Philippe Archambault

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

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

Fax number: 
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: 
  • motor control, robotics, technology, virtual reality, wheelchair mobility

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: 

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.