The Shack Speaker Series and Open House

Join The Shack in attending a presentation on bionic limbs in medicine by Dr. Patrick Pilarski, Canada Research Chair in Machine Intelligence for Rehabilitation.

The Shack - 18 October 2017

The Shack presents a talk from Dr. Patrick Pilarski, Canada Research Chair in Machine Intelligence for Rehabilitation and Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Place: CCIS 1-430

Following the event, join us for our Open House at The Shack in CCIS L2-136. Stay for refreshments and a visit!

Presentation Abstract

Life is difficult. Because of the challenges that must be met and overcome during daily life, humans often rely on technology to support us in achieving our goals. One notable example is that of artificial limbs-mechanical and robotic systems designed to restore abilities lost when a biological limb is amputated.

This talk will introduce the idea of bionic limbs in medicine, and highlight some of the most exciting examples of humans and robots coming together to make life less difficult. It will then showcase how artificial limb technology is driven forward by advances and innovators in the fields of medicine, engineering, and computing. Attendees will leave with clear view on the interdisciplinary nature of current innovation in these fields, and also an understanding of how we are using machine intelligence and open-source 3D-printed hardware here at the University of Alberta to create better bionic arms and hands.