Research at IBME

For 50 years, the Institute has been producing leading research and real-world solutions for patients. We have extensive research facilities which are necessary for relevant data collection and analysis, as well as for testing prototypes and new signal processing methods. Just some of our ongoing projects are listed below.


Pattern recognition

Research at the IBMEThe IBME has a long history of innovation within the field of pattern recognition: a field that makes control decisions for prostheses based on signals from amputees. We are currently exploring several areas of research:

• How do people interact with pattern recognition? (Drs. Englehart, Scheme and Sensinger, with funding from NSERC)
• Developing better and more confident dynamic classifiers (Dr. Scheme, with funding from NSERC, NBIF and NBHRF)
• Classification of movement for lower-limb prostheses (Drs. Englehart and Stevenson)


Exoskeleton research

Research at the IBMEExoskeletons have the potential to provide rehabilitation and mobility for patients with spinal cord injury, stroke and other disabilities. We are currently exploring several areas of research:

• Impact of exoskeletons on joint biomechanics (Drs. McGibbon, Chester and Kuruganti, with funding from Mitacs, NBIF and B-Temia)
• Design of exoskeletons (Drs. Sensinger and Losier, with funding from NBHRF)
• Nonlinear control of exoskeletons (Drs. Sensinger, Carretero and Dubay, with funding from NBHRF)


Outcome measures

Research at the IBMEDoctors and insurance companies are increasingly relying on quantitative outcome measures to inform their policies and decisions. Developing appropriate tools and concepts to ensure accuracy and sensitivity is an important area of research, including:

• Design of a suite of tools to measure spasticity (Dr. McGibbon, with previous funding from AIF)
• Design of a suite of tools for peripheral nerve interface measures (Dr. Sensinger, with funding from DARPA)
• Design of low-cost tools to assess balance and lower-limb rehabiliation (Dr. Scheme, with funding from NBHRF and NBIF)
• Longitudinal database of pain and surveys (Dr. Biden)


Miscellaneous

Research at the IBMEThere are always a variety of pilot projects and other initiatives that we explore with our collaborators. This list is constantly changing as we strive to remain innovative. A sample of these activities includes:

• Industry partnerships, such as assessment of biomechanics and electrophysiology while using SmartPods desks (Dr. Scheme, with funding from NBIF)
• Medical technology startups, such as the Drs. Orders cloud-connected smart cane (Dr. Scheme, with funding from NBHRF & TME)
• Design of low-cost prosthetic hands (Drs. Biden and Sensinger)