Panagiotis Artemiadis, an associate professor for the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, has an REU research opening for students regarding “On the effect of virtual reality on robot-assisted gait rehabilitation.”

The student will work in the design, development and experimentation of a virtual reality setup that involved the ASU Variable Stiffness Treadmill (VST). More specifically the student will work on the development of a Virtual Reality world that will be used in conjunction with a Variable Stiffness Treadmill (VST) to understand whether visual presentation of the haptically-perceived environment on the VST alters kinematic responses on people walking on different terrains simulated by the VST. The student will work first on programming a virtual walking environment in a well-known video game engine (Unity). The virtual world will be later connected to an immersive virtual reality headset (Oculus Rift, Oculus VR) that will be worn by the subjects. The student will be trained in acquiring kinematic data of the legs of the subjects with sensors that the team already has used before, and then do some basic statistical analysis to understand any changes in the kinematics induced by the presence of the virtual reality environment. Therefore, the nature of the student’s involvement includes significant training and involvement in coding in popular game engines (using C and/or Python), experimental methods and protocols with human subjects, as well as coding for real-time data acquisition and statistical processing (C and/or Matlab).


  • Robotics
  • Gait rehabilitation
  • Controls

Student qualifications/requirements:

  • Résumé
  • transcripts
  • Undergraduates students in engineering

Semester(s) or start/end date of position: Summer 2018

Number of hours per week: 40

Stipend amount/hourly wage/volunteer position: $600/week for 10 weeks

Lab/Center Website:

How to apply:

Send an email to Panagiotis.artemiadis@asu.eduDeadline for applications is May 15, 2018.