Rehabilitation Robotics

Publications and Media

  • Assessment of spinal structure and function

    Palpation Project - I Go to Work from GNK on Vimeo.

    Kawchuk, G., G. Newton, J. Srbely, S. Passmore, A. Bussieres, J. W. Busse, and P. Bruno. 2014. Knowledge transfer within the canadian chiropractic community. Part 2: Narrowing the evidence-practice gap. J Can Chiropr Assoc 58:206.

    Wong, A. Y., E. C. Parent, M. Funabashi, and G. N. Kawchuk. 2014. Do changes in transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus during conservative treatment explain changes in clinical outcomes related to nonspecific low back pain? A systematic review. J Pain 15:377 e1.

    Wong, A. Y., E. C. Parent, M. Funabashi, T. R. Stanton, and G. N. Kawchuk. 2013. Do various baseline characteristics of transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus predict clinical outcomes in nonspecific low back pain? A systematic review. Pain 154:2589.

    Kawchuk, G., P. Bruno, J. W. Busse, A. Bussieres, M. Erwin, S. Passmore, and J. Srbely. 2013. Knowledge transfer within the canadian chiropractic community. Part 1: Understanding evidence-practice gaps. J Can Chiropr Assoc 57:111.

    Wynd, S., M. Westaway, S. Vohra, and G. Kawchuk. 2013. The quality of reports on cervical arterial dissection following cervical spinal manipulation. PLoS One 8:e59170.

  • Assistive Robotics
    Encarnacao, P., L. Alvarez, A. Rios, C. Maya, K. Adams, and A. Cook. 2014. Using virtual robot-mediated play activities to assess cognitive skills. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 9:231.

    Adams, K. and A. Cook. 2014. Access to hands-on mathematics measurement activities using robots controlled via speech generating devices: Three case studies. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 9:286.

    Adams, K. and A. Cook. 2014. Using robots in "hands-on" academic activities: A case study examining speech-generating device use and required skills. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol:1.

    A.S.R. Parker, A.L. Edwards, P.M. Pilarski, “Situational Communication of Touch Information
    during Control of Prosthetic Limbs,” in preparation for 2014 IEEE International Conference on
    Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC), August 12 - 15, 2014, São Paulo, Brazil.

    A.L. Edwards, M.R. Dawson, K.M. Chan, J.S. Hebert, P.M. Pilarski, “Amputee use of Prediction-
    Based Function Switching during the Operation of a Myoelectric Robot Arm,” in preparation for
    MEC 2014: Myoelectric Controls Symposium, Fredericton, New Brunswick, August 18-22, 2014.


    P.M. Pilarski, M.R. Dawson, T. Degris, K.M. Chan, J.S. Hebert, J.P. Carey, and R.S. Sutton,
    “Adaptive Artificial Limbs: A Real-time Approach to Prediction and Anticipation,” IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Special Issue on Assistive Robotics, Vol. 20(1): 53–64, March 2013.

    Cook, A. M., K. Adams, J. Volden, N. Harbottle, and C. Harbottle. 2011. Using lego robots to estimate cognitive ability in children who have severe physical disabilities. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 6:338.
  • Wheelchair Biomechanics and Virtual Reality

    There are about 67 million wheelchair users around the world. Many suffer from shoulder injuries due to over-use of the structures of the upper extremities during wheelchair propulsion and transfers. 

    To address the issues that wheelchair users face, we are employing robotics and virtual reality.

    Currently, Zohreh Salimi, a PhD Candidate in our lab is developing an immersive virtual reality environment task for wheelchair users and tests its reliability and validity in reproducing real life wheelchair propulsion.

    VIDEO: Zohreh’s Illinois Agility Test

    Recent Publications

    Qi, L., J. Wakeling, S. Grange, M. Ferguson-Pell (2014) Patterns of Shoulder Muscle Coordination Vary Between Wheelchair propulsion techniques.  Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 22(3), 1-8. Doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2013.2266136

    Qi L, Wakeling J, Grange S, Ferguson-Pell M (2013) Coordination patterns of shoulder muscles during level-ground and incline wheelchair propulsion. J Rehabil Res Dev 50: 651-662. Doi: 10.1682/jrrd.2012.06.0109

    Qi, L., Wakeling, J., Grange, S., & M. Ferguson-Pell, (2012). Changes in surface electromyography signals and kinetics associated with progression of fatigue at two speeds during wheelchair propulsion. J Rehabil Res Dev, 49(1), 23-34.

    Qi, L., Wakeling, J., Grange, S., & M. Ferguson-Pell,. (2012). Effect of velocity on shoulder muscle recruitment patterns during wheelchair propulsion in nondisabled individuals: pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev, 49(10), 1527-1536.