NCBL
NCBL

University of Alberta

Aiden Kooyman


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About ME

I am currently and undergraduate student in mechanical engineering co-op program (biomedical option) at the University of Alberta.  I have completed my third year of studies and am set to graduate in 2020. For the summer of 2018, I am working in the lab under the supervision of Albert Vette.

Supervisor:

  • Dr. Albert Vette

PROJECT

The main project that I am working on this summer is investigating the real-time detection, quantification, and prediction of muscle fatigue in cyclists using surface electromyography (EMG).  For this project, our target audience is cyclists, and we are using a bicycle ergometer that we have set up in the lab. In addition to the EMG sensors, we are using muscle oxygen sensors, heart rate sensors, and power output sensors.  I am using MatLab programming language for most of the data analysis in order to create processing algorithms to detect the muscle fatigue.

I have also completed an undergraduate Dean’s Research Award project in the NCB lab.  For this project, I was under the supervision of Alireza Noamani and Hossein Rouhani. We worked towards creating a dynamic model of the human trunk in order to assess dynamic balance and fall risk during sitting.  Data collection took place at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital using their Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN).

As mentioned above, the equipment I am using for my summer project investigating the real-time detection, quantification, and prediction of muscle fatigue in cyclists using surface electromyography are a bicycle ergometer, EMG sensors, muscle oxygen sensors, heart rate sensors, and power output sensors. Matlab is being use for most of the data analysis. When working to create a dynamic model of the human trunk I had the opportunity to work with the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation ENvironment (CAREN) at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

AWARDS

  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award – 2018
  • Dean’s Research Award – 2017
  • Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship – 2016