Invited Speakers

Graduated from the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Design Engineering with industrial experience at the Canadian Space Agency (Ottawa, CA), CAE Electronics Inc. (Montreal, CA) and Visible Genetics Inc. (VGI: now Bayer Diagnostics; Toronto, CA). He received his Master’s degree in Systems Design Engineering specializing in the modeling and simulation of human upper-limb movements using optimal control theory. He completed his Master’s degree in 2000 and returned to VGI as a Software Engineer to develop proprietary DNA sequencing and diagnostic algorithms. Passionate about musculoskeletal modeling and biomechanics, he returned to academia in 2002 to pursue his Doctorate under the guidance of Marcus G. Pandy at the University of Texas at Austin. His doctorate work has focused on generating human musculoskeletal system simulations with both greater computing efficiency and realism by adopting control system techniques that combine forward and inverse dynamics analyses. He was a 2004 ISB Dissertation Grant holder, a University of Texas Continuing Fellow (2004-05) and was granted the Komor New Investigator Award by the ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation in 2005.
His ongoing interests include the automatic generation of patient specific models from imaging and clinical protocols and the integration of these models and simulations into the clinical regimen to analyze and treat musculoskeletal disorders.