About us


INTER is a strategic cluster financed by the Fonds de recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) of Quebec and stands for Interactive technologies of engineering in rehabilitation.


To support active interdisciplinary and intersectorial collaborations going beyond of boundaries and usual practices in several disciplines such as natural sciences, engineering, clinical sciences and management of innovation to develop innovative interactive technologies allowing the science to advance and to treat better, faster and at lower cost a big amount of persons.

Objectives of our cluster

  1. To mobilize Quebec researchers in field of interactive technologies for rehabilitation to conciliate the rehabilitation needs, the research on means offered by high technologies and evaluation of new technologies developed in rehabilitation.

  2. To support research involving :

    • the identification of needs, the innovation process and transfers and evaluation of interactive technologies in living environments, so as to satisfy the complexes requirements in health care.
    • the design and prototype interactive technologies that satisfy use constraints in real conditions by people losing their autonomy or with physical disabilities and seek to answer identified rehabilitation needs.

  3. To provide a welcoming, facilitation and dynamic and stimulant exchanges environment between researchers, for training highly qualified people, for diffusing knowledge in scientific, public and private environments and to the general public.

  4. To put Quebec on national and international map in the field of interactive technologies for rehabilitation and more specifically in the sectors such as smart homes, telererehabilitation, mobile systems and health technologies to contribute to economic prosperity and improvement of Quebecers’ life quality.

Intervention areas

Smart home: Living environments promoting independence due to technological tools.

  • Human-environment interaction
  • living laboratory
  • Cognitive assistance

Telerehabilitation: Provide from remote rehabilitation care and services.

  • Wireless systems
  • Teletreatment
  • Video transmission

Motorized wheelchairs: Adaptation to improve the safety and the usability of motorized wheelchairs users.

  • Omnidirectional
  • Mapping/localization
  • Navigation

Exoskeleton: Technical help and support for upper and lower body movements helping to prevent, substitute or delay the autonomy loss.

  • Human motion model
  • Flexible engines
  • Human-machine interaction

Health care technologies: Diagnosis and treatment technologies in rehabilitation.

  • Virtual simulation systems
  • Dashboard
  • Imaging


Orientation committee :

  • Bessam Abdulrazak, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Rachid Aissaoui, École des technologies supérieures (ETS)
  • Carl-Éric Aubin, École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Bruno Bouchard, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Eva Kehayia, Université McGill
  • Kinova
  • François Michaud, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Sylvie Nadeau, Université de Montréal
  • Joëlle Pineau, Université McGill
  • Susan Reid, Université Bishop’s
  • Lauranne Sins, École des technologies supérieures (ETS), étudiante
  • Michel Tousignant, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Claude Vincent, Université Laval

Direction et Coordination :

  • François Michaud, Directeur
  • Nathalie Hamel, Coordonnatrice

Strategic positioning


Pavillon 3IT, Parc Innovation
Université de Sherbrooke
3000 University boulevard
Sherbrooke (Quebec) J1K 0A5

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