Félix Chénier is associate professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, adjunct professor at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR). His research focuses on the development of new technologies and on the biomechanical study of manual wheelchair propulsion, with the aim of promoting an active lifestyle while preventing the development of musculoskeletal disorders. Affiliations and formation.

PhD Students

Ateayeh Bayat is a doctoral candidate in Engineering at École de technologie supérieure. Her research project consists of designing and validating a high realism manual wheelchair propulsion simulator at the CRIR, which will then be used to create simulator-based training programs for new wheelchair users.

Ilona Alberca is a doctoral candidate in Sport and Physical Activity Sciences and Techniques (STAPS) at the University of Toulon (France), under the co-supervision of Arnaud Faupin and Félix Chénier. She will continue her work on the study of wheelchair sport on performance and risk of injury. She previously completed her Master 1 in Toulon on wheelchair tennis, and her Master 2 in Montreal on wheelchair basketball.

Salman Nourbakhsh is a doctoral candidate in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University under the direction of Philippe Archambault. He is doing a doctoral internship at the lab where he creates a 3D game to analyze and improve the propulsion technique of wheelchair users.

MSc Students

David Pacciolla is a candidate for a master’s degree in Physical Activity Science at UQAM. His research project involves designing and testing customized wheelchair training programs using new technologies, including a six-axis instrumented wheel.

Gabriel Després is a master’s candidate in Physical Activity Sciences at UQAM. His research project consists of designing and testing biofeedback modalities in para-athletes using virtual reality, in order to improve their performance.

Nicolas Fleury-Rousseau is a master’s candidate in Physical Activity Sciences at UQAM. His research project consists in developing and validating an algorithm that measures/estimates the orientation and speed of an instrumented wheel.


No research intern at the moment.

Research Personnel

Antoine Parrinello is an engineer and electronics technician in the Department of Physical Activity Science. He is responsible for the design and realization of the laboratory’s electronic systems.

Graduates, master’s level

Maude Fleury-Rousseau completed her MSc studies in Physical Activity Science at UQAM. Her research project consisted of establishing and standardizing a protocol for the biomechanical evaluation of standard and sports wheelchair propulsion in the laboratory.

Clément Ghazouani completed us MSc studies in Engineering, in co-supervision at the École de technologie supérieure in Montreal and at Polytech-Montpellier in France, under the supervision of Rachid Aissaoui and Félix Chénier. His research project consisted of developing real-time load calculations during wheelchair propulsion on a simulator, to reduce the biomechanical and physiological load of propulsion using biofeedback.

Rabail Khowaja completed her MSc studies in Rehabilitation Sciences at McGill University in 2021, under the supervision of Philippe Archambault and Félix Chénier. Her research project consisted of establishing and validating the biomechanical parameters that can be measured without an instrumented wheel during propulsion on a low-cost wheelchair simulator.

Étienne Marquis completed his MSc studies in kinanthropology at the Department of Physical Activity Science at UQAM, in 2021. His research project was to design and validate a dynamic model of wheelchair propulsion that includes the effect of upper body movement on the wheelchair’s acceleration and rolling resistance. He previously participated in two research internships in the laboratory, one on the effect of an orthopedic insole on the foot center of pressure during ice skating, and another on the development of kinematics reconstruction algorithms in wheelchair basketball.

Ary Pizarro Chong completed his MSc studies in Health Technology Engineering at ÉTS in 2020. His research project, entitled “Development and Validation of the Control Loops for the Haptic Interfaces of a Standard Manual Wheelchair Simulator”, consisted of designing a new control loop for a wheelchair simulator so that the users can use their own wheelchair without having to change its wheels for instrumented wheels.

Hesam Eskandari completed his Master in Software Engineering at ÉTS, under the supervision of Carlos Vazquez and Félix Chénier. His project consisted of developing a circular marker tracking algorithm dedicated to wheelchair racing, to reconstruct the athlete’s 3D kinematics using a single fish-eye camera.

Jean-Luc Fauvel completed his Master in Ergonomic Design at UQAM School of Design, under the supervision of Steve Vezeau and Félix Chénier. His project consisted of analyzing wheelchair racing from an ergonomic perspective in order to highlight its determinants, with the aim of creating an instrumented racing wheel.

Former Research Interns

Abir Brahmi, then a student in Computer Science at Sesame University in Tunisia, did an undergraduate internship at the lab. She developed modular virtual reality environments using Unity for wheelchair propulsion training on a simulator.

Karla Brottet, then a student in Biomechanics at University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France, did her Master 2 internship project at the lab. Her project consisted of developing an extension to the Kinetics Toolkit python package to perform series of musculoskeletal analyzes using OpenSim software.

Noëlie Vergnes, then a biomedical engineering student at Polytech Marseille, France, did her internship project at the lab, which consisted of characterizing the muscular demand in diverse tasks of mobility and ball handling in wheelchair basketball, using electromyography.

Clémence Starost, then a microelectronics and computer engineering student at the Mines Saint-Étienne School of Engineering, Gardanne, France, did her Master 1 internship at the laboratory. Her project consisted of designing a communication interface and a user interface for the control and transmission of data from instrumented wheels for manual wheelchairs.

Léa Kohl, then an Engineering student at the École d’ingénieurs EPF Sceaux, Paris, completed a research internship in Montreal. Her research project was the development of a robotic inclinable platform for a manual wheelchair simulator.

Hervé Lasbats, then a Kinesiology student at the Physical Activity Sciences Department in UQAM, completed his internship project consisting of the validation of an estimation method for determining the center of pressure based on kinematic data in wheelchair users.

Lilia Djoussouf completed her Master in Engineering at Sorbonne University (France). She completed her Master 1 internship in Montreal. Her project consisted of developing an inverse dynamics algorithm for the calculation of joint stress in wheelchair basketball players.

Pierre-Olivier Bédard – Development of an experimental protocol for a biomechanical study of wheelchair basketball.

Guy El Hajj Boutros – Development of a 3D kinematics measurement protocol for biomechanical study of adaptive sports

Kim Lefebvre –  Dynamic tests for a 1-camera, 3D position kinematics extraction method for wheelchair racing

Charles-Antoine Russel – Analysis of spatiotemporal parameters of racing wheelchair propulsion on a training roller.

Geneviève Clermont – Analysis of spatiotemporal parameters of racing wheelchair propulsion on a training roller.

Julien Malbequi – Measuring racing wheelchair propulsion forces on a dynamometer and on an instrumented training roller, and validation of a measurement index of push symmetry and syncronism when propelling a manual wheelchair.

Philippe Gaumond – Assesment of upper-body muscular activity when propelling a manual wheelchair on a side incline.

Maxime Gosselin – Design of an innovative method to measure 3D kinematics with a camera with a Fish-eye lens.

Sébastien Harvey – Assesment of amplitudes and timings of upper-body muscular activity when propelling a manual wheelchair on a side incline.

Camille Jouval – Study of manual wheelchair propulsion kinetics on a cross-slope, and comparing spatiotemporal and kinetic parameters recorded on a motorized split-belt treadmill, with handrim kinetics recorded with instrumented wheels.

Xavier Roy – Comparing jumping velocity estimated by PUSH Band and My Jump systems to real velocity measured with a motion tracker ; predicting maximal load 1RM using PUSH Band system.