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 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)

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.

Ognjen Kovic (Research Assistant)

  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)

Jonathon Schofield, Ph.D. (Research Assistant)

Jonathon is a Research Assistant in the BLINC lab. In 2017, he completed his PhD. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta researching Upper limb prostheses and sensory feedback strategies. Prior, he completed his Masters degree in Structural Engineering in 2012 with hiss research investigating musculoskeletal biomechanics and orthotic design. Jonathon was a 2009 graduate … Continue reading Jonathon Schofield, Ph.D. (Research Assistant)

Gautham Vasan, 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, 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 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)

Brendan Kelly (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)

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Previous Lab Members

  Jonathon Schofield, Ph.D. Graduate (2017) Currently employed in the BLINC lab Sai Vemula, Undergraduate Researcher (2017) Currently an M.A.Sc. student in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada Brody Kalwajtys, B.Sc., Research Assistant (2017) Currently pursing an after degree in education Katherine Schoepp, M.Sc. Graduate (2016) Currently employed … Continue reading Previous Lab Members