MEC: Myoelectric Controls Symposium

MEC20: Update on symposium and proceedings

Dear MEC community,

Our Scientific committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the MEC20 symposium this year, however, we still plan to publish the MEC20 proceedings. This decision was a difficult one to make, in part because there is still so much uncertainty. MEC has always been an amazing opportunity for clinicians, industry, engineers, scientists, and end-users to come together to share a common experience. The clinical contribution to MEC is essential, and although we thought it possible that some researchers might be able to come to MEC depending on how COVID-19 progresses, it has become clear to us that the majority of clinicians will not be able to come - once they are able to resume seeing patients, they will need to focus exclusively on catching up on patient fittings and limiting expenses. It is for this reason that we have decided to cancel the MEC symposium now, rather than to wait to see how things progress. 

Many of you have spent considerable time sharing your wisdom in contributions to MEC. We plan to continue the peer-review process, publishing those submissions that are accepted by our peers in the MEC20 proceedings. Due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding COVID-19 for many, we are extending the peer-review deadlines by 2 weeks. If you have been asked to review a paper and still feel that you will not be able to review it within that window, please have someone else from your group review the paper. We’d like to publish the proceedings, but we can’t do it without your help, and the track editors are equally burdened at this time. As a gentle reminder, if you’ve been asked to review a paper, but are unable to do it in that extended time and are unwilling to find someone else from your group to review it, we will not be able to publish your own contributions in the MEC20 proceeding, but look forward to seeing them in the next MEC symposium.

 If you would prefer not to have your work published in the MEC20 proceedings (saving it for a different conference or future MEC), please let us know (mec@unb.ca). We will also be happy to republish anything published in MEC20 in the next MEC - we anticipate that this option may be especially welcomed by some clinicians presenting case studies (where results may not have changed if they were reporting on a historical case).

We will dearly miss seeing many of you this summer. MEC is a lot of work, but it is also a highlight of our lives. Fortunately, we are pleased to announce that the next MEC will be in August 2022. We had actually already planned to have it in 2022, because there is a perfect storm of other conferences in 2023, and we’d decided it would be best to shift MEC out of phase. Perspective-talk applicants are encouraged to resubmit their perspectives for the MEC22 conference - we received many amazing perspective-talk applications, and we can’t wait for you to hear many of them.

 We hope that you remain safe, and that we emerge stronger as a field from this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you at MEC22.

 Sincerely,

Jon Sensinger and Wendy Hill

MEC20 Co-chairs

SAVE THE DATE: MEC20 August 10-13, 2020. 

MEC is a triennial symposium of special interest to those who work in the fields of upper limb prosthetics and myoelectric control (including upper and lower limb). As in previous years, it was hosted by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, a research institute recognized worldwide for its pioneering work in myoelectric controls. MEC20 will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, August 10-13, 2020. MEC20 is returning to the UNB camput this year, and will be located in the spacious Currie Center. 

Call for Papers, Workshops, and Perspective Talks

MEC20 – Call for Workshops
We can accommodate a limited number of special talks or panel discussions during the symposium. We are also coordinating with Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC) to provide pre-symposium workshops, which will be limited in number and must appeal to a broad audience (including prosthetists and orthotists). Please feel free to suggest an in-symposium special talk or a pre-conference workshop by e-mailing mec@unb.ca with a brief summary including the type (in-symposium or pre-conference), time, and space required. Suggestions are due by March 1, 2020.


MEC20 – Call for Perspective-talks

Based on feedback from past MECs, we will consider having a few longer talks (~20 minutes) from experts in the field that present the recent history and context of their research. These talks should be geared towards a broad community that includes clinicians, scientists, and engineers. If you are interested in being considered for one of these talks, please submit a brief abstract of what you would talk about to mec@unb.ca. We may receive more high-quality submissions than time allows. If that happens we will try to diversify the topic areas that are presented this MEC, and will keep other high-quality submissions in mind when designing the next MEC. Perspective-talk abstracts are due by March 1, 2020.

MEC20 – Call for Papers

MEC20 is now accepting submissions. Please note the following:

All papers will be peer-reviewed. One author from each paper must be willing to review at least two other papers (or designate another in their place). The author selected to be the reviewer should not be a student.

  1. This year authors need to submit a full-length manuscript (2-4 pages), based on feedback from the MEC community. Author preference will be considered when determining podium and poster slots, although final decisions are subject to availability.
  2. Authors must use the MEC template to submit manuscripts. This template is available in our online submission system (see below).
  3. All submissions are due March 1, 2020. Because we are using a peer-review process, we do not anticipate extending the deadline.

Please follow the link below to create an account for the online submission system and to submit your paper:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mec20


If you’ve forgotten your password for EasyChair, which was used for MEC17, you will need to reset it and then you will need to refer back to the link provided (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mec20) to access the MEC20 paper submission site.

If you receive an error during the time of your submission and upon correcting the issue you are unable to hit the submit button again, try refreshing your page. If that does not work, wait 15 minutes before attempting submission again.

Manuscripts and abstracts are being solicited for the symposium on the following topics:

  • Clinical practice (prosthetics and therapy; case-studies, tips, training strategies)
  • Clinical research studies (prosthetics, training, therapy, outcome measures; typically includes protocol and/or statistics; not focused on lab-based tests)
  • User experience (psychosocial factors, pain, home use, satisfaction, and environmental factors)
  • Myoelectric control algorithms (including the algorithms themselves and lab-based tests of them)
  • Myoelectric control and sensory feedback implementation (surgeries, implants, etc.)
  • Prosthetic devices and materials (may be mechanical, electrical, or harnessing related, and may focus on mechanisms or materials)
  • Other

Presentations should appeal to a broad audience of clinicians and researchers.

To be alerted about upcoming preparations for the next MEC, please subscribe to the MEC email list.

 

MEC17 was last held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, August 15-18, 2017.

Christian and Sam Jon and Glen Conference Room
Matthew Ames

Matthew Ames

BE (Env), MBA (Tech Mgt)

Matthew Ames, BE (Env), MBA (Tech Mgt), was 39 years old when what started as a sore throat resulted in the loss of all four of his limbs (both above elbow above knee). Matthew has a unique mix of professional and personal experience. With a grounding of almost 20 years in the energy and resources industry, he has found innovative ways to apply his knowledge for maximising prosthetic use to achieve his goals. Matthew is involved in a variety of endeavours, serving on boards and steering committees for a number of organisations, including Bionics Queensland, State and Federal Governments and not-for-profit organisations.

Max Ortiz Catalán, Ph.D.

Max Ortiz Catalán, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Max Ortiz Catalán, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, where he founded and currently leads the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (@ChalmersBNL). His research includes bioelectric signals acquisition electronics (analog and digital); bioelectric signal processing and machine learning algorithms for decoding motor volition and control; neuromuscular interfaces; neurostimulation for sensory feedback; bone-anchored prostheses and osseointegration; and,virtual and augmented reality for neuromuscular rehabilitation and the treatment of phantom limb pain.

Dr. Arun Jayaraman

Dr. Arun Jayaraman

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University

Dr. Arun Jayaraman is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, and Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University's Medical School. His work primarily focuses on developing and executing both investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored research in prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation robotics, and other assistive and adaptive technologies to treat physical disability. He conducts all his outcomes research using advanced wearable patient monitoring wireless sensors and novel machine learning techniques, in addition to the traditional performance-based and patient-reported outcomes.