The BLINC Lab brings together a diverse group of inter-disciplinary researchers interested in collaborative research to improve sensory motor control and integration of advanced prosthetic and robotic systems. The lab encompasses research projects led by Dr. Jacqueline Hebert, MD, and Dr. Patrick Pilarksi, PhD, in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, at the University of Alberta. In addition to advancing prosthetic and robotic care, we are intensely interested in the measurement of human systems behaviour that allows us to investigate the impacts of technological interventions on clinical outcomes. The BLINC Lab has close links to the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, involving clinicians with direct experience in the care of persons with limb loss. We also benefit from close linkages and collaborations with several departments and faculties across the University of Alberta campus. Our unique combination of medical, rehabilitation, engineering and computing science researchers has allowed the evolution of multiple lines of complementary research aimed at improving the science and art of prosthetic restoration and rehabilitation robotics.
Dr. Hebert is the director of the BLINC Lab, and has research appointments at the University of Alberta and a clinical appointment at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Hebert leads the interdisciplinary clinical team that performs upper limb Targeted Reinnervation (TR) surgery in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Her research team studies advanced motor control and sensory … Continue reading Jacqueline S. Hebert MD, FRCPC (Faculty)
Dr. Patrick M. Pilarski is a Canada Research Chair in Machine Intelligence for Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine. Dr. Pilarski is a principal investigator with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) and the Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory … Continue reading Patrick M. Pilarski, Ph.D. (Faculty)
Rory is a research engineer in the BLINC Lab, and is jointly appointed to the Prosthetics/Orthotics and Research departments at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Rory directly drives and coordinates the engineering projects in the lab related to prosthetics including design of training tools, sensory feedback systems, and research platforms. Rory plays a key role as … Continue reading Michael (Rory) Dawson, M.Sc., P.Eng. (Research Engineer)
Dr. Albert Vette is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Research Scientist at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton. He also is a member of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI) and an affiliate within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, both at the University of Alberta. Albert received his … Continue reading Albert H. Vette, Ph.D. (Faculty)
Dr. Carey is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean (Programs and Planning) of the Faculty of engineering. His general research interests are in the areas of composite and biological materials mechanics, biomedical engineering design, biomechanics of orthodontic treatment and orthodontic imaging, tissue mechanics and sports and injury biomechanics.
Dr. Chan is a Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a collaborator on the BLINC projects.
Dr. Chapman studies what appear to be simple motor behaviours like reaching to take a sip of tea from a mug on a messy desk. These actions are simple in that we never even have to think of them, but they only appear that way, because the exact way the brain accomplishes the control of … Continue reading Craig Chapman, Ph.D. (Faculty)
Glyn is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education in 2002 and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2005. He is an Occupational Therapist with four years of experience working with the adult amputee population in a tertiary rehabilitation setting. His current focus is working at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital with … Continue reading Glyn Murgatroyd, BPE, B.Sc.OT (Occupational Therapist)
Mike Stobbe is a research associate with BLINC and works through a collaboration with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. He has been a Certified Prosthetist for 14 years working with all levels of limb amputation but has developed specialty in upper limb prosthetic treatment. He assists BLINC by interfacing the existing and novel technology used at … Continue reading Mike Stobbe, CP (Prosthetist)
David Home is a research associate with BLINC and works through a collaboration with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. He has been a prosthetist for 30 years and has a particular interest in CAD CAM prosthetics.
