Promoting Innovation in Electromyography

Delsys is pleased to announce the opening of our 13th Annual Delsys Prize – Promoting Innovation in Electromyography.

Established by Professor Emeritus Carlo J. De Luca in 2003, the Delsys Prize competition is open to anyone with an interest in promoting the innovative uses of Electromyography.

The winner will receive a complete Trigno™ 8-Channel Wireless EMG System, with our EMGworks® Acquisition and Analysis software included. The Trigno™ System offers the latest in EMG technology with Hybrid Sensors that acquire both EMG and 3D Accelerometer signals.

Deadline: Entries must be received no later than September 30, 2015, 12:00am (EST, CMT).

The winner will be selected by a 5-member, rotating Executive Board, consisting of experts from scientific, engineering, and medical disciplines.

Instructions for Entries

Follow the Guidelines

Follow the Guidelines


Download and complete the Delsys Prize Word Document. Please be sure to follow the guidelines before submitting your entry.

The name of the applicant must not appear on either pages of the Word document.

Do not exceed the confines of the borders in the 2-page Word document. Submitting the Delsys Prize Word Document with more than two pages will NOT be considered. Please note that if you cut and paste material into the form, it may continue beyond the borders and will need to be edited before submission. Use Times New Roman font, size 11 or larger. Non-compliant entries will not be considered.

Innovation (Page 1 of 2): In the provided space, clearly and concisely state the innovative aspects of your entry. Clearly specify why you believe your work satisfies one or more of the following definitions of Innovation:

  • An advancement in understanding the content of an EMG signal.
  • A new device or technique that uses the EMG signal.
  • A novel application of the EMG signal or EMG technology.

The following will not be considered as Innovation:

  • Incremental increases of previous work that does not enable novel applications or insight.
  • Work similar to that previously published by others.
  • Notions and concepts that have no evidence of veracity or usefulness.

Description (Page 2 of 2): Your text should be Innovation-focused by emphasizing your project’s description and applicability. There is no need for detailed background narration or for extensive discussion. The reviewers will all be experts in Electromyography and will have extensive experience in the field. Provide as much information as possible in the allotted space.

Supporting Material (Page 2 of 2): Applicants may use this space to provide the following material in any manner or combination that is to their benefit: Figures, Tables, and References.

If the work has been previously published or previously presented at a scientific conference please provide a History of Dissemination.

If the work has not been previously published, please provide evidence of usefulness, as might be the case for a device.

Submission: Once completed, please save the document to include your surname and first name (ie: entry-Smith_John). Upload your complete entry as a single Word or PDF file under Step 2 of 2.

For Delsys Prize inquiries, please contact us at

Review Board Members

The Review Board will consist of five experts in the field of Electromyography, at least three of whom will not be affiliated with Delsys.

Carlo J. De Luca, Ph.D, Chairman

President and CEO, Delsys Inc.
Professor Emeritus, Boston University

Andrea d’Avella,

Professor of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Morphological and Functional Images
University of Messina, Italy

Kevin Englehart, Ph.D., P.Eng. [2017]

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Institute of Biomedical Engineering
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, Canada

Jim Richards,
PhD, MSc, BEng [2017]

Professor of Biomechanics, Allied Health Research Unit, School of Sport Tourism and The Outdoors
International Professorial Chair, National Taipei University of Technology (Taiwan) and University of Perugia (Italy)
University of Central Lancashire

William Zev Rymer, M.D., Ph.D. [2016]

John G. Searle Professor of Rehabilitation Research
Professor at Feinberg University School of Medicine
Vice President for Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, USA

2014 Winner


Dr. Yingchun Zhang
University of Houston
“Three-dimensional Innervation Zone Imaging from Noninvasive High-Density Surface EMG Recordings”

All Previous Winners Include:

2013 Dr. Sang Wook Lee, The Catholic University of America, USA
2012 Dr. Anton van Boxtel, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
2011 Dr. Dingguo Zhang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
2010 Dr. Madeleine Lowery, University College Dublin, Ireland
2009 Mr. Ryan Stafford, University of Queensland, Australia
2008 Dr. Helen Huang, University of Rhode Island, USA
2007 Dr. Ping Zhou, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, USA
2006 Dr. Andrew Fuglevand, University of Arizona, USA
2005 Dr. A.L. Hof, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
2004 Dr. F.C.T. van der Helm, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
2003 Ms. Kim Sherman, Sandalwood, Inc, USA