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Save the Date: MEC24

MEC24 will be held August 12-15, 2024. Pre-conference events will be held on Sunday, August 11th.

With many of the uncertainties of Covid behind us, we are pleased to move forward with a full in-person conference program at the Fredericton Convention Centre in beautiful downtown Fredericton. The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently connected to the conference site.

A wine and cheese welcome reception and our famous lobster banquet will be hosted nearby.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. Corry Van der Sluis, Professor of Rehab Medicine at the University of Groningen and Dr. Helen Huang, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of North Carolina & North Carolina State University.

 On behalf of the MEC24 co-chairs, IBME Associate Director Erik Scheme and Research Prosthetist Heather Daley, we hope you can join us.

 More details will follow. For now, please save the date!

About the MEC Symposium

Since 1972, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick has been hosting the MEC Symposium in Fredericton, NB, Canada. Since 2002, it has been held once every three years. MEC incorporates all aspects of powered upper limb prosthetics. The success of this gathering is reflected in the level of international enrolment enjoyed in the past, bringing together participants from North America, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland and Japan.

Pre-conference courses and workshops with world-leading content for clinicians and researchers are offered as well as a welcoming event and dinner banquet with live entertainment. 

Who should attend MEC Symposiums?

The MEC Symposiums are of special interest to those who work in the fields of upper limb prosthetics and myoelectric control (including upper and lower limb). The professions of the interested individuals may include prosthetic and myoelectric researchers and developersprosthetists and prosthetic techniciansoccupational and physical therapists involved with clients who have upper extremity amputations, nursessocial workerspsychologistsphysicianssurgeons and manufacturers of technologies targeted at upper extremity amputees.

Past MEC Symposiums

Full proceedings of previous MEC conferences can be viewed below. 

Past MEC Papers Archive

Agarwal, Kumar, Kaliki and Thakor. High-density EMG for simultaneous multiple myosite visualization and identification for myoelectric prosthesis fitting

Akhtar, Choi, Cornman and Sun. The PSYONIC Compliant, Sensorized Prosthetic Hand

Amsuess, Sreckovic, Bischof and Fuchsberger. Performance and satisfaction with intuitive multifunctional hand prosthesis control

Andres. Integration Of Comfort And Control For UL Treatments

Atkins. A Focus on the Patient Experience: Advanced Upper Limb Prosthetic Restoration vs. Hand Transplantation and Toe-to-Hand Transfers

Bajaj and Dollar. Design of a Powered Three Degree-of-Freedom Prosthetic Wrist

Ballanger, Biden and Sensinger. Design of a Low-Cost Prosthetic Hand for Use in Developing Countries

Baschuk and Prigge. Addressing the reimbursement challenge: a shift from ADLs to QOL

Baschuk, Katzenberger, Latour, Passero and Tompkins. Outcomes of the clinical application of pattern recognition in upper limb prosthetics: a two-year retrospective

Beckler, Thumser and Marasco. Descriptive outcome metrics of sensorized upper limb performance using optimal foraging theory

Beckler, Thumser and Marasco. Reliability in evaluator-based tests: a modelling approach for interpreting indices of reliability and determining agreement thresholds

Belyea, Englehart and Scheme. Deriving Proportional Control for Pattern Recognition-Based Force Myography

Biden, Hill, Bush, Porter and Chester. Shroom tumbler ground reaction forces

Bischof, Latour, Atkins, Sturma, Hermansson, Klarich, Ramdial, Raveh, Swanson Johnson, Turner, Winkler, Wu¨stefeld, Wijdenes, Hill, Nota and Roberts. Handsmart Group: communication and global peer support for those engaged in rehabilitation of individuals with upper limb absence

Blustein, Gill and Sensinger. The Control Bottleneck Index: a novel outcome metric providing generalizable and actionable assessment of upper-limb prosthetic systems

Brantly, Cummins, Lock, Hargrove and Feuser. Machine Learning to Improve Pattern Recognition Control of Upper-Limb Myoelectric Prostheses

