Research course

Markerless Assessment of Posture

University of Leeds · School of Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in physics, materials or mechanical engineering. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Postural support seating is often necessary for individuals with severe motor impairments (such as athetoid cerebral palsy), but assessing such seating systems rely heavily on subjective opinion. Motion capture systems offer an objective alternative, but these are expensive and too cumbersome to apply in the field. This studentship will explore the use of force sensors and pressure mapping combined with biomechanical simulation systems (such as AnyBody) to develop objective ways of monitoring seated posture without the need for motion capture. The project represents a new collaboration in the area of Robotics (Dr Raymond Holt) and Biomechanics (Dr Claire Brockett, Dr Sarah Astill) and will receive industrial support from JCM Seating, part of Sunrise Medical group.

Keywords: Postural assessment, kinematics, biomechanics

Fees and funding

This scholarship is part of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship scheme.

This scholarship is fully funded covering fees and a maintenance of £14,254 in 2016/17

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Raymond Holt