Katherine R. Schoepp, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Research Assistant)

 

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 various integrated systems and functional evaluation tools. Much of her research involves collaborating with others, and she thoroughly enjoys being able to work in such a diverse and enthusiastic team. Outside of the lab, Katherine enjoys teaching and mentoring, playing soccer, and traveling.

Research Interests

Upper-limb amputees are traditionally fit with a simplistic body-powered prosthesis, although recently there have been advances in robotic prostheses capable of more complex movements and grips. One drawback to these myoelectric limbs is their lack of sensory feedback, which makes it difficult to manipulate objects.

My research focuses on integrating sensory feedback systems onto commercially available prosthetic components, as well as developing various devices to quantify prosthetic performance.

View Katherine’s MSc thesis here.

Publications

Schofield, J.S.; Evans, K.R.; Hebert, J.S.; Marasco, P.D.; and Carey, J.P. The Effect of Biomechanical Variables on Force Sensitive Resistor Error: Implications for Calibration and Improved Accuracy. Journal of Biomechanics. March 21, 2016.

Schofield, J.S.; Evans, K.R.; Carey, J.P.; and Hebert, J.S. Applications of sensory feedback in motorized upper extremity prosthesis: a review. Expert Review of Medical Devices. June 13, 2014.

Evans, K.R.; Lou, E.; Woloschuk, C.; Hill, D.; Li, M.; and Wong, M.S. Quantitative measurement of hip protector use and compliance. Springer Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing. September 5, 2013.

Evans, K.R.; Lou, E.; and Faulkner, G. Optimization of a low cost force sensor for spinal orthosis applications. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement. March 9, 2013.

Evans, K.R. and Carey, J.P. Feasibility of a braided composite for orthopedic bone cast. The Open Biomedical Engineering Journal. January 15, 2013.

Presentations

Evans, K.R. Breaking the Walls of Sensory Feedback in Prosthetic Limbs. UAlberta Falling Walls Lab 2016, University of Alberta. Sept. 29, 2016. Finalist.

Evans, K.R.; Dawson, M.R.; Vette, A.H.; Hebert, J.S.; and Carey, J.P. Closed-loop Control of a Tactor System for Sensory Feedback in Upper Limb Amputees. Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium, University of Alberta. June 16, 2015. Guest judge for Elevator Pitch Competition, final round.

Evans, K.R.; Dawson, M.R.; Hebert, J.S.; and Carey, J.P. Optimizing Tactor Parameters to Improve Discrimination for Sensory Feedback in Upper Limb Amputees. 15th Annual Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference, Banff, Alberta. October 25, 2014.

Evans, K.R.; Dawson, M.R.; Carey, J.P.; and Hebert, J.S. Design and testing of a cable driven tactor system for sensory feedback in upper limb amputees. Myoelectric Controls Symposium, University of New Brunswick. August 18, 2014.

Evans, K.R.; Dawson, M.R.; Carey, J.P.; and Hebert, J.S. Design and testing of a cable driven tactor system for sensory feedback in upper limb amputees. Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium, University of Alberta. June 18-19, 2014. First place in Elevator Pitch Competition.

Evans, K.R. and Lou, E. The objective measurement of hip protector compliance. 13th Annual Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference, Banff, Alberta. October 21, 2012.

Evans, K.R. and Lou, E. Automated measuring of compliance in external hip protectors. End-of-Summer Undergraduate Student Presentations, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. First place. August 17, 2012.

Posters

Schoepp, K.R.; Keri, M.; Dawson, M.R.; Hebert, J.S. Development of an Instrumented Mechanical Cup for Functional Evaluation of Prosthetic Feedback. Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Spotlight on Research Breakfast, Edmonton, Alberta. October 20, 2016.

Evans, K.R.; Dawson, M.R.; Carey, J.P. and Hebert, J.S. Integrating Tactors onto a Socket for Sensory Feedback in Upper Limb Amputees. Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Spotlight on Research Breakfast, Edmonton, Alberta. October 22, 2015.

Evans, K.R.; Dawson, M.R.; Hebert, J.S.; and Carey, J.P. Design of a Cable Driven Tactor for Sensory Feedback in Upper Limb Amputees. Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Spotlight on Research Breakfast, Edmonton, Alberta. October 15, 2014.

Evans, K.R. and Carey, J. P. The feasibility of a braided composite as an orthopedic bone cast. Manning Innovation Awards – Celebration of Innovation. October 15, 2011. And Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI). September 5-6, 2011.

Evans, K.R. and Carey, J.P. Solid modeling and mechanical testing of various bones. NSERC USRA Student Presentations. August 20, 2010.

Contact Katherine: krevans@ualberta.ca

Photo credit Grace Hamm