Albert H. Vette
Selected as Canada’s most outstanding Ph.D. candidate by the 2007 NSERC Engineering Committee

Developed a closed-loop control system in combination with functional electrical stimulation (FES) that allowed a subject with spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand

Identified a neural-mechanical control scheme that can predict the passive and active ankle torque contributions during quiet standing

Identified the muscle activation patterns, kinematics, and ground reaction forces in healthy humans during quiet and perturbed sitting (co-investigator)

Developed a three-dimensional musculoskeletal model of the human trunk based on the Visible Human Project (National Library of Medicine) that is universally verifiable and expandable

Tested the performance of a portable and automated postural perturbation system for balance assessment and training that was developed at the Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory

Characterized the contribution of plantar cutaneous afferents to the modulation of spinal interneuronal pathways and specifically of the H- and stretch reflex (co-investigator)

Co-designed and executed a new laboratory course on physiological control systems and in particular on balance control during quiet standing

Acquired an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, physiological control systems, functional electrical stimulation, spinal cord injury, robotics, nonlinear dynamics and control, statistics, and signal processing

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