Developing a collision avoidance capacity for powered wheelchairs.

Datum objave: 19.04.2011

Kategorija: Aktualno na Univerzi

Leeds Metropolitan University

Contact Person

PUNT, David (Dr)
Reader (Associate Professor)
Leeds Metropolitan University
Telephone: +44-113-8128518


Project Proposal

Title: Developing a collision avoidance capacity for powered wheelchairs.

Type Details: Powered mobility has revolutionised the quality of life of many disabled people. Independent mobility is a central component of independent living and is associated with physical and mental well being. However, some individuals are unable to benefit from powered mobility because, either the severity or the particular nature of their disability renders them unable to steer a chair safely around their environment.

Around the world, a number of groups have aimed to exploit technological developments to design a 'smart' or 'intelligent' wheelchair as a means of providing a safe from of mobility to those who are currently unable to take advantage. However, attempts have not targeted a sufficiently specific patient group leading to a lack of utility for the end-product and poor prospects of commercialisation.

Additionally, where products have reached the market, costs have been prohibitive. As a results, no practical or realistic 'smart' chair currently exists.

Building on my completed published clinical research characterizing the nature of navigational difficulties in a clearly defined population, I am now working with engineering colleagues to design a chair which uses relatively inexpensive technology to provide a collision avoidance capacity to standard powered wheelchairs.

As well as providing a permanent solution for some users, the chair will also have features which allow it to be used as a training chair in rehabilitation.

Programme (Collaboration EU R&D): FP7-HEALTH

Expiry Date: 2012-02-11

Workprogramme area(s)

(FP7-HEALTH HEALTH-1) Biotechnology, generic tools and medical technologies for human health

(FP7-HEALTH HEALTH-2007-1.4) Innovative therapeutic approaches and interventions

(FP7-HEALTH HEALTH-2007-2.2) Research on the brain and related diseases, human development and ageing

(FP7-HEALTH HEALTH-2007-2.2.1) Brain and brain-related diseases

(FP7-HEALTH HEALTH-2007-2.4.5-9) Visual impairment and degeneration

(FP7-HEALTH HEALTH-2009-3.1-2) Improve quality and safety of hospital care

(FP7-HEALTH HEALTH-2007-3.4-3) Patient mobility and access to information


(FP7-HEALTH HEALTH-2009-3.1-1) Patient Safety: Effective implementation of prevention strategies for healthcare associated infections

Target Partner

Expertise: We seek partners with skills in robotics and engineering that are applicable to the development of a collision-avoidance capacity for powered wheelchairs.

We also seek other partners with similar clinical interests to provide further breadth to our current expertise.

Organisation Details

Leeds Metropolitan University

Name: Leeds Metropolitan University

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences


Address: City Campus (d709)
Calverley Street


Type: Education; Research

Number of Employees: > 500

Keywords: Assistive Techonology;Powered Mobility;Rehabilitation;Enablement;Robotics;Engineering

RCN: 86731

Quality Validation Date: 2011-02-11

Update Date: 2011-02-14