October 24, 2018 | Simon Jenkins
Young researchers – from the very brightest undergraduates through to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers – have worked on the stroke rehabilitation project, building, testing and refining the robots and creating new games for the patients to use.
Adam Metcalf is a former British Army vehicle mechanic, and after a tour in Afghanistan came to Leeds to study engineering with a view to working on military hardware.
But an Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship changed the direction of Adam’s studies, allowing him to join the stroke research team during his summer vacation, working on the design of the robotic arms. Having graduated with a First, Adam is now studying for a PhD with the stroke rehabilitation engineering group, examining and comparing control strategies for MyPam.
“I’m looking at a more complex control strategy, to determine whether the extra cost of this would translate into genuine patient benefit, especially during the early stages of a their rehabilitation.
“My aim is to have a finished system by the end of my PhD.”