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Laurence Turner

Laurence Edmund Turner received the BSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary in 1974 and 1979 respectively. Since 1979, he has been a faculty member at the University of Calgary where he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. For 1993 and from 2003 to 2006 he held the position of Associate Dean Academic in the Schulich School of Engineering. His research interests include digital filter design and implementation, finite precision effects in digital filters and the development of Computer-aided design tools for digital signal processing system design.

Organization:Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Calgary
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Manipulating Everyday Objects with Prosthetic Hands

In this project, students learn how prostheses that use robotic technology can improve the lives of people with disabilities. In the laboratory, the students use Lego Mindstorms NXT kits to create an artificial arm or hand that can lift small objects, such as a coffee cup. In the process, students discover and explore the following concepts and ideas: Hooke's Law, hysteresis, Newton's Second Law, accuracy and precision, rapid prototyping, and the relationship between the voltage applied to a motor and its speed.

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