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Jimmy Abbas
09-10-1997, 05:35 AM
Post-doctoral Position Available:
Control of Posture and Movement
Using Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation
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Location: Neural Control Laboratory
(http://www.uky.edu/RGS/CBME/neurctrl.html)
Center for Biomedical Engineering
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0070

Primary Responsibilities:
Design/evaluation of adaptive controllers for
Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation systems:
computer simulation studies
experiments on human subjects

Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or related field

Research in the Neural Control Laboratory is primarily directed at the
design and evaluation of systems to restore control of posture and
movement to individuals with neuromotor disorders. The program focuses
on the development of controllers for systems that utilize electrical
stimulation to activate paralyzed muscles. The Neural Control Laboratory

is equipped with facilities for simulation studies (SGI Workstation with

SIMM/SDFAST dynamic musculoskeletal modeling software) as well as
experimental studies (computer-controlled neuromuscular stimulators,
several PC's, custom-developed real-time adaptive control software,
several sensor systems for biomechanical measurements). The Laboratory
is currently involved in research projects funded by The National
Institutes of Health , The Whitaker Foundation and The University of
Kentucky.

The post-doctoral scholar will work with Dr. Abbas, a full-time engineer

and graduate students to develop and evaluate adaptive control schemes
for use with Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation (FNS) systems. This
work addresses the need to customize stimulation patterns for individual

users as well as to adjust stimulation to account for fatigue. The
research work will utilize extensive computer simulation studies as well

as experiments on human subjects. Applicants should have research
interests and skills in the areas of rehabilitation engineering, neural
systems, adaptive control systems, neural networks and/or biomechanics.


For further information or to apply for this position, contact:
James J. Abbas, Ph.D.
Center for Biomedical Engineering
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0070
email: abbas@pop.uky.edu
Tel.: 606-257-4261
Fax: 606-257-1856