Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control (BLINC)

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.

Patrick M. Pilarski, Ph.D. (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)

Michael (Rory) Dawson, M.Sc., P.Eng. (Research Engineer)

Rory is the lead research engineer in the BLINC Lab, and is appointed to the department of Medicine – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Alberta. Rory directly drives and coordinates the engineering projects in the lab related to prosthetics and orthotics including design of training tools, sensory feedback systems, and research platforms. Rory plays … Continue reading Michael (Rory) Dawson, M.Sc., P.Eng. (Research Engineer)

Albert H. Vette, Ph.D. (Faculty)

  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)

Jason Carey, Ph.D., P.Eng. (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.

Glyn Murgatroyd, BPE, B.Sc.OT (Occupational Therapist)

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 who has been working with the adult amputee population in a tertiary rehabilitation setting since 2009. His current focus is working at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital with amputee, peripheral … Continue reading Glyn Murgatroyd, BPE, B.Sc.OT (Occupational Therapist)

Mike Stobbe, CP (Prosthetist)

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, C.P. (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.

Riley Dawson, B.Sc. (Software E.I.T.)

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 application … Continue reading Riley Dawson, B.Sc. (Software E.I.T.)

Jeremy Hall, 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)

Eric Wells, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)

Eric Wells is pursuing a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering under Dr. Jacqueline Hebert and Dr. Jason Carey.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2018, and joined the lab shortly afterwards.  Although his education lies in mechanical engineering, he has a passion for robotics and mechatronics.  The … Continue reading Eric Wells, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student)

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Previous Lab Members

  James Austin, M.Sc. Graduate (2018) Mellissa Gomez, B.Sc. Undergraduate Researcher (2018) Currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta focusing on advancing vaccine rehabilitation research. Jonathon Schofield, Ph.D. Graduate (2017) View Jonathon’s thesis here Currently with the Cleveland Clinic, USA Sai Vemula, Undergraduate Researcher (2017) Currently an M.A.Sc. student in … Continue reading Previous Lab Members