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bcaulfield18
02-26-2008, 11:04 PM
We currently have an opening for a research MSc scholarship at the
Institute for Sport and Health, in the UCD School of Physiotherapy and
Performance Science. Funding will incorporate full EU tuition fees as
well as a monthly stipend for up to 12 months.

The successful candidate will be working on an exciting project which
concerns development and testing of computer gaming solutions for
orthopedic and sport rehabilitation exercise. Healthcare professionals
frequently prescribe therapeutic exercise to improve client function at
all levels across the spectrum of health. It is critically important
that the exercise programme is adhered to precisely as prescribed and
that all exercises are carried out in the correct biomechanical manner.
Furthermore, it is desirable that the healthcare professional be able to
objectively monitor exercise compliance and performance in order to
determine the degree of progression of rehabilitation. The central aim
of the project which we are about to begin is to incorporate performance
of rehabilitation exercises into computer games with a view to improving
exercise compliance and technique. Our proposed system will be based on
using input from inertial sensors worn on the body to control avatar
movement during performance of a selection of off the shelf open source
games. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the
School of Computing Science and Informatics in UCD and will benefit from
the services of a full time software developer to take care of technical
aspects of the work programme.

We are accepting applications from candidates with a primary degree in
physiotherapy or a related area (such as sport and exercise science,
athletic training, or sports rehabilitation) and wish to start the
project in April 2008.

Please send a cover letter explaining suitability for the scholarship as
well as a concise CV to b.caulfield@ucd.ie

PS For an example of similar work from our laboratory in this area of
research please see...
Fitzgerald
D, Foody J,
Kelly D, Ward T, Markham C, McDonald J, Caulfield B. Development of a
wearable motion capture suit and virtual reality biofeedback system for
the instruction and analysis of sports rehabilitation exercises. Conf
Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2007; 1: 4870-4.



Dr Brian Caulfield
Senior Lecturer
Institute for Sport and Health
School of Physiotherapy & Performance Science
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel +353 1 7166500