Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position advertised at the following web-link. Please note that the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 30 June 2017.
Project Title: Advancing MEG based Brain-Computer Interface Supported Upper Limb Post-Stroke Rehabilitation
Project Summary: Stroke is one of the leading causes of upper limb disability significantly impacting the quality of life and employability. Performing upper limb motor task involves several brain areas contributing to various motor stages such as planning and execution. Due to stroke, some of these areas may get damaged. The post-stroke rehabilitation exercises need to be done with very high focus so as to activate relevant areas appropriately for recovery through plastic reorganization. In order to achieve this goal, the main project objectives are to: (1) Develop an advanced brain-computer interface (BCI) for targeting appropriate brain activations and providing neurofeedback of the actual activations using MEG; (2) Devise a BCI based controller for controlling a robotic exoskeleton to help perform appropriate upper limb exercises; (3) Conduct pilot trials to evaluate the efficacy of the complete system in movement restoration of stroke survivors.
With best wishes,
Prof. Girijesh Prasad,
Professor of Intelligent Systems,
Director, Northern Ireland Functional Brain Mapping facility for MEG studies,
Intelligent Systems Research Centre, School of Computing & Intelligent Systems,
Faculty of Computing & Engineering, Ulster University, Magee campus,
Derry~ Londonderry BT48 7JL, N. Ireland, UK.
T: +44 - (0)28 71 - 675645, 675409