Other SMART Network Members

Dr. Albert Vette

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, 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 Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, and completed a MITACS postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo. In line with his interdisciplinary background, Albert’s work lies at the interface between human movement neuromechanics, human motor control, and rehabilitation engineering. Using both experimental and theoretical means, his team’s efforts are focused on gaining a better understanding of how we control movement and on enhancing functional independence following neuromuscular impairment. Current research activities include the identification of active and passive mechanisms involved in human postural control; characterizing the role of sensory noise in sensorimotor speed of processing; establishing quantitative techniques for effective evaluation of rehabilitation outcomes; and developing advanced assistive technologies for postural control using functional electrical stimulation. Albert fosters strong collaborations with clinicians, human movement scientists, and engineers within Alberta and across the country.

Areas of expertise: Human neuromechanics; human gait and posture; bio-signal processing; physiological control systems; quantitative assessment of movement; mathematical modelling.

Additional equipment: motion capture, force plate, transcutaneous electrical stimulation of muscle, transcutaneous electrical stimulation of nerve, vestibular stimulator, galvanic skin response sensor

Website: https://www.ualberta.ca/engineering/faculty/albert-vette