Brenneis, Dawson and Pilarski. Development of the HANDi Hand: an inexpensive, multi-articulating, sensorized hand for machine learning research in myoelectric control

Butkus and Beachler. Case Study: Bilateral arm transplant patient and use of prosthetic devices to promote independence after transplant

Chadwell, Kenney, Granat, Thies, Head and Galpin. A novel approach to visualising upper limb activity in myoelectric prosthesis users

Chadwell, Kenney, Thies, Head and Galpin. A study of the reality of myoelectric prostheses to inform future research

Chandrasekaran, Nanivadekar, Helm, Boninger, Collinger, Gaunt and Fisher. Electrical stimulation of the cervical dorsal spinal cord and rootlets for sensory restoration in upper-limb amputees

Charkhkar, Shell, Marasco, Tyler and Triolo. Neural interface technology to restore natural sensation in lower-limb amputees

Clark, Wendelken, Davis, Kluger, Page, George, Duncan and Hutchinson. High-resolution, Real-time Motor Control of Prosthetic Hands in Humans After Long-term Amputation

Controzzi, Clemente, Pierotti, Bacchereti and Cipriani. Evaluation of hand function transporting fragile objects: the Virtual Eggs Test

Conyers, Miguelez and Kearns. Factors influencing long term prosthesis use

Cuberovic, Graczyk, Schiefer, Anderson and Tyler. Patient-specific considerations in implementing artificial sensory locations

Cummins, Brantly, Lock, Feuser and Hargrove. Pattern Recognition Myoelectric Control Calibration Quality Feedback Tool to Increase Function

Cutti and Kannenberg. Review of the current literature on the clinical benefits of multiarticulating prosthetic hands

Dai, Zhu, Martinez Luna, Hunt, Farrell and Clancy. Dynamic EMG-Based Estimation of Hand-Wrist Forces with a Minimum Number of Electrodes

Davidson. Choosing a myoelectric hand and hardware that suits the unilateral amputee’s functional requirements

Dewald, Lukyanenko and Williams. Simultaneous Control of a Virtual Multi-Degree of Freedom Prosthetic Hand via Implanted EMG Electrodes

Dupan, Barsotti, Vujaklija, Stegeman, Graimann, Farina and Dosen. Proportional and simultaneous estimation of combined finger movements from high-density surface EMG

Dyson and Nazarpour. Pre-clinical application of muscle synergies for abstract myoelectric control

Dyson, Barnes and Nazarpour. Linear, kurtosis and Bayesian filtering of EMG drive for abstract myoelectric control

Earley, Kaveny, Johnson, Hargrove and Sensinger. Joint-Based Velocity Feedback Improves Myoelectric Prosthesis Performance

Finco, Amonette, Krouskop and Keener. Kinematic comparison of body-powered and myoelectric prostheses in users with transradial amputations

Finn, Perry, Clasing, Walters, Jarzombek, Curran, Rouhanian, Pasquina and Tsao. Mirror Therapy is Effective for Treating Upper Extremity Phantom Pain

Forsberg and Dearth. Service Members and Veterans with Transhumeral Osseointegration: Initial Rehabilitation Experiences from the DoD OI Program at WRNMMC

Franzke, Bongers, Pobatschnig, Unglaube, Kranzl, Murgia and van der Sluis. Upper Limb Myoelectric Prostheses: User and Therapist Perspectives on Quantifying Benefits of Pattern Recognition Control

Gaunt, Yakovenko, Gritsenko, Fisher, Mansouri, Beringer, Sobinov, Boots, Collinger and Boninger. Biomimetic model-based hand control: progress and challenges for myoelectric prosthetics

George, Kluger, Page, Wendelken, Davis, Duncan, Hutchinson and Clark. Providing High-resolution Tactile and Proprioceptive Somatosensory Feedback in Humans After Long-term Amputation of the Hand

Ghazaei, Degenaar and Nazarpour. Real-time evaluation of deep learning-based artificial vision for control of myoelectric hands

Gibson. Case Study. Fitting a Unique Pediatric Congenital Bilateral Elbow Disarticulation

