PhD Opportunity- Image Analysis of Geriatric Gait

Old Dominion University
Job Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Friday, March 24, 2017

I am looking for a Ph.D. student to pursue newly funded research on Image Analysis of gait kinematics in senior subjects, in conjunction with musculoskeletal simulation of the gait of these subjects, towards the detection of imminent fall events. The candidate must have a Master’s degree or be a finishing Master’s student as well as a strong programmer in C++; moreover, he/she must have the maturity required to conduct a clinical gait study with elderly patients in an assisted living residence, some of whom may have dementia. He/she will also collaborate with a second student on musculoskeletal simulation of gait in senior subjects. Ideally, this candidate also has taken one or more biomedical engineering classes and/or physiology/anatomy classes; I also have a preference for a US citizen or permanent resident. This is a collaboration between i) Old Dominion University (ODU) Department of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering, where I work, ii) the Eastern Virginia Medical School Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, with Hamid Okhravi M.D. as CoPI, as well as iii) the ODU School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, with Prof. Steven Morrison Ph.D. also serving as CoPI.

The funding will be for three years, starting this summer. The Ph.D. program should start this fall, but I would also welcome a student who can begin work on the project this summer, paid an hourly rate. We will look at alternate funding during the next three years if the thesis research takes longer. 

Contact me by email with your resume if interested. If there are several candidates, I will decide based on the best of the resumes and possibly an interview process.

Michel Audette, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering,