

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Architecture & Civil Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:


Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for up to 3.5 years. Early application is strongly recommended.

Application criteria

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or equivalent). English language requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding.

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