Godfrey, Piazza, Catalano, Rossi, Bianchi, Grioli and Bicchi. The SoftHand Pro-H: A prosthetic platform for work-oriented applications

Graczyk, Resnik, Schmitt and Tyler. Home use of a sensory restoration system: Sensation stability and impact on usage

Hahne, Schweisfurth and Farina. Robustness of regression-based myoelectric control in a clinical setting

Hargrove, Miller, Turner and Kuiken. Outcome measures improve following home use with pattern recognition control

He, Sheng, Zhu and Jiang. Spatial filtering for robustness of myoelectric control on electrode shift

Hebert, Lavoie, Boser, Valevicius, Vette, Pilarski and Chapman. 3D-Gaze and Movement: a novel metric of visual attention to measure upper limb prosthetic function

Hellmich, Hammacher, Sreckovic and Bischof. Future look of upper limb prosthetics

Hunt, Yerrabelli, Clancy, Osborn, Kaliki and Thakor. PHAM: Prosthetic Hand Assessment Measure

Iversen, Christenson, Sears, Jacobs, Hosie and Jacobs. Powered Flexion Wrist With Electric Terminal Device - Development and Preliminary Clinical Trials

Jackman and Macedonia. The Utilization of Pattern Recognition Control for the Transhumeral Amputee without TMR surgery: Clinical Experiences

Jaquier, Castellini and Calinon. Improving hand and wrist activity detection using tactile sensors and tensor regression methods on Riemannian manifolds

Kamavuako, Waris, Mendez and Englehart. Patient-specific optimum motions: a need for mind shift in myoelectric control of prostheses?

Kannenberg. Factors that influence acceptance and rejection of an upper limb prosthesis: A review of the literature

Kannenberg. Provision of active upper limb prostheses around the world.

Khushaba, Krasoulis and Nazarpour. Multi-level combination of electromyogram and inertial measurements for improved myoelectric pattern recognition

Krasoulis, Nazarpour and Vijayakumar. Real-time classification of five grip patterns with only two sensors

Krasoulis, Vijayakumar and Nazarpour. Real-time proportional control of digits

Kristoffersen, Franzke, Murgia, Bongers and van der Sluis. Influence of a transradial amputation on neuromuscular control of forearm muscles

Kristoffersen, Franzke, Murgia, van der Sluis and Bongers. User training for pattern-recognition based myoelectric prostheses using a serious game

Kuiken, Miller, Hargrove, Turner and Sensinger. A Comparison Of Home Trials With Multiple Devices And Controls With A Single TH TMR Subject

Kuiken, Turner, Miller and Simon. A study investigating targeted muscle reinnervation for individuals with transradial amputations

Kuus, Dawson, Schoepp, Carey and Hebert. Development of a simulated sensory motor prosthesis: a device to research prosthetic sensory feedback using able-bodied individuals

Latour, Tompkins and Aniello. An update: prosthetic user-satisfaction and client-centered feedback form

Latour. Impact of Upper Limb Prosthesis Simulators in Prosthetic Rehabilitation

Leddy and Dollar. The Yale Multigrasp Prosthetic Hand

Lindner, Hiyoshi and Hermansson. Relation between capacity and performance in paediatric myoelectric prosthesis users

Lipschutz. Clinical Fitting of Four Patients Using Myoelectric Prostheses and Gel Liners with Magnetic Coupling for Transmission of Electromyographic Signals

Mansouri, Beringer, Weir, Simpson, Munin, Boninger, Fisher, Collinger and Gaunt. Differences in Intramuscular EMG Activity in Able-bodied Subjects and Transradial Amputees during Structured Hand Movements

Marasco, Hebert, Sensinger, Shell, Schofield, Thumser, Nataraj, Beckler, Dawson, Blustein, Gill, Granja-Vazquez, Carey and Orzell. Functional kinesthetic perception of complex bionic hand movements

McClain and Meek. Controller Selection for Myoelectric Prosthetic Hands

McDonnall, Hiatt, Crofts, Smith and Merrill. Development of a wireless multichannel myoelectric implant for prosthesis control

