CURRICULUM VITAE – Tom Chau, PhD


CREDENTIALS

  • Vice President, Research, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Director of Research, Bloorview Research Institute; Professor, University of Toronto
  • Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Rehab Engineering
  • Adjunct Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering; Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering; Graduate Program in Neuroscience; Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The PRISM lab investigates intelligent system technologies and analytical methods, and their exploitation in understanding the physiological underpinnings of functional rehabilitation in children.  In so doing, we seek ecologically relevant, innovative assistive technology solutions to enable children with disabilities to achieve their personal best and with their families, more fully participate in life activities.

RESEARCH GRANTS

Access innovations for children and youth with severe disabilities.  Developing novel access technologies to enable communication, computer use, environmental control, and creative expression (e.g., music, painting) with brain-machine interfaces (optical, ultrasonic, electrical), facial thermography, mechanomyography, otoacoustic emissions, peripheral autonomic signals, vocal fold vibrations, extant vocalizations and computer vision-based access. (in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board).

Kinetics of handwriting and drawing. To better understanding the biomechanics of fine motor difficulties, we have been studying the kinetic profiles of writing and drawing in various populations using uniquely developed grip-enabled writing implements.

Automatic classification of swallowing safety. We have developed accelerometric measurements of swallowing in child and adult populations, as well as associated signal processing and pattern classification algorithms.

Neuromotor dynamics of quasi-periodic movement.  Statistical persistence of extended walking and drawing activities under various conditions (e.g., aural/visual metronomic pacing, compliant surfaces, treadmill, overground) with the goal of elucidating the functional purpose (e.g., metabolic efficiency and dynamic stability) of such dynamics.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Chau T, Moghimi S, Popovic MR. Knowledge translation in rehabilitation engineering research and development: A knowledge ecosystem framework.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Jan. 94(1 Suppl):S9-S19.

Power SD, Chau T. Automatic single-trial classification of prefrontal hemodynamic activity in an individual with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  Dev Neurorehabil. 2013. 16(1):67-72.

Posatskiy AO, Chau T. Design and evaluation of a novel microphone-based mechanomyography sensor with cylindrical and conical acoustic chambers.  Med Eng Phys. 2012 Oct. 34(8):1184-90.

Sejdić E, Fu Y, Pak A, Fairley JA, Chau T. The effects of rhythmic sensory cues on the temporal dynamics of human gait.  PLoS One. 2012. 7(8):e43104.

Steele CM, Sejdić E, Chau T. Noninvasive Detection of Thin-Liquid Aspiration Using Dual-Axis Swallowing Accelerometry.  Dysphagia. 2012 Jul 28.

Celeste M, Azadeh K, Sejdić E, Berall G, Chau T. Quantitative classification of pediatric swallowing through accelerometry.  J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2012 Jun 9. 9:34.