To create sensor technology and gather movement data for the human body is the objective of the new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) at FAU that just has been approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The new CRC has the project title ‘Empatho-Kinaesthetic Sensory Systems’ (EmpkinS). Its researches aim to connect the external observation of body movements, like movements of the head, torso and limbs, facial expressions or even a slight twitching under the surface of the skin with internal conditions via bodily function models.
The research team, led by Prof. Dr. Martin Vossiek from the Chair of High Frequency Engineering and Prof. Dr. Björn Eskofier from the Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab, aims to do so by developing methods and technologies that link the information from external movements to internal biomedical processes. The external movements will be measured with sensory systems that will also be developed in the Centre. EmpkinS’ objective is to enable the the simultaneous recording of several bodily (dys)functions with non-invasive and in the future easily available sensor technology. The empatho-kinaesthetic sensory systems focus on medical issues in immunology, neurology and palliative medicine as well as psychological conditions such as depression and stress.
The CRC has been approved for the next four years and received 11 million euros of funding. In addition to the FAU, the participating institutions also include the Technical University of Hamburg, the University of Bayreuth and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen.
Composition of the new research team in full swing
In order to be able to advance the research promptly, FAU is currently inviting applications for 23 PhD (and 2 Clinician Scientist) positions in the areas computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and medical engineering who are able to conduct the biomechanics modelling and simulation and face the technical challenges: (biomedical) signal processing, computer vision, integrated circuits, machine learning, neuromechanics, radar and optical sensor technology, wireless communications.
Other positions will work on the medical engineering application areas in medicine and investigate the diagnostic parameters derived from sensor data, pattern recognition in movement data, non-contact sensor technology and musculoskeletal function as a biomarker for disease activity.
Additionally, the team also searches for PhD in medicine (immunology, neurology, palliative care) and psychology (emotions and depression, stress, assessment of depression-relevant kinesthesia, biofeedback-based cognitive reframing) as well as from the theologic field to assess responsibility, controllability, consent, ethics in and by design, governance, normative analysis, qualitative-empirical studies.
If you are interested in participating in the new project, you can find all open positions here.
More information is available on empkins.de. The deadline for applications is June 14.