Cierra and Mayank Represent the BLINC Lab at the 3 Minute Thesis Competition

BLINC members Cierra Stiegelmar (M.Sc. Student) and Mayank Rehani (Research Associate, Ph.D Student) did a phenomenal job representing the BLINC lab at this year’s 3MT competition!

Both presented on some of the exciting research projects they’re working on at BLINC, and were featured by the Faculty of Medicine.

Click on the above images to check out their featured profiles!

Take a look at their presentations “I, Robotic Hand: How to Control a Prosthesis,” and “One Step at a Time: Living with a Prosthetic Leg Attached to the Bone” below:

BLINC at the Cybathlon Symposium 2020

We are presenting a poster and demo at the Cybathlon Symposium this Thurs Sept 17th and Fri Sept 18th respectively. The symposium has transitioned to a virtual format, so much of the symposium content will be available online in case you are not able to awaken in time for the 5am start time each day. You can find our twitter poster here and the rest of the posters can be found @cybathlon.

The early bird catches the Cybathlon Symposium.

The organizers have also announced a new online format for the Cybathlon 2020 competition which will be happening on Nov 13th and 14th. Instead of everyone meeting in Zurich, competitors will compete locally and submit their footage to the organizers who will put together a livestream with competition footage, stories, and interviews. You should definitely check it out!

BLINC at Women Engineers Conference

On November 9th, Alicia MacDonald presented her work on optimization of an upper-limb prosthesis assessment tool called the Instrumented Cup at the WE19 conference in Anaheim, California. She competed in the Undergraduate Rapid Fire Competition and placed 2nd! She had a great time meeting fellow engineering students and representatives from biomedical device companies.

Congrats Alicia!

Read more here.

BLINC Fun Run 2019 (5000m)

Earlier this October we organized the 1st Annual Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control Lab Graduational Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure! The main goal of the event was to help chase Aïda (a former member of the UofA Panda’s track team and PhD candidate in the BLINC lab) over the finish line of her graduate studies. Rory Dawson and McNiel Keri (recently graduated MSc Student) had previously challenged her to the race, but since McNiel had already moved away to Calgary to start med school he was only able to symbolically run the race by being attached to Rory’s bluetooth speaker. Several other lab members joined in to walk the first lap of the race and cheer on the runners.

A re-enactment of the photo finish. Aïda was so fast she leafed us all behind.

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BLINC at Life Sciences Conference 2018




On October 28th, we presented two of our most recent projects at the 2018 IEEE Life Sciences Conference in Quebec, Canada. These projects included development of advanced lower-limb prostheses sensors and development and assessment of myoelectric training tools.

Both projects were awarded best paper award and best poster award. Congrats McNiel and James! Read more here.

BLINC at Spotlight on Innovation: Health to Home 2018 Conference

On November 7th, we presented 7 of our most recent projects at the 2018 Spotlight on Innovation: Health to Home conference. These projects included development of advanced prostheses control, development of modular prosthetic sockets, novel gait assessment methods, and prostheses performance assessment protocols.

Also, we got to learn about different projects and how to move the technologies we have from our lab to the homes of our patients. Thanks for the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and Alberta Health Services for organizing this conference.
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BLINC Mentors at WISEST CHOICES Conference

On February 20th and 21st the BLINC lab volunteered at the WISEST CHOICES Conference, where groups of Grade 6 girls visit the University of Alberta from all over the city and beyond to learn and get excited about Science, Engineering & Technology.

The students who attended our activity learned all about prosthetic devices and designed their own string-powered paper prosthetic hands. We had a blast and appreciate all of the wonderful questions and insights from the students and teachers!

Happy Holidays from the BLINC Lab!

From everyone at the BLINC lab we wish you all the very best for the Holiday Season! We are looking forward to lots of exciting research in the New Year!

BLINC Mentors at DiscoverE

This summer the BLINC lab volunteered with the DiscoverE Senior Robotics camp! We introduced the students to the basics of text based coding and they used their skills to control individual fingers of the HANDi Hand. We had a great time and were very impressed by the knowledge and curiosity of the campers. A few quotes from the students:

“I really enjoyed this presentation because I’ve always wanted to learn a coding language, now I know how to code an Arduino board. I think I want to go into Robotics some day.”

“I really enjoyed how they gave us the opportunity to apply our learning from the presentation to various hands and activities that really helped me understand programming and its importance in almost all robots. I also enjoyed the group discussions so that we could share our ideas with other classmates. I had an amazing time learning about something I was interested in too.”