Joint Performance Force Mat- ON-438

Project type: Research
Desired discipline(s): Engineering - biomedical, Engineering, Engineering - computer / electrical, Computer science, Mathematical Sciences
Company: Joint Performance Inc.
Project Length: Longer than 1 year
Preferred start date: 02/26/2021
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Mississauga, ON, Canada
No. of positions: 1
Desired education level: CollegeUndergraduate/BachelorMaster'sPhDPostdoctoral fellowPreferred institutions: University of Guelph, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo

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About the company: 

Joint Performance was founded in 2019 by Ajay Agarwal, physiotherapist and Michaela Di Cristofaro, Biomedical Engineering graduate.  Ajay Agarwal, is an orthopaedic physiotherapist with over 18 years of experience.  During those years, he has witnessed thousands of individuals suffer from arthritic joints.  Ajay believes that we could potentially reduce joint arthritis and remove the need for joint replacements if we could detect and address their early warning signs.  He prefers to take a proactive approach to joint health instead of being reactive when pain is present.  Michaela experienced her fair share of joint pain when she had her anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed in 2017, and reached out to Ajay to assist her recovery.  During one of her physiotherapy session, she asked a valid question: “Is thera a way to determine the joint’s capacity so that we would know when she could safely return to sports?”.  That question and along with Ajay’s desire to remove the need for joint replacements, led to their partnership to build Joint Performance.  Our goal is to give people the ability to move their joints without pain, with independence and with maximum performance.  

Describe the project.: 

Joint Performance believes that isometric strength training can provide significant benefit to high performance athletes by extending the range of motion over which maximum force can be applied. We are developing a novel training device to provide realtime feedback during the exercise regime and quantitative performance metrics in post-workout analysis.

The goal of this project is to develop a proof-of-concept demonstrator system that can be used to validate the vision and approach and identify areas of risk for subsequent development that are intended to help the company’s efforts to raise seed capital.

The candidate will be provided direction by a senior software developer to build out the end-to-end application but given the small size of Joint-Performance the candidate will have significant opportunity to contribute directly at all levels of the project including concept ideation and requirements definition and will all members of the organization. Significant tasks will include integration and assessment of off-the-shelf force feedback sensors, implementation of client and adminstrator user interfaces, server-side data modeling and API creation, and support of trials and experiments.

The development process will be experimental and highly iterative but with a high level of emphasis on determing practical methods of implementation that will support innovation in a small business.

Required expertise/skills: 

This position is targeted at students competing their third or fourth year of an engineering or comp sci undergrad degree. Basic digital signal processing knowledge is a requirement. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in web stack technologies such as TypeScript, React, NodeJS, Electron, MySQL, and AWS or comparables.