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Phone: +1-508-831-5778
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Edward "Ted" A. Clancy

I am interested in applying engineering and science skills to problems in medicine and human health. Currently, I am focusing on understanding the electrical activity of human skeletal muscles (EMG) for applications including the control of powered prostheses (e.g., prosthetic hands, elbows, and legs), the clinical diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases, and worker safety/ergonomics. Over the course of my career, I have been involved in many other biomedical research/development projects, including studying the electrical activity of the heart (ECG) and blood pressure in individuals who might be at risk for sudden cardiac death, studying the electrical activity of the brain (EEG) to help in the proper delivery of anesthesia during surgery, and studying hand muscles during work tasks (in the interest of reducing injuries). I enjoy both the scientific/theoretical and practical aspects of most of these problems. I have also held commercial employment in more traditional areas of electrical and computer engineering, such as microprocessor-based instrumentation and radar systems. In the classroom, I try to help students learn the fundamental engineering skills that will open up a diverse set of opportunities to them after graduation. I believe that engineering skills are a fantastic springboard to many future opportunities to contribute to society.

Research Interests

  • biomedical signal processing and modeling
  • biomedical Instrumentation



  • BS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1983
  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991

Featured Publications

  • Edward A. Clancy, Hongfang Xia, Anita Christie and Gary Kamen, "Equalization filters for multiple-channel electromyogram arrays," Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Vol. 165, No. 1, pp. 64-71, 2007.
  • Edward A. Clancy, Mark V. Bertolina, Roberto Merletti and Dario Farina, "Time- and frequency-domain monitoring of the myoelectric signal during a long-duration, cyclic, force-varying, fatiguing hand-grip task," Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, Vol. 18, No. 5, pp. 789-797, 2008.
  • Edward A. Clancy, Oljeda Bida and Denis Rancourt, "Influence of advanced electromyogram (EMG) amplitude processors on EMG-to-torque estimation during constant-posture, force-varying contractions," Journal of Biomechanics, Vol. 39, pp. 2690-2698, 2006.
  • Edward A. Clancy, Dario Farina and Roberto Merletti, "Cross-Comparison of Time- and Frequency-Domain Methods for Monitoring the Myoelectric Signal During a Cyclic, Force-Varying, Fatiguing Hand-Grip Task," Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, Vol. 15, pp. 256-265, 2005.
  • Edward A. Clancy, Kevin D. Cairns, Patrick O. Riley, Melvin Meister and D. Casey Kerrigan, "Effects of Treadmill Walking Speed on Lateral Gastrocnemius Muscle Firing," American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Vol. 83, No. 7, pp. 507–514, 2004.


Professional Highlights

  • 2006 Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society
  • 2006 Junior Faculty Award for Outstanding Research Achievement in Science and Engineering, WPI Chapter of Sigma X
  • 2001 Joseph Samuel Satin Distinguished Fellow, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • 2001 New Faculty Fellow, Frontiers in Education Conference
  • 1998, Elevated to Senior Member grade, IEEE
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