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Professor Peter Kyberd

Professor Peter Kyberd PhD, MSc, BSc

Professor Peter Kyberd

Professor Peter J Kyberd
PhD, MSc, BSc

Head of Department, Professor of Rehabilitation Cybernetics

Department of Engineering Science

Faculty of Engineering & Science

Professor Peter Kyberd has a degree in Science from Durham and a Masters and a PhD in engineering from Southampton University. During the 1990's he worked at the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre (part of Oxford University), where he was involved in a range of orthopaedic related projects. He created the first prosthetic limb to be controlled by a microprocessor which was worn in the field by a patient. He was also part of the team that created the first prosthetic arm that was controlled via a communications bus and has been worn by users in the field since the late nineties.

From 2000 Peter was a lecturer at Reading University, where he was part of a team that performed the first implant of a bi-directional nerve sensor on a healthy human being. In 2003 he took up a Canada Research Chair at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

In July 2015 he became the head of the Engineering Science Department at the University of Greenwich in the UK.

He was on the organising committee of the ISPO World Congress in Vancouver in 2007 and was the chair of the Myoelectric Controls (MEC) Symposia at the University of New Brunswick in 2005, 2008 and 2011. Peter has also played an integral part in the Canadian ISPO national members meetings 2011, 2013 and 2015.

He is the Chair of the Trent International Prosthetics Symposium (TIPS'16) held in Glasgow 28th - 30th September 2016. He is also on the committee for the International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics - ICORR'17 held in London, July 2017.

He is the chair of the next TIPS meeting in 2019 to be held in Salford Manchester in March 2019.

He will be presenting the Faculty of Engineering and Science Public Lecture for December: "From Hook to Skywalker - The Progress of bionic limbs".  Wardroom, Pembroke Building, Medway Campus, 6:30pm - 13th December 2017

1988 Daily Telegraph Young Science Writers competition - Runner up.1991 Fourth IEE prize for helping disabled people - Runner up.


1998 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine 1998 Grade 'A' Prize, for presentation at the IPEM annual conference in Brighton 16/9/98.

1999 Royal Institution of Great Britain, Bi-centennial lecture series: Scientists for the New Century, From Captain Hook to RoboCop, 31st March 1999.2002  Reading University Christmas Lecture, Progress of Prosthetics, 3rd January 2002.


2002  Best Paper 1st Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT), Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 25th-27th March, 2002.

2009 Best Free Paper Trent International Prosthetics Symposium, Loughborough, United Kingdom, 17th-21st May, 2009

  • Member of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Member of the board of the UK National Members Society of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Research on Biomedical Engineering
  • Scientific Chair of the Trent International Prosthetics Symposium 2016

Peter has worked in many aspects of engineering connected with orthopaedics.  Projects he has worked on include measuring the effect of Orthopaedic procedures on the patient population, from the loosening of artificial Hips and Knees to how people recover from a knee ligament rupture.

He has a significant interest in in the design, control and clinical application of computer intelligence to create advanced prosthetic arms.

He was the first to produce a microprocessor controlled prosthetic hand that was used by a patient in the field, and he was part of a European team that built the first prosthetic limb to be controlled via a local area network. This was also the first such device to be used in the field a version of it is still in use more than a decade later.  As part of this program he has also worked on methods to measure the function of prosthetic limbs.

He is part of an international team that is working towards the standardisation of the assessment of function of prosthetic arms.

A.Fougner, Ø.Stavdahl, and P.J., Kyberd, System Training and Assessment in Simultaneous Proportional Myoelectric Prosthesis Control, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 11, no. 75, April 2014. DOI: 10.1186/1743-0003-11-75.


M. Mitchell, K. Craig,  P. Kyberd, E. Biden and G. Bush Design and Development of an Ankle-Foot Prosthesis with Delayed Release of Plantarflexion. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Volume 50, Number 3, 2013, pages 409 - 422.


H. Bouwsema, P.J. Kyberd, W. Hill, C.K. van der Sluis, R.M. Bongers Determining skill level in myoelectric prosthesis use with multiple outcome measures Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.  Volume 49, Number 9, 2012, Pages 1331 - 1348.


A.Fougner, Ø.Stavdahl, P.J.Kyberd, Y.G.Losier, and P.A.Parker, Control of Upper Limb Prostheses: Terminology and Proportional Myoelectric Control - A Review. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, TNSRE-2012-00014, Volume 20, Number 5, May 2012, pages 663 - 677.


R.M. Bongers, P.J. Kyberd, H. Bouwsema, L. Kenney, D. Plettenburg, C.K. van der Sluis, Bernstein's Levels of Construction of Movements Applied to Upper Limb Prosthetics Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics  ISSN: 1040-8800, 24(3),  April 2012,   Pages 67-76.


P. Kyberd The Influence of Control Format and Hand Design in Single Axis Myoelectric Hands: Assessment of Functionality of Prosthetic Hands Using the Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, Volume 35, Number 3, September 2011, pp. 283 - 291.


P. Kyberd, E. Lemaire, E. Scheme, L. Goudreau, G. Bush, W. Hill, C. MacPhail, M. Brookeshaw, T. Scribner A Two Degree of Freedom Powered Prosthetic Wrist - Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 2011, Volume 48, Number 6  pp. 609 - 618.


Murgia, A., Kyberd, P. J.  Barnhill T, The use of kinematic and parametric information to highlight lack of movement and compensation in the upper extremities during activities of daily living.  Gait and Posture. Volume 31, Issue 3, March 2010, Pages 300-306.

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