I am looking for a student interesting in pursuing an M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree, with ideally a formation in Engineering (electrical / mechanical / biomedical / systems), to work on a manual wheelchair simulator project.

My group wants to build wheelchair simulators that can train the users to adopt a safer propulsion technique, which may minimize the risk of developing long-term shoulder pain. One approach is to target propulsion techniques that minimize the shoulder load (forces and moments), using biofeedback. To do so, we need to calculate the user’s shoulder load in real time.

I am looking for a student who will develop a method to compute the shoulder load by inverse dynamics, in real time, using instrumented wheels and a motion capture device.

The candidate must demonstrate:

  • A good knowledge of the Matlab/Simulink environment
  • A fluency in understanding, designing and debugging complex systems
  • An excellent motivation
  • A good academic record
  • A great autonomy
  • Strong writing communication abilities

Please send me your CV, your transcripts and a cover letter by email: chenier.felix@uqam.ca.

Manual wheelchair simulator
Laboratoire de recherche en imagerie et orthopédie (Professor Rachid Aissaoui), École de technologie supérieure

Racing wheelchair simulator
Félix Chénier’s Lab, Université du Québec à Montréal