Philippe Archambault

Contact Information

Building: Davis House 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler
Office Room: D34B
Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5
Lab Room: Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital (Laval)
Lab Phone: 450-688-9550 ext 4832

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Email address: 
philippe.archambault [at]
Associate Professor; Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain

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

Teaching areas: 

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

Current research: 

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.

Research areas: 
motor control
virtual reality
wheelchair mobility
Selected publications: 

Battaglia-Mayer A, Ferrari-Toniolo S, Visco-Comandini F, Archambault PS, Saberi-Moghadam S, Caminiti R. (2013). Impairment of online control of hand and eye movements in a monkey model of optic ataxia. Cerebral Cortex, 11:2644-56.

Archambault PS, Tao G*, Torkia C, Boissy P, Lemay M, Routhier F, Reid D, Ryan SE and Woodhouse J.  (2013).  Development of a new virtual environment for a power wheelchair simulator: A user-centered approach.  International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, Philadelphia, 216-217.

Rahman AH, Saad M, Kenné JP and 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 and 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 and Boissy P. (2012). Driving performance in a power wheelchair simulator. Disab Rehabil: Assist Tech, 7:226-33.

Norouzi N*, Archambault PS and 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 and 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 and 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 and Boissy P. (2010). Assessing improvement of powered wheelchair driving skills using a data logging system. RESNA.

Sorrento G*, Archambault PS, Dessureault D, Routhier F and Boissy P. (2010). Comparison of powered wheelchair driving skills in novice and expert participants using a data logging system. RESNA.

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

Occupational Therapy