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Photo of HannahHannah Smegal

Masters Candida te

(University of Toronto)




Hannah is a MASc student in Biomedical Engineering pursuing a Collaborative Specialization in Robotics under the co-supervision of Dr. Alex Mihailidis and Dr. Brokoslaw Laschowski.

Her thesis research includes the design and development of an assistive wearable robotic device for the upper limb, with a particular focus on improving the physical human-robot interface and interaction through the use of soft robotic components and bio-inspired architectures, to promote exoskeleton usability for a wide range of applications.

In June 2022, Hannah received a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Guelph, previously joining IATSL as an undergraduate research student in the summer of 2021. Her summer project involved reverse-engineering and redesigning a commercially available stroke rehabilitation robot into a modular and 3D-printable version for at-home use.

Some of her related research interests include human movement biomechanics, robot motion planning, engineering design and bio-inspired systems, and musculoskeletal computer modelling and simulation for predictive applications.