Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss


Prof. Weiss directs and manages clinical research projects at the University of Haifa’s Laboratory for Innovations in Rehabilitation Technology (LIRT) where she develops and evaluates novel virtual environments, haptic interfaces, co-located and online technologies to explore the effect of individual and collaborative rehabilitation. Rehabilitation and special education populations of interest include stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, autism and head trauma. She worked with the Gertner Institute led by Prof. Mordechai Shani to develop and implement ReAbility Online, a tele-rehabilitation system which won first prize in the 2014 AbbVie-TEDMED competition for sustainable healthcare.  Prof. Weiss’ research has been funded by the European Union, the Israel Science Foundation, the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology and the Israeli Center of Research Excellence: Learning in a NetworKed Society.  She studies collaborative technologies and 3D printing as novel pedagogical and rehabilitation methods. She is a founding board member of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation and Steering committee chair of the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation series. She has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, co-edited two books, and delivered numerous keynote addresses at international conferences.

Talk: The challenge of technology uptake in educational and clinical settings: barriers and facilitators