Katherine Schoepp (née Evans) is a research assistant with the BLINC lab. She graduated with an MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2016, after completing a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Option from the same institute in 2013. Her research focuses on providing sensory feedback to amputee patients by developing … Continue reading Katherine R. Schoepp, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Research Assistant)
Riley is a computer engineer with the BLINC Lab. He graduated with a BSc in Computer Engineering: Software Option at the University of Alberta in 2014. His educational background includes extensive exposure to biological sciences and mechanical engineering. Riley’s work experience spans a diverse subset of fields, from full stack web development to desktop … Continue reading Riley Dawson, B.Sc. (Research Assistant)
Juan Forero graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) in 1999. He moved to Florida where he completed his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, focused in Biomechanics, at Florida International University (Miami, Florida) in 2001. After completing his Masters, he moved back to Colombia where he worked … Continue reading Juan Forero, Ph.D. (Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Ogi is a research assistant in the BLINC Lab and ACE Lab. He is soon to graduate with a Bachelor of Science: Biological Sciences major, Psychology minor. He has diverse interests, from learning about how our brains and bodies work, to volunteering, martial arts, learning new languages and enjoying various outdoor activities. Ogi’s main … Continue reading Ognjen Kovic (Research Assistant)
Brody Kalwajtys graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta in 2016. Before entering university, Brody travelled the high seas working as a professional dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Since returning home, he wanted to enter a field of study which combined his love of dance and movement with … Continue reading Brody Kalwajtys, B.Sc. (Research Assistant)
Jonathon Schofield graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Lakehead University in 2009. Following graduation he returned to his hometown, Edmonton, where he was employed as a design and safety engineer. In 2011 Jonathon returned to school at the University of Alberta completing his Masters degree in Structural Engineering in 2012. Under the … Continue reading Jonathon Schofield, B.Eng., M.Sc., (Ph.D. Candidate)
Applying Reinforcement Learning to the control of prosthetic arms to make them easier for amputees to use. View Craig’s MSc thesis here. Education: BSc Engineering Physics (University of Alberta) – 2005 Computer Engineering Technologist (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) – 2000 http://sherstan.com email@example.com
Kory Mathewson holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Kory is currently a doctoral graduate student at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Pilarski.Kory works at the intersection man and machine, some of his past work includes new imaging methods for microvasculature with Dr. … Continue reading Kory Mathewson, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Ph.D. Student)
Aïda graduated with a BSc in Kinesiology from McGill University in 2012. Following her degree, she attended the University of Western Ontario where she pursued graduate studies in biomechanics. Her focus was on using a multi-segment foot model with motion capture technologies to quantify the joint motions of the foot. Aïda completed her MSc … Continue reading Aïda Valevicius, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Ph.D. Student)
Ewen has a diverse background that consists of researching, teaching, coaching, and community involvement. He completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta in 2009, following it up with a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in Secondary Education in 2011. After 4 years of coaching competitive swimming and teaching junior … Continue reading Ewen Lavoie, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)
Dylan Brenneis began an MSc degree in Mechanical engineering in September 2016, under the supervision of Dr. Jason Carey and Dr. Patrick Pilarski. During his undergraduate degree, he spent a great deal of time working on the development of the HANDi Hand: a Humanoid, Anthropometric, Naturally Dextrous, Intelligent hand. It is designed to be … Continue reading Dylan Brenneis, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)
Jaden Travnik is currently in his masters studies while continuing his work in the BLINC lab. He graduated with a BSc specialization in Computing Science at the University of Alberta in June 2015. During his undergraduate degree, he focused on numerical methods and machine learning. He also completed sixteen months of full-time industry work … Continue reading Jaden B. Travnik, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)
McNiel Inyani Keri is pursuing a masters in Mechanical engineering under the supervision of Dr. Hebert and Dr. Vette. As an undergraduate in the Biomedical stream in Electrical and Computer engineering, McNiel was involved in several interesting projects. He worked in the FACIA lab to design and develop hardware and software for Nano scale spectroscopy. … Continue reading McNiel Inyani Keri, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)
Quinn graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Option in spring 2015, and is currently working towards an MSc in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jacqueline Hebert. Before beginning her MSc program in the fall of 2016, Quinn worked for a year as a research assistant with Dr. Hebert and a team … Continue reading Quinn Boser, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)
Gautham Vasan is currently pursuing a Masters in Computing Science under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Pilarski. He is interested in applying Reinforcement Learning and Representation Learning algorithms on robots. Gautham graduated with a B.Tech degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from NIT Trichy, India in June 2015. During his undergraduate degree, he worked … Continue reading Gautham Vasan, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)
James Austin graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and a minor in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University in 2013. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering under the co-supervision of Dr. Carey and Dr. Hebert. James completed his undergraduate thesis at McGill in the domain of aerospace … Continue reading James Austin, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)
Jeremy graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2014, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Albert Vette and Dr. Jacqueline Hebert. In the time between completing his undergraduate degree, and beginning graduate studies, Jeremy was employed as a manufacturing … Continue reading Jeremy Hall, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)
Sai Vemula is an undergraduate student currently pursuing his B.Sc. in Honors Neuroscience. Though the workings of the brain are inherently incredible, Sai is very interested in exploring brain machine interfaces (BMIs or BCIs) and other applications in neural engineering. He had previously worked in the area of kinesthetic feedback for a summer project in … Continue reading Sai Vemula (B.Sc. Student)
Brendan Kelly is an undergraduate student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree at the University of Alberta. Brendan’s interests in rehabilitation technology and techniques led him to spend time volunteering on the Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) project in the Fall of 2016. He is presently completing his practicum placement … Continue reading Brendan Kelly (B.Sc. Student)
Katherine Evans, M.Sc. Graduate (2016) Currently employed as a Research Assistant in the BLINC lab View Katherine’s thesis here Salmann Rashiq, Undergraduate (2016) Heather Williams, Undergraduate volunteer (2016) Craig Sherstan, M.Sc. Graduate (2015) Currently a Ph.D. student in the BLINC lab View Craig’s thesis here Elizabeth Crockett, Undergraduate (2015) Currently a Resident in Edinburgh, … Continue reading Previous Lab Members