PhD Position in Adaptive Game-based Wheelchair Skills Training
Catholic University of Leuven

This position is primarily situated within the e-Media Research Lab at KU Leuven (prof. dr. Kathrin Gerling), an interdisciplinary research group that combines expertise from Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Social Science, and the Arts. The successful candidate will also be affiliated with the M-Group (prof. dr. Hans Hallez) and Research Group for Neurorehabilitation (eNRGy; prof. dr. Elegast Monbaliu).


The project “Adaptive Rehabilitative Gaming Systems for Powered Mobility Training in People with Complex Movement Disorders (ADA Games)” seeks to develop a game-based programme for wheelchair skills training for young people with Cerebral Palsy. Central to this PhD position is the development of an adaptive skills training solution that takes into account user performance and affective state to automatically adjust in-game challenge, and that interfaces with existing wheelchair control systems. The successful candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with a second PhD researcher in Rehabilitation Science, young people and care providers, and international experts (Prof. Dr.Nick Graham, Queen’s University, Canada).


We encourage applications from candidates with a background in Computer Science, Engineering Technology, and/or Human-Computer Interaction. Excellent programming skills and experience with game development environments (e.g., Unity or Unreal Engine) are necessary. Experience in embedded programming, carrying out user studies, and first insights into Human-Computer Interaction research are considered a plus; so is an interest in games and games research. Candidates are expected to have excellent command of the English language; proficiency in oral and written Dutch is an asset, but not strictly required for this post.


The position is available from October 2020. Applications should include a letter of motivation written in English, a full CV including previous research experience, and your BSc and/or MSc thesis or scientific publications (if applicable). More information on applying for a PhD at KU Leuven: - More information on the conditions of a PhD position (healthcare, net wages, ...):


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Kathrin Gerling, tel.: +32 16 37 91 48, mail: or Prof. dr. ir. Hans Hallez, tel.: +32 50 66 48 38, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than July 15, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: July 15, 2020
  • Tags: Computerwetenschappen

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