PhD title: Bioengineering tools for early diagnosis assessment and rehabilitation monitoring in the community

Dr. Julie Choisne from the Musculoskeletal Modeling group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) in New Zealand received a $1 Million fellowship coming with funding for a PhD student fully funded for 4 years (fees + stipend).​ The overall research project is to create a digital twin for children to create personalised models for early assessement and rehabilitation monitoring in the community.
About the PhD project:
3-D gait analysis (3DGA) is a key assessment to evaluate impairment in children with lower limb movement disorders. It uses an optical motion capture system to evaluate pelvis, hip, knee and ankle movement during walking. It allows critical pre-operative assessment and provides an accurate assessment of outcome. However, due to the cost and specialised hardware its use is limited to tertiary clinical centres. Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) have the potential to overcome these issues and determine individual walking parameters, movement asymmetry and kinematics of body segment. However, these parameters are not easily derived from IMU due to numerical drift errors over time. Adding full body scanner point cloud to the workflow allows us to 1) find the position and orientation of the IMUs and 2) predict bone and muscle shape based on critical bone landmarks found on the body surface point cloud. The PhD student will build personalised models using statistical shape modelling, FEA and musculoskeletal models for children. The student will have the opportunity to collect medical imaging and motion capture in children with and without movement disorders.
This project would suit someone with an honour bachelor’s or master’s degree in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or related field. Strong background in computational modelling and movement science is recommended.

Please contact Julie Choisne ( if you want to know more about the position. To apply send CV + cover letter to before the 30th of June.

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