The Science of Ability: Blurring the Line Between Human & the Machine

08/26/2024 – 08/27/2024

This course registration was generously underwritten by the C-STAR grant. 

You can choose to attend this FLEX COURSE virtually or in-person at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 East Erie Street Chicago IL, 60611.  

DESCRIPTION: In the rapidly evolving landscape of rehabilitation medicine, the intersection of human ability and machine capabilities has become a focal point for transformative advancements. This symposium will delve into the groundbreaking role that artificial intelligence and machine learning play in reshaping the rehabilitation process and improving patient outcomes. In addition to exploring major advancements in technology development and model optimization, we will discuss some of the challenges that have surfaced with this blurring line between human and machine. Program will include a poster session and networking opportunities. 


DATES: August 26-27, 2024.

COURSE CHAIRS: R. James Cotton, MD, Ph.D. & Megan K. O'Brien, Ph.D.

AUDIENCE: Engineers, Data Scientists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Nurses, Physicians and Speech-Language Pathologists 

LEARNER OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • List three emerging human-in-the-loop technologies being applied in clinical rehabilitation
  • Analyze the challenges and opportunities associated with the widespread implementation of these technologies in clinical and community settings
  • Identify real-world examples and case studies highlighting the challenges individuals face in accessing or utilizing rehabilitation technologies
  • Discuss ideas for fostering a collaborative environment where rehabilitation professionals and end users can share insights and provide feedback that advances the development and/or implementation of novel technologies.
  • Describe how artificial intelligence can be used to enhance technology utilization and implementation

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: To successfully complete this course, you will need to attend both days of the live activity, attest to your attendance and complete an evaluation at its conclusion through the Academy Learning Portal by September 2, 2024.


Occupational Therapy:

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 9060. This distance learning-interactive course is offered at 11.0 contact hours, 1.1 CEUs [intermediate level, foundational knowledge/OT service delivery]. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Physical Therapy: This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 11.0 contact hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by California and the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 11.0 contact hours on 2/9/2024.

Satisfies continuing education requirements in: CT, IA, MN and WA


The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Speech-Language Pathologists:

ABOUT C-STAR: The Center for Smart Use of Technologies to Assess Real World Outcomes (C-STAR) is one of six national resource centers comprising the Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource Network (MR3) of the National Institutes of Health. C-STAR is a joint grant between Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, conceived out of a need to equip investigators with the skills and know-how to accurately employ technologies to measure and interpret data relevant to sensorimotor and cognitive function in the lab, clinic, and real world. Our mission is to connect researchers with the right tools to develop and accurately assess technologies in the field of rehabilitation science. Leveraging the collective experience of clinicians, scientists, engineers and patients, our center provides the expertise, instruction and mentorship to empower researchers on the meaningful use of the vast array of technologies that are readily available but notoriously difficult to implement consistently across diverse patient populations.


Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Physician Assistants Physicians Scientists Speech Language Pathologists