8 January, 2019: Exploratory Workshop in Spinal Cord Injury and Bioengineering, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, UBC (Vancouver Campus)

We were delighted to host our partners from the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, Rick Hansen Institute and ICORD to engage in problem solving in the area of spinal cord injury. This resulted in new collaborations that bring together clinicians, engineers, scientists along with persons with SCI. We engaged in practical brainstorming to turn ideas into concrete projects including the use of smart biomaterials for nerve repair and the creation of soft, autonomous exoskeletons for improved rehabilitation. The teams will capitalize on the collective support offered by the Institutes and Networks to bring together quantum materials, device engineering, human interfacing and knowledge translation.


1 October, 2018: Research Cluster Exchange Day, Fred Kaiser Building, UBC (Vancouver Campus)


On 1 October, Bionics Network hosted it’s first Cluster Exchange Day to further integrate Research Excellence Clusters at UBC. This event included talks by cluster leads, a poster session and technology demonstrations that represent cutting-edge advances in a variety of related fields. Attending the event were representatives from Bionics Network, Biomedical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence, Dynamic Brain Circuits, Designing for People and STITCH. The goal of the event was to provide a setting for faculty and students to identify research projects that connect to their work and generate new collaborative ideas.


9-11 May, 2018: ET CMOS, Whistler, BC, Canada

In our inaugural year, Bionics Network hosted its first collaborative workshop at ET CMOS in Whistler, BC, Canada, on Friday 11 May. There we engaged with collaborators in a cross-disciplinary discussion of the challenges and opportunities in the fields of Advanced Prosthetics and Soft Robotics, with specific interest in building a network that can accelerate progress and facilitate outreach.


  • Carlo Menon, Simon Fraser University, Force myography: exploratory investigations
  • Michael Goldfarb, Vanderbilt University, Leveraging movement synergies to enhance the control of myoelectric prostheses
  • Gursel Alici, University of Wollongong, Soft robotics for prosthetic devices; research challenges and opportunities
  • Ahmed Shehata, University of Alberta, Towards better prosthesis control: Using sensory feedback to improve performance
  • Benoit Delhaye, University of Chicago, Restoring natural tactile feedback in bionic hands through a peripheral nerve interface
  • Dan Blustein, University of New Brunswick, Towards improved neuroprostheses: using computational neuroscience to drive system development
  • Axel Guenther, University of Toronto, From protein-based planar and tubular structures to biohybrid systems
  • J. Matt Kinsella, McGill University, Extrusion bioprinting of cell-laden engineered soft materials



Hilton Spa and Resort, Whistler