2021-2023 Training Initiative

Supporting Industry-Academic Collaboration Through Experiential Learning in Industry R&D

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Program Overview

The De Luca Foundation (DLF), in partnership with Delsys, Inc. (Natick, MA), is pleased to announce a training initiative for research-minded undergraduate and graduate students. This initiative provides an educational opportunity for Trainees to learn from real-world experiences while performing cutting-edge industry research that directly contributes to the development of next generation sensing solutions for improving human health, communication, and movement. 

DLF Trainees will have the opportunity to work in an industrial R&D setting under the mentorship of Research Advisors at Delsys in close collaboration with their academic research advisors. This DLF initiative provides year-round training opportunities through co-ops and fellowships that span 4-, 6-, or 12-month terms with the potential for Trainees to translate their experience into a research capstone, practicum, thesis, or dissertation in collaboration with their academic institution.

Program Benefits

Impactful Work

DLF Trainees are involved in a wide spectrum of research projects that focus on translating future innovations from research to marketplace, in one of three focus areas:

  • Hardware: Exploring novel bio-instrumentation circuits to develop flexible wearable constructs that integrate multi-sensing modalities, which include neural/EMG sensing, inertial sensing, force sensing, and pressure distribution technologies
  • Software: Design and implementation of software supporting our core research areas with applications in next-generation neural interface technology, computer vision algorithms for tracking human movement, and the development of augmentative and alternative communication systems
  • Algorithms: Develop and evaluate signal processing, pattern recognition, and computer vision-based algorithms to process information from physiological signals for characterizing speech, biomechanics, and control of human movement 

Tailored Mentorship

  • Delsys Research Advisors work closely with each Trainee and their academic research advisor to create career development plans tailored to their professional and academic goals
  • Each Trainee will integrate into a strong, collaborative team of developers, engineers, scientists, and clinicians to gain a unique perspective into industry R&D

Professional Development Opportunities 

  • Delsys Seminars, from renowned researchers in the fields of biomechanics, computer vision, physiological sensing, and medical devices
  • Research lab open houses that provide exposure to a breadth of ongoing research areas
  • Presentations for scientific lectures in both industry and academic settings

Financial Support

  • $4,000 (USD) per month
  • Tuition assistance for thesis-track projects
  • Relocation/housing assistance options available

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