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University of Rhode Island Assistant Professor wins the 2008 Delsys Prize

BOSTON – October 27, 2008 — Dr. Helen (He) Huang of the University of Rhode Island was chosen as the winner of the 6th Delsys Prize which consists of a plaque and equipment valued at 20,000 US Dollars.

Dr. Huang’s work was chosen among a group of 50 candidates from all over the world by a committee of five scientific experts from academia and industry. Dr. Huang, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, & Biomedical Engineering, began her career in motor control as a Postdoctoral Associate under Dr. Todd A. Kuiken at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Dr Huang said “I am deeply honored by the recognition. The Delsys Prize is a significant milestone for scientists like me as it inspires us to tackle the most challenging questions concerning the workings of the neuro-muscular system.”

Commenting on Dr. Huang’s work, Dr. Kuiken said “Helen has developed a novel EMG decoder that has great potential to become an effective neural interface for the next generation of lower limb prostheses. I believe her work has launched an important new area of EMG analysis, with clinical applications that are far reaching.”

“We are delighted to learn that Dr. Huang has received the prestigious Delsys Prize,” said the department chair Dr. Faye Boudreaux-Bartels. “The equipment donated by Delsys will benefit not only Dr. Huang’s research on control of prostheses, but that of her Biomedical Engineering graduate students as well.”

About the Delsys Prize:

Awarded annually, the prize was established in 2003 by Dr. Carlo J. De Luca, CEO of Delsys Inc. to recognize innovation in the field of Electromyography (EMG), a discipline that studies and makes use of the electrical signal that originates in contracting muscles. To learn more about the prize, current and previous winners, please visit .

About Delsys, Inc:

Delsys is a small company that designs, manufactures, and markets a variety of products used to detect and measure electrical signals that originate in a muscle when it contracts. Associated products include EKG sensors, Accelerometers, Foot sensors, Goniometers and a range of other Biosignal sensors.

Over 1200 centers all over the world use Delsys technology. It is used in laboratories for exploring the workings of the neuromuscular system; in clinics for assessing the extent of neuromuscular injury or disability and for monitoring the progress of rehabilitation; in sports applications for enhancing human neuromuscular performance; in ergonomics for providing quantitative evaluations of workers performing tasks or for improving the interaction between the human body and machines; and in biofeedback applications for reducing muscle stress, relearning movement patterns, and enhancing skilled performance.

About University of Rhode Island:

The University of Rhode Island is the state’s largest university with an enrollment of about 14,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students on four campuses. With nationally known faculty engaged in a broad range of teaching, research and outreach activities, URI is renowned in many disciplines, including oceanography, engineering, health promotion, biotechnology and environmental sciences.

Press Contact (Delsys): Delsys Inc., Devi Bheemappa,, 617-236-0599 x 231

Press Contact (URI): Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892,