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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.