PhD Position in Information and Communication Technology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 31 May 2019

Thomas Johann Seebeck Department of Electronics at School of Information Technologies, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, has an opening for a PhD project on the development and exploitation of a smart wearable-assistive neuromuscular stimulation system using data analytics.
Supervisors: Professor Muhammad Mahtab Alam and Senior Researcher Alar Kuusik

Context
Existing wearable assistive actuators (e.g. neuromuscular stimulators) lack context and situational awareness, and thus increase the patients’ safety risks and reduce their quality of life. Aligned with our recently funded Estonian Research Council project “Closed-loop communication system to support highly responsive neuromuscular assistive stimulation”, we propose an innovative closed-loop wireless communication system that adds i) intelligent monitoring, ii) automated neuromuscular stimulation, iii) feedback from the actuator-to-coordinator for adaptation and decision-making.

Objectives and Tasks
The objective of this PhD project is to develop smart learning techniques (at the edge) which are low-complex yet efficient in precision under low-latency constraints.

The specific tasks are as follows:

  • Exploit detailed application requirements for functional electrical stimulation (FES) systems for partially disabled neurodegenerative disease patients (from clinical side). In particular, in closed-loop setting, focus mainly on practical and realistic latency requirements (or maximum latency-bound to avoid fall-down) evaluation; the other requirements are associated with latency. Map the above requirements onto emerging technologies;
  • Develop and test innovative, event-based strategies for control and signal processing. Focus on the design of a hybrid event based/predictive (low computational) communication scheme for fall prediction;
  • Test neuromuscular stimulators, jointly with clinical personnel at West-Tallinn Central Hospital, Estonia;
  • Contribute to dissemination i) deliverables and reporting, ii) seminars and workshops;
  • Publish results as quality impact papers including impact factor journals, flagship conferences and focused workshops and in standardization activities.

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