International PhD Studentships in Mechatronic System and Control Design

  • PHD
  • Tuition fees + £15,609 p.a. stipend
  • 1 August 2021

PhD Studentship: Mechatronic system and control design for robot-assisted upper limb neurorehabilitation (2021)

Robot-assisted neurorehabilitation has been developed in the past decades to provide physical training and address limited human and financial resources in health care systems. Most of existing robotic systems for rehabilitation are bulky and thus not suitable for use at home. The idea of this project is to create a desktop robot for upper-limb rehabilitation, which is compact in size but provides sufficient functions and moving space thanks to its mobility. This project will tackle various research challenges in different steps to design such a robot, including mechatronic system design, motion control system development, GUI design and high-level human-robot interaction control design.

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Dr. Yanan Li’s profile:


Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, at least a UK upper second class degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in Engineering, or a closely-related area, or else a lower second class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree.

An excellent applicant is expected to have: ability to communicate and write proficiently in English; background in robotics and control; analytical/mathematical skills; and programming skills.

This award is open to UK and International students.

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Fully-paid tuition fees for 3.5 years up to the international rate.

A tax-free bursary for living costs for 3.5 years. From October 2021/22 this is expected to be £15,609 per year.


Apply through the University of Sussex on-line system:

Select the PhD in Engineering, with an entry date of September 2021.

Make sure to state on your application that you are applying for the PhD Studentship in Mechatronic system and control design for robot-assisted upper limb neurorehabilitation with Dr Yanan Li.

Both personal statement and research proposal are required.

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