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Dr. Chris Macnab

Chris Macnab received his B. Eng. in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1993. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1999 where he attended the Institute for Aerospace Studies. His Ph.D. topic was neural-network control of highly flexible space manipulators. He has worked at Dynacon Enterprises in Toronto helping to design and test a control system for an antennae on the space station. He also worked at CRS Robotics in Burlington, Ontario. He pursued post-doctoral research at the University of Alberta. He has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Calgary since 2001. His current research interests include adaptive, fuzzy, and neural-network control applied to flexible-joint robots, helicopters, and biped walking robots.

Title:Assistant Professor
Organization:University of Calgary
University Website:http://www.ucalgary.ca


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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