Development of novel wearable sensors embedded in boots/shoes (MS & PhD)

Posted 4 months ago

Company: Université de Sherbrooke

Job Description & Person Specification:

The CREATEK Design Lab is looking for MS and PhD candidates to develop novel wearable sensors embedded in boots/shoes. These sensors will be used to detect slips in-situ and help Royer, our partner, to develop better soles. We are looking for candidates who are interested in electronics design, sensors (IMU, optical flow, pressure), signal processing, collecting & analysing large amount of data and who care about making real changes through technology.

Studies show that falls, slips or trips (CGT) are a leading cause of injury in Canada. In fact, data shows that CGT is the most frequent type of accident, representing 17% of all work accidents. In Canada, this type of accident also represents the 2nd largest expense item of all work accidents. Royer has been developing anti-slip shoes for years, but standardized tests are not always representative of the performance observed in real situations. This project therefore aims to develop a system that will measure the slip of the soles in real situations, with a “wearable” system integrated into the shoes. This system will help Royer better direct its R&D efforts and reduce falls, slips and trips accidents.

Position Description:

We are looking to fill two positions at the MS or PhD level to:

1. Develop the embedded sensing system: select the best sensors, characterize the sensors to ensure top performance, miniaturize the electronics (including wireless communication and charging), design & manufacture PCB, validate in representative conditions, etc. The system will be integrated into the sole during casting and used for extended period.

2. Develop novel algorithms to monitor slips with high precision in a variety of real situations (e.g., icy surface, greasy floor, etc.). These algorithms will be based on Kalman filtering with improved zero-velocity updates to consider slippery conditions. The student will also develop ways to decipher large amount of raw data into useful information to better guide Royer’s R&D efforts (e.g., identify interesting events, detect conditions leading to slip).

The ideal candidates would have/be:

• MS/PhD in engineering or physics (e.g., electronic design, signal processing, data science) or a strong conviction that you can do the job
• Fun, dynamic, creative, critical, hardworking and turned toward action

• A team player with a demonstrated track record of getting things done and making stuff that works!
• A love for electronics, data and signal processing.

Application Details:
The positions are fully funded with competitive scholarships (up to 3 years for PhD). The students will work at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT) of the Université de Sherbrooke, with potential internships at the partner’s office.

To apply: send a brief statement of research interests, CV, transcripts, a short portfolio of representative work (i.e., published paper, prototype, video, photo, etc.) and the contact information of up to 3 references to

Work at the 3IT is conducted mostly in French, but everyone also speaks English. A working knowledge of both languages is preferred, and a willingness to learn French.

Closing Deadline: Open until filled
Location: Canada

Additional Details

CREATEK (8 profs, 70 students and 10 research professionals) is a technology development team that cultivate creativity, hard work, impact and fun ( It is hosted at 3IT, a large research institute (400+ researchers) with shared resources, including electronic assembly/testing lab, high-speed and high-resolution cameras, large motion capture room, force plates, 3D printing (polymer, composite and metal), laser cutting, CNC, data acquisition, real-time control systems, wind tunnel, etc. CREATEK students have also access to a brand new 8 M$ fablab (Studio de Création). Projects within CREATEK range from energy conversion to novel robot architectures, with a world leading team dedicated to sport equipment design. The team worked with several industrial partners in the sporting industry, including Rossignol (, Bauer (, Hockey Canada, Genuine Guide Gear (, Own the podium, Sooth Ski (, Checkerspot (, Utopie MFG, Vermont Ski Museum, Blisters Gear Review, etc.

About Université de Sherbrooke:
Located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec (Canada), a beautiful bilingual (French/English) region, situated 1h30 southeast of Montreal, near the Vermont US border, and 2h30 from Quebec City, the Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution that offers an academic education that is recognized and valued around the world. The Université de Sherbrooke is the most appreciated institution in Canada according to MacLean’s, and the 13th top doctoral school. It also earned a reputation for its hard-hitting research in collaboration with major industrial partners, which has led to major discoveries and innovations in a variety of disciplines. The Université de Sherbrooke main campus is situated on the flank of “Mont-Bellevue” on 300 hectares of green space. The area offers all the advantages of the city life in a delightfully natural setting, close to numerous ski resorts, mountain biking trails and hockey rinks.
The Université de Sherbrooke host more than 31 000 students, with more than 80% of its students coming from outside the area.

About Royer:
Recognized in the industrial sector, ROYER manufactures boots that meet the needs of many trades such as outdoors workers (e.g., construction, mining, delivery), manufacturing workers, military forces and police officers. Proud of its Canadian roots, the company was founded in 1934 in Lac Drolet. ROYER boots are, even today, made here in Canada. Its founder believed in the ability of people here to roll up their sleeves and do things on our own. Its values are, even today, the basis of the company: inventiveness and ingenuity, determination and tenacity, discipline and rigor, attention to detail and respect for a job well done. ROYER now represents more than 140 employees who design, and manufacture more than 200 models of boots. They have state-of-the art laboratories approved by CSA and an innovation center that brings together several experts in molding, textiles and biomechanics. Inventiveness, research and development and new products has always been an integral part of ROYER recipe to bring new, more efficient and safer products to market.

Closing Deadline: Open until filled