Prosthetic Orthotic Research Symposium

Ninth Annual Symposium

Prosthetic Orthotic Research Symposium

8:00 – 9:00 am

Géza F. Kogler, PhD, CO
Program Director, Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics,
Georgia Institute of Technology

Keynote Lecture
The Fourth Industrial Revolution and You
Silvia Ursula Raschke, PhD
British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, Canada

9:00 – 9:15 am

9:15 – 10:15 am
Session I - Orthotics - MSPO Student Capstone Presentations
Moderator - Insueng Kang, MSME

A Test Apparatus to Quantify Orthotic Ankle Joint Torque to Determine AFO Stiffness Requirements
Dansby S, Lemmon B, Bolus N, and Kogler G
Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory

The Influence of AFO Strut Stiffness Properties on Ankle Joint Angle
Sharry RA, Hinks RS, Kogler GF, Chang Y-H
Comparative Neuromechanics Laboratory

Orthotic Interface Design of a Powered Assist Hip Exoskeleton in Subjects with Stroke
Groff A, Thai S, Kang I, Hsu J, Kogler GF, Young A
Exoskeleton and Prosthetic Intelligent Controls (EPIC) Laboratory

10:15 – 10:30 am

10:30 – 11:30 am
Session II - Prosthetics - MSPO Student Capstone Presentations

The Influence of Passive versus Powered Prosthetic Feet During Walking in Felines
Grant CN, Jeffers MK, Childers WL, Herrin, KR, Klishko AN, Dalton JF, Pitkin M, Prilutsky BI
Biomechanics and Motor Control Lab

Effect of Experimental Powered Prosthesis on Hip Kinetics
Spencer M, White B,  Herrin K, Young A
Exoskeleton and Prosthetic Intelligent Controls (EPIC) Laboratory

A Self-Attaching Upper Limb Prosthetic/Orthotic Prehensile Interface
Liberatore AG, Poole AG, Hammond FL
Adaptive Robotic Manipulation (ARM) Laboratory

Motor Learning Differences Between Upper Limb Amputation Levels
Hendrix W, Lee J, Alterman B, Lewis Wheaton
Cognitive Motor Control Laboratory

11:30 – 11:45 am
BREAK – Awards Judges Convene

11:45 – 12:00 pm
Award Presentation Ceremony - Outstanding Capstone Research Award


Speaker: Silvia Ursula Raschke, PhD
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Vancouver, Canada

Dr. Silvia Raschke is a graduate of Strathclyde University where she did a PhD in Prosthetics and Orthotics with a focus on AFO design and evaluation. 

She works at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver (Canada) as an applied researcher in the MAKE+ department.  Her team-based research gives voice to the end users of products by employing evidence-based practices to explore and organize how people in the community are impacted by product design and/or standards of practice, or lack thereof. Her work is both grant-based peer review work as well as industry-based collaboration.  In the prosthetics and orthotics field, projects include the evaluation of prosthetic foot design, development of 3D printed foot orthotics within a direct to consumer model, novel Exoskeleton design and evaluation of 3D printed prosthetic sockets.  She co-supervises both BCIT engineering students as well as students from Germany and France, bringing industry-based insights and emphasis to the projects.

She has done work in veterinary product design, including orthotics, along with performance-based research with Canadian Police Dog Services.  This work has led to a current role as a team member on a collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, and the charity Audeamus, in the development of evidence-based practices and training curriculum in the development of a Service Dog Program for Veterans and First Responders with PTSD.

Title: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and You: Critical Thinking, Flexibility, Information Gathering, Disruptive Customer Desires and “Coming Together: for a New Take on Wish Fulfillment

What does any of these things have to do with each other? Or with prosthetics and orthotics? Are you ready for this version of the future, or are you not even thinking about it?

Health care is the one sector lagging in the adoption of innovative approaches and technologies at the intersection of interdisciplinary studies that make up the Fourth Industrial Revolution.   Within the health sector, prosthetics and orthotics, along with other assistive technology/rehabilitation engineering fields, are those most suited to benefiting from this disruptive change but lag far behind in embracing the potential. 

Why is that?

In a recent presentation on an overview of my career and what the future holds in prosthetics and orthotics I explored the concept of shifting from asking the Why? question to always starting by asking Why not? - in particular when it comes to innovation in prosthetic and orthotics.   Today I am going to take you on an expanded version of my professional journey and key points along it, as I paint a picture of the impact the 

Fourth Industrial Revolution will likely have on the prosthetics and orthotics sector. A future that is exciting, disruptive, open to creative interpretation and re-invention of self but that will require a nose for critical thinking, flexibility, and openness to new ideas, ways of doing things and freedom from allowing others to define who and what you are.   Are you ready?

Event Details


  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Bill Moore Student Success Center, Press Room A and B, 219 Uncle Heine Way, Atlanta, GA 30332

For More Information Contact

Geza F. Kogler