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    Postdoctoral/Staff Position: Motor Control / Rehabilitation Engineering

    * Project description:

    The Automatic Control Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of
    Technology Zurich, the University Hospital Balgrist in Zurich, and two
    industrial partners Hocoma and Woodway are developing a new
    rehabilitation apparatus, with financial support from the Commission for
    Technology and Innovation of Switzerland. The apparatus is a driven
    orthosis, that will be used to train incomplete paraplegic patients on a
    treadmill so that they will learn to walk again. Presently such
    training is performed with the assistance of two physiotherapists
    guiding each one of the patient's legs. Because this work is very
    strenuous for the therapists the training is not performed optimally.
    With the new automated treadmill trainer much better functional outcome
    is expected. A prototype automated treadmill trainer was built to move
    the patient's legs so that they follow simple gait patterns. The goal of
    this project is to implement
    an adaptive control scheme such that the orthosis changes the gait
    pattern automatically according to the voluntary movements of the

    * Responsibilities:

    Evaluation and implementation of force sensors to measure the forces
    between the orthosis and the patient. Development of an adaptive control
    scheme to change the gait pattern according to the patient's
    needs. Implementation of the adaptive controller within the existing
    real-time system (RealLink). Clinical testing.

    * Education / Experience / Skills:

    PhD or BS (with significant experience) in Electrical Engineering,
    Mechanical Engineering or similar; experience in design, development and
    implementation of motor control, preferably within the field of
    robotics; knowledge of MatLab and SimuLink or a similar simulation tool.

    * Starting date: as soon as possible.

    * Length: One year with the possibility of a one year extension.

    Prof. Manfred Morari
    Automatic Control Laboratory
    Department of Electrical Engineering
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich - ETH Zurich


    Please direct your questions/ application including a complete
    Curriculum Vitae (preferably via e-mail) to:

    Mr. Gery Colombo
    University Hospital Balgrist
    Forchstrasse 340
    CH-8008 Zurich / Switzerland
    ph : (++41) -1- 386 37 30
    fax: (++41) -1- 386 39 09

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