Portrait of Tom Chau

Tom Chau


OOnt, MSC, BASc (Toronto), MASc (Toronto), PhD (Waterloo), FAIMBE, FCAE, PEng

Research Stream: Clinical Engineering

Laboratory Website:

Email: tom.chau@utoronto.ca | Tel:416 978-6108 | Office: MB321

Additional Contact Information

Bloorview Research Institute

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road
Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8 Canada

+1 416 425-6220, extension 3515 (office)
tchau@hollandbloorview.ca (email)

Executive Assistant

Siva Rajaratnam
+1 416 425-6220, extension 3209 (office)
srajaratnam@hollandbloorview.ca (email)

Main Appointments

  • Senior Scientist, Raymond Chang Foundation Chair in Access Innovations, Vice President of Research & Director, Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Additional Appointments

  • Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Department of Rehabilitation Science
  • Collaborative Program in Neuroscience
  • Adjunct Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Research Interests

The PRISM lab investigates intelligent system technologies and analytical methods, and their exploitation in understanding the physiological underpinnings of functional rehabilitation in children.  In so doing, we seek ecologically relevant, innovative assistive technology solutions to enable children with disabilities to achieve their personal best and with their families, more fully participate in life activities.

Stories & Media


Brain Control

Dr. Tom Chau's lab is working to design, understand and engineer rehabilitation tools that are operated through brain signals. These Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) devices seem to give telekinetic abilities to patients to aid them. Although still in its prototypical idea phase, the end goal is for patients to control wheelchair movements with the use of merely a helmet and a thought.