Aïda Valevicius, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Ph.D. Candidate)

 

Aïda graduated with a B.Sc. 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 in Kinesiology – Biomechanics in 2014. She kept going on her westward journey and started a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alberta in January 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Albert Vette and Dr. Jacqueline Hebert. Currently, she is working on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) project where her focus is on able-bodied and prosthetic user upper body kinematic behavior. Her research interests lie in human motion biomechanics, more specifically in upper body movement, gait, and running. Outside of academics, Aïda is part of the university’s cross-country team, volunteers with the Steadward Bears Para Athletics program, and explores Alberta with her little cocker spaniel Daisy.