Robotic Wheelchair for Severe Disabilities

Datum objave: 19.04.2011

Kategorija: Aktualno na Univerzi

Leeds Metropolitan University

Contact Person

Professor of Creative Technology
Leeds Metropolitan University
Telephone:              +44-786-0242222        +44-786-0242222


Project Proposal

Title: Robotic Wheelchair for Severe Disabilities

Type Details: Disabled people in a motorised wheel chair may have difficulties to control the driving direction of the wheel chair, due to specific disabilities: visual impairment, manual control and coordination difficulties.
We propose to develop a semi-autonomous system which can take cues from the disabled user about where the wheel chair would drive; the system then would perform a safe control of the driving of the wheel chair, avoiding collision with obstacles, walls, people, and providing a smooth and safe ride.
The technology to be developed in this project is an interface which would allow the control of the wheel chair to be shared by the automatic system and by the user: the user would give an

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

Expiry Date: 2012-02-08

Target Partner

Expertise: we are looking for partners who can provide complementary expertise. This can be research institutes with expertise in visual tracking, system integration, human-computer interaction. Specifically we are looking for a company which can bring the technology to market. Also we need a coordinator with expertise in managing EU projects.

Organisation Details

Leeds Metropolitan University

Name: Leeds Metropolitan University

Department: Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology

Address: Headingley


Type: Education; Research

Number of Employees: > 500

Keywords: robotics;autonomous-wheelchair

Partners already acquired: Leeds Met, Faculty of Health: Dr David Punt
two motorised wheel chairs donated by Invacar

RCN: 86716

Quality Validation Date: 2011-02-10

Update Date: 2011-02-11