[Comp-neuro] PhD position at Tel Aviv University: Enhancing motor learning with computational scaffolding

Jason Friedman jason at tau.ac.il
Tue Dec 10 08:29:15 CET 2019


A funded PhD position is available at Tel Aviv University in the Movement
Sciences lab with Dr. Jason Friedman, in the field of human motor control,
on the topic of enhancing motor learning.

The PhD will be part of a larger collaborative project with Prof. Helge
Ritter from Bielefeld University, Germany, where they investigate manual
intelligence of both humans and robots.  In this project, we will use a
technique called computational scaffolding in order to speed up the process
of motor learning. In this technique, a temporary structure (scaffold) is
provided during the learning process and slowly removed as learning takes
place. We will use this technique to individualize and enhance the motor
learning process in two applications – learning how to play the piano and
learning a new swimming stroke. The student will be involved in all aspects
of the project, included running experiments, recording and analyzing
movement data, applying motor guidance for enhancing learning, and active
collaboration with our partners.

Students with a background in Motor Control, Physical Therapy,
Neuroscience, Psychology, Physics, Computer Science, Biomedical engineering
or related areas are encouraged to apply. Programming experience in Python
or other languages, and a musical background is an advantage.  Please
contact Dr. Friedman (jason at tau.ac.il) with a CV for further information.
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