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Philippe Archambault

Associate Professor; Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain www.crir.ca (on sabbatical)

Building: Davis House 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler

Office Room: D34B

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

Office Phone: 514-398-7323

Lab Room: Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital (Laval)

Lab Phone: 450-688-9550 ext 4832

Fax: 514-398-6360

philippe [dot] archambault [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Education: BSc (Physics) McGill; BSc (OT) McGill; MSc (Biomedical Engineering) Université de Montréal; PhD (Neuroscience) Université de Montréal; Postdoc (Neurophysiology of Movement), Rome.


POTH 455: Neurophysiology
OCC1 623: Assistive technology
POTH 616: Research Seminars

Research Keywords:

Technology, motor control, robotics, wheelchair mobility, virtual reality

Research Description:

Dr Archambault's research focuses on the use of technology for the rehabilitation of physical disabilities. Specifically, he is involved in the development and testing of a simulator for the training of power wheelchair driving skills. This simulator works on a standard computer, is low-cost, and can be used at home or in a clinical setting. Research so far has shown that participants drive similarly in the simulator and in a real wheelchair. An ongoing project is looking at the effects of simulator-training on real power wheelchair driving skills. In other works, Dr Archambault is looking at the effectiveness of robotic-based therapy to improve arm function in people with stroke. The robotic device works as a smart exercise system, able to offer assistance or resistance, as needed, to arm movements. His research is carried out at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital.

Selected Publications:

Rahman AH, Saad M, Kenné JP, Archambault PS. (2013) Control of an exoskeleton robot arm with sliding mode exponential reaching law. Int J Control Automation Systems, 11(1):92-104.

Vafadar AK*, Côté J, Archambault PS. (2012) The Effect of Muscle Fatigue on Position Sense in an Upper Limb Multi-joint Task. Motor Control, 16: 265-83.

Archambault PS, Tremblay S, Cachecho S, Routhier F, Boissy P. (2012) Driving performance in a power wheelchair simulator. Disab Rehabil: Assist Tech, 7: 226-33.

Norouzi N*, Archambault PS, Fung J. (2012) Effects of robot-assisted therapy on stroke rehabilitation of upper extremities: systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature. J Rehabil Res Dev, 49: 479-96.

Archambault PS, Battaglia-Mayer A, Caminiti R. (2011) On-line control of hand trajectory reveals the evolution of motor intention and the coexistence of old and newmotor plans in the parieto-frontal system. J Neurosci: 31, 742-752.

Sorrento G*, Archambault PS, Routhier F, Dessureault D, Boissy P. (2011) Assessment of joystick control during the performance of powered wheelchair driving tasks. J Neuroeng Rehab: 8, 31.

Rahman MH, Kittel-Ouimet T*, Saad M, Kenné JP, Archambault PS. (2011) Robot Assisted Rehabilitation for Elbow and Forearm Movements. Int J Biomechatronics Biomed Robotics, 4: 206-217.

Archambault PS, Sorrento G*, Routhier F, Boissy P. (2010) Assessing Improvement of Powered Wheelchair Driving Skills Using a Data Logging System. RESNA.

Sorrento G*, Archambault PS, Dessureault D, Routhier F, Boissy P. (2010) Comparison of Powered Wheelchair Driving Skills in Novice and Expert Participants Using a Data Logging System. RESNA.

Routhier F, Archambault PS. (2010) Usability of a wheelchair-mounted six degree-of-freedom robotic manipulator. RESNA.