Assistive devices benefit from the rapid technological growth that we observe on a daily basis in our environment. A good example lies in assistive robotics for which it can become complex to differentiate the traditional applications of robots as we know them and their applicability in improving the quality of life of patients living with mobility issues. This session will cover specifics of assistive robotics, their potential in increasing quality of life, independence and participation, the challenges and solutions associated with integration in users environment, the process leading to optimal outcomes as well as typical applications and uses through hands on experimentation with the JACO assistive robot.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to discern differences between two types of robots: Traditional and assistive.
  2. Participant will review the three currently offered assistive robots and their differences.
  3. Participants will be able to explain in three concrete examples how assistive robotics can be used in the context of ADLs and iADLs.
  4. Participants will be able to explain the JACO assistive robot can be integrated to one type of power wheelchair and understand the general technical integration requirements
  5. Participants will gain knowledge about the results of three studies evaluating the outcomes of assistive robotics.

About the Speaker

David Pacciolla, Eng.
Clinical and Scientific Affairs - Education and Liaison
Assistive Technologies  Kinova

David Pacciolla, Eng completed his mechanical engineering degree in 2005. Specializing in automation and robotics for elimination of musculoskeletal risks for aerospace manufacturing, he developed high interest for the human body and joined Kinova, a Canadian firm with a mission to empower humans to achieve the extraordinary through assistive technologies.


Medical Professionals

0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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