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University of Alberta

Albert Vette

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about me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, and a Research Scientist at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton.  I am 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. I received My 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 my interdisciplinary background, my work lies at the interface between human movement neuromechanics, human motor control, and rehabilitation engineering. Using both experimental and theoretical means, my team’s efforts are focused on gaining a better understanding of how we control movement and on enhancing functional independence following neuromuscular impairment.

Research Interests

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, e.g., motion capture, for effective evaluation of rehabilitation outcomes; and developing advanced assistive technologies for postural control using functional electrical stimulation.  

 Particular research topics focus on:

  • neural balance control strategies during postural control
  • quantitative assessment of upper limb function following impairment
  • central processing times (‘reaction times’) during voluntary motor tasks and evoked responses in different populations
  • musculoskeletal biomechanics of the human trunk and their role in stabilizing posture during activities of daily life
  • biomechanical mechanisms of muscle fatigue induced by functional electrical stimulation (FES)

My goal is to foster strong collaborations with clinicians, human movement scientists, and engineers within Alberta and across the country.

Appointments & Affiliations

  • Jan 2013 – Present: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada - Assistant Professor (Main Appointment)
  • Sep 2014 – Present: Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada - Faculty Member
  • Sep 2014 – Present: Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada - Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Jan 2013 – Present: Research & Technology Development, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, Canada - Research Scientist

Academic Background

(*)      Interrupted studies to transfer to Ph.D. program (bypass)
(†)     Completion of one study term at Murdoch University Perth, Australia (Feb 2004 – Jun 2004)

     

    collaborations

    University of Alberta

    • Christopher Dennison, Ph.D. - University of Alberta, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Edmonton, Canada
    • Hossein Rouhani, Ph.D. - University of Alberta, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Edmonton, Canada
    • Sukhdeep Dulai, M.D. - University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Edmonton, Canada
    • Jacqueline Hebert, M.D. - University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Edmonton, Canada
    • Patrick Pilarski, Ph.D. - University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Edmonton, Canada
    • Lauren Beaupre, Ph.D. - University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Edmonton, Canada
    • Greg Kawchuk, Ph.D. - University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Edmonton, Canada
    • Craig Chapman, Ph.D. - University of Alberta, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Edmonton, Canada
    • SMART Network - Sensory Motor Adaptive Rehabilitation Technology  - University of Alberta, Neuroscience & Mental Health Institute - Edmonton, Canada 

    National & International

    • Kei Masani, Ph.D. - University of Toronto, Institute of Biomedical Engineering - Toronto, Canada
    • Dimitry Sayenko, M.D. - Houston Methodist Research Institute, Department of Neurosurgery - Houston, USA
    • Kimitaka Nakazawa, Ph.D. - University of Tokyo, Department of Life Sciences - Tokyo, Japan

     

    Professional Memberships

    • 2013 – Present: The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
    • 2010 – Present: The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB)
    • 2009 – Present: The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 
    • 2009 – Present: The International Society for Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR) 
    • 2009 – Present: The International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS) 
    • 2008 – Present: The International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) 
    • 2008 – Present: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 
    • 2008 – Present: The IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) 
    • 2008 – Present: The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) 
    • 2008 – Present: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 

     

    Teaching

    Instructor (University of Alberta)

    • MecE 420: Feedback Control Design of Dynamic Systems (undergraduate)
    • MecE 653: Signal Processing of Time and Spectral Series (graduate)