NCBL
NCBL

University of Alberta

Andy Williams

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About ME

I am a mechanical engineer currently enrolled in the Master of Science program and proud to research dynamic seated balance at the Neuromuscular Control and Biomechanics Laboratory. I focus on developing assessment and training tools for individuals with impaired seated balance. My other main interests are in astronomy, team sports, and carbon-neutral lifestyles.

Supervisors:

  • Dr. Albert Vette
  • Dr. Hossein Rouhani

 

PROJECT

My research to date includes development of an experimental protocol for identification of closed-loop control parameters in the neuromuscular system responsible for upright sitting, and instrumentation and validation of a portable tool that can assess and train seated balance using inertial measurements and vibrotactile feedback.

A portable wobble board was created that can be sat upon and destabilized while an inertial measurement unit records its motion and vibrating elements deliver performance-based feedback to the seat.  This portable, versatile device can be used in rehabilitation, assessment, and training paradigms.

AWARDS

In 2015 I received the Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award.

 Hard Working Guys

Hard Working Guys

 Wobble Board

Wobble Board