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Multiple Doctoral Scholarships in Robotics and Bioengineering
University of Auckland

  • Jan. 9, 2017
  • Multiple Doctoral Scholarships in Robotics and Bioengineering
  • Faculty of Engineering and Auckland Bioengineering Institute
  • University of Auckland
    New Zealand
  • Jun. 30, 2017
  • Available Immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Robotics
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
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Multiple doctoral scholarships are available in the fields of Robotics and Bioengineering at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Professors from Auckland, New Zealand and Stuttgart, Germany will work together on a funded research programme on Soft Tissue Robotics where rigid robots handle soft materials, with three focus areas (i) simulation technologies, (ii) automation and control, and (iii) biological modelling and sensing. The aim of the programme is to develop new simulation technologies, actuators, sensors and controllers for novel robotic systems interacting with soft tissues. There are 10 doctoral scholarships available within the research programme, each offering a stipend of $27,300 and tuition fees of $7420 per year, for 3 years with possible extension of another 6 months. You will be supervised jointly by at least two professors from the two universities and will be expected to travel to Germany for research exchanges, joint summer schools and research seminars during your study. For advice on admission and scholarship application, please contact directly the principal investigator (PI) of the project you want to join. General enquiry can also be directed to the programme coordinator, Prof Peter Xu for Robotics ( and Prof Leo Cheng for Bioengineering ( The applications will be closed by 30 June 2017.

International Research Training Group (IRTG) on Soft Tissue Robotics
Project 1: Visualization and modelling techniques for soft tissue interactions (Prof Peter Hunter,
Project 2: Musculoskeletal atlas for personalised musculoskeletal system modelling (Prof Thor Besier,
Project 3: Open-source standards (Dr Chris Bradley, and Prof Peter Hunter,
Project 4: Hybrid actuation technologies for compliant robotic orthoses (Dr Andrew McDaid, and Prof Shane Xie,
Project 5: Parallel robotics for mastication of foods (PI: Prof Peter Xu,
Project 6: Cloud-based measurement and data acquisition for industrial and cyber-physical systems (Prof Xun Xu,
Project 7: Design of new methods for interaction measurement and control of soft tissue, including vision-based feedback (Prof Bruce McDonald,
Project 8: Novel methods for recording and analysing high-density EMG signals (Prof Leo Cheng, and Dr Andrew McDaid,
Project 9: Musculoskeletal model of human gait and novel methods for real-time adaptive control algorithms using muscle force information (Prof Peter Hunter,, Prof Thor Besier,
Project 10: Polymer sensors and actuators for improved tactile sensing cyber-proprioception on rigid robotics (Prof Iain Anderson,

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  • Prof Peter Xu
    Faculty of Engineering
    University of Auckland
    20 Symonds Street
    New Zealand
  • +64 9 923 9915


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