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Effective Nov. 1, 2023, clients and families, visitors, vendors and staff are required to wear a mask while moving throughout the hospital, including while in elevators, in spaces where clients receive care or participate in research. A medical grade mask will be available upon entry.


Our Team

The team in the Pearl Lab

Meet the staff and students of the PEARL lab.

Current Staff

Current Students

Former Staff

  • Maritza Basaran
  • Mirza Beig
  • Dorothy Choi
  • Hamilton Hernandez


Graduate Students
  • Sunaal Mathew (MASc, 2019-2021), Measuring Functional Hand Use in Children with Hemiplegia using Accelerometers and Machine Learning.
  • Danielle DuPlessis (MSc, 2019-2021), R2Play and clinician needs: fostering user-driven technology that supports return-to-play decision making.
  • Emily Lam (MSc, 2019-2021), Wearable sensors for physiological measurement during a simulated sports concussion assessment.
  • Brandon Rufino (MSc, 2019-2021), Creating and evaluating an audio detection interface for musical play and learning with low-cost at home musical instruments.
  • Alexander MacIntosh (PhD, 2016-2020), Biofeedback to prevent compensatory movements in motor therapies for children with Cerebral Palsy.
  • Mike Gray (MASc, 2015-2017), Development of a new interactive board game for hand and arm therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy. 
  • Tara Joy Knibbe (MASc, 2013-2015), Stakeholders' perspectives in the design of an innovative technology to improve physical activity in youth with physical disabilities. 
  • Danica Kryrllo (MHSc, 2011-2013), Musical Gait – a biomechanical feedback and measurement system for gait training.
  • Lian Ni (MHSc, 2011-2013), The Xbox Kinect as a platform for virtual reality therapies.
  • Guy Kouamou Ntonfo (PhD Internship, 2012), Detection of finger and hand gestures using the Microsoft Kinect.
  • Oggie Finci (MEng, 2011-2012), Design of a single-legged ergometer for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Ajmal Khan (MHSc, 2011-2012), Musical Stairs – a motivational and clinical assessment tool.
  • Fanny Hotze (MASC Internship, 2010-2011), Design of an interactive and inclusive arts installation for a clinic waiting room space.
  • Reza Rizvi (PhD, 2009-2014), Electroactive polymers: development of wearable sensors for physiological monitoring. Collaborator(s): Dr. Hani Naguib (Primary Supervisor).
  • Elizabeth Han (MASc, 2009-2011), Bio-songs: Interpreting physiological changes through music.
  • Jennifer Howcroft (MHSc, 2009-2011), Active video games for physical activity promotion in children with disabilities.
  • Delbert Hung (MASc, 2009-2011), Ecological factors in emotion recognition using physiological signals.
Undergraduate Students
  • Elisa Du (BSc, Summer 2019), Machine learning classification of hand gestures using low-cost wearable electromyography during therapy video game play.
  • Kashish Verma (BEng, 2018-2019), Project Falcon - developing a home-based hand/arm exerciser.
  • Emily Lam (BEng, 2016-2017), Assisted in the scoping review done on biofeedback. 
  • Stephanie Chan, (BHSc, Summer 2016), Detecting anxiety through song: Mapping physiological indicators to music.
  • Annie Lopez (BScE, Summer 2015), Designing video game controllers that target fine motor movements.
  • Alan Wu (BASc, 2015-2016), Beyond hand controllers - accessing commercial video games through therapeutically relevant movements.
  • Maritza Basaran (BA, Summer 2014), Story-based video game: a motivational pathway to home-based therapy.
  • Howard Chiam (BEng, Summer 2014), Development of therapeutic video games using haptic feedback.
  • Sergio Zerbetto Masson (BEng, Summer 2014), Design of mixed-reality games for children with cerebral palsy.
  • Selena Rikley (BEng, Summer 2014), Participatory design: Improving interactive video games for virtual reality therapies.
  • Ho Lun (Helen) Tsoi (BEng, Summer 2014), Development of therapeutic video games using haptic feedback.
  • Tyler Berry (BASc, Summer 2011), Nintendo Wii – biomechanics and variations in play styles.
  • Stephanie Cheung (BEng, Summer 2011), Biosongs – a physiological-musical mapping system for detection of anxiety.
  • Hasmita Singh (BASc, 2010-2011), Physiological indicators of anxiety in children.
  • Jomy Varghese (BSc, Summer 2010), A wearable toy for measurement of functional hand use in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
  • Jack Liang (BASc, 2009-2010), A wearable device to characterize use of the hemiplegic hand in activities of daily living.
  • Miaad Aliroteh (BASc, Summer 2009), Bio-wear: ubiquitous physiological monitoring.
  • Philip Perivolaris (BASc, Summer 2009), The living wall: An accessible multimedia environment for children with disabilities.
  • Tara Khiabani (BASc, 2008-2009), Wearable device for measurement of wrist extension in activities of daily living for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
  • Zhe Li (BASc, 2008-2009), Wearable device for measurement of wrist extension in activities of daily living for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
  • Jordan Silverman (BASc, Summer 2006), Game-based trainer for use in pediatric myoelectric prostheses.