A fully funded position is available for a graduate student or research engineer.
Rombolabs is part of the VA Center for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering and affiliated with the University of Washington in Seattle. We are developing sensing and control for robots and advanced prosthetic limbs. Projects in the lab include biomechanics studies, human-machine interface, “neurobotics,” virtual reality for sensorimotor neuroscience, and optimal control / machine learning. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, include a resume / CV, and specify which position you are interested in.
RESEARCH TOPIC: VISUAL AND TACTILE SENSATION
We are researching how people integrate visual and tactile information, and developing a sensory feedback system for lower extremity amputees. Tomorrow’s prosthetic limbs will not just be advanced robots, but they will also replace sensory capabilities. Our system will measure forces at the prosthetic foot, and deliver task-relevant feedback to the user. We will use noninvasive tactile / vibrotactile feedback for people having Targeted Reinnervation surgery. For people experiencing sensory transfer as a result of this surgery, touches on the skin of residual limb feel as if they originate from the amputated limb. We will use virtual reality to help understand this phenomenon.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
* Be project lead for a virtual reality system using a virtual-world visual scene with simultaneous real-world tactile stimulation.
* Create and use digital assets for sensory and movement studies using cutting-edge virtual reality (Rift, Vive, etc.)
* Integration of VR engine with laboratory equipment: synchronization of body movement with in-engine rendering of body movement.
* VR development. Integration of Unity / Unreal with inputs from laboratory equipment.
* Software engineering and systems integration (C, python, java, simulink, ROS, etc)
* BS or MS in relevant field
* Track record of completed software projects; VR a plus