Through our connection to the SMART Network, we can provide unlimited access to a 16,000 sq. ft. contiguous shared space as well as 50,000 sq. ft. of individual lab space and some of the most advanced equipment in Canada, worth over $30M.
The SMART Network operates under four fundamental core areas:
There are 25 labs across the University of Alberta campus affiliated with one or more of these research areas. The research areas are interlinked and allow for a seamless exchange of ideas and knowledge to assist with discovery, prototype development, testing and clinical evaluation.
Our partners can provide further scientific, technical and clinical expertise.
Impactor - helmet testing
FES bike - arm & leg cycling
Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer
The SOCC (Smart Ongoing Circulatory Compressions
Bi-manual robotic manipulation of an object
Prosthetic limb, BLINC Lab
MPL - Modular Prosthetic Limb
Exhibit during U of A's Health Week
Eye tracking experiment
The Sensorimotor Integration and Machine Learning Core focuses on enhancing the function and acceptability of advanced assistive devices (e.g., exoskeletons, artificial limbs and neural prostheses) by addressing the human-machine interface, resulting in more efficient cooperative interactions. This core also aims to reduce the cognitive burden of controlling a device by endowing the devices with intelligence using cutting-edge machine learning approaches.
Leica TCS SPE confocal microscope
Spine with electrode holder for Intraspinal Microstimulation
3D cell culture
CNC Milling Machine
Pipetting in the tissue culture room
Image credit: Sam Joshva Baskar Jesudasan 3D cell culture
Device Development and Biological Testing Core supports discovery work in the nervous system, prototyping of innovative implantable and wearable medical devices, testing of neuro-inflammation and biological reactivity to implantable micro-technologies.
Virtual Reality Cube
Vertitrak, measures spine stiffness
Virtual reality goggles
Roller coaster simulator and wheel chair
Vive headset - virtual reality
Fully integrated sEMG sensor system
The Robotics and Virtual Reality Core develops virtual and augmented reality applications for diagnosis of the impact of injury or disease, rehabilitation training and evaluation of functional outcomes, innovative telehealth applications to provide care in remote communities as well as providing an effective new medium for learning.