PhD scholarship: Rehabilitation Engineering and Neuromechanics


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Health and Behavioural Sciences
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 21 September 2020
Closing date 5 October 2020


Supervisor - Dr Alejandro Melendez-Calderon

The goal of this project is to use an integrative approach of robotics, augmented reality and multi-level neuro-mechanical modeling to create a framework for high-fidelity haptic displays of human neuromechanics.

Multi-level modeling and simulation of human movements can be used as a platform to better understand neuro-mechanical impairments and test algorithms for assessment and diagnosis. Such multi-level simulations bridge the gap between models at the neurophysiological level (e.g. muscle structure, spinal reflexes), musculoskeletal level (e.g. multi-joint structure, tendon attachment points) and those emerging from high-level brain structures (e.g. control of goal-directed movements). However, computer simulations are limited to the virtual world and the interaction of such models with the environment (or other humans) is difficult to evaluate. Robotics can enable researchers, developers and clinicians to, not only visualize, but physically appreciate different neuromuscular impairments – this can lead to better training and improved understanding, classification, measurement, and treatment of these disorders.

This PhD project will enable robotic devices as medical simulators/haptic displays of neuro-mechanical impairments to better understand the cause and effect of different impairments to both movement and haptic perception. This approach has not been explored in depth and has multiple clinical applications by extending the interactive nature of traditional assessment techniques. This is an interdisciplinary project, and the PhD candidate will be expected to work in engineering and clinical settings.

A working knowledge of basic neurophysiology, biomechanical modeling (OpenSim, AnyBody), hands-on experience in robotics (control), motion capture (optical and IMUs), and electromyography would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Applicants will enrol through the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

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  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘MELENDEZ-CALDERONin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of biomedical engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of musculoskeletal modeling, robotics in rehabilitation engineering and medical imaging is highly desirable

Applications are closed.


Dr Alejandro Melendez-Calderon
Applications are closed.

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A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.