Friedrich-Alexander University: Open Research Challenge 2016

Germany’s Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is inviting researchers in medicine and engineering from around the world to enter the second FAU Open Research Challenge. This year the global online contest focuses on FAU’s major research area of Health Technology and medical engineering.

The challenge carries the title “IMAGINE” (Innovative Medical Application on Gait using Intelligent Engineering), and asks engineers, doctors and teams including a doctor and an engineer to submit a proposed research project that uses the eGaIT mobile sensor based gait analysis System prototype. The system provides objective gait parameters that have the potential to be used for diagnostic application and individual therapy monitoring for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

The proposed research project should address patients’ need generating an algorithmic solution (using eGaIT). In other words, if you are a doctor, how would you integrate the system into your research? If you are an engineer, how would you generate algorithms for clinical use?

The proposals will be judged by a panel of experts. The best three proposals will be invited to a week-long stay at FAU to present their concept and to meet the local researchers. Thereafter, the overall winner will be selected. During their stay, the contestants will be welcome to visit relevant research groups and laboratories at FAU, discuss their projects, explore possibilities for future collaboration or career development.

More information about the FAU Open Research Challenge including deadlines, go to: www.openresearchchallenge.org

Photo credit: “ASTRUM It GmbH”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from FAU and The Federal Ministry of Education and Research – BMBF.

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