ISS 2017 Program


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IC24: Advances in Upper Body Function; Here Come the Robots!

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With the new focus on upper body function and impairments, robotics has come to the forefront. With so many robotic devices available, it is wise to get a grasp of this market and see how you can use robotics to overcome barriers to performance of your clients. To recommend appropriate devices, it is imperative to understand the characteristics of those assistive robotic devices. Also, personal and environmental factors must be considered to optimize individual's participation.

This session is supported by a company with reported interest in the sale of Assistive Technology products. The content has been reviewed by ISS personnel and determined to be appropriate for continuing education purposes.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Chantal Berube, OT
Kinova Robotics
Boisbriand, Quebec

Chantal earned her degree in Occupational Therapy in Quebec City, Canada in 2000. She presented her Masters defense in 2014. Her thesis was related to military veterans who have suffered lower-limb amputation. Chantal participated in her first research study in 2012, reagarding assistive robotics. Since then, her interest in the field of assistive robotics has continued to grow. She is now an OT for Kinova, a Canadian firm that developed an assistive robotic arm designed to empower people with disabilities to achieve their goals.



    1. Biard, N. (2014). Robotique d'assistance et compensation des limitations de prehension : etude d'une commande referencee vision. Saarbracken, Allemagne: editions Universitaires europeennes.
    2. Capille, J. W., Carey, S., Alqasemi, R. M., & Dubey, R. (2011). Kinematic evaluation of commercial wheelchair-mounted robotic arms. 2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. doi:10.1109/icsmc.2011.6083725
    3. Maheu, V., Frappier, J., Archambault, P. S., & Routhier, F. (2011). Evaluation of the JACO robotic arm: Clinico-economic study for powered wheelchair users with upper-extremity disabilities. 2011 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics. doi:10.1109/icorr.2011.5975397

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