Tom Chau, PhD, PEng, is VP Research, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Director of the Bloorview Research Institute, and a Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Tom holds a doctorate from the University of Waterloo in the area of pattern analysis and machine intelligence and received post-doctoral training in pediatric rehabilitation engineering as a Duncan Gordon Fellow. From 2004-2014, he held a Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation Engineering and is currently the Raymond Chang Foundation Chair in Access Innovations. He has published over 190 journal articles relating to rehabilitation engineering. Tom’s contributions to pediatric rehabilitation have been recognized with accolades such as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Dr. Jonas Salk Award (2016), Meritorious Service Cross (2017), Order of Ontario (2018) and the Governor General’s Innovation Award (2018).
The Prism Lab currently has two primary foci. One cluster of activity focuses on case study research with individual children and youth and their families, involving the identification or creation of a personalized access pathway and the training of the user and his/her communication partners, including teachers and educational assistants. The second cluster of activity revolves around advanced brain-machine interfaces for children who do not have any reliable motor control. This work includes electrical, optical and ultrasonic brain interfacing.