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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Bionic limbs - from science fiction to reality


Kevin Englehart, University of New Brunswick

Advances in capturing and processing the signals from undamaged nerves are opening the door to prosthetic devices that permit a stunningly fine level of control. Today’s speaker will explain the scientific and engineering basis of these revolutionary new human-machine interfaces and present a short video demonstrating the success of clinical trials of the new technology.

Internationally known in the field of biomedical signal processing, Dr. Kevin Englehart is the Associate Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. His team at the Institute is playing a key role in the creation of a sophisticated powered upper limb prosthesis that was cited as one of the top 10 inventions of 2007 by the magazine Popular Science. Currently under development in partnership with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the limb is expected to be available to users in the near future. In 2005, Dr. Englehart also led a team in the development of a speech biometrics product for Diaphonics, Inc. (Halifax, N.S.). This product will enable identification of individuals by their voice, for financial and law enforcement applications. Dr. Englehart currently serves as a grant selection committee member in Canada (NSERC), the United States (National Institutes of Health) and Hong Kong (Research Grants Council of Hong Kong).

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $15
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday April 7th