infraNET Project and
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo
Paediatric Rehabilitation Engineering:
Enabling Participation Through Technology
Tom Chau, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Canada Research Chair in Paediatric Research Engineering
and Coordinator, Intelligent Systems Research Program
Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre, Toronto
November 24, 2004
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
This seminar is of interest to Health and IT Executives, IS/IT Staff,
Faculty and Students.
Since the World Health Organization
published the new International Classification of Functioning,
Disability and Health in 2001, our views on disability and
rehabilitation have shifted towards a biopsychosocial model. This new
understanding of functioning has influenced our thinking about
rehabilitation engineering research and service delivery. Contextual
factors and the dynamic nature of disability, once overlooked, are now
becoming prominent considerations in many technology-driven
rehabilitative solutions. This talk will highlight these key themes
among others and exemplify their realization in some of the recent work at
Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre, an academic health sciences
centre, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.
Ph.D. (UW Systems Design), P.Eng., is an electrical engineer by
training. In February 2004, he was appointed as Canada Research Chair
in Paediatric Rehabilitation Engineering at the University of Toronto. In
April 2001, he was appointed Coordinator of the Intelligent Systems
Research Program at Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre, a fully
affiliated teaching and research hospital of the University of Toronto. Tom
is a Senior Member of the IEEE and an assistant professor (Core Member) at
the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of
Toronto. Tom also holds academic appointments in the Graduate
Department of Rehabilitation Science, Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial
Engineering, University of Toronto. Tom was a Duncan L. Gordon Fellow
for paediatric rehabilitation engineering research (Hospital for Sick
Children Foundation). His research interests revolve around the
exploitation of intelligent systems, and advanced analytical methods
such as fractal dynamics, to enable children and youth with
disabilities to achieve their personal best.
For more information
Managing Director, WIHIR
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for
Health Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project,
University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the
University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and
Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part
of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the
assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of