Mendez, P´alsd´ottir, Eir´ıksdo´ttir, Faulkner, Sriranjan, Waris and Kamavuako. Evaluation of classifiers performance using the Myo armband

Mikosz. Implementing rapid prototyping with current technology to enhance overall function for blind bilateral patient

Mikosz. The TITAN Finger: A Heavy Duty Titanium finger option for Partial Hand patients

Montagnani, Controzzi and Cipriani. A novel passive compliant wrist with automatic switchable stiffness

Murgatroyd, Dawson and Hebert. The Clinical Application of a Myoelectric Training Tool for Upper Limb Amputees

Naft. Myoelectric Elbow-Wrist-Hand Orthoses (MEWHO) used to restore function in a weak upper extremity resulting from chronic stroke - A case study report

Nakamura and Okita. Postural asymmetries in persons with a unilateral transhumeral upper limb amputation: Biomechanical effects of wearing a prosthesis

Nanivadekar, Chandrasekaran, Kashkoush, Helm, Collinger, Gaunt and Fisher. Modulation of phantom limb pain using epidural stimulation of the cervical dorsal spinal cord

Nieveen, Warren, Wendelken, Davis, Kluger, Page, George, Duncan, Hutchinson, Mathews and Clark. Channel Selection of Neural and Electromyographic Signals for Decoding of Motor Intent

Nissler, Badshah, Castellini, Kehl and Navab. Improving Optical Myography via Convolutional Neural Networks

Nissler, Connan, Nowak and Castellini. Online tactile myography for simultaneous and proportional hand and wrist myocontrol

Nowak, Bongers, van der Sluis and Castellini. Introducing a novel training and assessment protocol for pattern matching in myocontrol: case-study of a trans-radial amputee

Nowak, Engel and Castellini. A preliminary study towards automatic detection of failures in myocontrol

Ohnishi, Hayashi and Oba. Surface myoelectric signal adjustment for upper limb prosthesis control applying RT system

Orr, Nordstrom, Beachler, Butkus, Hendershot, Schnall, Laufer, Breuer, Pasquina, Potter, Forsberg and Dearth. Service Members and Veterans with Transhumeral Osseointegration: Initial Rehabilitation Experiences from the DOD OI Program at WRNMMC

Osborn, Nguyen, Kaliki and Thakor. Prosthesis grip force modulation using neuromorphic tactile sensing

Østlie. Factors influencing prosthesis use in major upper limb amputees

Østlie. New evidence-based recommendations for pharmacologic treatment of phantom pain

Peters, Page and Persch. Giving Them a Hand: Wearing a Myoelectric Elbow-Wrist-Hand Orthosis Reduces Upper Extremity Impairment in Chronic Stroke

Petersen, Weir, Sliker, Segil and Huddle. Case Study: Experience Fitting Heavy Duty Stainless Steel 3D Laser Sintered Locking Finger on a Partial Hand Amputee

Resnik, Cancio, Fantini, Ikeda and Sasson. Pattern recognition control of the DEKA arm in two transhumeral amputees with targeted muscle reinnervation

Resnik, Ekerholm and Clark. A National Study of Veterans and Service Members with Upper Limb Amputation: Survey development and pilot testing

Resnik, Graczyk and Tyler. Measuring User Experience of A Sensory Enabled Upper Limb Prosthesis

Robertson, Englehart and Scheme. Understanding errors in pattern recognition-based myoelectric control

Ryan, Miguelez and Kerns. Measure of Pain Variables and Primary Prosthesis (Body vs Electric)

Schoepp, Dawson, Carey and Hebert. Design and Integration of an Inexpensive Wearable Tactor System

Schofield, Stobbe, Carey, Marasco and Hebert. Design and evaluation of a novel sensory-motor transhumeral prosthetic socket: a case study

Sears, Iversen, Christenson and Hosie. Early Clinical Results of a New Aesthetic Heavy-Duty Electric Terminal Device

Segil, Huddle, Sliker and Weir. The Point Digit: A passive, ratcheting prosthetic finger manufactured using metal laser sintering technology

Segil, Patel, Xiong, Schmitt, Weir and Correll. Force Sensing Prosthetic Finger Tip using Elastomer-Embedded Commodity Infrared Proximity Sensor

Shehata, Scheme and Sensinger. Myoelectric Prosthesis Control: Does Augmented Feedback Improve Internal Model Strength and Performance?

