Motion Analysis by Video for Gait Evaluation with innovative technology
Universit Cte dAzur (Nice, France) are inviting applications for a PhD position funded by the European Commission.

The project
Accurate reliable knowledge of gait characteristics at a given time, and even more importantly, monitoring and evaluating them over time, may enable early diagnosis of diseases and their complications and help to find the best treatment. Three-dimensional motion analysis is the gold standard for clinical gait analysis (CGA), particularly in the presence of pathologies that affect walking. Today, less than 1% of the patients benefit from CGA.
The main objective of this project is to develop a method based on an innovative low-cost motion analysis system allowing an accurate quantification of gait deviation parameters during functional tests, including spatiotemporal and full-body kinematic parameters. For that purpose, the recruited student will design novel parametric continuous models providing good representations of walking, with the goal to obtain reliable and robust approximations of all possible walking patterns from noisy point sets obtained via 3D camera acquisitions. By combining techniques from geometric modeling and machine learning adapted to our context, he will devise new fitting algorithms adapted to these models to identify the best instance for a wide range of data sets. He will also participate to the acquisition of medical data (3D CGA) which are mandatory to successfully create and validate the models, and to improve the general performance.

The student involved in this project will benefit from academic expertise and training in the complementary fields of biomechanics, mathematics and computer science. He will be supervised by Raphael Zory who leads the team Motor deficiencies and physical activity on the LAMHESS and by Laurent Bus, researcher at Inria Sophia Antipolis Mditerrane and specialist on algebraic methods and representations for complex shapes. The student will also get experience in technology transfer as this project will be conducted in collaboration with the Ekinnox company.

Candidates should have appropriate academic qualifications in Computer Science, Mathematics or biomechanics (motion analysis) and strong background in programming.

Applicants will only be eligible if they have lived or had their main activity (work, studies etc.) in France for less than 12 months within the past three years at the time of recruitment (November 15th).

Documents required to apply (applications close on 15 August 2019)
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  • a cover letter describing your motivations and professional project
  • a curriculum vitae
  • an abstract for the project you are applying for
  • grade transcripts for your Bachelors and Masters degrees
  • Bachelors and Masters diplomas
  • Scientific production (if any)
  • Contact information of 2 references


  • Attractive salary of 2709 per month and different allowances (between 815 and 1215 per month) ;
  • A legal working time is 37 hours per week, with a daily working duration that does not exceed 10 hours ;
  • A total amount of yearly vacations of 45 days ;
  • Paid sick leaves ;
  • Parental leaves following the birth/adoption of a child ;
  • Sick and parental leaves add up to the 42-month duration of the contract ;
  • In addition to their income, the doctoral candidates who have family obligations will receive an extra family allowance of 400 per month. Furthermore, they will benefit for each child of a monthly financial help from the French social security (calculations based on the household income and on the number of children under the age of 20) ;

Closing date for applications is 15 August 2019

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