Various interviews from Exhibitors and Vendors will be availble throughout the days of the conference.
Dr. Albert Cook will present the HP sponsored keynote address
on Wednesday, March 16, 2005, 7:30 - 9AM
Archive will be available by the end of the day and captions will follow shortly.
Dr. Albert Cook is currently Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Dr. Cook has worked with interdisciplinary teams to develop assistive devices and to assess the effectiveness of technology being used by persons with disabilities. Dr. Cook is also associated with the Assistive Device Service at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. He was formerly Professor of Biomedical Engineering at California State University, Sacramento where he established the graduate program in biomedical engineering and directed it for 12 years. He also served as Co-Director of the Assistive Device Center.
Dr. Cook co-authored with Susan M. Hussey, OTR, Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice 2nd edition, published in January, 2002 by Mosby-Yearbook. In recognition of the contribution made to practice in the clinical engineering field by an earlier text, Clinical Engineering (Prentice-Hall), Dr. Cook and his co-author John Webster (University of Wisconsin, Madison) were recently presented an Historical Achievement Award by the Clinical Engineering Foundation. He has also co-edited two other textbooks and has written numerous chapters in rehabilitation and biomedical engineering texts and monographs.
Dr. Cook is Past-President of RESNA, a major professional society for assistive technology practitioners in North America. He has also served in national positions in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Dr. Cook is a registered professional engineer (electrical) in California.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado, a Masters in Bioengineering and his doctorate from the University of Wyoming. In 1975, Dr. Cook received California State University's faculty research award and in 1984, he received the American Society of Engineering Education's outstanding biomedical engineering educator award. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Gold Key honorary societies.
Dr. Cook's research interests include augmentative and alternative communication, biomedical instrumentation and assistive technology design, development and evaluation. He has US and foreign patents on three devices and numerous publications and conference presentations in these areas. He has been principal investigator on research and training grants in augmentative communication, assistive technologies and biomedical engineering.