Shell and Marasco. Interrogating the functional interpretation of joint movement illusions using intentional binding

Shell, Granja-Vazquez, Thumser, Beckler and Marasco. Embodiment of bi-directionally integrated prosthetic limbs

Sherk and Uellendahl. The Use of Custom Silicone for a Sport-Specific Partial Hand Prosthesis: Design and 4 Month Follow-up

Shibuya, Ohnishi and Kajitani. RTM-PDCP linkage platform multi-modal sensor control of a powered 2-DOF wrist and hand

Smit, Maat, Plettenburg and Breedveld. A Self-Grasping Hand Prosthesis

Spiers, Resnik and Dollar. Classifying and Quantifying Unilateral Prosthesis Use in Home Environments to Inform Device and Treatment Design

Sreckovic, Mileusnic and Hahn. Prosthetic acceptance in children and factors that can influence it - a literature review

Stark. Factor Analysis of Upper Extremity Prosthetic Patient Acceptance

Stark. System group dynamics and their effect on upper limb innovation in O & P

Stevens. Utilizing Wrist Movement for Prehension in an Atypical Case of Bilateral Partial Hand Amputation

Sturma, Hruby, Diers, Flor, Stamm, Prahm, Mayer and Aszmann. The Influence of Targeted Muscle Reinnervation on Phantom Limb Pain

Swartz, Turner, Jayaraman and Sensinger. Evaluation of daily use and function of conventional body-powered prostheses and custom VO/VC terminal device

Tabor, Hill, Bateman and Scheme. Quantifying Muscle Control in Myoelectric Training Games

Tarantino, Clemente, Barone, Controzzi and Cipriani. Implanted magnets tracking as a novel method for prosthetic hands control

Thumser, Slifkin, Beckler and Marasco. Control of isometric grip force, visual information processes, and Fitts’ law

Tyler. iSens – Progress and Prospect of a Fully Implanted System for Sensorimotor Integration

Uellendahl and Tyler. Custom Silicone Socket User Survey

Uellendahl. A pediatric shoulder disarticulation/partial hand: Case study and six year follow-up

Valentine, Valentine and Stevens. Layperson’s 3-D Printed Post-Operative Prostheses Following Bilateral Wrist Disarticulation

Valevicius, Boser, Lavoie, Chapman, Pilarski, Vette and Hebert. Kinematic insights from a novel gaze and movement metric for upper limb function: normative and prosthetic comparison

Van Heijningen, Wijman, Biedermann and Janssen. Myoelectric prosthesis following total thumb amputation

Vardy, Boone and Plettenburg. Perceptual and control properties of a haptic upper-limb prosthetic interface

Veatch. Towards More Versatile Grasp: A New Body-Powered VO/VC Terminal Device

Wanamaker, Whelan, Farley and Chaudhari. Comparison of functionality and compensation with and without powered partial hand multi-articulating prostheses

Wendelken, Davis, Duncan, Nieveen, Kluger, Page, George, Hutchinson, Warren and Clark. High Degree-of-Freedom Control of Virtual and Robotic Prosthetic Hands Using Surface EMG

Widehammar, Lidstro¨m and Hermansson. Environmental barriers to participation and facilitators for myoelectric prosthesis use – a comparison with users of other assistive technology

Wilson, Gill, Blustein and Sensinger. Prosthesis Incorporation: an outcome metric to assess tool incorporation of a prosthetic limb

Wright, Scheme and Englehart. A Comparison of Training Approaches for Pattern Recognition based Myoelectric Control

Yu, Moran, Armiger, Johannes, Pasquina and Nordstrom. Initial Clinical Evaluation of the Modular Prosthetic Limb System for Upper Extremity Amputees

Yule, Limehouse, Petersen and McGahey. Advancements in Clinical Application of Custom Silicone Interface for Pediatric Prosthetics