EVENT: Smart limb technology is redefining disability

When: Thursday 15th March 2018, 6:00PM – 7:00PM AEDT
Where: Theatre 1, B103, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, VIC

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New smart technologies incorporated into prosthetic limbs have the potential to not just restore mobility but to enhance human abilities.

The outstanding performances of high-profile Paralympians in recent years has raised awareness and expectations about what is possible for those with a disability, and the level of support and integration that prosthetic limbs can offer.

As this technology rapidly evolves, customised bespoke prostheses are becoming a more affordable and accessible option.

From an engineering perspective, smart prostheses require a different approach from that traditionally used.

An intelligent, integrated lower limb prosthesis must mimic the functional characteristics of a human limb, which requires the application of biomimetic principles of lower limb joints and segments, and the ability to mimic neuro-muscular connectivity.

The look and feel of the device is as important as the functionality. It must balance the user’s needs and personal experiences with acceptability of a prosthetic limb. Both personal and public perceptions influence an individual’s decision to commission a device.

However, the evolution of orthopaedic engineering increasingly demonstrates the potential of new technologies to transform lives by creating life-changing products that redefine the experience and perception of disability and ageing.


Professor Saeed Zahedi is a visiting scholar, based in the United Kingdom, who has been a pioneer in lower limb prosthetics, an advocate for people without limbs and a leader in engineering for four decades. He is currently the technical director of the global rehabilitation provider Blatchford.

Professor Zahedi was responsible for the commercialisation of the first intelligent prosthesis in the early 1990s and the world’s first fully integrated limb system, Linx, in 2014, which is manufactured by Blatchford.

In the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, he received a knighthood for his outstanding services to innovation and engineering in the field of rehabilitation.

Sir Zahedi is a multi-award-winning author and presenter of more than 140 papers, books and scientific publications and is responsible for more than 50 patents.