Participant Info

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Invited Expert
Scientific Area
Rehabilitation Science
Year of PhD Award
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University of Alberta/Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Area of Work*
Rehabilitation robotics, namely using robots to enable children with disabilities to participate in play and academic activities, as well as to assess children’s cognitive skills
Expertise Contributions*
Vision: To maximize participation in society by people with disabilities through the study of assistive technology (AT) use, devices and strategies. Overarching Objective: Particular emphasis is placed on study of the role of AT in cognitive and language development in children who have severe physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy. The current research program focuses on the control of robotic systems for play and educational tasks by children with severe motor disabilities and varying levels of cognitive and language skills. Local Collaboration: The Assistive Technology Lab has collaborations with UofA Departments of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Engineering, Computing Science, Psychology and Special Education. We also collaborate with the I Can Centre for Assistive Technology at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. These collaborative relationships support the interdisciplinary research environment of the AT Labs. International Collaboration: The Assistive Technology Labs also have a collaborative relationship with various international partners in the United States, Portugal, Colombia, and Peru.